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76ers 95, Wizards 73

76ers 95, Wizards 73

In Washington, Allen Iverson scored 39 points as the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Washington Wizards their seventh straight loss, 95-73 on Tuesday night.

The 76ers raced to a 21-3 lead and went on to win their third game in a row.

The Wizards, who have not won since the opening night, are off to their worst start in 33 years and their reserves outscored their ineffective starters for the third consecutive game.

Raptors 89, Pistons 85

In Toronto, Antonio Davis had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Charles Oakley hit two jumpers in the closing minutes as the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons.

After Oakley hit a 12-foot jumper to tie the game 85-85 with 1:30 remaining, Davis blocked a layup attempt by Jerome Williams, who scored a career-high 26 points for Detroit. Following a steal by Toronto's Doug Christie, Muggsy Bogues pushed the ball up court and passed to Oakley, who sank a 12-footer to give Toronto the lead.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 26 points for the Pistons, who lost to the Raptors by 17 points at home last week.

Hawks 103, Hornets 98

In Atlanta, Rookie Jason Terry, filling the void left by the suspension of Isaiah Rider, scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Hawks lost all four games on a Western road trip to leave their record at 1-6, the team's worst start since moving to Atlanta in 1968. To make matters worse, the mercurial Rider failed to show up for practice on Monday, drawing a one-game suspension.

But the rest of the Hawks stepped up to replace the player who was averaging a team-high 18 points per game. Jim Jackson scored 20 points, Dikembe Mutombo 19 and Roshown McLeod 18. Charlotte was led by Anthony Mason and Eddie Jones, who scored 20 points apiece.

Trail Blazers 101, Heat 96

In Miami, Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points and Portland ran off nine consecutive points down the stretch to beat the Miami Heat.

The teams came into the game tied for the best record in the NBA at 6-1. The defeat snapped the Heat's five-game winning streak.

Alonzo Mourning scored 23 points for the Heat, who fell shy of 100 points for only the third time this season. Scottie Pippen had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 51 percent from the field.

Bucks 101, Clippers 93

In Milwaukee, Glenn Robinson scored 24 points and Sam Cassell had 20 points and nine assists as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ray Allen added 19 points and six assists for Milwaukee. The Clippers, playing the second game of a five-game road trip, lost their fourth straight.

Derek Anderson had 27 points for Los Angeles before getting hurt in a collision with Milwaukee's Danny Manning early in the fourth quarter. After laying on the court for three minutes, Anderson was helped to the locker room and did not return.

Mavericks 114, Rockets 95

In Dallas, Michael Finley scored 28 points and reserve Cedric Ceballos had 19 as the Dallas Mavericks stopped Houston's six-game winning streak at Reunion Arena.

Dirk Nowitzki, the victim of a flagrant foul that touched off a midcourt shoving match in the second quarter, scored 16 points and Robert Pack had 12 points and 10 assists for the Mavericks.

Rockets rookie Steve Francis was ejected after he pulled down Nowitzki, who was attempting a layup, with 2:57 left in the first half and the Mavericks ahead 48-43. Nowitzki fell to the ground, scrambled to his feet and reacted angrily. Both teams converged and began pushing and shoving, with Francis taking a shove at Pack in the middle of the tangle.

Spurs 90, Pacers 87, OT

In San Antonio, Jerome Kersey hit a go-ahead 14-foot jumper with 7.6 seconds left in overtime as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Indiana Pacers.

Tim Duncan and David Robinson each scored 22 points for San Antonio. Indiana's Jalen Rose tied his career-high with 28 points.

Rose, Sam Perkins and Mark Jackson each hit 3-pointers as the Pacers took an 85-82 lead with 1:37 left in overtime. But San Antonio rallied and took the lead for good, 86-85, on Kersey's jumper. The Spurs, who trailed by 13 points earlier in the game, then clinched the victory with three free throws by Mario Elie and one by Terry Porter in the final 7 seconds.

Knicks 102, Nuggets 95

In Denver, Latrell Sprewell 26 points and Allan Houston added 23 as the New York Knicks ended a three-game losing streak.

Sprewell shot only 1-for-4 in the first half, but he scored 24 points in the second half on 9-for-13 shooting.

Ron Mercer scored 30 points for Denver, which lost its third straight game. Antonio McDyess added 26 as the Nuggets lost their fifth consecutive game to New York.

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