76ers snap Golden State win streak

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

PHILADELPHIA Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 95-71 win over Golden State on Tuesday night, snapping the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

The Sixers again played without Allen Iverson, who will miss the rest of the season because of persistent pain in his right knee. An MRI showed a small lesion under Iverson's knee cap, but there was no meniscal or ligament damage.

Bucks 95, Pacers 86

MILWAUKEE Joe Smith matched his season high with 25 points and added 14 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Indiana Pacers for the third time this season.

The victory snapped a four-game home losing streak for the Bucks (37-37), who play at Indiana on Wednesday night in the teams' fourth and final meeting of the season.

Mavericks 126, Cavaliers 109

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash did their best to upstage LeBron James, clinching a playoff berth for the Mavericks.

Nowitzki had 35 points, a season-high 18 rebounds and four assists, while Nash added a season-high 31 points and 10 assists. Those were the kind of numbers coach Don Nelson wanted when he returned to a smallball approach over the weekend, a plan he says he'll stick with in the playoffs.

James had 28 points, six assists and five rebounds, with many breathtaking plays. But it wasn't enough to keep Cleveland from losing its second straight and sixth in seven games.

Nuggets 124, SuperSonics 119

DENVER Carmelo Anthony had a career-high 41 points and Andre Miller added 14 points and 16 assists, helping the Nuggets move into a tie for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Anthony was 19-for-29 as Denver shot 50 percent to tie idle Utah for eighth place in the West. Nene added 19 points and Marcus Camby 15 for the Nuggets, who have seven games left to secure their first playoff appearance since 1995.

Rashard Lewis had 26 points and Ray Allen 24 for Seattle, which dropped four games behind Utah and Denver despite shooting 50 percent.

Lakers 107, Hornets 88

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant scored 23 points and Gary Payton added 20 as the Lakers routed the short-handed Hornets despite falling behind by 12 points in the opening four minutes.

New Orleans (37-37) lost for the fifth time in six games, dropping to .500 for the first time this season and into a tie with Milwaukee for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets played without injured stars Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn.

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