|The Sixers' Kevin Ollie (12) has little room to run with Jamaal Tinsley (11) and Danny Granger applying some tight defense. (RON CORTES/KRT)|
Sixers' skid reaches 12
O'Neal (34) sets pace for Pacers
Allen Iverson is gone. The Philadelphia 76ers' losing streak isn't over, though.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Stephen Jackson had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 101-93 win over host Philadelphia last night, the last-place 76ers' 12th straight loss.
O'Neal and Jackson took turns down the stretch making clutch baskets to hold off a spirited Sixers team playing their first game in more than 10 years without Iverson on the roster.
Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver each scored 20 points for the Sixers, a night after they traded Iverson to Denver for Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two 2007 first-round picks. The Sixers, who will visit Boston tomorrow night, also were playing without Chris Webber, who missed his third straight game because of a sprained right ankle.
"I think we need some extra fresh legs coming off the bench," Iguodala said. "We made a few mental mistakes near the end of the game and I think that's what it was from."
Knicks 111, Bobcats 109 -- David Lee tipped in a long inbounds pass as time expired in the second overtime, giving exhausted New York a victory over visiting Charlotte.
Still missing three suspended players after Saturday's brawl with the Nuggets and playing without injured starters Steve Francis and Quentin Richardson, the Knicks were forced into overtime for the second time in three nights. They played only eight players, just as they did Monday when they came from 16 points down to beat Utah, 97-96, in overtime.
This time, New York erased a 19-point deficit, grinding out the win after managing just three field goals in the fourth quarter.
Channing Frye matched a career high with 30 points and Eddy Curry had 29 for the Knicks, who had all five starters on the floor for at least 47 minutes. Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford each played 54 minutes.
Mavericks 103, Sonics 95 -- Erick Dampier matched his season high with 22 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds as Dallas rallied past host Seattle on a night when Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki went down with a sprained ankle and the Sonics lost Rashard Lewis to a hand injury.
Lewis went out first, injuring a tendon in his right hand in the opening minute. He was hurt when he attempted to block Dampier's shot from behind.
About 10 minutes later, Nowitzki collapsed with a sprained left ankle. Nowitzki was on the floor for a few minutes before being carried to the locker room by two teammates.
Nets 113, Cavaliers 111 -- Vince Carter broke a scoring drought with 38 points to help New Jersey hold off Cleveland at East Rutherford, N.J. LeBron James led Cleveland with 37 points, but fell just short of bringing the Cavaliers back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
Bucks 121, Heat 95 -- Mo Williams had his first career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists and Michael Redd added 28 points as Milwaukee extended its home-winning streak to five.
Raptors 98, Clippers 96 -- T.J. Ford hit a tiebreaking buzzer-beater from the foul line and reserve guard Fred Jones scored a season-high 23 points as injury-riddled Toronto held off host Los Angeles.
Lakers 111, Timberwolves 94 -- Vladimir Radmanovic and Maurice Evans combined for 16 points during a 25-2 run in the fourth quarter that rallied Los Angeles to victory in Minneapolis.
Jazz 112, Hawks 106 -- Mehmet Okur scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help visiting Utah erase a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat Atlanta.
Trail Blazers 89, Rockets 87-- Zach Randolph had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and host Portland held off Houston despite a 34-point performance by Yao Ming.
Magic 86, Hornets 83 -- Grant Hill had 21 points and seven rebounds as host Orlando held off New Orleans.
Spurs 105, Grizzlies 98 -- Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Michael Finley added a season-high 20 to power host San Antonio.
The Nuggets postponed their game last night against Phoenix because of a snowstorm. No makeup date has been set.