Hornets all the buzz, chew up Hawks, 96-77

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ATLANTA – Jannero Pargo scored 24 points and Rasual Butler added 21 to help the New Orleans Hornets end a five-game losing streak with a 96-77 victory over the listless Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

New Orleans had dropped eight of nine and 19 of 23 before beating an Atlanta team that’s lost two straight, 10 of 11 and 14 of 16.

Bobcats 102, Pistons 96

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Raymond Felton had 18 points and seven assists to lead six double-digit scorers for the banged-up Charlotte Bobcats in a 102-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The Pistons, one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, seemed to play as if they could just show up and win against one of the conference’s worst teams.

Knicks 106, 76ers 99

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NEW YORK – Stephon Marbury scored 24 points, Eddy Curry added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rolled to a 106-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night

The 76ers dropped lost their fourth straight game, all without Chris Webber. Philadelphia is close to a buyout of the remainder of the power forward’s contract, though coach Maurice Cheeks said before the game he had no update on the progress of those negotiations.

Wizards 113, Bulls 103

WASHINGTON – With Gilbert Arenas slowed again by Chicago, the Washington Wizards relied on strong contributions from Caron Butler, Antonio Daniels and DeShawn Stevenson to beat the Bulls 113-103 Wednesday night for a seventh consecutive home win.

Clippers 92, Wolves 91

MINNEAPOLIS – Corey Maggette came back from a brief injury absence to score 21 points, sinking the winning shot from the corner with less than 5 seconds left Wednesday night in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 92-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Garnett, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds, missed a jumper just before the buzzer.

That ended a four-game winning streak for the Timberwolves, who won each of their last three in overtime.

Elton Brand had 21 points, and Sam Cassell added 18 points for the Clippers, who improved to just 5-13 on the road and concluded a six-game trip.

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