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Brown wins first in Detroit

November 1, 2003

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— Larry Brown won with the Detroit Pistons for the first time, leaving Stan Van Gundy still winless with the Miami Heat.

Chauncey Billups scored 27 points and Richard Hamilton added 24, including the Pistons' final 10 points, to help them hold off the Heat, 93-81, Friday night.

Brown earned his 880th career victory and his first since being hired in June to replace Rick Carlisle in Detroit.

"We had a lot of contributions that made the difference," Brown said.

The injury-plagued Heat fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1994. They're alone in last place in the Atlantic Division under Van Gundy, who took over when Pat Riley abruptly resigned last week.

"Your job as a coach is to win games," Van Gundy said. "I haven't gotten that done."

The Heat's 19,600-seat arena was perhaps half full for their first home game since Riley stepped down as coach. He remains Heat president, and a team spokesman said Riley was in the building, but he stayed out of public view.

Sonics 124, Clippers 105

Saitama, Japan -- Rashard Lewis scored a career-high 50 points to lead Seattle past Los Angeles and close out the two-game series in Japan. Lewis, who led the Sonics with 25 points in Thursday's 109-100 win, scored 26 points in the first half.

Kings 100, 76ers 89

Sacramento, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 28 points, and Bobby Jackson had 18 as Sacramento beat Philadelphia for the sixth straight time. Mike Bibby had 16 points and five assists for the Kings.

Bucks 93, Pacers 79

Indianapolis -- Rookie T.J. Ford had 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in his NBA debut to lead Milwaukee. Ford sat out the season opener against Minnesota because of a sore right ankle.

Nets 84, T'wolves 61

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Jason Kidd picked up his game after Kenyon Martin went down with an ugly ankle injury, and New Jersey turned back Minnesota.

Raptors 82, Wizards 79

Toronto -- Vince Carter scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half as Toronto recovered from its lowest-scoring first half in history. Jerome Williams added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Antonio Davis had 15 rebounds.

Celtics 93, Grizzlies 91

Memphis, Tenn. -- Mike James hit a 16-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give Boston a victory over Memphis. Memphis tied its opener at 91 when Pau Gasol hit a pair of free throws with 10.4 seconds to go.

Bulls 100, Hawks 94

Chicago -- Eddy Curry scored 22 points, and Tyson Chandler had 13 with a career-high 22 rebounds as Chicago defeated Atlanta.

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