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New Jersey Nets' Alonzo Mourning makes a move on Philadelphia 76ers' Marc Jackson (25) during the Sixers' win Thursday night.

New Jersey Nets’ Alonzo Mourning makes a move on Philadelphia 76ers’ Marc Jackson (25) during the Sixers’ win Thursday night.

Bill Kostroun, Associated Press

Alonzo Mourning had 12 points and five rebounds in his first game since undergoing a kidney transplant in December to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 96-94 preseason win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

The remarkable 34-year-old center made 3 of 5 shots from the field and 6 of 10 from the free throw line in a 19-minute performance that was almost twice as long as coach Lawrence Frank wanted.

Mourning, who received a kidney from a cousin on Dec. 19, ran the court well, joked with Allen Iverson of Philadelphia after fouling him and seemed to enjoy just playing again.

The few fans cheered when he first walked on the court with 6:15 left in the first quarter and they stood up again when he fouled out with 7:50 to play.

Richard Jefferson gave the Nets (4-4) the victory with a driving baseline dunk with less than a second to play to cap a 21-point, 12-rebound effort.

Rodney Buford added 20 points, and Jason Collins had 15 for New Jersey, which won't play until it opens the regular season against Miami on Wednesday.

Kenny Thomas and Andre Iguodala had 15 points apiece for Philadelphia (6-2), which opens the season at Boston on Wednesday.

The 76ers tied the game with 3.8 seconds to play when Marc Jackson sank two free throws after grabbing the rebound of Iguodala's miss.

The Nets then called a timeout, and Jefferson found a lane to the basket.

Iverson, who played sparingly in the second half, had 13 points in 22 minutes.

Nets forwards Ron Mercer (knee) and Eric Williams (hamstring) didn't play. Philadelphia's Glenn Robinson missed the game to attend to a family matter.

GRIZZLIES 99, BUCKS 92: At Green Bay, Wis., Stromile Swift scored 24 points, and Memphis recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to beat Milwaukee.

Joe Smith gave the Bucks their first lead when he sank two free throws to make it 92-91 with 2:12 left in the teams' final exhibition game.

Those were Milwaukee's final points, however, as Memphis countered with Troy Bell's only basket, followed by Brian Cardinal's two free throws that gave the Grizzlies a 95-92 lead.

CAVALIERS 99, HAWKS 94: At Pittsburgh, LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas led a third-quarter comeback and Cleveland rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Atlanta.

Ilgauskas had 22 points and 10 rebounds and James and Jeff McInnis scored 16 each for the Cavaliers, who won their sixth in a row to improve to 6-1 going into their final preseason game Friday night at Toronto.

Al Harrington and Jason Collier scored 15 points each for the Hawks, but they still lost their seventh straight to finish with a 1-7 preseason record under first-year coach Mike Woodson.

NUGGETS 93, ROCKETS 88: At Houston, DerMarr Johnson scored all eight of his points in the final two minutes, helping Denver rally for a victory over Houston.

Trailing 86-84 with less than two minutes to play, Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 1:40 left, then had a follow slam with 1:12 remaining to give Denver an 89-86 lead.

Tracy McGrady scored on a layup with 59 seconds left, but Johnson hit another 3-pointer with 37 seconds to go. Earl Boykins made one of two free throws with 27 seconds to play and the Rockets missed their final three shots on the other end.

LAKERS 97, WIZARDS 87: At Oklahoma City, Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to help Los Angeles close out its preseason with a win over Washington.

Larry Hughes led Washington with 15 points. Kwame Brown, the Wizards' leading rebounder last season, was out again with a broken right foot. He will see an orthopedist Friday.

MAVERICKS 112, KINGS 93: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki went 11-for-16 from the field and scored 30 points as Dallas defeated Sacramento.

Rookie Devin Harris had 24 points, and Josh Howard scored 21 for Dallas (3-5).

Erick Dampier scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who held a 42-28 rebounding edge.