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NBA roundup: Kobe Bryant's heroics not enough to beat Detroit Pistons

Published: Tuesday, March 6 2012 11:25 p.m. MST

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rodney Stuckey scored 34 points, and the Detroit Pistons overcame a tying shot by Kobe Bryant at the end of regulation Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 88-85 in overtime.

Bryant, who had tied the game at the buzzer to force the extra session, missed from 3-point range in the final seconds of overtime. Metta World Peace came up with the ball and dribbled back toward the top of the key, but his last-ditch turnaround missed as well.

Andrew Bynum had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bryant finished with 22 points on 8-of-26 shooting. He started the game with black mask protecting his injured nose but switched to a clear one while struggling through the first half.

BOBCATS 100, MAGIC 84: At Charlotte, N.C., Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 points, Gerald Henderson hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat Orlando.

The Bobcats came in having lost 21 of their last 22 games, but seemed to get a spark after coach Paul Silas was ejected in the second quarter with the team trailing by 18.

The Bobcats also got a big game from rookie center Bismack Biyombo, who battled toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard and had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

HAWKS 101, PACERS 96: At Indianapolis, Josh Smith had 27 points and nine rebounds, leading the Hawks to their third straight victory.

Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the third, and fell three points shy of his season high.

Jannero Pargo had 16 points, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each scored 12 for the Hawks.

David West scored a season-high 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost two straight.

MAVERICKS 95, KNICKS 85: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and bailed out the Mavericks after they lost the lead following a 71/2-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter, and Dallas beat New York.

Nowitzki made a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 4:34 left, starting a game-clinching, 14-0 run by the Mavericks in which their All-Star forward scored nine points.

That was after the Knicks, who had trailed by as many as 19, scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 78-77 when Amare Stoudemire penetrated to make a shot.

CELTICS 97, ROCKETS 92: At Boston, Kevin Garnett grabbed 13 rebounds to pass Shaquille O'Neal and move into 12th on the NBA's career list, and Paul Pierce scored seven of his 30 points in overtime to lead the Celtics to a victory over the Rockets.

Boston has won five straight since the All-Star break, including two in a row in overtime. Houston has lost four in a row.

Ray Allen scored 21, including a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Boston the lead. But Rajon Rondo missed an open layup with a chance to clinch it in regulation, and Goran Dragic tied it for the Rockets.

HEAT 108, NETS 78: At Miami, LeBron James scored 21 points and capped his night by banking in a halfcourt shot, Chris Bosh added 20 points and Miami snapped a two-game slide by rolling past New Jersey.

The win came with a cost: Dwyane Wade turned his right ankle late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 13 points. Wade missed six games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle, though the team said he could have returned to this one if needed.

The Heat made 12 of their first 15 shots on the way to a 10th straight home win. James finished 9 for 11, adding nine rebounds and six assists.

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