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Pistons' win has Nets crying foul

Close call doesn't go Carter's way

Detroit's Rasheed Wallace gives New Jersey's Jason Collins a lesson in rejection during the Pistons' victory. Detroit's Rasheed Wallace gives New Jersey's Jason Collins a lesson in rejection during the Pistons' victory.

For most of last night, the Detroit Pistons were angry about the officiating.

In the end, though, the New Jersey Nets were the ones screaming.

Chauncey Billups made two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and Vince Carter didn't get a last-second call as host Detroit won its fifth straight, 92-91.

"We come to work, and we work extremely hard at this, only for the officials to screw us," Jason Kidd said. "We fought, but that doesn't mean anything when you have the officials take over the game like that. You go with the Three Blind Mice, and it's just sad that Tom [Washington] screwed up that game for us."

Billups, who missed 9 of his 10 shots from the floor, was fouled by Carter on a fast break after Kidd missed a 3-pointer that could have clinched the game.

"I love games like this," Billups said. "Even though I struggled, it's great to be in games that you know are going down to the wire and that someone's going to have to make a play."

On the ensuing possession, Carter missed a pull-up jumper with 1.5 seconds to go after a collision that knocked Rasheed Wallace to the court. Nets coach Lawrence Frank argued the call and had to be restrained by assistant coaches from going after the officials at the buzzer.

"It's obviously a foul," Frank said. "But that's how the game works. They aren't going to change it. Never in the history of the game have they reversed a call."

The Pistons got 21 points apiece from Wallace and Richard Hamilton. Carter had 28 and Richard Jefferson added 18 for the Nets, who have lost three in a row. Kidd finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Wizards 116, Grizzlies 101 -- Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points and surging Washington used a big first half to defeat visiting Memphis.

The Wizards have won 11 of 14 and moved three games above .500 for the first time since they were 39-35 after 74 games last season.

The Wizards returned home without missing a beat from a four-game trip in which they averaged 131 points against the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver, Sacramento, and Phoenix.

Antawn Jamison had 26 points and nine rebounds for Washington.

Pacers 81, Rockets 76 -- Al Harrington had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Jamaal Tinsley scored 17 points, and host Indiana held off Houston.

Tracy McGrady returned to the Rockets' starting lineup after missing seven games with back spasms and finished with 19 points.

He shot 7 for 22 from the field and had seven turnovers, including two critical ones in the final two minutes while the Rockets were trying to come back.

The Rockets were playing their first game since All-Star center Yao Ming was lost for at least six weeks with a fractured bone beneath his right knee.

Timberwolves 100, Bulls 98 -- Randy Foye made a runner with 1.8 seconds left, and host Minnesota blew a 25-point lead before holding off Chicago.

Foye, who finished with a career-high 25 points, drove to the right side before putting a shot over Kirk Hinrich.

Reserve Ben Gordon, who led Chicago with 27 points, drove past Garnett for a layup with 7.1 seconds left to complete a comeback for the Bulls, who trailed, 70-45, midway through the third quarter.

Garnett had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota.

Bucks 114, Spurs 107 -- At San Antonio, Michael Redd scored 36 points, and Milwaukee rallied from a 13-point deficit for its fifth straight victory.

Redd was 14 of 22 from the floor and made all eight of his free throws.

Tim Duncan had 25 for San Antonio.

SuperSonics 102, Hornets 94 -- Luke Ridnour had 27 points and nine assists to lift host Seattle over limping New Orleans, which lost star guard Chris Paul indefinitely to a sprained ankle in the first quarter.

Chris Wilcox added a season high-tying 22 points and Ray Allen had 21 points and a season-best eight assists for the Sonics.

Suns 110, Trail Blazers 87 -- Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points in a six-minute span bridging the third and fourth quarters, and host Phoenix beat Portland for its 16th win in 17 tries.

Barbosa was 8 of 9 in the second half and finished with 22 points.

Shawn Marion led the Suns with 23 points.

Jazz 102, Clippers 92 -- At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored 24 points, 8 in the final two minutes, to lead Utah to the victory.

Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Deron Williams added 21 points for the Jazz.

Mavericks 97, Bobcats 84 -- Josh Howard scored 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 23 as host Dallas stretched its winning streak to seven games.

Warriors 116, 76ers 97 -- Baron Davis had 21 points and 16 assists to lead Golden State to its fourth straight home victory.

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