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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


Wesley rescues Hornets again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- David Wesley hit a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds to play Saturday night to lift the Hornets to an 86-85 victory against Philadelphia, snapping the 76ers' six-game winning streak.

It was the second game in a row in which Wesley has made a winning last-minute three-pointer. He lifted Charlotte to a 93-91 victory against Golden State on Thursday with a three-pointer with 17 seconds left.

"I've never had a history of being the guy who takes the last shot," Wesley said. "But I've developed it this year and I've gained a confidence in taking those shots. I expect to make them."

Allen Iverson scored 47 for Philadelphia, passing the 40-point mark for the 14th time this season and for the sixth time in 11 games.

But he faltered late, especially on the last shot.

The Sixers took a timeout after Wesley's shot to draw up the last play. The ball went to Iverson, who tried to drive into the lane.

But Baron Davis stripped the ball from Iverson and took off toward the other end of the court as Iverson looked on helplessly.

"He had an amazing game and we couldn't stop him until the end -- and that's when it counted," said Davis, who insisted he didn't foul Iverson.

"I didn't touch him, he'll tell you."

Iverson didn't agree, but still blamed himself.

"I got the ball, I turn around and he just runs through me and takes the ball -- a play like that I thought I was going to get the call," Iverson said. "Even with the no call it's my fault because I'm supposed to make that shot."

Eddie Robinson led Charlotte with 15.

Dikembe Mutombo, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, had seven points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes for the Sixers.

SPURS 107, MAVS 104: Tim Duncan had 31 points and 13 rebounds, his NBA-best 44th double double of the season, for visiting San Antonio.

Duncan scored six of his points in the last 1:23, including 4 of 5 free throws. He has 198 double doubles in his 261 career regular-season games.

The Spurs, after squandering a 15-point lead, went back ahead to stay when David Robinson made two free throws with 2:30 left to make it 94-93. After Dallas newcomer Juwan Howard missed a short jumper, Derek Anderson responded with a three-pointer for San Antonio.

RAPTORS 106, WIZARDS 99: Vince Carter, one night after playing 63 minutes, scored 19 to lead visiting Toronto.

Carter, Antonio Davis and Keon Clark combined for six slam dunks as the Raptors shrugged off Friday's triple-overtime loss to Sacramento and built a 60-45 lead in the first half.

HEAT 75, NETS 70: Brian Grant scored 21 and Anthony Mason added 17 as host Miami snapped a three-game losing streak.

Grant's fastbreak dunk with 1:26 left gave the Heat a 10-point lead.

But New Jersey, which trailed by 18 at the start of the fourth quarter, pulled within 72-68 on Keith Van Horn's three-pointer with 15.7 seconds left. Aaron Williams' tip-in, which actually deflected off Grant, narrowed the gap to 73-70 with 7.9 seconds to go.

Eddie Jones iced the win for Miami with two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining.

BULLS 90, GRIZZLIES 75: Elton Brand scored 22 and had 12 rebounds, and Ron Artest had 19 points and a career-high eight steals for host Chicago.

The victory was the Bulls' ninth of the season, meaning they can do no worse than tie the 1972-73 76ers for fewest wins in a season.

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