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Philadelphia beats Nets in overtime

NEVER TOO LATE Snapping a three-game losing streak, Philadelphia scored the first seven points of overtime and held on for its first home win of the season


Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson, front, tries to push past New Jersey Nets' Eric Williams.


Allen Iverson hit the tying jump shot with 7.2 seconds left in regulation and Corliss Williamson scored seven of his 15 points in overtime to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-100 victory on Wednesday night over the New Jersey Nets.

Marc Jackson added 19 points and Kyle Korver 15 for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Philadelphia scored the first seven points of overtime and held on for its first home win of the season.

"It was balanced out because a lot of guys were aggressive," Iverson said.

Richard Jefferson scored 33 points for the Nets and Rodney Buford added 15, including 11 in the fourth quarter. But Jefferson and Alonzo Mourning missed four straight free throws in the last 20 seconds.

"We needed a win real bad," Korver said. "We kind of got embarrassed the last couple of games."

Seldom-used Josh Davis grab-bed the last, crucial rebound for Philadelphia, which called timeout. Iverson caught the inbounds pass and hit a fadeway from the left side, tying the score at 96.

Jefferson missed a jumper, sending the game into overtime.

Celtics 90, Trail Blazers 88

In Boston, Paul Pierce returned from taking a hit in the mouth in the final minute to make a 5m fallaway jump shot as time expired and give Boston a win over Portland.

Gary Dayton scored 15 points for Boston and became the 29th player in NBA history to reach 20,000. It was the first home win for coach Doc Rivers.

Pierce played with a mouth guard following seven hours of dental surgery on Monday after being hit with an elbow in Saturday's game in New York. He was down after getting hit in the mouth during a battle for a rebound with 34 seconds left against Portland, but came back for the final possession.

Pierce led the Celtics with 20 points and Ref LaFrentz had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Randolph led the Trail Blazers with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Darius Miles had 21 points, 14 in the fourth quarter.

Clippers 102, Pacers 68

In Indianapolis, Elton Brand had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Los Angeles handed depleted Indiana the worst home loss in franchise history.

The Clippers outscored the Pacers 31-7 in the second quarter, holding Indiana (4-1) to a franchise-low for points in a period. Bobby Simmons added 18 points for the Clippers.

Scot Pollard missed the game with a sore back, Jonathan Bender was out with a viral infection and Jermaine O'Neal missed the fourth quarter after aggravating his injured left foot. Indiana, led by Stephen Jackson with 17 points, dressed only nine players.

Wizards 106, Magic 96

In Washington, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison scored 26 points apiece for the Wizards.

Jarvis Hayes added 15 points for the Washington, which snapped a two-game losing streak and won at home for the first time this season.

Grant Hill led Orlando with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists. Steve Francis added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Grizzlies 110, Lakers 87

In Memphis, Tennessee, Pau Gasol scored 22 points and Shane Battier added 18, and Memphis won for the first time in five games this season.

Kobe Bryant, guarded by a three-man rotation, had 20 points on 4-for-19 shooting for the Lakers. Bryant's misses included two airballs in the third quarter.

Jason Williams added 17 points for Memphis.

Gasol scored 20 points and had seven rebounds in the first half, when the Grizzlies shot 50 percent in taking a 63-44 lead.

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