Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) fouls Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson in the second half Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in Philadelphia. At left is referee Phil Robinson, at rear is Lakers coach Frank Hamblen. Iverson led with 36 points as the Sixers won, 108-91.
AP Photo/George Widman
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson outperformed Kobe Bryant, scoring 36 points and leading a decisive third-quarter run in the Philadelphia 76ers' 108-91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Cavaliers 92, Jazz 73
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 36 points in 34 dominant minutes against Carlos Boozer's new team, leading the Cavaliers to their third straight win.
Heat 98, Knicks 96
NEW YORK Dwyane Wade hit a 22-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer, extending Miami's winning streak to 10 games and making the Heat the first team to clinch a playoff spot.
Timberwolves 100, Mavericks 91
DALLAS Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Sam Cassell celebrated his return to the lineup with a 3-pointer in the closing minutes, helping the Timberwolves spark their playoff hopes with a victory over the Mavericks.
Minnesota, locked in a tight race with Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers for the West's final playoff spot, improved to 2-2 in a seven-game stretch against playoff-bound foes. Next up are games at San Antonio and Memphis, then home against Houston.
SuperSonics 99, Bulls 93
CHICAGO Rashard Lewis scored 30 points and Ray Allen had 17 points and seven assists to lead Seattle.
Ben Gordon had 11 points of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago. Andres Nocioni added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.
Kings 105, Magic 94
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Mike Bibby scored 10 straight fourth-quarter points with three 3-pointers and the Kings sent Orlando to its season-worst fifth consecutive defeat.
Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and Bibby had 21 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the Kings' 10th straight victory over Orlando at Arco Arena.
Steve Francis had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Grant Hill 24 points as the Magic began a tough five-game, seven-day road trip in one of the NBA's most raucous arenas. They haven't won in Arco since a 97-91 victory on Dec. 19, 1993.
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