Iverson hits for 40 as 76ers rip Lakers

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson got a standing ovation for what he did in the All-Star game, then added another accolade -- an ''M-V-P'' chant from the Philadelphia fans -- to his wonderful week.

Iverson scored 40 points and made Kobe Bryant look silly on defense Wednesday night as the Philadelphia 76ers had their way with the Los Angeles Lakers in a 112-97 victory.

Iverson, who reached 40 points for the second consecutive night and the 11th time this season, relished every chance he had to go one-on-one with Bryant.

Shaquille O'Neal, guarded by backups Nazr Mohammed, Todd MacCulloch and Jumaine Jones in the absence of regular Sixers center Theo Ratliff (fractured wrist), led the Lakers with 29 points.

Bucks 102, Hawks 98

ATLANTA -- Sam Cassell scored 25 points and Ray Allen added 19 as the Milwaukee Bucks went on a 16-0 tear in the final five minutes to beat the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks, who lost their seventh in a row, led 94-85 after Jason Terry hit a 20-foot jump shot with 5:13 remaining.

Pistons 105, Nets 86

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 30 points and Joe Smith added 20 as the Detroit Pistons once again picked on the New Jersey Nets.

The win gave Detroit a 4-0 season sweep of the Nets. The Pistons are 16-31 against the rest of the league.

Magic 114, Clippers 101

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Darrell Armstrong had 22 points and a career-high 16 assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers for their seventh straight win.

Tracy McGrady added 22 points for Orlando, which improved to three games over .500 (26-23) for the first time since Dec. 23, 1999.

Jazz 106, Knicks 90

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 33 points and John Starks had 16 against his former team as the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks.

John Stockton added 15 points and Donyell Marshall scored 12 and had 10 rebounds as the Jazz beat the Knicks for the seventh straight time.

Suns 104, Timberwolves 96

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion set a career high for the second night in a row with 38 points and Jason Kidd had his sixth triple-double of the season as the Phoenix Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Marion, who had 28 points and 13 rebounds in Phoenix's victory at Golden State on Tuesday, scored 27 in the second half Wednesday, 11 in the last three minutes. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Marion was 15-for-22 from the field and 8-for-8 at the foul line.

Kidd had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. His 10th rebound -- and 37th career triple-double -- came on Minnesota's final shot with one second to play.

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