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Iverson's comeback sparks 76ers in rout

Allen Iverson scored a season-high 46 points in his return to the lineup and the 76ers led all the way in a 123-108 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night in Philadelphia.

Iverson, who missed two games earlier this week after surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth, had plenty of help as the 76ers snapped a four-game losing streak. Willie Green scored 16 of his 20 points in the second quarter and Andre Iguodala followed a triple-double in his last game with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Luol Deng scored 28 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth consecutive game and eighth straight on the road. Andres Nocioni had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Ben Gordon scored 22.

Jazz 114, Lakers 108 -- At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Utah won its eighth straight, rallying to beat Los Angeles and improve to an NBA-best 12-1.

Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 12 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko blocked five shots in his first game back after missing five with a sprained ankle.

Utah closed the game on a 7-1 run with Boozer punctuating it by grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back in with 8.7 seconds left to put it out of reach.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Lamar Odom finished with 26 for the Lakers, who had won four in a row.

Nuggets 140, Warriors 129 -- J.R. Smith scored 31 points and made four 3-pointers as host Denver set a league high for points in a game this season.

It's the most points the Nuggets have scored since a 140-122 win over Sacramento March 29, 1991. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and seven assists. He has scored 30 or more in eight of his last nine games. It's the second time in three days Anthony has had 30 or more against the Warriors.

Magic 107, Heat 104 -- Grant Hill scored 24 points, including a jumper with 28 seconds left, and visiting Orlando beat slumping Miami.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who improved to 9-4, sent the Heat to a third straight loss, and moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the defending NBA champions in the Southeast Division.

Dwyane Wade had 33 points and a career-high 15 assists for injury-depleted Miami, which fell to 4-8 and is just 2-5 at home.

Timberwolves 86, Hornets 79 -- At Oklahoma City, Ricky Davis scored 23 points and Minnesota used a 15-2 fourth-quarter run to hand New Orleans its first home loss of the season.

The Hornets, who had won their first four at home -- including the season opener in New Orleans -- scored the first 7 points of the fourth quarter to erase a 66-60 deficit, but the Timberwolves responded with their big run to take control for good.

Pacers 97, Cavaliers 87 -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 29 points to lead host Indiana past Cleveland, which wasted a 30-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist effort by LeBron James.

Mavericks 95, Spurs 92 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, including 14 in the fourth, as Dallas handed San Antonio its third home loss of the season.

Pistons 104, Bobcats 95 -- Richard Hamilton scored 26 points and Tayshaun Prince added 21 to lead host Detroit to its fifth straight win.

Grizzlies 95, Wizards 80 -- Hakim Warrick scored 18 points to propel Memphis, which dealt Washington its seventh straight road loss.

Hawks 97, Raptors 93 -- Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Tyronn Lue hit an 18-foot fadeaway with 30 seconds remaining, helping host Atlanta snap a four-game losing streak while handing Toronto its seventh loss in eight games.

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