Saunders collects his 500th win


Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chris Webber had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders picked up his 500th victory in a 95-87 win over the Indianapolis Pacers.

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Shaq puts police skills to test

  • MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal, the Miami Heat's All-Star center and a reserve officer with the Miami Beach Police Department, followed a driver who allegedly crashed into his Cadillac Escalade and tried to flee the scene, the team said.
O'Neal and bodyguard Jerome Crawford followed the driver for about five minutes. When the driver, identified by The Miami Herald as 18-year-old Emmnueo Cibrin of Tampa, stopped near a gas station, O'Neal approached the car and summoned a nearby police officer.— The Associated Press
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  • Detroit improved to 4-1 since moving Webber into the starting lineup after signing with his hometown team on Jan. 16.

    Rasheed Wallace added 20 points for Detroit, including 18 in the second half, while Richard Hamilton scored 21 and Antonio McDyess finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    Jermaine O'Neal led all scorers with 26 points, adding 12 rebounds and five blocks.

    SUNS 115, CAVALIERS 100

    Steve Nash scored 23 points and kept Phoenix's high-energy offense purring with 15 assists as the visiting Suns extended their winning streak to 17 games.

    Shawn Marion added 23 points, Amare Stoudemire 22 and Leandro Barbosa had 19 for the Suns. LeBron James scored 30 points to lead the Cavaliers.

    WIZARDS 105, CELTICS 91

    Antawn Jamison scored 34 points and Caron Butler added 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead visiting Washington past slumping Boston.

    Gilbert Arenas shrugged off a poor shooting night and finished with 23 points for the Wizards, who have won six of seven to move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Brendan Haywood added 11 points and nine rebounds.

    Delonte West had 22 points and 11 assists and Ryan Gomes scored 20 for the Celtics, who have lost 11 straight.

    SPURS 96, LAKERS 94 (OT)

    Michael Finley's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime gave cold-shooting San Antonio an improbable victory over host Los Angeles.

    Finley took a pass from Tim Duncan well behind the arc and hit a long jumper over Lamar Odom, helping the Spurs avoid their first regular-season sweep at the hands of the Lakers in nine years.

    Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer as time expired didn't come close. Kobe Bryant, who had 31 points, six rebounds and seven assists, was unable to get open for the final shot.

    The Spurs won despite shooting a season-low 33.7 percent (32-of-95). But they were 5-of-8 in overtime, when Tony Parker scored seven of his 19 points. Duncan led San Antonio with 21 points, 14 rebounds and a season-high nine assists, while Manu Ginobili had 21 points and seven rebounds.

    Odom had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have lost four of five.

    BUCKS 107, KNICKS 105

    Mo Williams had 30 points, including a running, 20-foot jumper with 3.1 seconds left, and 10 assists to lift host Milwaukee past New York and snap a six-game losing streak.

    Williams, who missed the last nine games after spraining his left shoulder in a collision on Jan. 8 at Denver, brought some desperately needed energy and bailed out the struggling Bucks after they near

    Jamal Crawford, who scored 17 points in the fourth, finished with 26.

    BULLS

    An MRI on the left knee of center Ben Wallace revealed no structural damage after a collision with Miami's Udonis Haslem (University of Florida). Wallace is averaging 6.5 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.

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