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Hamilton, Billups key rally for perfect Pistons

Richard Hamilton scored 11 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes and Chauncey Billups sank a game-clinching 3-pointer with 16 seconds to go to keep the Detroit Pistons unbeaten with a 111-104 victory over the host Phoenix Suns last night.

Billups had 27 points and 11 assists for the Pistons, the league's lone team without a loss. At 5-0, they are off to their best start since they won their first eight in 1988-89.

The Suns, 0-3 at home, led by 11 with 2:38 to go in the third quarter and 8 to start the fourth, blowing a late lead at home for the second time this season.

Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince scored 17 apiece and Rasheed Wallace 16 for Detroit. Ben Wallace had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Clippers 102, Hawks 95 -- In Atlanta, Elton Brand scored 23 points and Sam Cassell added 21 as Los Angeles beat the winless Hawks for its best start after six games in 20 years.

The Clippers are 5-1 for the first time since the 1985-86 season. The Hawks, meanwhile, have lost their first five games for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when they started 0-7.

Corey Maggette added 17 points in only 25 minutes for the Clippers.

Heat 88, Rockets 84 -- Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Jason Williams had 8 of his 13 in the final quarter as Miami rallied from a late 8-point deficit to beat visiting Houston.

Wade added eight rebounds and seven assists; Alonzo Mourning added 13 points and nine rebounds.

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