Eric Snow's jumper at the overtime buzzer gave the 76ers a 122-121 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night in Philadelphia.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 32 points on a day when he made up with Coach Larry Brown and apologized for asking to be traded. But with the winning shot up for grabs, Iverson gave up the ball.
Iverson dribbled the length of the court after Grant Hill (32 points) made two free throws to give Detroit a 121-120 lead with 8.4 seconds left in overtime. Iverson passed to Aaron McKie, who passed to Snow, who hit a 16-footer as the buzzer sounded.
The Sixers had lost, 104-91, Saturday in Detroit, during which Brown benched his starters with the team trailing by 23 points--resulting in Iverson's angry words and suggestion for a trade.
Philadelphia's Larry Hughes had sent the game into overtime with a three-point basket with 0.7 seconds left in regulation.
"They made two unbelievable buzzer-beaters," Hill said. "But that happens. They're relentless. Coach Brown's teams never beat themselves."
KNICKS 112, HORNETS 109: Allan Houston scored 31 points and Latrell Sprewell 30 in their debut as a starting back-court tandem as New York ended visiting Charlotte's eight-game winning streak with an overtime victory.
Sprewell and Houston started in the back court as Coach Jeff Van Gundy made a rare change and went with a big lineup, ending guard Charlie Ward's streak of 157 consecutive starts.
LAKERS 99, CELTICS 90: In Boston, Shaquille O'Neal had 34 points and 20 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 27 to help Los Angeles win its seventh straight.
"There's nothing you can do--he's so strong," Celtics forward Eric Williams said of O'Neal. "He's pretty much bulked up this year. He knows people are going to be hacking and fouling him."
NUGGETS 97, TRAIL BLAZERS 88: Antonio McDyess scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Denver beat Portland for its third straight victory. The Nuggets completed a successful homestand by beating three of the best teams in the Western Conference--Sacramento, San Antonio and Portland.
TIMBERWOLVES 100, CAVALIERS 94: Terrell Brandon, playing in Cleveland for the first time since being traded by the Cavaliers last season, made a jumper and six free throws in the final 1 minute 36 seconds to rally Minnesota.
SUNS 108, BUCKS 101: Rodney Rogers had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to help host Phoenix improve to 4-0 under new coach Scott Skiles.
SUPERSONICS 93, BULLS 84: Vin Baker scored 25 points and Gary Payton added 22, including seven during Seattle's decisive stretch, as the SuperSonics held on in Chicago. The Bulls kept it close despite having six players in street clothes because of injuries.
WARRIORS 111, KINGS 99: Jason Caffey had 20 of his 26 points in the first half to lead Golden State over visiting Sacramento, which was without injured starters Chris Webber and Nick Anderson.
MAGIC 104, JAZZ 102: In Orlando, Pat Garrity made the game-winning three-pointer with 38.5 seconds left. Utah lost despite 29 points and 13 rebounds from Karl Malone.
HEAT 92, MAVERICKS 89: In Dallas, P.J. Brown scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and Miami ended a four-game losing streak.