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Iverson answers Pacers in late rally

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had 31 points, shooting 16-of-19 from the foul line, and Keith Van Horn scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the Philadelphia 76ers came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 96-93 Wednesday night.

The Sixers improved to 12-2 since the All-Star break. Indiana has lost six in a row and 12 of 13.

Ron Artest had 25 points but was whistled for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter for tackling Eric Snow. If the call is upheld, Artest will draw a one-game suspension -- his second in a week -- and will miss Friday night's home game against Utah.

Hawks 111, Bucks 92

ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and Jason Terry had 22 points and 10 assists.

One game after all five Atlanta starters scored in double figures for the first time in 22 games, the Hawks continued to share the wealth. They set a season high with 35 assists -- with Dion Glover getting a career-high eight -- and shot 56 percent to win for the fourth time in five games.

Glover added 16 points and eight r

Jazz 111, Magic 108

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Karl Malone scored 24 of his season-high 40 points after halftime, and his steal in the closing seconds sealed Utah's win.

Malone passed the 36,000-point mark on a three-point play with 4:20 remaining in the first half. Only one player in NBA history has more -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387.

Pistons 111, Lakers 88

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups tied his season-high of 33 points and the Detroit Pistons used a 10-0 surge early in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lakers.

The Pistons snapped a nine-game home losing streak against the Lakers -- their longest against any team -- with their first victory over their old rivals at The Palace since Dec. 20, 1991.

Spurs 111, Timberwolves 99

MINNEAPOLIS -- Stephen Jackson scored 22 points and Tim Duncan had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs ended the Minnesota Timberwolves' 17-game home winning streak.

The Spurs led most of the way in sending the Timberwolves to their first setback at Target Center since a 105-97 loss to Utah on Jan. 4

Celtics 93, Hornets 65

BOSTON -- Antoine Walker scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics held the New Orleans Hornets to a tie for the fewest points in franchise history.

The win moved the Celtics a game ahead of the Hornets in the tight Eastern Conference race. Boston (37-27) remained in fifth place.

The game was close until late in the first half when Boston went on a 16-2 run to turn a 29-25 edge into a 45-27 lead. The Celtics' biggest lead was 30 points and they trailed only once, 2-0.

Grizzlies 124, Bulls 95

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Stromile Swift collected his fifth straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies tied the franchise record of 23 victories.

Swift connected on all eight of his shots from the field and added three blocks as the Grizzlies won their fifth in a row, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins.

Trail Blazers 125, Raptors 103

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damon Stoudamire, called on to start when Scottie Pippen had knee trouble, had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Stoudamire, who has expressed frustration over his playing time this season, was making just his 10th start. Pippen was a late scratch because of swelling in his left knee and watched the game in street clothes.

Rockets 118, Clippers 114, OT

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored six points in overtime and made a key steal as the Houston Rockets capitalized on a free throw lane violation against Andre Miller.

Miller had a chance to win the game for the Clippers in regulation when he was fouled by James Posey with one second left and the score tied 104-104.

Miller made the first free throw, but it was disallowed because of his second free-throw lane violation of the game. He then missed the second free throw, sending the game into overtime.



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