Grant Hill scored 42 points for the second game in a row, leading the Detroit Pistons to their fifth straight victory, 120-108, over the Hawks last night in Atlanta.
Hill, who also scored 42 on Monday in a victory in Orlando, buried the Hawks with a 17-point third quarter, helping bring back the Pistons from a 10-point deficit.
"Every time the ball was in his hands, it went straight through the basket," Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo said. "There's nothing you can do about that."
Three Detroit players accounted for 93 points. Jerry Stackhouse had 28 and former Hawk Christian Laettner added 23.
Isaiah Rider, playing for the second time since a one-game suspension, led the Hawks with 27 points. But Atlanta, losing its fifth in a row, had no one who could stop Hill.
"It feels good to win, whether you score 40 or four," Hill said. "I had just four points in the first quarter. I didn't think I'd have this kind of game."
The Hawks built a 79-69 lead, their biggest of the game, when Mutombo hit two free throws with 4 minutes 54 seconds remaining in the third period. Hill then took over, scoring the next seven points to get the Pistons right back in the game.
The Detroit star scored the final five points of the quarter, as well, giving the Pistons an 87-84 lead before Jason Terry hit a 75-footer at the buzzer to make it even going to the fourth.
That turned out to be merely a bump in the road for the Pistons, who quickly regained control with a 10-0 spurt to begin the final quarter. Jerome Williams capped the run with a three-point play, hitting the shot even though he was slammed to the floor by Bimbo Coles, who was called for an intentional foul.
The Hawks played their second straight game without Coach Lenny Wilkens, who was home with the flu. Assistant Stan Albeck once again served as acting head coach.
76ERS 113, WARRIORS 92: Allen Iverson scored 34 points and Matt Geiger added a season-high 26 as host Philadelphia handed Golden State its seventh straight loss.
Iverson, who reached 30 points for the seventh time in eight games, was 11 of 19 from the field and made all 11 free throws. He also had six assists.
Geiger, who missed 17 games after offseason knee surgery, had his best game of the season. He made 11 of 19 shots and grabbed nine rebounds.
SUPERSONICS 99, SPURS 96: Gary Payton scored 24 points as Seattle won in San Antonio.
Horace Grant added 16 points, and Brent Barry had 13 for the Sonics. Tim Duncan had 24 points, and David Robinson added 20 for the Spurs, who have lost two straight.
Payton scored seven straight points, the last two on a driving layup, to give Seattle a 91-83 lead with 6:00 to play.
But Avery Johnson hit consecutive jumpers and Robinson made two free throws to bring San Antonio within three with 2:40 left.
Chuck Person countered with a three-pointer with 1:50 remaining to make it 94-89. After Johnson hit another jumper, Baker made a free throw and Payton had a layup to give Seattle a 97-91 lead with 18.6 seconds to play. San Antonio could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
LAKERS 118, CLIPPERS 101: In Los Angeles, Shaquille O'Neal had 40 points and 19 rebounds as Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for their 12th straight victory. The Lakers' winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season, and the longest since they won 16 in a row during the 1990-91 season--the last time they reached the NBA Finals.
JAZZ 118, HORNETS 96: In Salt Lake City, Karl Malone scored 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting and had eight rebounds for Utah. Malone scored 14 points in the third quarter and for the game added seven assists and two blocked shots as the Jazz won its fourth in a row.
MAGIC 116, GRIZZLIES 96: Chris Gatling scored 23 points as Orlando, at home, snapped a five-game losing streak. Orlando's reserves outscored Vancouver's backups, 56-26, and took control defensively in the second quarter to help the Magic win for the first time since a Dec. 23 victory over Charlotte.