Iverson spoils Brown's return to Philadelphia

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003

PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson spoiled Larry Brown's return to Philadelphia, scoring 30 points in the 76ers' 90-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The boos began for Brown when the former Philadelphia coach walked out during pregame warmups and reached a crescendo when he was introduced. Brown, who left the 76ers after last season to coach the Pistons, was serenaded with chants of ''traitor'' and ''fraud'' and fans yelled a derisive chant throughout the game.

Knicks 97, Timberwolves 92

MINNEAPOLIS Latrell Sprewell was a bust in his first game against his old team, and New York got a season-high 18 points and 17 rebounds from Dikembe Mutombo to hold off Minnesota.

Sprewell had only five points on 2-for-11 shooting in his first game against the Knicks since being dealt to Minnesota in a four-team trade this summer.

Spurs 109, Bulls 98

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Tony Parker added 15 points and Ron Mercer had 12.

Raptors 99, Hawks 97, OT

ATLANTA Vince Carter hit a jumper with 1.2 seconds left, part of a season-high 43 points, to lift Toronto past Atlanta.

Carter took an inbound pass from Alvin Williams, then shot from about 17 feet over Dion Glover and Theo Ratliff. The ball swished through, giving Toronto its second road victory of the season.

Celtics 94, Magic 92

ORLANDO, Fla. Paul Pierce scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston hold off Orlando, extending the Magic's losing streak to 14 games.

Pierce also had eight rebounds and six assists, Vin Baker added 19 points and Eric Williams had 15 for the Celtics.

Hornets 82, Cavaliers 72

NEW ORLEANS Baron Davis scored 26 points and had eight assists to lead New Orleans Hornets past former coach Paul Silas' Cleveland Cavaliers. David Wesley scored 21 points, and Jamaal Magloire added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Suns 121, Mavericks 90

PHOENIX Penny Hardaway scored a season-high 20 points, including four 3-pointers, leading the Phoenix Suns to their highest point total of the season.

Stephon Marbury had his fifth consecutive double-double, finishing with 18 points and 12 assists. Joe Johnson led the Suns with 21 points, and rookie Zarko Cabarkapa had a season-high 17.

Jazz 83, Rockets 76

SALT LAKE CITY Andrei Kirilenko scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and rookie Mo Williams scored a career-high 10 points for Utah.

Lakers 120, Wizards 99

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Los Angeles took command early in beating road-weary Washington.

Shaquille O'Neal missed his second game because of a strained right calf muscle.



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