76ers put stop to Suns


Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 2:16 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala scored 24 points, Willie Green had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers never trailed Wednesday night in a 99-94 win over the Phoenix Suns, who lost on the road to an Eastern Conference team for the first time.

The Suns won their first 14 on the road against East teams and failed in their bid to become the first team to sweep its road games against the opposite conference. It was also the first time the Suns failed to even hold a lead.

With the Suns playing without Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw, the Sixers were able to pull off their most impressive win of what's mostly been a miserable season.

Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 23 points. Marion sat out his first game of the season because of a bruised right hand and bruised left quadriceps suffered against Indiana on Tuesday night. Diaw had back spasms.

CELTICS 102, KNICKS 94

Gerald Green scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight after Boston had finished blowing a 23-point lead, helping the Celtics beat New York.

Al Jefferson had 26 points and nine rebounds and Paul Pierce added 24 points for the Celtics, who have won two in a row for the first time since winning five straight Dec. 9-16. After that, they lost 25 of 27 games, including 18 straight losses that set a franchise record and made a run at the NBA mark of 24.

JAZZ 104, GRIZZLIES 88

Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and reserve Matt Harpring added 25 points to lead Utah over Memphis.

HORNETS 107, HAWKS 100

Chris Paul had 24 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, Tyson Chandler added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and New Orleans beat Atlanta.

RAPTORS 106, ROCKETS 90

Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points, and the Toronto Raptors used a torrid shooting first half to build a 20-point lead and beat Houston.

T.J. Ford and Kris Humphries added 16 points apiece for the Raptors, who have won 10 of 13. The Raptors hit 69 percent (29-of-42) the first half, including 16 of 20 shots (80 percent) in the second quarter alone.

BULLS 113, WARRIORS 83

Ben Gordon scored 16 of his 22 points in the first quarter and rookie Tyrus Thomas tied a career high with 14 points to lead Chicago over Golden State.

Reserve Adrian Griffin added a season-high 17 points and rookie Thabo Sefolosha scored a career-high 19 points for the Bulls, who bounced back after dropping consecutive games.

The Warriors have lost four straight and 12 of their last 14 on the road. They are also 1-15 in second games of back-to-backs.

Kelenna Azubuike led the Warriors with 23 points and Jason Richardson scored 17 points and had six rebounds.

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