76ers handle Charlotte

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005


  Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, left, fouls Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace as they go for a loose ball in the first half in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005. AP Photo/Nell Redmond

Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, left, fouls Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace as they go for a loose ball in the first half in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005.

AP Photo/Nell Redmond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-105 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Iverson, who leads the NBA in scoring with 28.5 points a game, was held to just six points in the second half. It forced Korver, Williamson and Marc Jackson to carry the Sixers.

Korver made consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer, to give Philadelphia a 103-98 lead, and Williamson scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Kenny Thomas finished with 21 points, Korver had 18, and Jackson scored 14 of his 16 in the third quarter.

Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 18 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots, but he went just 4-of-12 at the line and missed two free throws in the final 2:33 with a chance to tie it both times.

Raptors 98, Knicks 81

TORONTO — Jalen Rose scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and the Toronto Raptors won their third straight game.

Chris Bosh added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won seven of nine. Bosh set a team record with his ninth straight double-double.

The Raptors made seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and outscored the Knicks 38-20 in the period to sent New York to its eighth loss in nine games. Nazr Mohammed had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost four straight.

Celtics 92, Bulls 83

BOSTON — Paul Pierce scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and rookie Al Jefferson added a career-high 17 points, snapping Chicago's seven-game winning streak.

The win was Boston's 10th in its last 12 home games.

After falling behind 66-57, the Celtics retook the lead for good with a 12-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. Jefferson hit three field goals during Boston's decisive run, including a floater as the shot clock expired to put the Celtics up 84-77 with 5:05 left.

Nets 96, Bucks 90

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 points, Jason Kidd added 17 points and 10 assists, Rodney Buford added 17 points and rookie Nenad Krstic had 16.

Michael Redd scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough on a night when Kidd and Carter nearly recorded triple-doubles. Carter added nine rebounds and nine assists to go along with his 14-for-24 shooting effort, while Kidd had eight rebounds in falling two boards shy of his 62nd career triple-double.

Kidd and Carter also provided the highlight of the game with Kidd feeding Carter an alley-oop dunk for an 84-74 lead with 6:29 to play.

Heat 111, Hawks 92

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points, helping the Miami Heat improve the Eastern Conference's best record to 29-11.

Wade, who missed Miami's previous two games with a back spasms, sore ribs and a migraine, scored 12 of his points in the third quarter to help the Heat pull away. O'Neal added 12 rebounds, and Eddie Jones scored 16 for Miami, which played its first home game in two weeks.

Antoine Walker had his ninth straight double-double — 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds — for Atlanta, which dropped its seventh straight road game and lost for the 14th time in 17 games overall. Jason Collier added 17 points.

Hornets 90, Pacers 87

NEW ORLEANS — Lee Nailon scored 30 points, and Dan Dickau's 17 points included a late go-ahead free throw that helped the New Orleans Hornets to an upset.

Rodney Rogers had 12 points, the last on a stunning play as he slapped the rebound from Dickau's missed free throw out of Jermaine O'Neal's hands, sending the ball into the hoop with 3.7 seconds left.

Reggie Miller missed a 3-point attempt from the corner that would have tied it.

Spurs 80, Clippers 79

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 25 points, including a game-winning driving layup in the final seconds.

The Clippers took a 79-78 lead with 19 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Bobby Simmons. On the next possession, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili curled around the lane and passed to Parker in the left corner.

He faked a shot to get Simmons off his feet and then drove baseline, bumping bodies with 7-footer Chris Kaman as he banked in a layup high off the backboard with 7.8 seconds left.

Grizzlies 88, Suns 79

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns put in another plodding, cold-shooting performance without the injured Steve Nash, extending their losing streak to five games.

Three reserves led the Grizzlies, who won their fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. Bonzi Wells scored 16, Stromile Swift had 14 and Brian Cardinal 13 for Memphis, which set a franchise record with its fourth straight road win. Jason Williams was the only Grizzlies starter in double figures with 11 points.

Cavaliers 107, Trail Blazers 101

PORTLAND, Ore. — LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

James is 20 years and 20 days old, younger than Lamar Odom, who was 20 years and 54 days old when he became the youngest to do it on Dec. 30, 1999 while with the Los Angeles Clippers. That was James' 15th birthday.

James' pass to Zydrunas Ilgauskas with 1:19 left gave him 10 assists and completed the triple-double. His teammates congratulated him during a timeout a short time later, and his mother cheered him from the stands.

Lakers 93, Timberwolves 90

LOS ANGELES — Caron Butler's driving layup with 35 seconds to play put the Los Angeles Lakers ahead for good.

Kevin Garnett missed a baseline jumper with 13 seconds remaining, and Jumaine Jones made two free throws three seconds later to complete the scoring. Latrell Sprewell and Troy Hudson missed 3-pointers before the buzzer sounded.

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