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Iverson steers 76ers to .500

By wire services
Published February 15, 2005


PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson made a nifty pass to Marc Jackson for the winning layup with a second left, and the 76ers moved back to .500 and into a tie for first place in the Atlantic with a 106-105 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Iverson was trapped on the baseline when he found Jackson charging through the lane. The All-Star guard fired a perfect pass to Jackson, who scored from the right.

The Knicks had one last chance, but Nazr Mohammed's shot was off the mark and they lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Iverson followed his career-best 60-point game against Orlando on Saturday night with 38.

Iverson, who went in averaging an NBA-leading 29.7 points, started with a finger-roll layup on his first shot and rarely strayed from his slashing and crashing style.

Again, he got to the free-throw line often, making 15 of 17 and shooting 11-of-24 from the floor. He added 10 assists, including a stylish alley-oop to Andre Iguodala.

PISTONS 107, BUCKS 83: Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading Detroit to its eighth win in nine games after a dominant 3-0 homestand. In five days, the Pistons beat the Lakers, Wizards and Milwaukee by an average of 22.3 points.

The Bucks, without leading scorer Michael Redd for a second straight game because of a sprained left index finger, had a three-game winning streak snapped.

HORNETS 98, WIZARDS 96: J.R. Smith had 18 points and Dan Dickau hit two free throws with five seconds left as host New Orleans won its third in four games. Gilbert Arenas had 34 points for Washington, but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim.

SUNS 136, JAZZ 128: Amare Stoudemire had 42 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Nash had 19 points and 18 assists to lead host Phoenix to its fifth win in six games.

BLAZERS 80, BOBCATS 77: Nick Van Exel hit a 29-foot desperation heave at the buzzer to lift visiting Portland.

Around the league

SHAQ READY FOR 'ZO: Alonzo Mourning was once the face of the Heat and the cornerstone of the franchise.

Shaquille O'Neal fills those roles now.

Yet if Mourning returns, likely to happen today, O'Neal said the chemistry that has helped carry Miami to the top of the Eastern Conference won't be affected in the least.

"It's my job to make sure everybody gets on the same page," O'Neal said. "I'll do that, because that's what I do. I make everybody at ease, I make everybody else better. It's not going to be a problem."

NETS-WARRIORS TRADE: New Jersey strengthened its frontline, acquiring forward Clifford Robinson, a 16-year veteran, from Golden State for two second-round draft picks.

BOBCATS: Starters Emeka Okafor and Brevin Knight missed the game against Portland because of ankle injuries.

NUGGETS: Center Nene went on the injured list with a sprained left knee.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Leadin g scorer Zach Randolph missed the game at Charlotte with recurring pain in his right knee that has plagued him since late December.

WIZARDS: Rookie center Peter John Ramos was activated after being out since Dec.1 with right shoulder tendinitis. Forward Samaki Walker went on the injured list with a lower back strain.