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With best player hurt, Sixers lose to Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Tim Thomas came off the bench to score 22 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 87-78 Saturday night.

Philadelphia, with the NBA's best road record, started a four-game trip without its coach and best player.

76ers coach Larry Brown is scheduled to miss the first two games of the trip to undergo medical tests. Allen Iverson remained in Philadelphia to get treatment for a hip pointer.

Aaron McKie had 23 points and 10 assists starting in place of Iverson and Tyrone Hill added 13 points, but the 76ers couldn't stop Thomas in the fourth.

MAVERICKS 109, SUNS 99: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 of his 34 points in the third quarter and Steve Nash had 28 points as the Dallas Mavericks won their sixth straight.

Michael Finley added 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds as Dallas matched its longest winning streak in six years and avenged two blowout losses to Phoenix earlier this season.

The Mavericks, who have won nine of their last 10, moved back into a tie with Portland for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. The teams meet in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Jason Kidd had 32 points, two shy of his season-high, and narrowly missed a triple-double with nine assists and nine rebounds.

ROCKETS 103, SPURS 99: At Houston, Steve Francis scored 30 points and Cuttino Mobley had 26 as the Houston Rockets ended an 11-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Matt Bullard added 18 points and Maurice Taylor 15 as the Rockets won their third straight and sixth of their last seven.

Houston came back after being down by 20 points in the second quarter and 12 in the third to snap the Spurs' nine-game winning streak.

Tim Duncan had 25 points and 16 rebounds and David Robinson added 22 points for San Antonio.

KNICKS 101, BULLS 80: At New York, Latrell Sprewell scored 22 points, Marcus Camby had 19 and Kurt Thomas added 18 as the Knicks shot a season-high 62 percent and handed the Chicago Bulls their 20th straight road loss.

The Knicks, who won their eighth straight home game and fourth straight overall, shot 70 percent in the first quarter and took the lead for good midway through the period.

Camby missed only one shot in the game, going 8-for-9 from the field. Thomas was 8-for-11.

The Knicks' previous best from the field was the 58 percent they shot against Minnesota on December 2.

HORNETS 95, WIZARDS 93: At Charlotte, P.J. Brown scored a season-high 22 points and Elden Campbell added 18. David Wesley contributed 17 points for the Hornets as all five starters hit double figures.

Courtney Alexander paced Washington with 21 points, followed by Richard Hamilton with 20 and Christian Laettner and Hubert Davis with 16 each.

HEAT 95, GRIZZLIES 81: At Miami, Anthony Carter and Eddie House made up for the absence of Tim Hardaway, combining for 33 points as the Miami Heat kept pace with their rivals in the Eastern Conference.

PISTONS 106, HAWKS 90: At Atlanta, Jerry Stackhouse scored 31 points and Joe Smith added 16 as the Detroit Pistons ended a five-game road losing streak.