Bill Laimbeer was the focal point Sunday night in a game in which he scored his 10,000th career NBA point. Meanwhile, Caldwell Jones was barely noticed as healso reached the milestone.
Laimbeer scored 24 points, including a 19-foot jumper with 48 seconds remaining to reach 10,000 points, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 110-104 victory over the Washington Bullets."The first part of the year I was injured, but since the All-Star Game I've felt real good," Laimbeer said. "We're playing team basketball, moving the ball well and I'm getting good shots."
Laimbeer, in his ninth NBA season, said he was aware that he needed the final basket for 10,000 points.
"I keep track of what I do," he said. "I told Isiah (Thomas) I only need two more, so get it to me."
Detroit won its 10th straight home contest and remained one game behind first-place Cleveland in the Central Division.
Meanwhile, Jones scored just one basket in Portland's 123-110 loss to Cleveland, but also put him at the 10,000 mark.
Jones reached the milestone in 1,207 games, the most it has taken any player to score 10,000 points.
Brad Daugherty scored 23 points to lead seven Cleveland players in double figures, helping the Cavaliers break a two-game losing streak. It was only the second victory in the last six games for the Cavaliers, who are in the midst of a five-game Western Conference road trip.
"I thought we got back to business tonight," Cleveland Coach Lenny Wilkens. said. "We were just trying to regroup, address our problems and be real aggressive."
Celtics 121, Nuggets 115
At Boston, Reggie Lewis struck for 28 points and Robert Parish scored 6 of his 22 points in the final 2:11 to lead the Celtics.
Kings 114, Hornets 105
At Charlotte, N.C., Wayman Tisdale scored 28 points, including four in an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter, to lead Sacramento.
Lakers 126, Warriors 115
At Oakland, Calif., Byron Scott hit consecutive 3-point baskets to break a 112-112 tie and lead the Lakers past Golden State.