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A hotshot night for Bucks, Bobcats

By wire services
Published March 29, 2006


MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Charlie Bell had career highs of 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple double, and the host Bucks hit a franchise-record 18 3-pointers in a 132-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Michael Redd had 28 points as Milwaukee set season highs in almost every offensive category, scoring 46 points in a blistering third-quarter 3-point assault.

Milwaukee finished 18-of-32 from 3-point range and set season marks for points, points in a half (74), points in a quarter, field goal percentage (60 percent) and assists (36).

The Suns were without Amare Stoudemire, who was sent back to the sidelines for further rehabilitation on his left knee. He underwent microfracture surgery and missed the first 66 games of the season before playing in the last three.

BOBCATS 125, HAWKS 117: Gerald Wallace scored 18 of his career-high 41 in the fourth quarter, and host Charlotte scored the most points in its two-year history in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Raymond Felton added 28 points and 10 assists, and hit the clinching 3-pointer with 31 seconds left as Charlotte shot 57 percent.

Wallace hit 17 of 22 shots, including two alley-oop dunks in the final quarter to set a franchise record for points in a game.

Joe Johnson scored 35 and Josh Smith added 20 and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost five straight.

PISTONS 97, MAVS 90: Chauncey Billups scored eight of his 31 in the final three minutes to help host Detroit avenge its worst loss of the season, a 119-82 rout in Dallas on Nov. 19. It also assured the Pistons (56-14) a split of the season series with Dallas (54-17), which could be crucial for determining home-court advantage if the teams meet in the NBA Finals.

Rasheed Wallace added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, while Dirk Nowitzki and former Piston Jerry Stackhouse each had 25 for Dallas.

MAGIC 97, BULLS 93: Jameer Nelson scored 24 and Hedo Turkoglu hit two key jumpers in the closing minutes as Orlando rallied on the road.

Chicago shot just 3-of-21 in the fourth quarter and was 3-for-8 from the foul line as the Magic erased an 11-point deficit.

Turkoglu gave Orlando its first lead since the opening minute when he hit a baseline jumper with 1:53 remaining, and Keyon Dooling followed with a 3-pointer.

Andres Nocioni scored a career-high 26 and grabbed 10 rebounds for Chicago, while Kirk Hinrich added 14 points and 12 assists.

SONICS 98, GRIZZLIES 97: Ray Allen made an off-balance 19-footer with 0.3 seconds left as visiting Seattle snapped Memphis' seven-game winning streak despite Pau Gasol's franchise-record 44 points.

WIZARDS 97, KINGS 84: Caron Butler scored 23, Antonio Daniels added 17 and Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak in Sacramento even while playing without Gilbert Arenas, who came down with an apparent case of the flu.

PLAYERS FINED: San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen was fined $10,000 by the NBA for kicking Seattle's Ray Allen in the back during a 106-102 loss to the SuperSonics on Sunday night. "I was wrong for what I did," Bowen said. ... Miami forward Udonis Haslem was fined $5,000 for removing his jersey before leaving the court after he was ejected from the Heat's 96-91 victory over Indiana on Monday night.

RAPTORS: All-Star forward Chris Bosh is out indefinitely with a sprained left thumb, leaving Toronto without its top scorer and rebounder. He was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's loss in Milwaukee, colliding with teammate Pape Sow.