NBA ROUNDUP \ Wednesday's other games
Lakers 113, Hornets 107
NEW ORLEANS -- The Hornets' homecoming turned into another Kobe show. Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles beat New Orleans, disappointing the standing room crowd that put aside its Hurricane Katrina problems for a night of cheering on its team. It was the first professional sporting event in New Orleans since the Aug. 29 storm destroyed much of the city, scattered residents across the United States and sent the Hornets to Oklahoma City for the season. Hornets owner George Shinn had worried about the city's ability to supply a crowd for the game -- the first of three to be played in New Orleans this season. Only an estimated 189,000 of the city's roughly 465,000 pre-Katrina residents have returned. But the game was a sellout, with 17,744 people jammed in and the Arena's $10 million restoration ready for the crowd and the game. Hornets forward Desmond Mason's layup with 3:16 left tied it at 97. But Bryant's 3-pointer at 2:19 put the Lakers ahead 100-97 and the Hornets could never catch up. Lamar Odom had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Los Angeles, Smush Parker had 16 points and Sasha Vujacic had 10. David West led the Hornets with 25 points, Chris Paul and Speedy Claxton each scored 22 and Aaron Williams added 10. Paul also had 10 rebounds.
Heat 118, Wizards 112
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence (sprained right wrist) to score 40 points and lead Miami to its 10th straight win. Wade's running jumper in the lane gave Miami a 114-112 lead with 21 seconds left. Jason Williams scored 21 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat. Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points, and Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels each had 19 for the Wizards.
Pistons 106, Bulls 101
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Detroit improve to 27-2 at home. The Bulls scored 37 points in the fourth -- a quarter that saw four players score at least 10 points -- but gave up 38. Rasheed Wallace had 14 of his 25 points in the fourth, while Andres Nocioni (15) and Ben Gordon (11) combined for 26 points in the period for the Bulls. Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 27 points, while Gordon had 28 for Chicago and Nocioni finished with 23.
Celtics 104, 76ers 101
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had his first triple-double of the season with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to rally the Celtics. After Allen Iverson's jumper gave Philadelphia a 99-94 lead with 1:34 remaining, Pierce scored eight straight points for Boston, including a pair of 3-pointers, to put the Celtics up 100-99. Iverson missed a chance to regain the lead for the 76ers when his jump shot was blocked by Tony Allen with 22 seconds remaining. Pierce then hit a pair of free throws and Allen sealed the game with two more. Iverson scored 32 points but finished 10-for-31.
Bobcats 104, Warriors 101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jumaine Jones scored 29 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds to play. Charlotte went into the fourth quarter trailing 81-76, but quickly made up the deficit and took its first lead at 85-84. Gerald Wallace finished with 17 points, five steals and four blocked shots for Charlotte. Brevin Knight added 14 points and 10 assists, and Primoz Brezec and Kareem Rush each scored 10. Jason Richardson led Golden State with 27 points. Troy Murphy had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Kings 123, Bucks 116
MILWAUKEE -- Mike Bibby scored 36 points and Sacramento tied its season high for points. Bibby scored 13 fourth-quarter points, made all 12 of his free throws in the game and had five assists. Michael Redd scored 32 points, T.J. Ford tied a career high with 24 points and Bobby Simmons had 21 for Milwaukee.
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