AUBURN HILLS, MICH. P.J. Brown looked up in disbelief.
Had the Charlotte forward actually outrebound the entire Detroit Pistons team in the Hornets' 104-96 victory Wednesday night? Yes, P.J. you did.
Detroit set an NBA record with just 18 rebounds, the lowest total in league history.
"I've been playing basketball for about 20 years," said Brown, who grabbed 17 defensive rebounds for a total of 20, "and I've never even heard of something like that in my life."
Baron Davis' career-high 38 points were overshadowed somewhat by Detroit's lackluster rebounding effort. The Pistons had one less rebound than Seattle did when it set the previous NBA record with 19 rebounds against Phoenix in 1999.
"We're not proud of that," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said.
Charlotte coach Paul Silas wasn't too interested in reflecting on the record.
"We've got to see them Friday," Silas said. "I'm not going to say a word."
The Hornets never trailed and appeared to be cruising to an easy victory with a 23-point third-quarter lead, but Detroit pulled to 85-82 with six minutes left.
Charlotte made just enough shots and stops to prevent the Pistons from getting any closer.
Detroit's Ben Wallace, who was second in the NBA in rebounding last year, grabbed nine rebounds three times more than any of his teammates.
"We may have only had 18 rebounds, but we were still in the game," Wallace said.
Wizards 94, 76ers 87
Philadelphia Michael Jordan should criticize his teammates more often. A night after saying his team "stinks," Jordan scored 30 points and Richard Hamilton added 28, leading Washington over Philadelphia. Allen Iverson scored 40 points and Derrick Coleman added 15 for the Sixers. The defending Eastern Conference champions have lost two straight after winning seven in a row. Washington won for just the second time in its last 10 games.
Following Tuesday night's 94-75 loss at Cleveland, Jordan ripped his teammates for their lack of urgency and lackluster play on defense.
Jazz 112, SuperSonics 88
Salt Lake City Karl Malone, John Stockton, Donyell Marshall and even Greg Ostertag showed that Utah can still be quite formidable. Marshall had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Malone scored 19 and Stockton had 18. Ostertag shot 4-for-4 and had eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Rookie Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points, four steals and three blocks for Utah while John Starks scored 11 points.
Pacers 99, Nuggets 85
Denver Al Harrington scored 22 points and Reggie Miller had 17 as Indiana handed Denver its fourth straight loss. Jalen Rose had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Jermaine O'Neal had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Suns 104, Bucks 84
Phoenix Penny Hardaway had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as Phoenix beat Milwaukee for coach Scott Skiles' 100th victory. The Bucks, who started 4-0 on the road, absorbed their second straight road loss. Stephon Marbury had 24 points, 22 in the first half, as the Suns won for the fourth time in five games. Rodney Rogers had 18 points off the bench, and Shawn Marion scored 17.
Spurs 94, Warriors 83
San Antonio David Robinson had season-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead San Antonio. Tim Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Malik Rose came off the bench for 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Knicks 105, Hawks 100
Atlanta Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points and New York held on to beat Atlanta for the second time in three nights. The Knicks led virtually the entire way, winning their third in a row to get back to .500 (8-8), and reached 100 points for the first time this season.
Clippers 94, Timberwolves 75
Los Angeles Eric Piatkowski scored all 24 of his points in the first three quarters and Elton Brand added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Minnesota. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves for only the fifth time in their last 20 meetings despite committing a season-worst 25 turnovers.