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Wizards end jinx in North Carolina

AMERICAN BASKETBALL Charlotte couldn't purchase a bucket in the final seconds of the game as Washington utilized the clock and got a lucky bounce for a road win

AP , CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINANY TIMES NEWS SERVICE AND REUTERS, STANFORD, CALIFORNIA AND ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS

Laron Profit tipped in Juan Dixon's miss with 3.1 seconds to play to give the Washington Wizards an 86-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

The Bobcats missed twice before Washington's final possession. Jason Kapono's shot was off, and Gerald Wallace's shot was blocked by Brendan Haywood. The Wizards called timeout and ran down the clock before getting the ball to Dixon in the left corner. His shot bounced off the rim, but Profit was under the basket and tipped it in.

Haywood scored 22 points for Washington, which broke its six-game road losing streak.

Jason Hart scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Charlotte.

Magic 105, Nets 81

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Steve Francis scored 26 points and rookie backcourt mate Jameer Nelson added a career-high 22 as the Orlando Magic took an early lead and blew out the Nets.

Kelvin Cato added 16 points for the Magic, who had four players in double figures. Nelson, further entrenched in the Orlando starting lineup after Doug Christie was placed on the injured list, shot 7-of-9 and had three assists.

Dwight Howard had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic.

Vince Carter led New Jersey with 20 points, the 18th straight game he's reached that mark.

76ers 98, Hawks 97

In Atlanta, Marc Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining, and Allen Iverson stole Atlanta's ensuing inbounds pass as Philadelphia extended the Hawks' losing streak to 11 games.

Iverson, who hit all 13 of his free throw attempts, scored 33 points but was just 3-for-19 from the floor in the second half.

The Sixers won two straight for the first time since acquiring Webber in a Feb. 23 with Sacramento. Webber finished with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Al Harrington led Atlanta with 19 points.

Bucks 95, Bulls 87

In Milwaukee, Desmond Mason scored 20 points, Maurice Williams and Michael Redd added 16 points each and the Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls in Milwaukee for the 14th consecutive time.

The Bulls' losing streak at the Bradley Center dates to March 29, 1998, the year Michael Jordan led the team to the last of its six NBA championships.

Joe Smith added 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Bucks, whose last 16 points came from the free throw line. Milwaukee hit 17 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 24 points and rookie Ben Gordon added 20 as the Bulls lost their third consecutive game.

Suns 129, Trail Blazers 116

In Phoenix, Shawn Marion had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time this season.

Coach Mike D'Antoni rested starters Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash for the entire fourth quarter after the Suns went ahead 102-78 after three.

Stoudemire contributed 20 points, but Nash saw his string of 11-assist games snapped at 12. Nash, who finished with eight, was trying to become the first player with 11 or more assists in 13 consecutive games since John Stockton in 1990-1991.

Damon Stoudamire had 30 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who dropped their fourth straight and second under interim coach Kevin Pritchard.

Nuggets 105, Clippers 89

In Los Angeles, Earl Boykins scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Denver Nuggets continued their push for the playoffs under new coach George Karl with their sixth straight victory.

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