Dallas Mavericks' Jerry Stackhouse, back, fouls Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand on his waay to the basket during the first half at the Staples Center in Los Angeles., on Monday, Jan. 24, 2005.
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PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who took over down the stretch in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who were coming off a 29-point win the night before against New Orleans.
With Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook highlighting a group of Eagles watching courtside, the game was practically an afterthought for fans still in a frenzy over the Super Bowl.
All the Eagles received rousing standing ovations when introduced the loudest for McNabb and chants of ''E-A-G-L-E-S!'' filled the arena. The Eagles were the reason the game was moved to Monday night it was originally scheduled for Sunday but was pushed back so it would not conflict with the NFC championship game.
Wizards 106, Cavaliers 97
CLEVELAND Anthony Peeler made three 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, and Gilbert Arenas scored 30 to help Washington rally past Cleveland.
The Wizards, who scored just 30 points in the first half, overcame a 17-point deficit to win for the 10th time in 12 games. They also improved to 3-2 without swingman Larry Hughes, sidelined with a broken thumb.
Antawn Jamison added 16 points for the Wizards, who had six players score in double figures.
LeBron James just missed his third triple-double in four games, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Cleveland, coming off a six-game West Coast trip, lost at home for just the fourth time in 18 games.
Bulls 107, Hawks 82
ATLANTA Eddy Curry scored 19 points, five of his Chicago teammates also reached double figures and the Bulls surged over .500 for the first time in more than two years with a rout of Atlanta.
The woeful Hawks actually led 24-23 at the end of the first quarter, but things quickly turned ugly for the home team. The Bulls outscored Atlanta 35-12 in the second period and the rout was on.
Early on, Chicago appeared to be headed for another dismal season in the post-Michael Jordan era. The Bulls lost 14 of their first 17 games, but they've gone 17-5 since to improve to 20-19.
The stretch already includes winning streaks of five and seven games, and the Bulls have now won three in a row after blowing out the Hawks.
Chicago hadn't been above .500 since winning its first two games of the 2002-03 season.
Timberwolves 86, Pistons 83
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the backups came up big again for Minnesota in a victory over Detroit.
Reserves Wally Szczerbiak (15 points), Eddie Griffin (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Fred Hoiberg (nine points) helped Minnesota win its third straight.
Chauncey Billups had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists against one of the many teams he used to play for, but the Pistons dropped their fourth straight game despite a 51-36 rebounding edge.
They were missing two starting perimeter players: Leading scorer Richard Hamilton sat out with a bruised right thigh, and Tayshaun Prince hurt his left ankle early in the first quarter and didn't return.
On the game's final possession, Detroit missed three 3-pointers that would have sent it to overtime. None of them were great looks, though Rasheed Wallace's attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Rockets 89, Magic 78
HOUSTON Yao Ming had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jon Barry scored 19 and Houston beat Orlando despite playing without leading scorer Tracy McGrady.
The Rockets won their third straight and completed a two-game season sweep of the Magic in five days, proving that at least for now they got the better of the summer blockbuster trade that fetched them McGrady, Juwan Howard and two other players.
McGrady, who scored 27 points in a win at Orlando on Thursday, wasn't around for the rematch because of a medical emergency in his family. Team officials weren't sure where he was going or how long he would be away.
Barry picked up the scoring slack with a season-high point total off the bench and Bob Sura added 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, helping the Rockets move a season-best four games over .500 (23-19).
Playing in Houston for the first time since the trade, Magic guard Steve Francis had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but also committed seven turnovers.
Trail Blazers 107, Spurs 99
PORTLAND, Ore. Damon Stoudamire had 23 points and nine assists, and Joel Przybilla added 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead Portland over San Antonio.
Beset by injuries, the Trail Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 11 games. They shot 56 percent and kept the NBA-leading Spurs at bay when San Antonio tried to rally in the second half.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs (34-10), who had won four straight and were coming off a 103-73 win over Sacramento on Sunday night. Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists.
Clippers 97, Mavericks 87
LOS ANGELES Elton Brand scored 10 of his 23 points during a 2:11 span of the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles beat Dallas.
The Clippers, who beat Dallas for only the fifth time in the last 25 meetings, snapped a five-game losing skid while ending the Mavericks' five-game win streak. Bobby Simmons added 21 points, and Brand and Chris Kaman each had 12 rebounds.
Los Angeles won without leading scorer Corey Maggette, who missed his second game because of a sore left foot. Kerry Kittles sat out his fourth straight game with a groin strain.
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