The defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons, for the first time in their three seasons at The Palace, lose two straight games. They fell 105-101 Wednesday night to Indiana, which had lost five in a row."We have to learn to play harder, especially at home," Detroit coach Chuck Daly said. "We have to realize we're just an average team right now. Everyone thinks we're playing hard, but we're not, especially at home. And I don't know what lies ahead on the road."
Micheal Williams, who played for the Pistons as a rookie, did not miss a shot and scored 21 points as Indiana ended a five-game losing streak against Detroit. Williams was 8-for-8 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line.
The Pistons are 6-3 since losing Isiah Thomas to wrist surgery. Detroit has lost four of the last five, including a 95-93 defeat at home against Chicago before the All-Star break.
Dumars scored 28 points and James Edwards had 19 for Detroit. Dennis Rodman had a career-high 24 rebounds.
Nets 140, Hawks 106
Chris Morris scored a season-high 32 points, Drazen Petrovic had 22 and Mookie Blaylock 20 as New Jersey pulled away.
Reggie Theus scored 17 points and Derrick Coleman had 14 for the Nets. Chris Dudley had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Dominique Wilkins led Atlanta with 24 points.
Lakers 120, Timberwolves 106
A day after the Lakers' 16-game winning streak was stopped in Phoenix, they bounced back to win their 14th straight at The Forum.
Vlade Divac produced 18 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots and Magic Johnson had 18 points and 14 assists. Terry Teagle led Los Angeles with 22 points.
Cavaliers 95, Mavericks 93
Cleveland put together its first two-game winning streak since November as Brad Daugherty had 23 points with 13 rebounds and Larry Nance had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Daugherty and Craig Ehlo each made two free throws in the closing moments to put the Cavaliers ahead 95-89 with 3.4 seconds left.