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Hawks win despite Iverson's 53
Published December 24, 2005
ATLANTA - No matter how many shots he took, Allen Iverson couldn't beat the Atlanta Hawks by himself.
Iverson scored 53, the fifth-highest total of his career, but Joe Johnson had 24 to lead the Hawks over the Philadelphia 76ers 111-108 on Friday night.
"I'm as disappointed as everybody else on my team," Iverson said. "We wanted to go into the holidays with a win. We'll have to get this one out of our system and come back to work."
Zaza Pachulia added a career-high 23 points, including the go-ahead free throws, and Al Harrington scored 22 for Atlanta, which won its fourth straight at home and fifth in the last seven overall.
NETS 95, HEAT 88: Vince Carter tied a career high with 51 points, 37 in the second half, as visiting New Jersey extended its season-high winning streak to five games.
Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 17 points - on only 4-for-20 shooting - for Miami.
PISTONS 97, WARRIORS 85: Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and Ben Wallace added 15 points and 14 rebounds to help host Detroit improve to 21-3.
Rookie Ike Diogu had a career-best 27 points for Golden State, making 13 of 15 field goals attempts. Baron Davis and Jason Richardson had 14 each.
CLIPPERS 97, BOBCATS 88: Elton Brand had 38 points and 20 rebounds as visiting Los Angeles pounded Charlotte.
Chris Kaman added 22 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a five-game road losing streak.
KNICKS 98, JAZZ 90: Jamal Crawford scored 28 and Stephon Marbury had 22 and seven assists as host New York snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Gordan Giricek had 19 points and Matt Harpring added 15 for Utah.
TRAIL BLAZERS 91, TIMBERWOLVES 83: Zach Randolph had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Ruben Patterson added a season-high 23 points and visiting Portland overcame coach Nate McMillan's ejection to beat Minnesota.
Portland attempted 24 more free throws than the host Timberwolves, shooting 22 in the final period alone.
GRIZZLIES 95, BULLS 77: Mike Miller scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 19 points and 11 boards as host Memphis defeated Chicago.
Miller, a former Florida Gator, was 8-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range. Gasol shot 6-of-9 and added four blocks and five assists.
CAVALIERS 94, PACERS 89: LeBron James scored a season-low 14, but had nine assists and eight rebounds as host Cleveland won its fifth straight.
Drew Gooden added a season-high 21 points and 12 rebounds on a tender ankle and Larry Hughes had 18 points for the Cavs, who nearly blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead.
BUCKS 101, HORNETS 94: Michael Redd scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to lead host Milwaukee.
David West led the Hornets with 27 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Rookie Chris Paul added 24 points as the Hornets lost for the sixth time in seven road games.
SPURS 95, RAPTORS 90: Tim Duncan made all four of his fourth-quarter shots and nearly finished with a triple-double to lead host San Antonio.
Duncan scored nine of his 27 points in the final period, and added 10 rebounds and eight assists.
NUGGETS 108, ROCKETS 86: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and host Denver held Tracy McGrady to a single basket over the first three quarters Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
WIZARDS 112, SUNS 111: Gilbert Arenas scored 41, just enough for visiting Washington to survive his poor foul shooting and beat Phoenix.
Arenas missed three free throws in the final 44 seconds, coming up two points short of his season high.
CLIPPERS: Forward Corey Maggette, the team's leading scorer at 21.7 points a game, will be out at least four more weeks because of an injured left foot.
PISTONS: A cousin of Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace was killed and a police officer was wounded in a shootout in Philadelphia authorities said occurred after an undercover drug buy. Tyree Wallace, 22, was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Sgt. Mike Mitchell, 41, was in stable condition with a groin wound.
LAKERS: Swingman Laron Profit had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon in his left foot and is expected to be out four to six months.