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76ers beat Knicks 107-97

ANDRE Iguodala had 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 107-97 for their seventh straight victory in the NBA yesterday.

Andre Miller added 27 points and eight assists for the 76ers, making a pair of baskets in a 10-0 burst after the Knicks had closed within one with 5 minutes remaining. Lou Williams scored 15 points to help Philadelphia beat New York for the 11th time in the last 13 meetings.

Al Harrington had 26 points for the Knicks, who welcomed back Danilo Gallinari after his absence. Gallinari, the No. 6 pick in the draft, made his first appearance since the second game of the season and scored six points in 16 minutes. He missed the last 36 games because of a sore lower back.

Hornets 91, Pistons 85

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Chris Paul had 23 points and 14 assists to help New Orleans hand Detroit its fifth straight loss.

David West added 20 points for the Hornets, who had six players in double figures. Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points.

Detroit, with Tayshaun Prince and Hamilton already playing at less than 100 percent, got a scare when Allen Iverson hurt his knee landing awkwardly after his layup was blocked by Rasual Butler. Iverson was helped off the court but returned to the game.

Celtics 105, Nets 85

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ray Allen scored 25 points, nine during Boston's opening 18-2 run, in the Celtics' fourth straight victory.

Paul Pierce and Eddie House each added 13 points for the Celtics, coming off a 32-point victory over New Jersey on Wednesday.

Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 28 points. New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank benched stars Devin Harris and Vince Carter for the second half.

Bobcats 102, Trail Blazers 97, OT

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Emeka Okafor hit the clinching free throws in Charlotte's third straight win.

Okafor had 22 points and 11 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, and Brandon Roy added 17 for Portland, 2-2 on its four-game East Coast trip.

Rockets 93, Heat 86

At Houston, Yao Ming set a Houston record by going 12-for-12 from the field, and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Rafer Alston added a season-high 22 points to help the Rockets improve to 2-1 since Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest were shelved to recover from injuries.

Yao's perfect shooting night eclipsed Joe Meriweather's 10-for-10 game against Atlanta in 1976. Yao's only miss came at the free-throw line, where he was 2-for-3.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points for Miami.

Spurs 92, Bulls 87

At Chicago, Tony Parker had 20 points and eight assists to lead San Antonio to its 11th victory in 14 games.

Tim Duncan added 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Spurs bounce back after their worst loss of the season, a 109-87 setback in Philadelphia on Friday.

Andres Nocioni had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Chicago.


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