The Washington Wizards made the most of their first national TV appearance in 20 months, building a quick lead with balanced scoring last night in a 107-96 victory over the visiting Seattle SuperSonics.
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points and Larry Hughes had 21 to lead six players in double figures as the Wizards improved to .500 (5-5) against teams from the Western Conference, the latest notable milestone in what has so far been Washington's most promising season in nearly two decades.
Rashard Lewis had the only solid game among the Sonics' starters as his 35 points and 11 rebounds were enough to keep his team within striking distance in the fourth quarter.
Grizzlies 101, Pistons 79 -- Bonzi Wells scored 23 points to help visiting Memphis beat Detroit, extending its season-high winning streak to five games. Richard Hamilton scored 14 points -- without making a field goal -- for Detroit, which was handed its most lopsided loss in two years. The Pistons had won five of six.
Detroit, which fell behind in the first quarter, trailed by just 9 at halftime before the Grizzlies led by as many as 22 in the third and coasted in the fourth.
Spurs 111, Pacers 98 -- Tim Duncan scored 27 points and Tony Parker had 26, leading host San Antonio. Manu Ginobili added 18 points and Duncan grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved to 8-0 at home against Eastern Conference teams and 16-1 overall at the SBC Center.
Jermaine O'Neal had 32 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, and Jamaal Tinsley finished with 18 points and eight assists.