Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2008
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Allen Iverson scored 19 points, and Tayshaun Prince added 16 to help the undermanned Detroit Pistons win their fifth straight game, 83-75 over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.
Both teams lost key players during the game. New Jersey’s Vince Carter was ejected after for arguing a second-quarter call with referee Derrick Stafford, and Rasheed Wallace didn’t play in the second half after injuring his foot in the first quarter.
Detroit’s Richard Hamilton (groin) missed his third straight game, and Antonio McDyess sat out after injuring his ribs Monday in a win over Orlando.
Rookie Brook Lopez led the Nets with 23 points and 12 rebounds in their lowest-scoring game of the season. Devin Harris added 19 points.
Magic 113, Bulls 94
CHICAGO ó Rashard Lewis set the tone by scoring 16 of his 21 points in the first half and Orlando rolled over Chicago for its eighth win in nine games.
Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points. Dwight Howard scored 15, and the Southeast Division leaders came through with a dominant performance after their seven-game win streak ended in a six-point loss at Detroit on Monday.
The Bulls were coming off a 13-point win at New Jersey, but instead of building on that, they got blown out of their own building. Joakim Noah came through with a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Larry Hughes scored 15 and Ben Gordon 18, but Chicago shot just 42 percent.
Derrick Rose had a rough afternoon finishing with just 11 points and no assists.
Rockets 85, Bucks 81
HOUSTON ó Yao Ming had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Luis Scola added 11 points and 10 boards, and Houston beat Milwaukee.
Ron Artest had 15 points and reserve Carl Landry added 14 as the Rockets beat the Bucks for the eighth straight time, bouncing back from an embarrassing loss to Washington on Monday.
Michael Redd scored 20, Richard Jefferson had 16 and Luke Ridnour dished out 11 assists for the Bucks, who’ve lost nine consecutive games in Houston.
Nuggets 114, Raptors 107
TORONTO ó Nene scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 20 and Denver beat Toronto to give coach George Karl his 900th regular-season victory.
Chauncey Billups scored 18 points and J.R. Smith had 16 for Denver, with Kenyon Martin adding 15 points.