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Hawks stun Pistons for fifth win
December 11, 2004 22:45 IST
Tony Delk and Predrag Drobjnak both scored 16 points as the Atlanta Hawks stunned the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons 88-72 in National Basketball Association play Friday in Auburn Hills.
Atlanta (4-15) won for just the second time in 12 games and held the Pistons to their lowest point total in a home game in franchise history.
The Pistons (10-9) continued their inconsistent start to the season and trailed by as many as 29 points to the Hawks, who have one of the worst records in the NBA.
Detroit was without veterans Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace, both out with injuries, and couldn't generate much offense for most of the night while going with a young lineup.
Rookie Josh Smith had 12 points and four blocked shots for Atlanta, both career highs.
Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 24 points, but the Pistons trailed 56-38 at the half and never recovered.
GARNETT'S SEASON-HIGH 35
In other NBA games played Friday, Kevin Garnett had a season-high 35 points along with 18 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 113-105 win over the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis.
Eddie Griffin added 18 points for the T-Wolves, who trailed for most of the first three quarters. Sam Cassell added 15 points, 14 of them in the second half.
Chris Webber led Sacramento with 25 points, while Mike Bibby scored 21.
In Washington, Brendan Haywood's 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left gave the Wizards a 106-104 win over the New York Knicks.
Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 25 points and 13 rebounds as Washington won for the fifth time in six games. Gilbert Arenas chipped in 20 points and seven assists and Haywood had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Nazr Mohammed had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead New York.
In Toronto, Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Raptors 101-87.
Nene added a season-high 21 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight. Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Rafer Alston had 25 points to lead the Raptors (7-15), who lost their sixth straight after placing Vince Cater on the injured list before the game.
NETS IN OVERTIME
In East Rutherford, Jason Kidd hit the game-winning basket in overtime as the New Jersey Nets edged the reeling New Orleans Hornets 94-91.
Richard Jefferson scored 24 points for the Nets, who beat their former coach Byron Scott.
Dan Dickau led the Hornets (1-17) with 18 points.
In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Heat beat the Memphis Grizzlies 92-84.
Shaquille O'Neal added 20 points for the Heat. Lorenzen Wright led Memphis with 18.
In Chicago, Allen Iverson had 22 points and 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 93-88 win over the Bulls.
Samuel Dalembert had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Sixers. Luol Deng had 17 points to lead Chicago.
In Milwaukee, Michael Redd scored 21 points as the Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 95-86.
Mike James added 16 points for the Bucks, while Reggie Miller had 17 in Indiana's sixth straight loss.
STOUDEMIRE SCORES 36
In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had 36 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists as the Suns beat the Charlotte Bobcats 115-106.
Phoenix is now 17-3, tied with Seattle for the NBA's best record.
In Oakland, Steve Francis had 36 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 113-109.
Tony Battie added 16 points and 15 rebounds for Orlando. Speedy Claxton had 27 points to lead Golden State.
In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Utah Jazz edged the Portland Trail Blazers 92-87 in overtime.
Zach Randolph had 23 points for Portland.