Guard leads hot Pistons

Chauncey Billups led Detroit over Memphis with 28 points, 14 assists

Bucks stop with storm

The decision by Milwaukee Bucks officials to delay their flight home from California because of a winter storm in the Midwest left them with more hassles on Tuesday. After an eight-day, 1-4 road trip that included a 96-93 loss to Sacramento on Monday, the Bucks left California early Tuesday for the four-hour flight back to Wisconsin. They were diverted to Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay because of nearly 6 inches of snow and ice in the Milwaukee area. The Bucks said they'd take a two-hour bus trip to Milwaukee, but it could take longer on the snowy and slick roads.

Tonight's top game

PISTONS AT ROCKETS, 6 p.m., ESPN — Beast of the East faces 3rd-best team in Texas.

STARS

Monday

—Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, scored a season-high 36 points to lead Dallas past New York 99-89.

—Dwyane Wade, Heat, scored 31 points, including 10 in the final 4 minutes, and Miami defeated Phoenix 117-113.

—Josh Smith, Hawks, had 25 points and a season-high 16 rebounds to help Atlanta beat Orlando 98-87.

FIRSTS

Miami shot 59 percent to get past Phoenix 117-113 Monday night and win consecutive games for the first time this season. It was the first time the Heat beat the Suns in three seasons. ... Andre Miller had 17 points and 12 assists to help Philadelphia beat Houston 100-88 for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

DOWN THE BLOCK

Shawn Marion blocked four shots for the fifth time in 13 games in Phoenix's 117-113 loss to Miami on Monday night. The five four-block efforts match his total for all of last season.