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Iverson leads Sixers to win with 36 points


Ray Allen, right, of the SuperSonics drives against Tim Thomas of the Knicks at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on Friday. Seattle came through 109-101 in overtime.


Allen Iverson hit a 4.5m jump shot Friday with 2.4 seconds left to cap a 36-point performance and give the Philadelphia 76ers a 103-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Iverson was 11-of-23 from the field and 12-of-12 from the free throw line to help the 76ers improve to 34-34, the first time they've been at .500 since Feb. 14.

Chris Webber played his best all-around game with Philadelphia, finishing with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists. He was 15-of-25 from the field.

"He's helping us, not just with scoring the basketball," Iverson said of Webber. "He's passing the ball like I've never seen a big man pass it."

Donyell Marshall led the Raptors with 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Chris Bosh added 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.

"I really didn't know, I was just out there playing," Bosh said. "I was just focusing on rebounding the ball. I thought maybe I had like 14 or 15 (rebounds). I didn't know I had (22). But it would have been great to win. We were close."

Bulls 94, Celtics 86

In Boston, Eddy Curry scored 16 points, Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Chicago finished with a 14-4 run to beat Boston for its fourth straight win.

The Celtics lost their second straight and fell to 11-3 since reacquiring Antoine Walker on Feb. 24. Walker and Paul Pierce had 18 points each for Boston.

Heat 125, Suns 115

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 35 points -- including a 20m heave to end the third quarter -- and Miami beat Phoenix to clinch the Southeast Division title and move past the Suns for the NBA's best record.

Shaquille O'Neal had 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Eddie Jones added 23 to help Miami (53-17) set a season high for points. The Heat won their 16th straight home game to claim their first division title since 1999-2000.

Quentin Richardson led Phoenix (51-17) with 26 points, Amare Stoudemire added 25 and Steve Nash had 19 points and 14 assists. Phoenix lost for the first time in its last 10 road games.

Rockets 81, Hornets 68

In New Orleans, Bob Sura had 19 points and 11 assists, and former Hornets player David Wesley added 15 points to help Houston overcome the early loss of star Tracy McGrady with a strained right hip to down New Orleans.

McGrady fell to the floor and had to be carried to the locker room in the opening minutes after falling while trying to defend Lee Nailon in the lane.

The Rockets have won nine of 11 games and three in a row.

Nailon led New Orleans with 17 points.

Spurs 111, Hawks 95

In San Antonio, Brent Barry scored a season-high 23 points, going 5-for-7 from 3-point range, to help San Antonio snap a three-game losing streak.

The victory was the first for the Spurs since star forward Tim Duncan sprained his right ankle Sunday against Detroit.

Manu Ginobili added 23 points, Tony Parker had 22, Robert Horry 12 and Bruce Bowen and Rasho Nesterovic 10 each for the Spurs, 32-2 at home.

Tony Delk led Atlanta with 24 points.

Pacers 94, Pistons 81

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, after the start was delayed for 1 hour, 25 minutes because of a telephoned threat that there was a bomb in Indiana's locker room, Austin Croshere scored 15 points and Reggie Miller had 14 to lead the Pacers over Detroit.

Auburn Hills chief of police Doreen Olko said The Palace -- the site of the melee between the teams four months ago -- received a call about an hour before the scheduled start with a very specific threat that there was a bomb in the locker room.

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