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Pistons Roll; Heat Wins 7th Straight

Associated Press
Thursday, February 17, 2005; Page D08

Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton scored 20 points each, leading the Detroit Pistons past the 76ers, 93-75, last night in Philadelphia.

"We're playing some of our best basketball of the season," Billups said. "We're playing for each other, like we did last season when we won the championship."

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While Detroit was holding the league's leading scorer, Allen Iverson, to 23 points, Billups was 7 of 8 from the field, including 5 of 6 from three-point range, and the Pistons won their fourth straight. Hamilton was 8 for 16. The Pistons made half of their 72 shots, going 9 of 17 from the three-point line. The Pistons also outrebounded the Sixers, 49-42.

"We moved the ball well tonight and got guys open looks," Hamilton said. "We were more crisp on offense than we have been in a while. It kind of reminds me a little of how we were when we played like this last season."

Iverson was just 8 of 21 against Detroit's tight defense.

"You can learn a lot playing against them," Iverson said. "They won a championship. They play team basketball."

HEAT 113, CLIPPERS 95: Damon Jones had a career-high 31 points, and Dwyane Wade had a 28-point, 12-assist night to help carry host Miami to victory.

"He played fabulous tonight," Miami's Shaquille O'Neal said. "He shot the ball well and if he continues shooting like that, we're going to be a fabulous team."

O'Neal had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, which won its seventh straight and sent the Clippers to a seventh consecutive loss.

BOBCATS 94, NUGGETS 88: Charlotte snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Denver. Kareem Rush scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Keith Bogans added 18 points to lift the Bobcats to their first win since Feb. 1.

"[Bogans and Rush] looked like they were the greyhound and Michael Jordan out there," Denver Coach George Karl said.

CELTICS 90, GRIZZLIES 88: Ricky Davis hit a 12-foot jump shot with 3.9 seconds remaining, lifting host Boston to victory.

Mike Miller hit a three-pointer with 9.8 seconds left to tie it at 88 for the Grizzlies before Davis hit an open jumper. Miller's three-point shot fell short at the buzzer.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 19 points and Tony Allen had 15 points and seven rebounds. The Celtics have won six of eight.

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