Glenn Robinson scored 24 of his season-high 26 points in the first half, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 97-81 victory over the visiting New Jersey Nets last night.
Robinson's best game of the season helped offset a poor first half by Allen Iverson. Struggling with the flu, Iverson was held scoreless in the first quarter and did not make a field goal until hitting a jumper with 2:14 left in the third.
Midway through the quarter, Iverson was knocked to the ground while trying to avoid a pick. He stayed in the game, but was noticeably slowed and even refused the basketball on one trip up court.
Iverson, playing his third game since missing 10 straight with a bruised knee, played better after the collision, scoring 6 points in the last three minutes of the quarter to put the Sixers ahead by 17. He added 7 in the fourth quarter to finish with 17 points and 11 assists for his first double-double since Nov. 14.
Nets guard Jason Kidd was not as fortunate.
Kidd left the court in obvious pain with 7:01 remaining after jamming his left hand into Derrick Coleman while reaching for a bounce pass in the lane.
Kidd sprained his middle finger on the play and did not return. X-rays were negative, according to the Bergen Record.
Eric Snow had a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia.
Lakers 113, Hawks 67 -- Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to help host Los Angeles end a four-game losing streak and send Atlanta to its second-worst loss ever.
Stanislav Medvedenko scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lakers as Los Angeles dominated from the start, handing the Hawks their most lopsided loss since a 132-85 defeat at Philadelphia Dec. 8, 1982.
Pacers 92, Mavericks 80 -- Ron Artest scored 26 points to help host Indiana stretch its winning streak to seven games and improve the NBA's best record with a victory over Dallas.
Al Harrington and Jermaine O'Neal added 16 points each, and Jamaal Tinsley had 11 points and 12 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers (28-10).
SuperSonics 122, Grizzlies 116 -- Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Brent Barry had 18 points and 10 assists, as host Seattle subdued Memphis.
Jerome James scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, hitting all seven of his field goals, while Vladimir Radmanovic scored 17, Ray Allen had 15, and Vitaly Potapenko 14 for Seattle, which has won eight of 10.
Magic 103, Wizards 92 -- Tracy McGrady scored 35 points as host Orlando ended a six-game losing streak.
Keith Bogans added 13 points, and Juwan Howard had 10 with 12 rebounds. Lee Nailon came off the bench to score 11 points, all in the fourth quarter, while Andrew DeClercq grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds before fouling out.
Clippers 78, Raptors 68 -- Elton Brand had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox added 17 points and eight rebounds to help shorthanded Los Angeles beat host Toronto.
Glen Rice scored 11 points for the Clippers, who were missing two of their top scorers in Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson. Maggette served the second of his two-game suspension for fighting with New Jersey's Kenyon Martin. Richardson has a strained right hand.
Trail Blazers 87, Bulls 78 -- In Chicago, Derek Anderson scored 18 points and Portland ended a four-game losing streak.
Winning on the road for just the second time in 15 games this season, the Trail Blazers did it without second leading scorer Rasheed Wallace, who missed the game with a sprained left ankle.
Bucks 103, Heat 94 -- Toni Kukoc scored 24 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and keyed a decisive second-period surge that propelled host Milwaukee past Miami.
The Bucks have won five in a row for the first time this season. They climbed to four games over .500 (20-16) for the first time since last Feb. 14 and won their eighth straight home game.
Kings 113, Suns 93 -- Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento won in Phoenix.
Mike Bibby had 25 points, reserve Bobby Jackson scored a season-high 24, and Brad Miller had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.
Spurs 94, Hornets 84 -- Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen each scored 15 points to lead seven San Antonio players in double figures, as the host Spurs defeated New Orleans for their 16th win in 17 games.
Nuggets 106, Jazz 96 -- Carmelo Anthony shook off some rough treatment by Utah to score 15 of his 27 points in the second half, helping host Denver hold off the Jazz.