Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career high with 15 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a horrendous shooting performance by the NBA's leading scorer to beat the Lakers, 96-89, last night in Los Angeles.
Iverson, who entered shooting 42.1 percent and averaging 30.5 points, shot 2 for 20 in the first three quarters and 5 of 28 overall along with 10 of 14 from the foul line.
The win was the third straight for the 76ers (35-34), who raised their record above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3. The Lakers committed a season-high 27 turnovers in losing their eighth straight game -- their second-longest losing streak since they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960. Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Lakers. Chris Mihm had 17 points and 11 rebounds for LA.
Spurs 83, Rockets 70 -- Brent Barry hit three 3-pointers during a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter as San Antonio held visiting Houston to its lowest-scoring total of the season. The Rockets, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, went ahead, 60-55, on a 23-foot jumper by Tracy McGrady with 10:31 left in the game. The basket was the last of the game for McGrady, who finished with 26 points.
Barry tied it at 60 with 8:07 remaining with his first 3-pointer. Then the Spurs' defense took over, swarming the ball and collapsing on Yao Ming, who had only one basket in the final quarter and ended with 18 points.
Timberwolves 89, Clippers 85 -- Kevin Garnett was just 8 of 24 from the field but scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as host Minnesota held off Los Angeles. Sam Cassell scored 16 points off the bench to help Minnesota win its fourth straight game.
Wizards 95, SuperSonics 94 -- Larry Hughes scored 31 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter, to spark Washington in Seattle. Hughes, the NBA steals leader, had two strips of Ray Allen and scored on fast-break dunks in the final quarter when the Wizards went on a 9-0 run for an 89-80 lead with 4:42 left.