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76ers cruise with Iverson

©Associated Press
March 30, 2003

ATLANTA -- Allen Iverson had 38 points, nine assists and eight steals as the 76ers defeated the Hawks 110-89 Saturday night.

Iverson finished 17-for-25 from the floor, missing his only 3-point attempt. He hit eight straight midrange jumpers before missing an 18-footer from the left baseline late in the second quarter.

"It looked like the ocean," Iverson said of the basket. "Everything I threw up, it seemed like it would go in. Fortunately, it was enough to win."

Philadelphia took a 38-26 lead midway through the second quarter on Iverson's 22-footer, and the Sixers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Derrick Coleman didn't play because of a left quadriceps contusion.

SPURS 101, JAZZ 81: Tim Duncan scored 30 as host San Antonio snapped Utah's six-game winning streak. The Spurs, who have defeated the Jazz 12 straight times, turned a close game into a romp with a 17-0 run beginning late in the third quarter. San Antonio led by as much as 31 in the fourth before the regulars went to the bench.

San Antonio, which has won 15 of 18, is two games behind Midwest-leading Dallas with 10 games to play.

KINGS 107, BULLS 92: Peja Stojakovic scored 19 of his 27 in the third quarter as visiting Sacramento shook off a slow start for its sixth straight victory.

Beginning a six-game road trip, Sacramento pulled within 21/2 games of idle Dallas in the fight for the league's best record. The victory made the Kings' magic number three for winning the Pacific.

CELTICS 110, CAVS 106: Paul Pierce scored 34 to help Boston break a tie with Orlando for sixth place in the East.

Ricky Davis scored 38 for Cleveland, which lost to the Celtics for the second straight night and has lost 10 in a row overall against Boston. Cleveland had a three-game home winning streak snapped. Trailing 98-97 with 2:40 to play, Pierce hit a 16-foot jumper to put Boston ahead for good.

NETS 109, WARRIORS 97: Jason Kidd had 22 points, 13 assists and five steals, and host New Jersey held Golden State to two baskets in the final 6:30.

The win may have been costly, as power forward Kenyon Martin sprained his right knee on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

Dikembe Mutombo returned to the Nets lineup after missing 56 games with a wrist injury. He was rusty, failing to score in five minutes and he had one rebound.

ROCKETS 102, NUGGETS 89: Steve Francis had 18 points and tied his season high with 12 assists as host Houston had seven players score in double figures.

BUCKS: The team fined forward Tim Thomas an undisclosed amount for failing to re-enter a game at Denver on Wednesday.

Bryant says goodbye to Jordan with 55 points

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant provided the entertainment at Michael Jordan's farewell party.

Playing probably his final game against Jordan, Bryant staged a sensational scoring show, driving to the basket, hitting fallaway jumpers in the lane and making 3-pointers to score 55, the NBA's high this season.

"It was fun," a grinning Bryant said after the Lakers beat Jordan and the Wizards 108-94 late Friday night. Bryant had 42 points by halftime, breaking a 42-year-old team record.

The 40-year-old Jordan, who plans to retire again after this season, said Bryant shouldn't be compared to him.

"He is going to come into his own, which is Kobe Bryant himself," said Jordan, who scored 23. "There are always going to be similarities because that is just the way he plays."

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