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Iverson defies Wizards

HOOPS All-Star guard Allen Iverson went on a scoring spree and teammate Chris Webber backed him up as Philadelphia overcame Washington at home in Philly

AP , PHILADEPHIA

Allen Iverson had 47 points and 12 assists, and Chris Webber added 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 119-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.

It's the first time Iverson has reached 40 points and 10 assists in consecutive games. He had 40 points and 10 assists against the Rockets on Wednesday night. The victory was the Sixers' fifth in six games since the All-Star break.

Gilbert Arenas scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including five straight to bring Washington within 114-113 with 1:30 remaining.

Antawn Jamison had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost three in a row.

Caron Butler, who had been battling stomach problems, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, but left the game with 32 seconds to play after suffering an injury to his right ankle in a scramble for a loose ball.

Mavericks 90, Bobcats 76

At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and Jason Terry had 17 as Dallas beat Charlotte to extend its club-record home winning streak to 16 games.

Erick Dampier had nine points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Mavericks, who have won 20 of their last 22.

Gerald Wallace's 14 points led the Bobcats, who have lost eight of their last 10.

Bulls 108, Knicks 101

At New York, Ben Gordon scored 32 points in another huge Chicago game against New York, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left.

Kirk Hinrich added 33 points for the Bulls, who trailed by 16 points in the third quarter before he and Gordon, from nearby Mount Vernon, brought Chicago back to hand the Knicks their sixth straight loss and 22nd in 24 games.

Quentin Richardson added 16 points, 13 in the third quarter when the Knicks (15-43) seemed to have control of the game.

Celtics 99, Pacers 98

At Boston, Paul Pierce had 31 points and eight assists, and his 3-pointer with 39.2 seconds left in the game, and four seconds left on the shot clock, put Boston ahead of Indiana for good.

Indiana's Fred Jones made a lay-up to cut the lead to 99-98. After Pierce missed an off-balance jumper with the shot clock running down and Orien Greene missed two free throws, Stephen Jackson missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have given the Pacers the win.

Peja Stojakovic led the Pacers with 24 points and Jackson added 20 points. Jones, who had 11 points in the fourth quarter, finished with 16 points.

Rockets 89, Nuggets 78

At Houston, Tracy McGrady scored 23 points and Yao Ming added 21 to help Houston down Denver.

The Rockets had squandered double-digit second-half leads in their last two losses to Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Denver got 34 points from Carmelo Anthony in his best outing since the All-Star break.

Kings 102, Hawks 93

At Atlanta, Brad Miller scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead five Sacramento players in double figures.

Sacramento also got 19 points from Kevin Martin, 18 points each from Ron Artest and Mike Bibby and 12 from Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Atlanta, which was trying to win three in a row for only the second time this season, got 23 points from Al Harrington, including 19 in the second half. Joe Johnson added 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 17 and Salim Stoudamire had 14 for the Hawks.

Seton Hall might have played its way into the NCAA tournament and, at the same time, forced Pittsburgh to play an extra game in the Big East tournament that the Panthers spent all season trying to avoid.

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