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Iverson, 76ers make patchwork out of New York Knickerbockers

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 27 points and Dikembe Mutombo added eight points and 16 rebounds as the Sixers beat the New York Knicks 89-82 Sunday, snapping a two-game losing skid and defeating a playoff-bound team for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Philadelphia had lost two straight, including a 24-point loss to Orlando, since clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference last week. The Sixers are 14-11 since acquiring Mutombo on Feb. 22, but are 4-9 against playoff teams since the trade.

The Knicks stayed one game behind the Miami Heat for third place in the East.

Lakers 105, Trail Blazers 100

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds and Robert Horry made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining as the Lakers scored the final six points to beat Portland.

Horry, who scored only five points, connected from the right corner to give the Lakers a 104-100 lead and some breathing room.

Kobe Bryant added 25 points and seven assists and Derek Fisher scored 21 points for the Lakers (55-26), who extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games.

Magic 90, Heat 73

MIAMI -- Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and the Orlando Magic avenged two lopsided losses to the Miami Heat earlier this season.

Miami turned in a slipshod performance without point guard Tim Hardaway, who went on the injured list before the game because of a bruised left foot. He'll sit out the final two regular-season games but is expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs.

Pacers 93, Bulls 86

CHICAGO -- Zan Tabak scored a season-high 16 points and the Indiana Pacers won their seventh straight game.

Jalen Rose added 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first career triple-double.

Timberwolves 107, Jazz 100

MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett were ejected within a minute of each other during the third quarter as Minnesota defeated Utah.

Malone and Garnett were given technicals for getting rough under the basket with 7:52 remaining in the third period. Malone, who scored 14 points, was ejected for the second time this season after arguing with official Joey Crawford.

Celtics 95, Nets 88

BOSTON -- Walter McCarty, making just his second start of the season, scored 27 points as Boston defeated New Jersey.

Antoine Walker scored 22 points and had 12 assists. Paul Pierce added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Cavaliers 106, Wizards 98

WASHINGTON -- Andre Miller scored 10 of his 20 points in the decisive third quarter and Robert Traylor tied a career-high 17 points.

Hornets 99, Pistons 90

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Trying to go into the playoffs on a positive note, the Charlotte Hornets won their second straight game after losing eight of 10. Jamal Mashburn scored 20 points, David Wesley added 17 points, reserve Eddie Robinson scored 14 while P.J. Brown and Baron Davis added 13 each.

Mavericks 107, SuperSonics 99, OT

SEATTLE -- Michael Finley scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and 15 rebounds as Dallas outlasted Seattle in overtime.

Nowitzki hit a fast-break dunk for a six-point lead with 44 seconds left in overtime, and Finley hit two foul shots with 33 seconds left for the final margin.

Suns 88, Kings 86

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion had 16 points and tied his career-high with 19 rebounds as the Suns knocked Sacramento out of first place in the Pacific Division.

Jason Kidd added 20 points and 14 assists and Rodney Rogers scored 20 as the Suns climbed a half-game ahead of Portland in the Western Conference.



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