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Iverson, 76ers beat Clips

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With the MVP award and the Rookie of the Year award already among his accomplishments, Allen Iverson added another that might have seemed a bit overdue.

With 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Iverson had the first triple-double of his NBA career as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116-92 Monday night.

"It feels good to finally get one. It took me six years," Iverson said.

The Sixers never trailed after the first basket, had runs of 14-4 in the first quarter, 19-5 in the second and opened a 22-point lead in the third.

Harpring had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Dikembe Mutombo had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Aaron McKie added 14 points for the Sixers, who shot 51.6 percent.

It was Philadelphia's first game at the First Union Center since Dec. 21, following a seven-game road trip through the West. The players wore headbands for the fourth straight game, a sign of unity after the latest rumor that coach Larry Brown is going to quit.

Brown wore a headband that said "Go Eagles" at his post-game news conference. The NFC East champion Eagles play Tampa Bay in an NFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday.

"I was concerned about this game because I thought we'd be tired," Brown said. "We started out with such life. I think when you start out and it is too easy, it is very difficult when a team comes back at you. We handled it very well."

The closest the Clippers got was 32-31 after a 13-2 run midway through the second. But Derrick Coleman scored on a layup, McKie hit a fadeaway jumper, Coleman made a short jumper and the Sixers outscored Los Angeles 21-7 to end the first half, taking a 53-38 lead.

The Clippers didn't get closer than 15 in the second half.

TIMBERWOLVES 109, PISTONS 93: Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and Gary Trent had a season-high 20 as the Timberwolves won their fifth straight game.

Garnett added 12 rebounds and Trent 10 as the Wolves dominated the boards, 51-30. Minnesota had six players in double figures.

The Wolves erased an early seven-point deficit with their most productive quarter of the season. Minnesota scored 38 points in the second quarter, with Trent scoring eight during a decisive 27-10 run.

Trent's three-point play with 3:21 left in the third quarter gave the Wolves their biggest lead, 85-62.

Jerry Stackhouse led Detroit with 24 points and 10 assists.

HORNETS 94, NUGGETS 80: P.J. Brown, who missed Charlotte's previous game with a sprained ankle, had a career-high 22 rebounds and Elden Campbell added 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Brown grabbed 11 of his rebounds in the first quarter when the Hornets made it clear they were going to use their sizable height advantage to send Denver to its fourth consecutive loss.

The Hornets scored 44 points in the paint, held the Nuggets to just nine offensive rebounds and held big men Raef LaFrentz, Scott Williams and James Posey to a combined 18 points and 12 rebounds.

TRAIL BLAZERS 98, CAVALIERS 72: Dale Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers, who won to start a string of four road games in five nights.

Seven of Davis' rebounds came at the offensive end as the Trail Blazers dominated every aspect. Portland had lost seven of its last eight on the road.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 11 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost six of eight and now embarks on a six-game Western trip. Before the game, Cavs coach John Lucas said his team, "must find a way to win this one with that trip coming up."

Instead, Cleveland shot 35 percent from the field, was outrebounded 47-37 and trailed by more than 20 points for most of the second half.

MAGIC 98, CELTICS 87: Tracy McGrady added 21 points for Orlando (18-18), which reached the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 13. McGrady was limited by the flu, but still shot 9-for-18 with seven rebounds and six assists.

Paul Pierce had 20 points for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in eight games. Antoine Walker added 19 points and nine rebounds.

SPURS 90, KNICKS 79: Tim Duncan sank four free throws in the closing minutes and scored a team-high 21 points.

A 3-point basket by Charles Smith put the Spurs up 81-68 with fewer than five minutes remaining, but the Knicks charged back with nine straight points to pull within four with 2:35 left.

Duncan's foul shots reignited the Spurs, who finished the game with a 9-2 run. The backbreaker for the Knicks was a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen that put San Antonio's edge back into double-digits with 43 seconds left.

Allan Houston paced the Knicks with 22.

SUPERSONICS 100, BULLS 88: Gary Payton scored 26 points to lead Seattle to its eighth win in nine games.

Vin Baker added 13 points and Rashard Lewis had 12 for the Sonics, who scored 32 points off of 25 Chicago turnovers. The Sonics also dominated the Bulls inside, getting 48 points in the paint.