The Boston Celtics were dealt the worst loss in their history last night, falling behind the Detroit Pistons by as many as 60 points in a 118-66 loss at home.

Boston's previous worst loss came in the second game this season, a 114-69 loss to Washington.

Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for the Pistons, who led 71-51 with 4 minutes 5 seconds left in the third quarter before going on a 35-2 run that gave them a 106-53 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Detroit's biggest lead was 118-58 on a three-pointer by Tayshaun Prince with 2:44 left.

"I've been on the other side of these things and I know how it feels and it's no fun," Detroit Coach Rick Carlisle said. "So we don't revel in it."

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points but was ejected late in the third quarter when he picked up two technicals for yelling at a referee from the bench.

* LAKERS 124, KINGS 113: Kobe Bryant had 38 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and Shaquille O'Neal added 36 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to power Los Angeles past Sacramento.

It was the Lakers' first visit to Arco Arena since the three-time NBA champions prevented the Kings from reaching the NBA Finals last season with a dramatic victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Peja Stojakovic scored 36 points and Mike Bibby added 21 for Sacramento, playing without Chris Webber (sprained ankle).

* RAPTORS 102, PACERS 90: In Toronto, a fight that ended with Raptors Coach Lenny Wilkens holding back Indiana Coach Isiah Thomas highlighted Toronto's victory.

Morris Peterson of the Raptors and the Pacers' Al Harrington and Thomas were ejected after a fight with 8:02 left in the fourth quarter. Harrington approached Peterson in an aggressive manner after Peterson tripped up Harrington while running downcourt on a fast break.

Peterson appeared to throw a punch and a shoving match ensued. Thomas ran onto the court and tried to get at Peterson, but Wilkens held Thomas back.

"Why have him do something he's going to regret later?," Wilkens said of grabbing Thomas. "I have a lot of respect for him. We've known each other a long time, and I just told him: 'We don't need that.' "

Thomas said he ran onto the court to tell the referee Peterson committed a flagrant foul.

"What the rest of the league is hearing from everyone else is that it is okay to pound on the Pacers, and no, that's not okay," Thomas said.

* SPURS 109, MAGIC 108: Tim Duncan had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists, and his put-back off his own miss with four seconds to go lifted visiting San Antonio.

Orlando had a chance to win, but Tracy McGrady's 17-footer fell short at the buzzer. McGrady scored 35 points to top the 30-point mark for the seventh straight game.

David Robinson scored a season-high 20 points and Tony Parker had 20 points and a career-high 13 assists for the Spurs.

* ROCKETS 121, TIMBERWOLVES 101: In Houston, Steve Francis scored 27 points and Yao Ming had his 14th double-double of the season for the Rockets, who shot a season-high 58.1 percent.

Yao had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Cuttino Mobley added 22 points for the Rockets.

* TRAIL BLAZERS 107, BULLS 94: Rasheed Wallace, back from a seven-game suspension for threatening a referee, had 28 points and seven rebounds in his return for host Portland.

* NETS 89, HORNETS 72: In East Rutherford, N.J., Kenyon Martin had 23 points and 13 rebounds and New Jersey, without ailing Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, held New Orleans to a season-low point total.

* 76ERS 104, HEAT 99: Keith Van Horn scored 33 points and Eric Snow added 21 as Philadelphia handed Miami its eighth straight road loss.

* JAZZ 102, WARRIORS 94: Karl Malone had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Utah shot 55 percent to win in Salt Lake City.

* SUNS 98, CLIPPERS 92: Stephon Marbury had 19 points and 15 assists to lead visiting Phoenix.

* KNICKS 108, GRIZZLIES 102: Howard Eisley scored a career-high 30 points to propel New York to a road victory. Pau Gasol had 32 points for Memphis.

* HAWKS 96, CAVALIERS 91: Glenn Robinson scored 20 points and Atlanta won at home for its fourth win in five games.