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Scrutiny surprises NY's Isiah Thomas

AMERICAN BASKETBALL When you become manager of the Yankees, coach the Giants or president of the Knicks, you've essentially agreed to walk against traffic

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"We kept making shots, getting stops and never really let them go on a big run to let the crowd get into it," Dunleavy said.

Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with 33 points on 10-for-25 shooting, but had 12 turnovers. The Sixers played their sixth game in eight days, with all the games played as back-to-backs. They went 3-3 during the stretch.

For the third straight game, Chris Webber was basically a non-factor for the Sixers. The five-time All-Star acquired in a stunning trade deadline deal again sat out long stretches of minutes, including the last 4:38 of the third quarter.

"This is Philadelphia, the toughest place in the world," said Iverson. "I told him what to expect. I let him know they would expect him to be like the Chris Webber he was."

Webber finished with eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in 30 minutes.

Cavaliers 111, Magic 92

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 23 points and Drew Gooden had 23 in his return to Cleveland's starting lineup as the Cavaliers beat Orlando to snap a six-game losing streak.

Cheered on by music star Usher, one of their new owners, the Cavaliers won for the first time since Feb. 23.

James added eight assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes. Gooden finished 10-of-13 from the field and added five rebounds and five assists.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 points and Jeff McInnis 13 and eight assists for Cleveland.

Steve Francis scored 21 points and rookie Jameer Nelson had 17 for Orlando, which had its win streak stopped at three.

Knicks 93, Wizards 83

In New York, improving to 5-1 since the trade deadline, New York received 19 points from Jamal Crawford and solid all-around contributions from several players to defeat Washington.

Crawford also had six assists and six rebounds, Kurt Thomas added 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Stephon Marbury had 14 points, 10 assists and four rebounds.

The Knicks are now eight games under .500, the closest they've been to the break-even point since Jan. 31.

The Wizards, led by 27 points from Larry Hughes and 23 from Gilbert Arenas, were without All-star Antawn Jamison for the first time all season. Jamison, whose streak of 386 consecutive games came to an end, has tendinitis in his right knee.

Spurs 90, Nets 74

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan made a quick return to the Spurs lineup after leaving his last game with an injury, and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead San Antonio past New Jersey.

Rockets 97, SuperSonics 95

In Seattle, Tracy McGrady had 35 points and Yao Ming added 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Houston to a dramatic win over Seattle.

Clippers 110, Lakers 101

In Los Angeles, Corey Maggette scored 30 points, Elton Brand had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers despite Kobe Bryant's 41 points. Bryant shot 12-of-21 from the floor and made all 16 of his foul shots.

Adam Morrison scored a career-high 30 points as the 11th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs won their seventh West Coast Conference Tournament title with an 80-67 victory over the Gaels of Saint Mary's-CA at the Leavey Center on Monday.

Morrison went 12-of-21 from the floor and added five rebounds for Gonzaga (25-4,) which has played in eight straight WCC tourney finals -- winning six.

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