LLEN Iverson scored 46 points as his Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 107-104 in overtime and replace them as the team with the best record in the NBA on Saturday.
Aaron McKie hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in overtime and recorded a triple-double as the 76ers (21-8) squandered all of a 17-point fourth-quarter lead but never trailed the Kings (20-8).
The 76ers got it done for good when McKie sank a 3-pointer from the right corner over Bobby Jackson. A defensive specialist playing extended minutes in the absence of starting point guard Eric Snow, McKie had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for his first career triple-double.
The 76ers concluded a 3-0 road trip, earned their first win in Sacramento since 1989 and extended their road winning streak to seven games while snapping the Kings' home run at nine.
Nursing a shoulder ailment, Iverson played 52 of 53 minutes, shooting 18-of-36 from the floor, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out nine assists while committing just three turnovers. Predrag Stojakovic scored 11 of his 33 points during a 24-8 run that opened the final period. Webber finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
In Los Angeles, with Shaquille O'Neal looking on from the sidelines and Kobe Bryant in the locker room, Horace Grant made a follow shot with 4.5 seconds left in overtime as the Lakers edged the host Clippers 116-114.
O'Neal had 29 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out with 1:27 left in regulation and the Lakers leading 100-98. Bryant had 17 points but was ejected with 1:52 left in the third quarter.
At Minnesota, Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston scored 27 points apiece to lead the New York Knicks to their season-high fourth straight victory, 88-79 over the Timber-wolves. Larry Johnson and Kurt Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds apiece for the Knicks, who dominated the boards despite the absence of starting center Marcus Camby.
In Phoenix, Vince Carter scored 46 points but Jason Kidd scored 27 points and Shawn Marion and rookie Paul McPherson added 20 apiece as the Suns beat the Toronto Raptors 109-103. Carter, who had scored 35 and 51 points in his previous two meetings with the Suns, hit 11-of-26 shots and 22-of-27 free throws, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists.
In Dallas, the Houston Rockets held off a furious rally before snapping a six-game losing streak with a 114-99 win over the Mavericks.
In Seattle, Vin Baker got a favorable bounce on an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer as the SuperSonics posted a wild 104-102 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
In Indianapolis, Malik Rose collected 20 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Pacers 89-77.
In Denver, Antonio McDyess posted 35 points and 14 rebounds as the Nuggets recorded a 120-113 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who had a four-game winning streak stopped.
In Vancouver, Mookie Blaylock's layup with 4.5 seconds to play proved to be the winning basket as the last-place Golden State Warriors blew a 19-point lead before outlasting the last-place Grizzlies, 102-101.
At Detroit, Anthony Mason scored eight of his 20 points in overtime to help the Miami Heat beat the Pistons 110-102.
In Boston, Pat Garrity hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining as the Orlando Magic held on for a 95-90 victory over the Celtics.