PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored all 24 of his points in the first half and John Salmons added 19, leading the Philadelphia 76ers past the New Orleans Hornets 103-91 Monday night.

Iverson, the NBA’s second-leading scorer at 32.5 points per game, shot 8-of-22 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. He also had nine assists as the Sixers (7-5) snapped a two-game skid. It was the first time this season that Iverson failed to score at least 25 points.

Iverson was one of six Sixers to score in double figures. Andre Iguodala scored 15 points, and Chris Webber and Steven Hunter each had a double-double. Webber had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Hunter had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Korver scored 10.

The Sixers have been sporadic on defense this season, giving up an average of 106 points, 28th in the league entering Monday night’s game. But their defense was much better from the start as they held the Hornets to 42 percent shooting in the first half en route to a 65-47 lead.

David West scored 20 points, J.R. Smith added 17 and Speedy Claxton had 15 for the Hornets (4-6), who won their previous two games. The Hornets didn’t win their fourth game until Jan. 11 last season.

Jazz 100, Bucks 80

SALT LAKE CITY – Deron Williams had 10 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double and helped the Utah Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a 100-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Williams, the third pick in the NBA draft, and the Jazz spoiled former University of Utah center Andrew Bogut’s return to the state, holding the top overall pick to eight points and seven rebounds.

Greg Ostertag and Kris Humprhies each had 10 rebounds the Jazz, who outrebounded the Bucks 53-35.

Blazer place Patterson on inactive list

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers placed forward Ruben Patterson on the inactive list after he cursed at coach Nate McMillan during a loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Patterson, who was complaining about his lack of playing time, will remain in Portland while the rest of the team is on a six-game road trip.

“We will not tolerate this type of behavior from any player,” Blazers General Manager John Nash said in a statement released Monday. “We will continue to demand a higher level of professionalism and personal responsibility from all of our players or we will continue to take appropriate action.”


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