When Allen Iverson hit a jump shot for his 44th and 45th points, he yelled to the Boston bench: "You can't stop me,"
Indeed, the Celtics couldn't.
Iverson scored 47 points to lead the 76ers past Boston Celtics 106-90 and help Philadelphia (21-21) even its record for the first time in almost two months.
Philadelphia won for the sixth time in seven games, reaching .500 for the first time since falling to 8-8 at the start of a seven-game losing streak on Dec. 2.
"They're playing like a team that went to the finals last year," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We did not have an answer for Allen Iverson. He took us out of the game early and we were chasing them all night.
In other games, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated San Antonio 94-91, Toronto topped Minnesota 107-100, Indiana beat Charlotte 90-81 and Detroit defeated Atlanta 107-90.
Iverson broke Antoine Walker's FleetCenter scoring record, but the reigning MVP went cold down the stretch.
He missed four consecutive shots as Boston cut a 13-point deficit to 94-90 with 3:59 left. Eric Snow had six points the rest of the way while Boston failed to score.
"It's satisfying just because it's a win," Iverson said. "It doesn't matter who it's against or what arena it's in. We just need a win ... whether it looks good or ugly."
Paul Pierce had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Antoine Walker had 18 points for Boston, which had won five of its previous seven games. The Sixers have beaten Boston eight consecutive times.
Lakers 94, Spurs 91
Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 27 as Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak.
The Lakers still have not lost three straight since Phil Jackson became their coach before the 1999-2000 season, and Jackson has not lost three in a row since he was coaching the Bulls during the 1994-95 season and Michael Jordan was playing baseball.
O'Neal, who went 11-of-21 from the field, made one of two free throws with six seconds left to give the Lakers a three-point edge. Terry Porter shot an airball from 3-point range as time expired.
"We never lose three in a row, so we just wanted to make sure we played well and got this one," O'Neal said. The Lakers now leave for a five-game road trip.
Tim Duncan scored 24 points on 12-for-26 shooting and had 11 rebounds.
Pacers 90, Hornets 81
At Indianapolis, Jalen Rose scored 23 points, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter, and Indiana made six free throws in the final minute to hold off Charlotte.
Charlotte cut an 18-point first-half deficit to four points in the third quarter and trailed by six after a rebound basket by Jamaal Magloire with under two minutes to go.
The Hornets had a chance to cut into that lead after Indiana failed to get the ball across the time line, but Jermaine O'Neal blocked a shot by Baron Davis. Two free throws by Jamaal Tinsley started the Pacers' parade to the foul line.
Davis Wesley led Charlotte with 20 points, and Jamaal Magloire added 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.
Pistons 107, Hawks 90
At Atlanta, Chucky Atkins scored 21 points and Corliss Williamson added 20 for Detroit, which has won four of five and five of seven.
The Pistons hit 30 of 33 free throws, including a combined 24-of-25 effort from Atkins, Williamson and Jerry Stackhouse. Atkins hit all six of his 3-point attempts.
The Hawks, with leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim serving the second game of a three-game suspension, have lost two straight and eight of nine. Nazr Mohammed scored 16 points after missing his first seven shots. Jason Terry finished with 15.
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