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Jazz overcome Iverson

76ers fall despite guard's 46 points

The Philadelphia 76ers' woeful defense spoiled another stellar effort from Allen Iverson.

Mehmet Okur scored 25 points and Andrei Kirilenko added 23, helping the Utah Jazz overcome Iverson's 46 points in a 110-102 victory over host Philadelphia last night.

Milt Palacio had 17 points, Gordan Giricek added 16, and Okur had eight assists and eight rebounds as Utah won its third straight game on the road. The Northwest Division-leading Jazz have won eight of nine, improving to two games above .500 for the first time since starting 4-2.

''We got whatever we wanted on offense," Palacio said.

The Jazz shot 74.1 percent (20 for 27) in the second half, getting several easy baskets on uncontested layups. Philadelphia has the NBA's second-highest scoring offense, but second-worst defense.

Iverson, who shot 16 of 25 and made 13 of 17 free throws, scored 40-plus points for the ninth time this season as he chases Kobe Bryant for the league scoring title.

Chris Webber scored 21 points for the struggling Sixers, who have lost six of nine.

Trail Blazers 113, Lakers 103 -- Portland overcame Kobe Bryant's 41 points, ending his scoring streak of 45-plus games at four, in a victory over the visiting Lakers.

Bryant had scored at least 45 points in his last four games, becoming the first player to score as many since Wilt Chamberlain in November 1964. Elgin Baylor also reached the milestone in December 1961.

Knicks 117, Mavericks 115 -- Stephon Marbury scored 28 points, Antonio Davis was a spark in overtime, and the Knicks blew an 18-point lead before beating visiting Dallas for their fifth straight win.

Jamal Crawford added 25 points and Eddy Curry had 21 for the Knicks, who have won five in a row for the first time since 2004. Davis had 4 points and three rebounds in overtime while playing tough defense on Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 32 points. The Mavericks had their three-game winning streak snapped.

SuperSonics 113, Magic 104 -- Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 45 points and host Seattle overcame the ejection of Ray Allen to beat Orlando. Lewis was outstanding, finishing 12 of 18 from the field and 17 of 20 from the free throw line.

The Sonics played much of the game without Allen, who was ejected for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling with 10:53 left in the second quarter.

Heat 110, Warriors 96 -- Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds as visiting Miami won its fourth straight against Golden State.

Shaquille O'Neal bounced back from two subpar games to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who won easily despite shooting only 8 of 19 from the free throw line -- 1 of 11 by O'Neal.

Wizards 103, Hawks 72 -- Donell Taylor scored a career-high 15 points to lead host Washington. The Wizards finished with a 52-31 rebounding margin, and held the Hawks to a season-low point total for a Washington opponent.

Pacers 112, Bucks 88 -- Stephen Jackson scored 24 points to help Indiana beat visiting Milwaukee. The Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and handed the Bucks their fourth loss in five games. The 24-point margin tied Milwaukee's worst loss of the season.

Kings 88, Rockets 80 -- Mike Bibby and Corliss Williamson scored 19 points apiece to lead visiting Sacramento over shorthanded Houston. For the second straight night, the Rockets had six players out because of injuries, including stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.

Timberwolves 99, Bulls 93 -- Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists to lead host Minnesota. Garnett's 500th career double-double helped snap a three-game losing streak, and Wally Szczerbiak added 25 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota.

Raptors 95, Bobcats 86 -- Chris Bosh had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Mike James added 24 points as host Toronto beat injury-ravaged Charlotte. Jumaine Jones had 17 points for the Bobcats, who were missing Emeka Okafor (sprained ankle), Kareem Rush (sprained ankle), Sean May (sore right knee), and Melvin Ely (sprained ankle).

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