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Iverson's sub sparks Sixers

By Associated Press
Published December 10, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Aaron McKie did a great job filling in for Allen Iverson, scoring a season-high 21 and blocking a shot as time expired in the Philadelphia 76ers' 78-76 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer at 29.4 points per game, stayed home to rest his right knee, which he banged Friday against Miami. The Sixers hope he will be able to play Friday against Denver.

McKie took his place and looked a little like Iverson when he made a fadeaway jumper over Ben Wallace just before the shot clock expired to give the Sixers a 75-70 lead with 1:37 left.

McKie blocked Mehmet Okur's jumper, which could have forced overtime, to seal the win.

Eric Snow, his backcourt mate, had 17 points and seven assists.

Chauncey Billups had 29 points and Richard Hamilton 15 for the Pistons, who were held to a season-low 31 points in the first half and 37.3 percent shooting overall.

After the Pistons trailed by nine midway through the fourth quarter, they pulled within three five times.

The first four times, Philadelphia responded with shots or stops. The fifth time, Hamilton stole the ball from Snow and scored on a layup to cut the deficit to 77-76 with 34.3 seconds left.

Snow missed a long jumper on the ensuing possession, giving the Pistons the ball with 10.7 seconds left.

With a chance to win, Tayshaun Prince missed a runner. Derrick Coleman, who scored 11, made a free throw with .8 seconds left before Detroit inbounded to Okur for a final attempt.

The Pistons activated Chucky Atkins and Zeljko Rebraca from the injured list and placed Hubert Davis (sprained left thumb) and Darvin Ham (sprained right wrist) on the injured list.

NETS 101, SONICS 88: Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 31, Kenyon Martin had 25 and host New Jersey shot a season-best 55.1 percent.

Jason Kidd added 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in three quarters to help the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions post a season-high three-game winning streak.

Famed architect Frank Gehry is set to unveil a design for a Brooklyn arena for the Nets today. Gehry designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which opened in October.

PACERS 93, WIZARDS 79: Ron Artest bounced back from his first ejection of the season with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead host Indiana.

The Pacers, coming off a rugged five-game West Coast trip, held a 22-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Wizards used a 14-2 run to pull within 83-73.

That prompted Indiana coach Rick Carlisle to bring back four of his five starters, and the Wizards never got closer.

Pacers reserve point guard Anthony Johnson missed his second game with an abdominal strain.

RAPTORS 100, CAVS 93: Vince Carter scored 22 and Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose 20 each, and revamped Toronto won its fifth straight.

Rose scored 16 in the second half, 12 in the third quarter, as the visiting Raptors improved to 5-0 since acquiring Rose, Marshall and Lonny Baxter in a trade with Chicago. Toronto's winning streak is its longest since nine in a row from March 22-April 9, 2002.

HEAT 92, SUNS 72: Lamar Odom scored 16 with a career-high 17 rebounds, and host Miami got Caron Butler back in the starting lineup.

Dwyane Wade and Brian Grant scored 18 each as the Heat snapped a three-game losing streak. Butler, who sat out seven games with a quadriceps injury, scored seven in 37 minutes.

HAWKS 112, NUGGETS 98: Jacque Vaughn scored a career-high 23 and host Atlanta took command after halftime, snapping a four-game losing streak and setting a season high for points.

The Hawks won despite the absence of third-leading scorer Stephen Jackson, who served a one-game suspension for a heated exchange with the coaching staff after a weekend loss in Cleveland.

ROCKETS 93, BLAZERS 91: Cuttino Mobley had 24 points and Steve Francis hit a 16-footer with 20 seconds left to lead Houston and keep Portland winless on the road.

Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks was fined $7,500 by the NBA for failing to leave the court quickly enough after being ejected from Sunday's game.

KINGS 105, CLIPPERS 95: Peja Stojakovic scored 26 and Mike Bibby had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Sacramento beat Los Angeles at home for the 11th straight time.

WARRIORS 98, WOLVES 95: Jason Richardson made an open 3-pointer with .2 seconds left as visiting Golden State moved above .500 this late in a season for the first time since 1993-94.

KNICKS: Allan Houston sat out the game against the Lakers with a sore right knee.

[Last modified December 10, 2003, 01:34:25]


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