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Jazz spoil Webber debut

Pistons stumble; Suns' streak at 11

The Utah Jazz spoiled Chris Webber's debut and Chauncey Billups's comeback with the Detroit Pistons.

Deron Williams scored a career-high 31 points, had 10 assists, and made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to help the Jazz hold off Detroit for a 100-99 victory last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Pistons had a chance to win the game after a timeout with 5.1 seconds left, but Billups missed a shot just before the buzzer.

Mehmet Okur had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Utah improve to 4-0 over the past two seasons against his former team.

"We always seem to play well against the Pistons," Williams said. "But this one was important to stop the bleeding."

Utah's Carlos Boozer had 20 points and nine rebounds, and reserve Matt Harping added 10 points.

Webber, who signed the previous day, was with the team for only the morning shootaround before entering the game with 10:07 left in the first half and was welcomed by a standing ovation. The five-time All-Star made his first shot before missing his next four and finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists over 17 minutes in his first game since Dec. 27.

Philadelphia bought out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract last week.

Clearly, Webber was not discouraged by the result of his first game playing with his hometown team.

"I'm sure people expected more, but you can't judge this on one night," he said. "I'm telling you, this is going to be special."

His new teammates agree.

"He had limited mobility, but he played great and carried us at times in the first half," said Tayshaun Prince, who scored 17. "It's going to take some time for us to get a feel for him and vice versa."

Billups, who missed the previous eight games because of a calf injury, had 26 points and seven assists in 35 minutes.

Suns 100, Rockets 91 -- In Houston, Steve Nash had 21 points and 14 assists as streaking Phoenix overcame an early 15-point deficit to win its 11th straight game.

Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Suns, who are 29-3 in their past 32 games. They became the second team in franchise history to have two winning streaks of more than 10 games in one season. The 1992-93 Suns had winning streaks of 14 and 11 games on their way to the NBA finals.

Houston's Tracy McGrady, who scored a season-high 45 points Tuesday in a 109-96 loss to Dallas, sat out because of soreness in his lower back.

Wizards 99, Knicks 98 -- Caron Butler performed the kind of heroics usually reserved for Gilbert Arenas, dunking with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift host Washington.

With the Knicks smothering Arenas, Butler took a feed from DeShawn Stevenson and put home the one-handed slam to give the first-place Wizards their ninth straight home win and a half-game lead over Orlando in the Southeast Division.

Trail Blazers 94, Cavaliers 76 -- Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Portland over road-weary Cleveland. LeBron James scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, who are 2-3 on a seven-game road trip.

Lakers 100, Spurs 96 -- Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:24 left, and visiting Los Angeles withstood a late rally. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds.

Clippers 115, Warriors 109 -- Elton Brand had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and host Los Angeles barely held on to beat Golden State -- just hours after the Warriors swung an eight-player trade with Indiana that left their bench considerably depleted. The game-day trade left Golden State coach Don Nelson with only six healthy players on his roster.

Bulls 99, Bucks 90 -- Andres Nocioni scored 21 points, Ben Gordon added 20, and Luol Deng had 19 to lead visiting Chicago to its third straight victory.

Raptors 101, Kings 85 -- Morris Peterson scored 22 points and Chris Bosh added 20 to spark Atlantic Division-leading Toronto at home.

Nets 92, Bobcats 85 -- Vince Carter scored 26 points and had two big baskets late in the fourth quarter as visiting New Jersey held off undermanned Charlotte. The Bobcats were without three key players and then lost coach Bernie Bickerstaff to a second-quarter ejection.

Grizzlies 118, 76ers 102 -- Mike Miller scored 30 points and Rudy Gay added 23 to lead host Memphis in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams.

Hawks 105, Timberwolves 88 -- Joe Johnson had 29 points and eight assists to lead visiting Atlanta to its third straight victory.