EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Vince Carter scored a season-high 41 points and Jason Kidd had 13 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 112-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Kidd also had nine points and nine rebounds to just miss his 78th career triple-double which would have tied him for third place overall with Wilt Chamberlain. Richard Jefferson added 24 points and Nenad Krstic had 20 as the Nets won their second straight after a six-game losing streak.

Allen Iverson scored 37 points and rookie Rodney Carney added a career-high 20 in his first NBA start as Philadelphia lost its sixth straight road game. Chris Webber returned to the 76ers lineup after missing six games with a back problem and had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Rockets 81, Cavaliers 63

HOUSTON – Yao Ming scored 24 points and the Houston Rockets overcame a concussion to Tracy McGrady to beat the cold-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers 81-63 on Saturday night.

McGrady took an inadvertent elbow from Dikembe Mutombo in the first quarter and did not return. Luckily for Houston, the Cavaliers nearly set team records for offensive futility and never took advantage.

LeBron James scored 21, but was 7-for-22 from the field. Cleveland shot 28 percent (22-for-78) as a team, flirting with its all-time worst shooting performance (23.8 percent), set in 1970.

Heat 98, Grizzlies 97

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – James Posey hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Miami Heat a 98-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Trailing 97-95, Miami controlled a jump ball with 1.8 seconds left and called timeout to set up the final play. Jason Williams threw the ball to Posey on the left baseline and he launched a shot from 26 feet over the outstretched arms of Mike Miller for the game-winner.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including 12 in the fourth.

Antoine Walker scored 18 points, while Williams added 13 points and 14 assists.

Spurs 100, Kings 98

SAN ANTONIO – Bruce Bowen scored a season-high 23 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Bowen hit six 3-pointers as the Spurs went 11-of-22 from behind the arc. Tim Duncan added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half.

Kevin Martin led the Kings with 30 points and John Salmons added a season-high 20.

Raptors 103, Knicks 100

NEW YORK – T.J. Ford had 20 points and 10 assists, and turned back the New York Knicks on a number of occasions down the stretch as the Toronto Raptors held on for a 103-100 victory Saturday night.

Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which won for the fourth time in five games. But it was the play of Ford down that stretch that allowed the Raptors to survive an inspired finish from Eddy Curry and improve to 2-8 on the road.

Curry had 27 points, 11 in the final 4:49, but couldn’t prevent the Knicks from their fourth straight home loss. They opened a season-high six-game homestand by falling to 1-7 at Madison Square Garden.

Bulls 112, Wizards 94

CHICAGO – Ben Gordon scored 28 points and Andres Nocioni added 24 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 112-94 victory Saturday night over the Washington Wizards, who set a franchise record with their eighth straight road loss to start the season.

The two led the charge as the Bulls outscored Washington 33-19 in the second quarter and won their fourth straight game.

Gordon hit 10-of-21 shots. And Nocioni picked up where he left off the previous night, when he scored a career-high 31 points in a three-point victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Oklahoma City. He was 9-of-15 from the field.

Nuggets 121, Pacers 101

DENVER – Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 38 points and J.R. Smith hit five 3-pointers in the Denver Nuggets’ 121-101 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

It was Anthony’s sixth straight game of 30 or more points, the second time he’s scored that many in six contests in a row this season.

Anthony and Smith, who finished with 19 points, entered the game as the league’s leading scoring duo, averaging a combined 48.6 points.

Jamaal Tinsley led Indiana with 25 points and eight assists.

Jermaine O’Neal was a game-time decision due to a balky left hamstring.

However, O’Neal was in the Pacers starting lineup and contributed 20 points. He also grabbed 16 rebounds.

Greg Foster had 18 rebounds and Al Harrington finished with 18 points.

Earl Boykins added 15 points and Marcus Camby had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Denver. Andre Miller dished out 10 assists.

The Nuggets, who never trailed after taking the lead midway through the first quarter, led 65-55 at halftime. Anthony had 24 points at the break.

Jazz 109, Sonics 107

SALT LAKE CITY – Mehmet Okur hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Seattle SuperSonics 109-107 on Saturday night.

Ray Allen scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including a drive past Andrei Kirilenko for a layup with seven seconds left that gave Seattle a 107-106 lead.

But that left too much time for the Jazz. Without calling a timeout, Deron Williams rushed the ball up the court and found Okur open in the right corner for a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left.

Allen had one last chance but missed a hurried 27-footer as time expired.

Carlos Boozer, who led Utah with 24 points, rebounded Williams missed jumper and laid it in to put Utah ahead 106-105 with 11.5 seconds left.

Allen entered the fourth quarter shooting 2-of-10 from the field, but made 6-of-9 shots, including three 3-pointers to erase Utah s 14-point lead in the final period.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Okur had 12 points for the Jazz, who have now won 31 straight games when leading as they enter the fourth quarter, the longest active string in the NBA.

Following a 12-1 start, Utah (14-4) had dropped three of its last four.


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