Magic run out of gas


Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 12:16 a.m.

ORLANDO - Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Ben Wallace had 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic 101-86 Monday night.

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Orlando's Tracy McGrady tries to get around Detroit's Ben Wallace.

(AP Photo)

Hamilton scored 23 of his points in the second and third quarters, when the Pistons rallied from a 13-point deficit to take control. Cliff Robinson added 17 points and Chauncey Billups 16 for the Pistons, who have won five of their last six.

Tracy McGrady scored 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Mike Miller added 18 points for the Magic, who have dropped five of seven overall and three straight at home.

Grant Hill, who had missed seven of the last eight games with ankle trouble, had 12 points in the first half to help the Magic take a 39-26 lead with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

That's when Hamilton carried the Pistons to the lead. After scoring only four points the first 18 minutes, he hit eight of his next nine shots and had all 27 of his points by the end of the third quarter.

  • BULLS 101, KNICKS 94: Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Tyson Chandler had a career-high 19 rebounds as Chicago nearly blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead before beating visiting New York.

    Chicago's Marcus Fizer scored 12 of his 14 points in the in the final period and the Bulls held on, withstanding six 3-pointers by the Knicks in the final four minutes.

  • ROCKETS 101, CELTICS 92: Steve Francis scored 26 points, including eight of his team's final 12, as Houston overcame a 3-point barrage by visiting Boston to defeat the Celtics.

    Cuttino Mobley added 24 points, James Posey had 12 and Yao Ming blocked five shots as the Rockets won their second in a row and sent Boston to its eighth loss in 10 games.

  • TIMBERWOLVES 89, NUGGETS 75: Anthony Peeler scored 20 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Minnesota.

    Peeler had been shooting just 27.5 percent and averaging 4.1 points over his previous 11 games.

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