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Pistons rough up Cavaliers

Detroit survives acrimony to knock out Cleveland

Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and Richard Hamilton added 22 to help the Detroit Pistons to an 84-72 win over the Cavaliers last night in Cleveland. It was the Pistons' sixth straight win and second in two days against the Cavaliers.

Wallace made four 3-pointers, a night after he split open Zydrunas Ilgauskas's head with an elbow during Detroit's 90-78 home win. He was fined $5,000 by the NBA yesterday for the flagrant foul.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points and Ilgauskas, playing with five stitches in his head, scored 18. The Cavaliers have lost four straight.

Chauncey Billups added 15 points and 12 assists for Detroit. Ben Wallace was scoreless but had 12 rebounds and helped keep James from making easy trips to the rim.

The Cavaliers took their first lead of the second half on James's fast-break dunk with 5:03 left in the third period. He followed with two jumpers to push the margin to 60-56 on an 8-0 run.

But the Pistons reclaimed the lead early in the fourth quarter with a 11-4 run behind Maurice Evans and Hamilton that made it 73-67.

Tensions nearly boiled over when Ilgauskas pushed Rasheed Wallace to the floor and he got up laughing with 5:47 to play in the second period. Both were called for technical fouls.

A few plays later, Rasheed Wallace chuckled at officials for flagging him on James's driving layup. The Detroit player held his jersey out so the officials could see his number and smiled.

James, who was booed after missing his last seven free throws in Friday's loss to Washington, was 8 of 10 from the line. He struggled from the floor shooting 9 for 22.

Hawks 104, Nets 102 -- Al Harrington scored 22 points, Josh Smith had 19, and host Atlanta held on for a win in overtime.

Vince Carter attempted a long 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime but it rimmed out and Nenad Krstic also missed a follow attempt for the Atlantic Division-leading Nets, who have lost two straight.

Smith hit a jumper from the corner to tie it at 94 with 4.9 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Carter had an earlier chance to win it for the Nets, but fumbled the inbounds pass and his desperation shot from about 20 feet at the buzzer wasn't even close.

Heat 101, Raptors 94 -- Dwyane Wade was 15 for 19 from the field and scored 32 points, helping host Miami extend its season-best winning streak to six games.

Shaquille O'Neal added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who shot a season-high 60 percent. They were only 10 for 25 from the line, including 5 for 15 by O'Neal.

Southeast Division leader Miami is feasting on a soft stretch in the schedule, and the next five games are against teams with losing records. The Raptors lost their fourth game in a row.

Gary Payton's 3-pointer with 8 1/2 minutes left put Miami ahead to stay, 85-82. Wade's steal and dunk made it 98-91.

Grizzlies 108, Wizards 98 -- Pau Gasol scored a career-high 39 points and host Memphis shot 58.8 percent.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 37 points -- his 27th 30-point game of the season -- and Antawn Jamison had 35. The Wizards had won three straight. Gasol, who also had 10 rebounds, bettered his previous career high of 37 points.

Suns 111, Rockets 94 -- Shawn Marion scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half and also had 18 rebounds to lead visiting Phoenix to its seventh straight victory.

Mavericks 104, 76ers 92 -- Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 13 rebounds despite missing most of the third quarter with a sprained ankle to help host Dallas win for the 19th time in its last 20 games.

Spurs 121, Knicks 93 -- Michael Finley scored 22 points in 22 minutes, making all eight of his attempts from the field -- including a season-high five 3-pointers-- for host San Antonio.

Bucks 110, Nuggets 89 -- Michael Redd had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Charlie Bell added 17 points for visiting Milwaukee. Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire scored 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Nuggets.

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