NBA ROUNDUP Wednesday's games
Wizards 113, Bulls 103
WASHINGTON -- With Gilbert Arenas slowed again by Chicago, Washington relied on strong contributions from Caron Butler, Antonio Daniels and DeShawn Stevenson to beat the Bulls. Arenas didn't even attempt a second-half shot until there were fewer than six minutes left in the game, and he finished 5-for-16 for 20 points -- well below his 30.5 average, No. 2 in the NBA. Butler finished with 26 points -- his seventh game in a row with at least 20 -- along with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Daniels matched his season high with 15 points, while Stevenson scored 13, including eight in a row to start the third quarter.
Hornets 96, Hawks 77
ATLANTA -- Jannero Pargo scored 24 points and Rasual Butler added 21 to help New Orleans end a five-game losing streak. New Orleans had dropped eight of nine and 19 of 23 before beating an Atlanta team that's lost two straight, 10 of 11 and 14 of 16. Joe Johnson was 6-for-24 from the field to finish with 13 points for Atlanta. Josh Childress, who took over at point guard after Speedy Claxton hurt his knee and missed the second half, had a team-high 19. Pargo's straightaway 3-pointer with 2:24 remaining gave New Orleans its biggest lead at 96-69.
Knicks 106, 76ers 99
NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury scored 24 points and Eddy Curry added 20 points and 10 rebounds for New York. The 76ers dropped lost their fourth straight game, all without Chris Webber. Webber and the team completed the paperwork on a buyout of the remaining 1 1/2 years on the power forward's contract and forwarded it to the league office. If there are no problems, the Sixers expect to announce that they have waived Webber today. Samuel Dalembert scored 18 points and Joe Smith had 16 for Philadelphia, which has lost 16 of its last 19 road games. Quentin Richardson added 19 points in his return to action for the Knicks, who came home from a five-game road trip and won their fifth straight game at Madison Square Garden.
Bobcats 103, Pistons 96
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Raymond Felton had 18 points and seven assists to lead six double-digit scorers for banged-up Charlotte. Detroit seemed to play as if it could just show up and win against one of the conference's worst teams. The Bobcats proved that kind of lackluster effort can lead to a loss against them. Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 23 points before being ejected with two technical fouls, called about a minute apart, with 1:04 left because he was complaining to official Ron Olesiak. The Pistons were held to eight points in the second quarter -- their lowest-scoring quarter of the season -- and watched a nine-point lead turn into a 10-point deficit.
Raptors 90, Bucks 77
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Bosh scored 30 points and tied a career-high with six blocks to help Toronto hand short-handed Milwaukee its fourth straight loss. T.J. Ford had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who have won three out of four. Bosh missed his first two shots as the Raptors started 1-of-12 from the field. However, he hit his next eight shots -- and finished 11-for-16 from the field -- to help Toronto quickly erase a double-digit deficit. Anthony Parker added 18 points and top draft pick Andrea Bargnani had 11 points for Toronto. Milwaukee's only healthy starter from their projected lineup this season, Andrew Bogut, had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead five Bucks in double digits. Ruben Patterson added 17 points, while Ersan Ilyasova had 11 and Brian Skinner and Steve Blake had 10 each.
Clippers 92, Timberwolves 91
MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Maggette came back from a brief injury absence to score 21 points, sinking the winning shot from the corner with less than five seconds left to lead Los Angeles. Kevin Garnett, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds, missed a jumper just before the buzzer. That ended a four-game winning streak for the Timberwolves, who won each of their last three in overtime. Elton Brand had 21 points, and Sam Cassell added 18 points for the Clippers, who improved to just 5-13 on the road and concluded a six-game trip.
Pacers 97, Celtics 84
BOSTON -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and Jamaal Tinsley added 17 points and 13 assists to lead Indiana. Danny Granger scored 16 points and Stephen Jackson added 15 for the Pacers, who have won three straight overall and five of six road games. Tony Allen scored 19 points for Boston before leaving with an injured left knee with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter. Sebastian Telfair had 15 points and Gerald Green added 14 for the Celtics, who have lost nine of 11.
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