Iverson, playing with an injured big toe, scored 44 points - 30 in the
106-93, last night in a preview of a potential first-round series in the
Eastern Conference playoffs.
"When you have that type of quality player come in, you want to step it
up," Iverson said. "When you add to that he's coming into my house, I want to
play good in front of my fans. It's my house." Carter overcame a tough first
half to score 26 points. He scored almost all of his points on jumpers and was
held without a dunk for the second straight game.
11 points and 14 assists. Tracy McGrady added 20 for Toronto, which lost its
second straight game after winning 11 of 12.
It was the fourth straight victory for the 76ers, who pulled into a tie
with Toronto for the fourth spot in the conference at 39-28. Iverson will have
X-rays on his injured left toe today.
Hornets 119, Nets 103: Eddie Jones scored 26 points, and Derrick Coleman
and David Wesley added 22 each as host Charlotte shot a season-best 56 percent.
Anthony Mason contributed 17 points as the Hornets recorded their highest
point and assist (37) totals of the season and ended a three-game slide.
Stephon Marbury led the Nets with 23 points.
Pistons 104, Trail Blazers 95: Grant Hill took over the fourth quarter,
scoring 14 of his 24 points in the period for visiting Detroit. Jerry
Stackhouse added 23 points and Terry Mills had 14 of his 16 in the second half
on 4 of 5 three-pointers for the Pistons, who have won three straight road
scored 20 for the Blazers.
Suns 114, Kings 93: Jason Kidd injured his left ankle with .2 seconds left
in the first half. Suns officials were uncertain of the extent of the injury,
and said Kidd was taken for an MRI. Cliff Robinson scored 26 points for host
Spurs 103, Clippers 78: Tim Duncan scored 30 points in his best game since
returning from an abdominal injury. Samaki Walker came off the bench to tie his
scored six points in 19 minutes.
Magic 103, Hawks 90: Darrell Armstrong had 27 points and 10 assists and
host Orlando maintained its hold on the eighth playoff position.
Timberwolves 109, Celtics 106: Anthony Peeler's three-point basket with
two-tenths of a second left and Kevin Garnett's career-high 40 points lifted