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Dikembe Mutombo looked as if he'd been playing with the Philadelphia 76ers for years instead of hours.

Mutombo had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in his debut with Philadelphia as the 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons, 99-78, Friday night.

"He changed the whole game with his defense and rebounding," said Philadelphia's Allen Iverson, who had 43 points and 10 rebounds.

Mutombo was traded along with Roshown McLeod from Atlanta to Philadelphia on Thursday for Theo Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed and Pepe Sanchez in the most-significant deal of the NBA season.

After the game, Mutombo looked relieved to be sitting in a folding chair with ice packs surrounding both knees.

He flew from Atlanta to Philadelphia late Thursday night, had a physical at 7 a.m., then arrived in Detroit at about 5 p.m. Friday.

"I need some sleep," Mutombo said. "But really, I'm so excited to be with this group of guys. They're all about winning and we have a great coach."

Philadelphia coach Larry Brown was glad that Mutombo was able to provide a lot of the same things as Ratliff.

"He rebounded and defended like he has his whole career," Brown said. "I thought he was terrific. . . . I think it's pretty remarkable what he was able to do under those circumstances."

Philadelphia has the best record in the NBA at 42-14.

Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse scored 22 points.

Kings prevail

TORONTO -- Predrag Stojakovic scored a career-high 39 points and hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in triple overtime as the Sacramento Kings beat Toronto, 119-118.

Doug Christie, playing in Toronto for the first time since the Raptors traded him to Sacramento before the season, added 20 points and seven rebounds as the Kings won their third straight.

With the Kings down, 118-116, Stojakovic hit a three-pointer from the corner to give the Kings the lead with 45.2 seconds left. The Raptors had one final chance with 2.6 seconds left, but Charles Oakley missed a three-pointer.

Toronto's Vince Carter, who played 63 minutes, had 38 points and 10 assists.

Around the rim

Shawn Marion scored four of his 19 points in overtime and blocked Charlie Ward's final shot in what might have been Ward's final game as a starter to lead the Suns past the Knicks, 88-84. Mark Jackson rejoined his original NBA team and played 13 scoreless minutes. Coach Jeff Van Gundy said Jackson, obtained in a trade with the Raptors, will be replacing Ward as the starting point guard. . . . Terrell Brandon had 27 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists as the Timberwolves snapped a five-game skid with a flawless 122-83 win over the Warriors. . . . Austin Croshere made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left and Reggie Miller scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Pacers to a 92-90 win over the Cavaliers. . . . Ray Allen scored 29 points as the Bucks beat the Grizzlies, 93-81. . . . Maurice Taylor scored a career-high 34 points as the Rockets beat the Magic, 105-95. . . . Derek Anderson scored 20 points as the Spurs beat the Celtics, 100-82. . . . Karl Malone scored 33 points and the Jazz won its fifth game in a row, 96-84 over the SuperSonics. . . .Shaquille O'Neal scored 30 points to lead the Lakers over the Hawks, 113-106. LA's Kobe Bryant missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.

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