At 9-0, Philadelphia off to its best beginning in franchise history
Philadelphia Allen Iverson has led the Philadelphia 76ers to a better start than Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving or Charles Barkley ever did.
Iverson scored 19 points and added five assists as the 76ers beat Miami, 94-73, on Friday night to improve to 9-0 for the first time in franchise history.
"You don't think about this in your wildest dreams," Iverson said. "To come in a league so tough like this and be 9-0, and with everything that went on with me in the summer, that makes it that much sweeter, that much better."
Eric Snow had 14 points and Tyrone Hill added 12 for the Sixers, who have won nine straight for the first time since January 1990.
Brian Grant scored 16 points all in the first half and had 11 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway added 14 for the Heat.
Miami played without Eddie Jones, who missed his second straight game with a strained calf. Hardaway left the game in the third quarter with tendinitis in his right knee and didn't return.
"I'm a pessimist, I don't know what's going on," said Aaron McKie, who scored 11 points and had six assists. "The chemistry is there, that's for sure. We just have to find a way to come out with more intensity early."
Miami started strong and opened an eight-point lead in the first quarter. But the Heat scored 26 points the entire second half.
The Sixers used an 18-0 run to erase a four-point deficit in the third quarter. Theo Ratliff gave Philadelphia its first lead since the opening minutes with a pair of free throws, then Iverson took over.
He threw an alley-oop to George Lynch on a fast break, found Hill for an easy basket on another fast break and hit a long jumper to make it 60-52. Two free throws by Snow, a put-back by Hill and a jumper by Snow gave the Sixers a 66-52 lead with 3:23 left in the third.
Mavericks 99, Sonics 95
Seattle Steve Nash sank a wide-open 15-footer with 12.3 seconds left to give Dallas a 97-95 lead after Seattle's Brent Barry missed a three-pointer. The Sonics didn't get off a final shot as Gary Payton was stripped of the ball and Michael Finley went downcourt for a dunk with 2.4 seconds left.
Knicks 90, Suns 85
Phoenix New York harassed Jason Kidd into 14 turnovers, tying a 22-year-old NBA record, and snapped the Suns' seven-game winning streak. The Knicks never trailed.
Warriors 92, Pacers 90
Indianapolis Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and Erick Dampier had a season-high 20 as Golden State snapped its seven-game losing streak and ended the Pacers' five-game victory streak. Chris Mullin and Larry Hughes each hit two free throws in the final seven seconds.
Celtics 106, Hawks 99
Boston Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Antoine Walker added 22 as Boston sent Atlanta to its seventh consecutive road loss. The Hawks' road losing streak reached 21 games over the past two seasons. The Celtics, leading the NBA in three-point accuracy, made 10 of 21 shots from three-point range.
Pistons 96, Hornets 89
Charlotte, N.C. Jerry Stackhouse scored 25 points and Detroit opened the fourth quarter with a 24-12 run to send Charlotte to its fifth straight loss. The Pistons took only their second lead of the game on Mikki Moore's two free throws to start the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves 99, Spurs 94, OT
Minneapolis Kevin Garnett had a season-high 32 points, 12 rebounds and two crucial baskets in overtime as Minnesota survived another fourth-quarter failure. Garnett drained consecutive jumpers over Tim Duncan to give the Timberwolves a three-point lead with 52.9 seconds left.
Bucks 89, Cavaliers 76
Milwaukee Glenn Robinson scored eight of his 21 points in a 15-3 fourth-quarter run. The victory was the second in a row for Milwaukee after a disappointing 1-5 start.