More than 20,000 fans showed up for a Monday matinee in Philadelphia that was supposed to be a showdown between Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury. They got the Aaron McKie show instead.
McKie, a gritty defensive specialist, stole the ball from Marbury with a minute to go and foiled New Jersey's confused attempt to tie the game in the final seconds, as the 76ers beat the Nets, 101-96.
"What you have to understand about this league is, you're not going to get $70 million to play defense," McKie said. Iverson and Marbury each have $70.9 million contracts.
SUPERSONICS 82, LAKERS 81: Gary Payton's three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining capped a 36-point performance and lifted Seattle in Los Angeles. The win was the fifth straight for the SuperSonics since they blew a 19-point lead in a 110-100 loss to the Lakers in Seattle on Jan. 8.
BUCKS 107, HAWKS 101: With Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson tiring, Sam Cassell carried Milwaukee in Atlanta. Cassell finished with 31 points and 11 assists, including a three-pointer that reclaimed the lead for good with 2 minutes 29 seconds to play.
"I tried not to force too many shots," said Cassell, whose two free throws ended the scoring. "With Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson on your team, you're going to get open shots."
WARRIORS 113, MAGIC 100: Antawn Jamison had a career-high 32 points as Golden State, at home, snapped a 12-game losing streak. Orlando has lost seven straight. The Warriors got their first win since General Manager Garry St. Jean replaced P.J. Carlesimo as coach on Dec. 27.
KNICKS 105, PISTONS 94: Latrell Sprewell scored 23 points and shut down Grant Hill, and Marcus Camby added 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead host New York. Detroit had won three in a row.
TIMBERWOLVES 101, PACERS 100: Malik Sealy banked in a three-pointer as time expired to give host Minnesota the victory. Sealy took an inbounds pass from Sam Mitchell and released the winning shot over Indiana's Jalen Rose. Wolves players and coaches raced off the bench and mobbed Sealy.
"I got it up high, and I certainly didn't call 'glass,' " Sealy said. "I don't remember much else, except that after a while it was hard to breathe."
HORNETS 115, RAPTORS 94: Playing its first home game since the death of co-captain Bobby Phills in a car wreck five days earlier, Charlotte rode a 25-0 surge to a victory over Toronto. But the win was secondary on an emotional night when the team tried to take another step in its recovery from the shock of losing Phills.
ROCKETS 121, MAVERICKS 111: Steve Francis scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 assists as Houston won on the road. Teammate Kenny Thomas, another rookie, added a career-high 20 points.
SPURS 99, CLIPPERS 93: David Robinson scored a season-high 38 points and Tim Duncan added 23 as San Antonio won in Los Angeles. The defending NBA champions dealt the Clippers their fifth straight loss.