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Philadelphia rallies late to beat Indiana

AP , INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana Pacers' Jamaal Tinsley, left, blocks the shot of Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson during the first quarter of their match in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

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Allen Iverson scored 40 points, ending his streak of 50-point games at two, but Philadelphia rallied with a closing surge of 19-2 to beat Indiana 102-90 on Wednesday night.

Iverson was looking to become just the third player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in three straight games.

Reggie Miller led the Pacers with 30 points.

Nets 92, Cavaliers 90

In East Rutherford, New Jeresy, New Jersey's Richard Jefferson capped the highest-scoring night of his career with an alley-oop layup off and inbounds pass with 0.8 seconds left.

Jefferson scored 42 points -- three above his former career high. The final two came when he rolled free of defender LeBron James and caught Jabari Smith' lob pass.

James had 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Bulls 89, Pistons 82

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Ben Gordon scored 19 points and fellow reserve Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Chicago won its fifth straight game.

The Bulls hadn't won five in a row since Michael Jordan led them on a 14-game run during the 1997-98 championship season.

Chauncey Billups scored 32 points for Detroit, and Ben Wallace had 12 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks despite a sprained ankle.

Magic 93, Spurs 87

In Orlando, Florida, Steve Francis scored 29 points to lead Orlando over San Antonio, breaking the Magic's seven-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Tony Battie had 11 rebounds, and his defense on Tim Duncan kept the two-time MVP from being a factor down the stretch. Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, but didn't score after a free throw with 5:58 remaining.

Celtics 114, Knicks 109

In Boston, Mark Blount scored 22 points, Paul Pierce added 21 and Kendrick Perkins had a career-high 13 rebounds for the Celtics.

Nazr Mohammed had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford scored 25 for New York, which blew a 14-point first-quarter lead and lost to the Celtics for the 11th time in 14 games.

Raptors 98, Jazz 86

In Toronto, Donyell Marshall scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Chris Bosh added 18 points for Toronto, 2-2 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey last week.

Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which went 1-4 on its road trip.

Hawks 113, Mavericks 100

In Atlanta, Antoine Walker scored 25 points, and the Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak.

Al Harrington added 17 points Atlanta, which got 16 from Josh Childress and 14 from Josh Smith.

Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points apiece for Dallas.

Bobcats 90, Rockets 87

In Houston, the expansion Bobcats won on the road for the first time, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from rookie Emeka Okafor.

Charlotte, a loser in its first 10 road games, got a season sweep over Houston after beating the Rockets in overtime Saturday.

Houston's Yao Ming had an ignominious triple double -- 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 turnovers. Tracy McGrady had 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Rockets.

Trail Blazers 104, Bucks 95

In Milwaukee, Nick Van Exel had season highs with 26 points and six 3s, and Zach Randolph added 22 points to lift Portland over reeling Milwaukee.

Van Exel ranks fifth on the NBA career with 1,400 3-pointers.

Mike James scored a season-high 22 points, but the Bucks lost their fifth straight game

SuperSonics 98, Nuggets 83

In Seattle, Rashard Lewis scored 21 points for the SuperSonics, who sent Denver to its sixth loss in seven games.

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