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Pistons roar to eighth in a row

Tayshaun Prince matched his career high with 31 points, Chauncey Billups added 22 and 16 assists as the Pistons beat the Knicks 108-100 Friday for their eighth straight victory.

Billups hit his first seven shots before missing a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, while Prince hit a career-high six 3-pointers, including three in the fourth.

Mavericks 109, Kings 90

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki's aim was off in his first game back from suffering blurred vision, yet he was only the one misfiring for the Mavericks, who extended their winning streak to 12.

Dallas hasn't lost since starting the season 0-4. The surge is the third-best in club history - two shy of matching the franchise record.

Bulls 111, Hornets 108

OKLAHOMA CITY - Andres Nocioni scored a career-high 31, including two late free throws, and the Bulls held off a series of Hornets comebacks.

After New Orleans cut an 18-point deficit to four in the final minute, Nocioni hit two free throws with 13 seconds left.

Cavs 106, Hawks 95

ATLANTA - LeBron James scored 31, with 13 coming in the final quarter, as the Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter. James also had a couple of high-flying blocks on back-to-back possessions to ruin the Hawks' comeback hopes.

Wizards 121, Bobcats 109

WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas got his teammates involved early, compiling six assists before he made a field goal, then finished with 33 points and 10 assists for Washington, which improved to 6-2 at home. The Wizards are 0-7 on the road.

Raptors 106, Celtics 102

TORONTO - Chris Bosh had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Raptors.

T.J. Ford had 13 assists and 10 points for Toronto, which is 5-2 at home but 1-8 on the road.

Nuggets 106, T'wolves 92

MINNEAPOLIS - Carmelo Anthony scored 35 and Eduardo Najera outworked the Timberwolves post players for a double double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Ricky Davis also had 21 points for Minnesota, which has lost three straight.

Suns 122, Bucks 116

PHOENIX - Shawn Marion scored 27 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 14 rebounds as Phoenix beat Milwaukee at home for the 19th time in a row, matching the longest active streak of its kind in the NBA. Denver has lost 19 in a row at Sacramento.

IVERSON BLAMES MEDS: Allen Iverson, fined an undisclosed amount by the 76ers for skipping a bowling event with corporate sponsors and season-ticket holders eariler this week, said the effects of medicine after a dental procedure for absessed teeth made him unable to attend.

ACQUITTED: Pistons center Dale Davis was acquitted on assault charges stemming from an altercation with police in Miami.

PLAYERS GRIPE: The association filed an unfair labor practice charge against the league over the new ball and the league's crackdown on player complaints to officials after the whistle. With players fined for each technical they receive, union director Billy Hunter has suggested a lawsuit could be the next step.

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