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Iverson Scores 51, But 76ers Still Lose

Associated Press
Tuesday, December 21, 2004; Page D06

Allen Iverson surpassed 50 points for the second consecutive game but fouled out with 4.5 seconds left, putting Mehmet Okur on the line for the winning free throws in visiting Utah's 103-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night.

Iverson followed his 54-point game in Milwaukee with 51 last night, becoming the first 76er to score 50 in back-to-back games and the first Philadelphia player to accomplish the feat since Wilt Chamberlain did so for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962.


Utah's Carlos Boozer, left, defends 76ers' Allen Iverson, who scored 51 points in a 103-101 loss. (George Widman -- AP)

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The last NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games was Antawn Jamison in December 2000, with the Golden State Warriors.

"I had a hot hand and Coach [Jim O'Brien] called my number," Iverson said.

Iverson scored 21 points in the third quarter to help the 76ers overcome a 16-point halftime deficit, only to watch the comeback fall short. After Okur made his foul shots, a running layup attempt by Willie Green clanged off the back of the rim, and the Jazz snapped a seven-game road losing streak and a three-game skid overall.

Okur finished with 20 points and Carlos Boozer led Utah with 28 as four Jazz players finished in double figures.

ROCKETS 114, RAPTORS 102: Yao Ming scored a season-high 40 points and Tracy McGrady added 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Houston at home.

The Rockets have won nine of 10 home games against the Raptors, whose only win in Houston was nearly five years ago.

The total was a season high for the Rockets, who also hit a season-best 51.9 percent of their shots from the field (41 of 79).

Chris Bosh had 16 points to lead seven Raptors in double figures. Toronto has lost nine of its last 11 games.

Yao added 10 rebounds and recorded his eighth double-double of the season.

SUNS 107, NUGGETS 105: Amare Stoudemire had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Quentin Richardson tipped in a shot at the buzzer to help visiting Phoenix extend its winning streak to nine games.

Richardson finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Steve Nash added 15 points and 10 assists to give Phoenix its second nine-game winning streak this season. The Suns have won 18 of 19 and eight straight on the road, one short of the team record.

Andre Miller had 23 points and 11 assists, and Kenyon Martin added 22 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which played without starters Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby. Nene added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, but the Nuggets allowed Phoenix to shoot 53 percent for their fifth loss in six games.

GRIZZLIES 82, LAKERS 72: Shane Battier had 17 points, Mike Miller scored five in the final 2:46 and Memphis beat the Lakers in Los Angeles for the first time after 18 losses.

It was a season-high third straight victory for the Grizzlies, who made the playoffs last season for the first time in club history after winning a franchise-record 50 games -- 22 more than their previous best.

BULLS 92, TRAIL BLAZERS 87: Ben Gordon scored 23 points with Michael Jordan in attendance, and host Chicago earned its fourth consecutive victory.

Eddy Curry added 18 points and Kirk Hinrich 17 for Chicago, which has won four straight for the first time since Jordan's 1998 championship team won 13 in a row. The Bulls are 8-6 since their 0-9 start.


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