Webber loses to old team

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — Chris Webber failed to convert a last-second layup after grabbing an offensive rebound off an intentionally missed free throw, spoiling his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night in a 101-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Webber had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in his first game with his new team. Strangely, it came against the team that traded him less than 72 hours earlier.

Webber didn't have the ball in his hands as much as he's accustomed to, but Allen Iverson took care of distributing it by handing out a season-high 14 assists to go with his 27 points.

Mike Bibby scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures for the Kings.

Webber, wearing a red and black headband and a white ''Sixers'' jersey, exchanged hugs with all five starters from his former team after receiving a thunderous ovation during introductions from the 76ers' first sellout crowd of the season.

Heat 101, Magic 98

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 25 points in the final quarter, and Miami overcame the absence of Shaquille O'Neal to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Wade scored eight straight Miami points down the stretch, first on a pair of tiebreaking jumpers, then with four straight free throws — the last two giving the Heat a 99-95 lead with 15.8 seconds left.

He also made a crucial block on Steve Francis with 10.2 seconds left.

Eddie Jones had 15 points, Damon Jones added 14 and Michael Doleac and Rasual Butler each had 10 for Miami, which was without O'Neal for essentially a third straight game because of his sprained left knee.

Knicks 90, Pacers 79

NEW YORK — Stephon Marbury scored 21 points to lead New York to its second straight victory.

Jamal Crawford added 17 points, and Kurt Thomas had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks, who won consecutive games for the first time since Herb Williams took over as coach following Lenny Wilkens' resignation in late January.

Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 24 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Miller, playing his second-to-last game at Madison Square Garden, had 14 points.

Bulls 94, Bobcats 90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ben Gordon sank a 3-pointer that sealed Chicago's 94-90 victory over Charlotte and his college roommate, Emeka Okafor.

Okafor and Gordon were teammates on Connecticut's national title team last year and the Nos. 2 and 3 picks in the NBA draft and are leading Rookie of the Year contenders this season.

Okafor had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Charlotte, but Gordon had the big basket to win the game among his 11 points.

Antonio Davis led Chicago with 20 points.

Suns 124, Mavericks 123

DALLAS — Joe Johnson hit a 16-foot jumper with 4.7 seconds left, then Shawn Marion blocked Dirk Nowitzki from behind on a driving layup, giving Phoenix a thrilling ending to a victory over the Mavericks.

Johnson's jumper over newly acquired Keith Van Horn capped a 7-0 run over the final 1:46. Then Nowitzki appeared headed for the winner when Marion flew in behind him and swatted at the ball as the 7-foot German held it over his head. The ball went into the rim and Marion grabbed it, securing the victory and ending Dallas' six-game winning streak, its longest of the season.

Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Quentin Richardson scored 26 and Marion added 25 and 13 rebounds.

Grizzlies 84, Spurs 82

SAN ANTONIO — Earl Watson hit a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 17 seconds left and Shane Battier made a steal on the final play and Memphis handed the Spurs just their second loss in 26 home games.

Lorenzen Wright led Memphis, which snapped a four-game losing streak, with 19 points, Mike Miller had 12 and Watson 11.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 27 points and 19 rebounds, while Tony Parker had 16 points.

The Spurs had a season-high24 turnovers.

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