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Miami Heat scorches Knicks a sixth time


Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams each had 24 points and five assists in leading the Miami Heat over the New York Knicks 103-83 on Wednesday for their fourth straight NBA victory.

Antoine Walker added 16 points for the Heat, who have won nine of 11 overall and six in a row against New York.

The last-place Knicks acquired Steve Francis from the Orlando Magic earlier for Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway. Francis, who wasn't in uniform, could be paired with Stephon Marbury in a high-scoring -- and very expensive -- backcourt as the Knicks try to salvage a dismal season.

Nets 96, Magic 93

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jason Kidd scored 28 points and made two free throws with 18 seconds left to help New Jersey defeat Orlando, hours after the Magic traded star guard Steve Francis.

Richard Jefferson added 23 points and Vince Carter scored 22 for New Jersey (30-23), which has won seven of its last nine games. Keyon Dooling scored 23 to lead Orlando (19-34), which has lost eight straight and 12 of 13.

The Magic sent Francis to the New York Knicks for Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway.

Ariza sat on the bench in street clothes while Hardaway was not in attendance.

Playing without Francis, their leading scorer at 16 points per game, the Magic still managed to hang with the Nets until the final seconds when Carlos Arroyo's 3-point attempt rimmed out.

76ers 116, Cavaliers 107

At Philadelphia, Allen Iverson scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Andre Iguodala had 25 points and Chris Webber 24 to lead the Philadelphia.

Coming off a fantastic All-Star weekend where he was named MVP of the Rookie Challenge and finished second in the slam dunk contest, Iguodala played like he might deserve to play in the main event one year.

LeBron James -- the All-Star game MVP and about the only player to upstage Iguodala last weekend -- finished with 33 points for Cleveland.

SuperSonics 114, Hawks 109

At Atlanta, Ray Allen scored 33 points and Rashard Lewis added 25, including a pair of key baskets down the stretch to help Seattle end a four-game losing streak.

Lewis led both teams with 10 rebounds.

Al Harrington highscored for Atlanta with 24 points. Josh Childress added 20 and Joe Johnson had 18 points and 11 assists.

Marvin Williams came off the bench to add 17 points and Josh Smith had 14.

Rockets 106, Clippers 102

At Houston, Yao Ming had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Tracy McGrady added 26 points to help Houston hold off the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Rockets led 103-92 with less than three minutes remaining, but the Clippers scored seven straight points, led by a 3-pointer by Cuttino Mobley to cut the lead to four.

Juwan Howard hit two free throws with 20.7 seconds left to extend the lead, but Mobley struck again with another 3 to make it 105-102.

Houston, which struggled early this season, has came on as of late to win eight of its last 10 games.

Jazz 82, Hornets 76

At Oklahoma City, Deron Williams scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks to help Utah rally against the injury-depleted New Orleans.

The Hornets made only one of their first 16 shots in the fourth quarter as the Jazz reeled off a 22-6 run to claim the lead.

Carlos Boozer and Devin Brown added 14 points apiece for the Jazz, who broke a three-game losing streak in the opening game of a home-and-home series with New Orleans.

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