Wallace $5,000 poorer, but pays off for Pistons

By wire services
Published February 28, 2006

CLEVELAND - Rasheed Wallace helped Detroit to back-to-back wins over the Cavaliers, and had a few laughs at their expense.

Wallace scored 24 and Richard Hamilton added 22 to lead the Pistons to an 84-72 win Monday night, their sixth straight.

Wallace made four 3-pointers a night after he split open Zydrunas Ilgauskas' head with an elbow during Detroit's 90-78 home win. He was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Monday for the flagrant foul.

The two tangled again in the rematch, but Wallace simply laughed when Ilgauskas shoved him to the floor in the second quarter.

"I guess that was his wannabe retaliation," Wallace said. "I started laughing and got a (technical) for that."

It was one of five technicals called against the Pistons, who complained all night about the officiating.

"We get three, four, five technicals, but all we do is win. And that's the ultimate spit in the face," Wallace said.

Cavaliers fans booed Wallace loudly during pregame introductions and nearly every time he touched the ball. One sign read: "Rasheed Must Bleed!"

But the result was the same, another 12-point loss - their fourth in a row - in which the Cavs were outhustled.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points and Ilgauskas, playing with five stitches in his head, scored 18 and had 15 rebounds.

HEAT 101, RAPTORS 94: Dwyane Wade was 15-for-19 from the field and scored 32, helping host Miami extend its season-best winning streak to six games. Shaquille O'Neal added 27 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which shot a season-high 60 percent.

MAVS 104, 76ERS 92: Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 13 rebounds despite missing most of the third quarter with a sprained ankle, and Dallas posted its 19th victory in the last 20 games. The Mavericks also extended their club-record home winning streak to 15. The Sixers had won three straight.

SUNS 111, ROCKETS 94: Shawn Marion scored 23 of his 30 in the second half and also had 18 rebounds to help visiting Phoenix win its seventh straight. Marion has scored 30 or more in all three games since the All-Star break. Houston again was led by Yao Ming with 27 points and 18 rebounds.

HAWKS 104, NETS 102 (OT): Al Harrington scored 22, Josh Smith had 19 and host Atlanta held on in overtime. Vince Carter attempted a long 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime but it rimmed out, and Nenad Krstic also missed a follow attempt. Smith hit a jumper from the corner to tie it at 94 with 4.9 seconds left in regulation.

SPURS 121, KNICKS 93: Michael Finley scored 22 in 22 minutes to lead host San Antonio's rout. Finley made all eight of his shots, including a season-high five 3-pointers for the Spurs, who shot a season-best 62.5 percent from the field. The loss was the 20th in the last 22 games for the Knicks.

GRIZZLIES 108, WIZARDS 98: Pau Gasol scored a career-high 39 and host Memphis shot 58.8 percent as it ended Washington's winning streak at three. Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 37 - his 27th 30-point game of the season.

BUCKS 110, NUGGETS 89: Michael Redd had 24 points and nine rebounds as visiting Milwaukee ended a six-game losing streak against the Nuggets dating to Jan. 25, 2003. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points for Denver, but only four in the second half after the Bucks had built a 24-point lead.

MORE $5,000 FINES: Besides Rasheed Wallace's penalty, the league levied $5,000 fines against Minnesota's Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis. Garnett was fined for throwing a basketball into the stands in Sunday's 105-99 victory over Memphis. He was ejected after it hit a fan in the face. Garnett and team officials apologized to the man after the game. Davis was docked the same amount for kicking a ball into the seats in a loss to Denver on Friday.

COLANGELO ON MOVE: Bryan Colangelo resigned as general manager of the Suns and was expected to take the same job today with the Raptors. Colangelo, the NBA's 2005 executive of the year after his retooled roster won a league-high 62 games, would replace Rob Babcock, who was fired Jan. 26.

BOLS CHARGED: Former NBA player Manute Bol and his wife were arrested Sunday after a fight at their West Hartford, Conn., home, police said. Bol, 45, and Ajok Kuag, 27, were charged with disorderly conduct.