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76ers remain in hunt

Allen Iverson scored 48 points and kept the 76ers in the playoff hunt with a 106-103 win over the Charlotte Bobcats last night in Philadelphia. Iverson had 30 in the first half to help the Sixers take a 25-point lead, which was sliced all the way to 1 late in the fourth quarter.

It was the second straight game the Sixers let a huge lead slip away, blowing a 26-point lead against the Celtics Sunday before holding on for a 4-point win.

The win gave Philadelphia a small cushion in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers are 3 1/2 games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division and a game and a half ahead of New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Pistons 105, Wizards 93 -- Ben Wallace had 21 points and 18 rebounds as host Detroit cut its magic number to clinch the Central Division title to four.

Detroit has won four straight and leads second-place Chicago by five games. It was Larry Brown's 101st win as Pistons coach, breaking Rick Carlisle's team record of 100 over his first two seasons.

The Wizards have lost three in a row and had a three-game road winning streak snapped. Washington was missing Antawn Jamison (knee), who sat out one day after scoring 30 points against the Celtics.

Bulls 102, Magic 101 -- Kirk Hinrich scored 25 points, Antonio Davis hit a go-ahead free throw with 1.4 seconds left in overtime, and visiting Chicago beat Orlando. Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 22 rebounds for the Bulls, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped Tuesday.

Pacers 98, Cavaliers 77 -- Stephen Jackson scored 23 points and Reggie Miller had 17 to lead host Indiana to its fifth straight win.

The game was never close after the Pacers held the Cavaliers to 10 points in the second quarter. Cleveland, which has lost nine of 13, made just 3 of 22 shots in the quarter.

Nuggets 94, Hornets 83 -- Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, leading six Nuggets in double figures as visiting Denver won its fifth straight.

Andre Miller scored 16 points, hitting a jumper and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes to stem a furious Hornets run that cut a 20-point deficit to 7.

Timberwolves 111, Jazz 86 -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points to help Minnesota beat slumping Utah at Minneapolis.

Seventh-place Denver (43-31) and eighth-place Memphis (42-32) also won, leaving Minnesota (40-35) still 2 1/2 games out of the last playoff spot in the West. The Wolves host the Nuggets tomorrow.

Warriors 104, Trail Blazers 102 -- Baron Davis had 22 points and 11 assists, and Troy Murphy added 22 points and 10 rebounds to give Golden State the victory in Portland, Ore.

Ruben Patterson had 27 points for the Blazers, who have lost six straight. Portland (24-50) reached 50 losses for the first time since 1973-74, when it went 27-55.

Spurs 91, Clippers 82 -- Manu Ginobili scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Brent Barry added four 3-pointers to lead host San Antonio.

Grizzlies 104, Raptors 74 -- Pau Gasol scored 26 points to lead Memphis at Toronto.

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