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Iverson Burns Heat With 45

Associated Press
Tuesday, January 25, 2005; Page D04

Allen Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory last night over the visiting Miami Heat.

Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who took over down the stretch in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, at 7 feet 1, comes up with an answer for how to slow down 6-foot 76er Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer. (Miles Kennedy -- AP)

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Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 11 assists for the Heat.

With Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook highlighting a group of Eagles watching courtside, the game was practically an afterthought for fans still in a frenzy over the Super Bowl.

All the Eagles received rousing standing ovations when introduced -- the loudest for McNabb -- and chants of "E-A-G-L-E-S!" filled the arena. The Eagles were the reason the game was moved to last night -- it was originally scheduled for Sunday but was pushed back so it would not conflict with the NFC title game.

Iverson came over at halftime and hugged McNabb. "I kind of got goose bumps with the whole thing," Iverson said. "I know it's a great feeling to be a part of that team and just to know you've got fans like that."

• TRAIL BLAZERS 107, SPURS 99: Damon Stoudamire had 23 points and nine assists, and Joel Przybilla added 17 points and 16 rebounds as host Portland snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 11 games.

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won four straight, including a 103-73 win over Sacramento on Sunday night. Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists.

• TIMBERWOLVES 86, PISTONS 83: Kevin Garnett had 22 points and nine rebounds in Minneapolis.

Reserves Wally Szczerbiak (15 points), Eddie Griffin (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Fred Hoiberg (nine points) helped Minnesota win its third straight.

Chauncey Billups had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, but the Pistons dropped their fourth straight game.

They were missing two starting perimeter players: Leading scorer Richard Hamilton sat out with a bruised right thigh and Tayshaun Prince hurt his left ankle early in the first quarter and didn't return.

• ROCKETS 89, MAGIC 78: Yao Ming had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jon Barry scored 19 points and Houston won at home despite playing without leading scorer Tracy McGrady.

The Rockets won their third straight and completed a two-game season sweep of the Magic in five days, proving that -- at least for now -- they got the better of the summer blockbuster trade that fetched them McGrady, Juwan Howard and two other players.

McGrady, who scored 27 points in a win at Orlando on Thursday, wasn't around for the rematch because of a medical emergency in his family. Team officials weren't sure where he was going or how long he would be away. Playing in Houston for the first time since the trade, Magic guard Steve Francis had a bittersweet homecoming.

He received a brief standing ovation during pregame introductions, but those cheers turned to a smattering of boos as the game went along. He had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists but also made seven turnovers.

• CLIPPERS 97, MAVERICKS 87: Elton Brand scored 10 of his 23 points during a 2:11 span of the fourth quarter as Los Angeles broke a five-game losing skid and ended visiting Dallas's five-game winning streak.

• BULLS 107, HAWKS 82: Eddy Curry scored 19 points, five of his teammates reached double figures, and Chicago surged over .500 for the first time in more than two years with a win in Atlanta.

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