Marc Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining, and Allen Iverson stole Atlanta's ensuing inbounds pass as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers escaped with a 98-97 victory last night that extended the Hawks' losing streak to 11.
Iverson, who hit all 13 of his free throw attempts, scored 33 points but was just 3 for 19 in the second half.
After Tom Gugliotta's 20-footer from the right baseline gave the Hawks their first lead since midway through the fourth quarter, Chris Webber's awkward pass caused Iverson to fall down near midcourt. Instead of being called for traveling, Iverson quickly hopped up and drove the lane before passing to Jackson, who was fouled by Al Harrington.
"He has the agility of a cat," Coach Jim O'Brien said of Iverson. "For him to be able to fall, avoid the guy stealing the ball, get up, and then penetrate and make the appropriate pass to Marc again at the end of the game . . . was really, really great."
Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, stole Boris Diaw's inbounds pass from the left sideline of the Hawks' end. Iverson celebrated with victory lap around the Philips Arena floor.
The Sixers won two straight for the first time since acquiring Webber in a Feb. 23 with Sacramento. Webber finished with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
NUGGETS 105, CLIPPERS 89: In Los Angeles, Earl Boykins scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Denver continued its push for the playoffs under new coach George Karl with its sixth straight victory.
Boykins has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 23 games and has four 20-point efforts during that stretch.
Carmelo Anthony had 21 points for the Nuggets, who equaled their longest winning streak since a seven-game stretch from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2, 1989. They improved to 30-29 and went over .500 for the first time since Dec. 21 (13-12).
The Nuggets have made up 6 1/2 games on the Lakers for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth, and have tied them with 23 games remaining.
MAGIC 105, NETS 81: Steve Francis scored 26 points and rookie back-court mate Jameer Nelson added a career-high 22 as visiting Orlando blew out New Jersey.
Kelvin Cato added 16 points for the Magic, who had four players in double figures. Nelson, further entrenched in the Orlando starting lineup after Doug Christie was placed on the injured list, shot 7 of 9 and had three assists.
Vince Carter led New Jersey with 20 points, the 18th straight game he has reached that mark.
SUNS 129, TRAIL BLAZERS 116: Shawn Marion had 26 points and nine rebounds, and host Phoenix routed Portland for the third time this season.
Coach Mike D'Antoni rested starters Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash for the entire fourth quarter after the Suns went ahead 102-78 after three.
Nash had eight assists, snapping his string of 11-assist games at 12. He was trying to become the first player with 11 or more assists in 13 consecutive games since John Stockton in 1990-91.
BUCKS 95, BULLS 87: Desmond Mason scored 20 points, Maurice Williams and Michael Redd added 16 points each and the Bucks defeated Chicago in Milwaukee for the 14th consecutive time.