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Webber Starts to Click As 76ers Top Cavaliers

Associated Press
Saturday, March 5, 2005; Page D06

Chris Webber looked a little more like the all-star the Philadelphia 76ers hoped they were getting in their blockbuster trade.

Webber had his best performance yet in four games with Philadelphia, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, and Allen Iverson added 31 points to lead the 76ers to a 98-89 win last night over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Samuel Dalembert had 15 points for the 76ers, who won for the second time in four games with Webber in the lineup.

"I think every little bit helps your confidence," Webber said. "One day you're averaging a number that many people don't do in three categories and the next day you're worthless. And that's from myself, I don't even care what everyone else is saying."

LeBron James scored 34 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the suddenly fading Cavaliers.

Cleveland's five-game losing streak is its longest of the season. After leading the Central Division for much of the first half, the Cavaliers are sliding back in the Eastern Conference race.

The Cavaliers also dropped their seventh straight road game, losing their composure in the fourth quarter and allowing the 76ers to coast in the last few minutes.

James lost his cool after he thought he was fouled on a layup that pulled the Cavaliers to 83-80. He argued over the non-call and was hit with a technical foul.

Philadelphia pulled away from there. Kyle Korver hit the free throw, and Webber made long jumpers before and after a basket by Dalembert to give the 76ers a 10-point lead.

Webber, who was 11 for 28 from the field, struggled in his first three games with Philadelphia, shooting a combined 17 for 54.

The Cavaliers had a season-high 27 turnovers.

SPURS 102, BULLS 99: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan made an 18-foot jumper with 38 seconds left to break a tie and Manu Ginobili added four free throws to lift the Spurs.

Duncan finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds and Tony Parker added 25 points for San Antonio. Ben Gordon and Othella Harrington paced Chicago with 20 points each.

HEAT 104, KINGS 83: In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and the Heat made Alonzo Mourning's formal homecoming a good one, getting double-digit scoring from all five starters.


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