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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


Iverson outduels Stackhouse by 10

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse proved why they couldn't play together.

Iverson scored 44, outscoring his former backcourt mate by 10, as the Sixers beat the Pistons 105-89 Friday night.

Stackhouse had 34 points on 12-for-32 shooting and Iverson was 14-for-29. Stackhouse, the No. 3 overall pick in the 1995 draft by the Sixers, was traded to Detroit for Theo Ratliff and Aaron McKie in December 1997 because he didn't fit in with Iverson on the court.

"Stack kept shooting the ball and a player like him, if he's missing, eventually he'll get on," Iverson said. "He hit some big shots. But the key was we played good defensively."

Stackhouse, the NBA's leading scorer at 30 points a game, looked like he had something to prove to his old team early on. He took 13 shots in the first quarter and missed seven in a row before hitting a jumper midway through the second.

"That was the furthest thing from my mind," Stackhouse said about a shootout with Iverson. "I was just concentrating on trying to win the game."

Philadelphia has won 15 of 17 to improve the NBA's best record to 33-10. The Pistons have lost 13 of 15.

George Lynch added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who improved to 16-1 when scoring more than 100 points. Ratliff had 13 points and Tyrone Hill added 13 rebounds.

Joe Smith had 15 and Chucky Atkins added 11 for Detroit.

Philadelphia took the lead for good with a 12-0 run in a four-minute stretch from the first quarter into the second. Iverson had six during the run on a pair of running jumpers and a 21-footer.

"We've come out and had some letdowns at home based on the way we've played on the road," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Everybody realizes we have to play the right way. We have to get it from a lot of different sources."

CELTICS 99, SUNS 83: Antoine Walker scored 29 and host Boston ruined the return of Jason Kidd.

Kidd, who sat out four games after being charged in a domestic assault case, entered the game with 4:14 left in the first quarter and was booed virtually every time he got the ball.

He struggled early but finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. Kidd had been charged last week with domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor, against his wife.

The Celtics continued to play well since Rick Pitino resigned as coach. They are 5-4 under interim coach Jim O'Brien.

WIZARDS 106, HAWKS 99: Chris Whitney scored 18 on a sore left ankle, including a clinching three-pointer, and visiting Washington rallied for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

ROCKETS 106, GRIZZLIES 89: Steve Francis had 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double as host Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Baker: Energy drink caused dizziness

SEATTLE -- Vin Baker says a high-caffeine energy drink that several Sonics players have been taking regularly probably was the reason he left a game because of dizziness.

Baker rejoined the team on Thursday after spending a night in a Los Angeles hospital, where he was taken after experiencing an irregular pulse, the team said.

The forward became dizzy Wednesday night during Seattle's victory against the Clippers. Baker scored 17 of his 18 points in the second quarter, left with 5:21 to play in the fourth and was hospitalized after the game.

"I got lightheaded for a while," Baker said. "My heart rate went up. My palpitations went up, but everything is all right now."

HAWKS: The team put point guard Brevin Knight on the injured list. He was not replaced on the 12-man roster, meaning he can return when the injury heals.

HORNETS: Guard Doug Overton was signed to a 10-day contract and the team placed Eldridge Recasner on the injured list with bronchitis.

SUNS-WARRIORS TRADE: Phoenix acquired guard Vinny Del Negro from Golden State in exchange for reserves Corie Blount, Paul McPherson and Ruben Garces.

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