The Indiana Pacers lost another one, and now they're about to lose Ron Artest to another one-game suspension.
Artest committed a flagrant foul Wednesday night — his second in the past week — as the Pacers were giving up a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of a 96-93 loss in Philadelphia.
"There's definitely concern because we've lost a lot of close games because of perceived flagrant fouls or perceived technical fouls," coach Isiah Thomas said. "Somehow we've gained a reputation."
But there was little defense for Artest's latest flagrant foul.
After Eric Snow grabbed a rebound and threw an outlet pass, he was pulled down by a charging Artest on the baseline. Snow and the Philadelphia bench erupted before referee Ken Mauer called a level one flagrant. If the call is upheld, Artest will draw a one-game suspension and will miss Friday night's home game against Utah.
Artest will begin receiving two-game suspensions if he commits any more flagrant fouls.
Allen Iverson had 31 points, shooting 16-of-19 from the foul line, and Keith Van Horn scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the 76ers came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
The 76ers improved to 12-2 since the All-Star break, while the Pacers have lost six straight and 12 of 13.
Artest had 25 points, Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Al Harrington added 16 points for Indiana.
After the Pacers scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to go ahead 72-62, Philadelphia scored 15 of the next 19.
PISTONS 111, LAKERS 88: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Chauncey Billups tied his season high of 33 points and Detroit used a 10-0 fourth-quarter surge to gain its first home victory over Los Angeles since Dec. 20, 1991.
Shaquille O'Neal, who scored a season-low 13 points in a 17-point loss at Chicago on Tuesday night, had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Kobe Bryant scored 21 on 9-of-23 shooting.
"Too much Billups tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He made me want to throw up."
SPURS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 99: At Minneapolis, Stephen Jackson scored 22 points and Tim Duncan had 18 points and 14 rebounds as San Antonio ended Minnesota's 17-game home winning streak.
The matchup between MVP contenders Duncan and Kevin Garnett was a statistical draw, as Garnett scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds. But Garnett shot just 6-of-19 as the Wolves trailed by as many as 20 points.
GRIZZLIES 124, BULLS 95: At Memphis, Tenn., Stromile Swift collected his fifth straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies tied the franchise record of 23 victories.
Swift connected on all eight of his shots from the field and added three blocks as the Grizzlies won their fifth in a row, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins.
Pau Gasol led Memphis with 27 points, while Shane Battier added 17 and Wesley Person had 16. Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
ROCKETS 118, CLIPPERS 114 (OT): At Houston, Steve Francis scored six points in overtime and made a key steal.
Andre Miller had a chance to win the game for the Clippers in regulation when he was fouled by James Posey with a second left and the score tied at 104. Miller made the first free throw, but it was disallowed because of his second free-throw lane violation of the game. He then missed the second.
CELTICS 93, HORNETS 65: At Boston, Antoine Walker scored 23 points and Boston held New Orleans to a tie for the fewest points in franchise history.
The win moved the Celtics a game ahead of the Hornets in the tight Eastern Conference race. Paul Pierce scored 21 points for the Celtics, 6-2 in their last eight games.
HAWKS 111, BUCKS 92: At Atlanta, Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and Jason Terry had 22 points and 10 assists.
Sam Cassell scored 24 for the Bucks, who lost for the second straight night. They fell to 32-33, a half-game ahead of Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
TRAIL BLAZERS 125, RAPTORS 103: At Portland, Ore., Damon Stoudamire replaced Scottie Pippen (swollen knee) in the starting lineup and had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers have won three straight and seven of their last nine.