The Associated Press
Dec. 30, 2005
Golden State at Dallas (8:30 p.m EST). The Mavericks (21-7) have won 11 of 13 and are off to the second-best start in team history.
_ Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, Pistons. Billups scored 30 points and Hamilton added 25 and a season-high nine assists to lead Detroit past Miami 106-101.
_ Ray Allen, SuperSonics, scored a season-high 39 points to lead Seattle past Denver 112-105.
ON ALL CYLINDERS
Detroit beat Miami 106-101 Thursday night to extend its winning streak to a season-high nine games. The Pistons are an NBA-best 24-3, a 27-game record that trails just two teams in NBA history.
San Antonio had 30 assists, one short of its season mark, and 12 steals in a 111-84 win over New Orleans on Thursday night.
Denver was without forward Marcus Camby in its 112-105 loss to Seattle on Thursday night. Camby, the league's leading rebounder, had surgery on his broken right pinkie and is out indefinitely.
BUTLER DOES IT
Washington is 3-1 with Caron Butler in the starting lineup, the only loss coming Wednesday night against Phoenix. Butler has averaged 18.8 points in his past four games.
``We're chasing something bigger than Miami, or anybody else. We have an opportunity to do something special. We're not worried about sending messages.'' _ Ben Wallace after the Pistons beat Miami 106-101 Thursday night to improve to 24-3. Only two teams in NBA history have had better starts to the season through 27 games.