Iverson paces Sixers

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004

PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers reached 100 points for the first time in nearly two months, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 100-80.

Iverson and Glenn Robinson combined for 16 points during a 21-5 run to start the third quarter that gave the Sixers a 17-point lead. With Iverson on the bench in the fourth quarter, the Clippers were able to cut the deficit to 11.

But a series of turnovers led to a 17-4 run by Philadelphia that put the game out of reach.

Celtics 101, Magic 93

BOSTON Paul Pierce had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Mike James added 21 points in extending the Magic's losing streak to six games.

After trailing 90-72 with 8:16 remaining, Orlando went on a 14-2 run featuring three 3-pointers and 11 points by Tracy McGrady. But the Magic got no closer as Pierce scored four straight points to make it 96-86.

Raptors 75, Cavaliers 69

TORONTO Vince Carter scored 11 of his 14 points in the final eight minutes, including a clinching windmill dunk with 21 seconds left.

Carter was 1-for-12 from the field and hadn't scored since the first quarter before putting Toronto ahead on a 3-pointer with 7:34 left.

After LeBron James missed a jumper with less than a minute left, Alvin Williams grabbed the rebound and found Carter downcourt for a dunk that gave Toronto a 73-67 lead.

Bucks 95, Suns 87

MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 23 points, including 13 in the third quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.

Desmond Mason scored 17 points, Joe Smith had 14 and T.J. Ford 11 for Milwaukee.

Heat 102, Bulls 95

MIAMI Eddie Jones scored 27 points and Lamar Odom added 25 as the Miami Heat, coming off their lowest-scoring game of the season, held off the Bulls.

The Heat, who lost 87-65 to Indiana on Monday, topped the 100-point mark for the fifth time and won for the sixth time in nine games.

Hornets 97, Wizards 87

NEW ORLEANS Baron Davis had 28 points and 10 assists and David Wesley broke out of a slump with 20 points.

Wesley, who scored a total of 13 points and shot only 21 percent in his previous two games, was 7-of-13 including three 3-pointers.

Nuggets 113, Lakers 91

DENVER Carmelo Anthony and Denver's fans made sure Kobe Bryant didn't enjoy his return to Colorado.

Anthony had 20 points and helped harass Bryant into a poor shooting night, leading the Nuggets to a rout of the Lakers in Bryant's first game in Colorado since he was accused of sexual assault last summer.

Mavericks 105, Warriors 99

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored eight of his 23 points in the final 3:56, including a layup that put the Dallas Mavericks ahead for good against Nick Van Exel and the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors lost their seventh straight overall and eighth straight on the road, lows they hadn't hit in two seasons. This also was their 19th straight loss to the Mavericks.

SuperSonics 104, Kings 93

SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 10 of his 22 points in the second quarter and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 21 to snap Sacramento's four-game winning streak.

Antonio Daniels scored a season-high 19 points, Ronald Murray had 15 and Rashard Lewis had 11 for the Sonics, who have won five of their last six the only loss in that stretch coming last weekend to the Kings.

Pistons 85, Rockets 66

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Richard Hamilton scored 16 points and Detroit held Houston to its lowest point total while extending its NBA record of holding teams under 100 points to 38 straight games.

The Pistons won their seventh straight game, their longest winning streak in nearly 12 years, and the longest current streak in the league. They have won five straight against Western Conference teams.

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