Originally created 03/09/06

Pistons hold off Bulls

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 14 of his 24 points in a wild fourth quarter, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls, 106-101 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls scored 37 points in the fourth - a quarter that saw four players score at least 10 points - but gave up 38 and couldn't prevent the Pistons from moving to 27-2 at home. Rasheed Wallace had 14 of his 25 points in the fourth, while Andres Nocioni (15) and Ben Gordon (11) combined for 26 points in the period for the Bulls.

Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 27 points, while Gordon had 28 for Chicago and Nocioni finished with 23.

Detroit led 68-64 entering the fourth, but Hamilton and Billups combined for nine points in the first 2 minutes of the period - seven by Hamilton - to put the Pistons ahead 77-67.

Gordon hit back-to-back 3-pointers to keep Chicago in the game, but the Bulls were unable to get the stops they needed to pull even.


In Toronto, Damon Jones made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Cleveland its fourth consecutive victory.

Toronto's Morris Peterson had given Toronto the lead with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left, but a double-teamed LeBron James found a wide-open Jones in the corner for the winning bucket.

James had 35 points for the Cavaliers, who also beat Toronto on Tuesday night.

Peterson scored a season-high 31 points.


In Charlotte, N.C., Jumaine Jones scored 29 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds to play to lift Charlotte over Golden State.

Golden State seemed in control for much of the game, but the Bobcats battled back in the fourth quarter to continue the Warriors' road struggles. Golden State has lost six in a row and 17 of its past 20 road games.


In Miami, Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence to score 40 points and lead Miami its 10th consecutive win.

Wade, who missed the previous two games with a sprained right wrist, has scored 115 points in three games this season against Washington. His running jumper in the lane gave Miami a 114-112 lead with 21 seconds left.

Jason Williams scored 21 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.

Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points, and Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels each had 19 for the Wizards, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Washington has dropped 11 in a row to Miami.


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