Grant Hill scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter last night as the Detroit Pistons defeated the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 101-95, extending their winning streak to six games.
Hill, coming off consecutive 42-point performances in Orlando and Atlanta, made 13 of 21 shots and had seven assists and five rebounds in 38 minutes.
"If we don't have the best player in the NBA, we certainly have the best non-center," Pistons Coach Alvin Gentry said. "Now that he's added the jumper to his game, there's not a single player in this league who can guard him one-on-one."
Hill, who didn't make a single three-pointer in the strike-shortened 1999 season, already has 16 in 1999-2000. Two of those came in the fourth quarter against the Bucks.
"Grant was very good," Bucks Coach George Karl said. "We had an opportunity to win the game, but we didn't make the stops that we needed. He was good, and he showed a lot of class."
Hill sat out the final four minutes of the third quarter because of foul trouble, but said that was the key to his strong finish.
"I was a little tired after the game [Wednesday] night, so that gave me a chance to rest my legs a little," he said. "But it also gave me a chance to get my thoughts together."
The Bucks played without point guard Sam Cassell (tendinitis in right ankle), but nearly had enough to end Detroit's season-best winning streak. Milwaukee led by nine in the fourth, but couldn't stop Hill.
* HEAT 111, ROCKETS 99: Alonzo Mourning, coming off a season-low 12-point effort, had 28 points and nine blocked shots as Miami defeated visiting Houston for the eighth consecutive time.
Houston was paced by guard Steve Francis's 22 points, but the rookie from Maryland wasn't impressed with Mourning, saying the star center got away with fouls on some soaring dunks by Francis.
"He fouled me every single time," Francis said. "I'm going to lift weights tomorrow and get my legs stronger so next time I play him I'll put it on his head five times."
* JAZZ 105, MAVERICKS 92: Karl Malone had 24 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Utah extended its winning streak to five games. Mavericks Coach Don Nelson and center Shawn Bradley were ejected in the second half, and Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan was tossed with 3 minutes 37 seconds to play.
Nelson was thrown out in the third quarter when he was hit with a double-technical for arguing a call by referee Scott Wall.
Bradley was whistled for a foul against Malone, whose knee struck Bradley's midsection. Bradley was on the floor for several minutes before he was helped to the locker room.
Nelson continued to argue the call after Bradley left, and Wall ejected Nelson. The coach then exchanged words with Malone before the two were separated and Nelson was escorted out.
Bradley returned to start the fourth quarter, but picked up his second technical. Sloan left after two late technicals.
* PACERS 102, NUGGETS 87: Travis Best scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and Sam Perkins hit key three-pointers as visiting Indiana ran its winning streak to a season-high seven. Indiana made 12 of 26 three-pointers, four by Perkins.
* TIMBERWOLVES 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 96: Kevin Garnett made the winning basket with 3.3 seconds left to cap a 27-point performance and stop visiting Portland's winning streak at six.
* RAPTORS 101, KINGS 89: Charles Oakley had 20 points and 16 rebounds as Toronto snapped visiting Sacramento's four-game winning streak.
* CAVALIERS 90, WARRIORS 75: Lamond Murray scored 20 points and host Cleveland, despite shooting a season-low 31 percent, sent Golden State to its eighth straight loss.