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HORNETS' STING COOLS OFF SIXERS

David Wesley's never been the type of player a team designs final shots for. The Charlotte Hornets are changing that.

Wesley hit a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds to play Saturday night to lift the Hornets to an 86-85 victory over Philadelphia, snapping the 76ers' six-game winning streak.

It was the second straight game in which Wesley made a winning last-minute trey. He lifted Charlotte to a 93-91 victory over Golden State on Thursday night with a three-pointer with 17 seconds left.

"I've never had a history of being the guy who takes the last shot," Wesley said. "But I've developed it this year and I've gained a confidence in taking those shots. I expect to make them."

Allen Iverson scored 47 points for Philadelphia, passing the 40-point mark for the 14th time this season and for the sixth time in his last 11 games.

But he faltered late, especially on the last shot.

The Sixers took a timeout after Wesley's shot to draw up the last play. The ball went to Iverson, who was double-teamed by Eddie Robinson and Baron Davis as he tried to drive into the lane.

Davis stripped the ball from him and took off toward the other end of the court as Iverson looked on helplessly and the game clock expired.

It was one of the rare times the Hornets stopped Iverson.

"He had an amazing game and we couldn't stop him until the end - and that's when it counted," said Davis, who insisted he didn't foul Iverson.

"I didn't touch him, he'll tell you."

Iverson didn't agree, but still blamed himself.

"I got the ball, I turn around and he just runs through me and takes the ball - a play like that I thought I was going to get the call," Iverson said. "Even with the no call it's my fault because I'm supposed to make that shot."

Robinson led Charlotte with 15 points. Davis finished with 14 points and 10 assists.

Iverson was Philadelphia's only player in double figures. Dikembe Mutombo, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, had seven points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes.

Carter proves very durable

WASHINGTON - Vince Carter contributed early in the second half and was content to watch his Toronto Raptor teammates close out a victory.

Carter, one night after playing a franchise-high 63 minutes, scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter and led the Raptors to a 106-99 victory over the new-look Washington Wizards.

"It was important because I was tired," Carter said of the Raptors' bench one night after a triple-overtime loss to Sacramento. "I'm not lying, I was tired. I could have played my 35 to 40 minutes, but when you have guys who can come in like Chris (Childs) and Eric (Montross) and give us big minutes, that's what you want."

Carter, Antonio Davis and Keon Clark combined for six slam dunks as the Raptors shrugged off Friday's exhausting loss and built a 60-45 lead in the first half.

"Mental toughness came into play," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkins said. "We tried to get a good rotation - give a rest to Oak (Charles Oakley) and Antonio early, and to Vince late - and I think it worked."

Clark finished with 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Davis added 16 points as the Raptors shot 51 percent and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Richard Hamilton led Washington with 23 points. Christian Laettner, acquired Thursday from Dallas in an eight-player trade that sent Juwan Howard to the Mavericks, had a season-high 18 points and five rebounds in his debut with the Wizards.

"It felt good to be out there playing a lot," said Laettner, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. "It would feel better to win, so hopefully we can have a better first half tomorrow night. We weren't in a good flow the first half. They took it to us and we were never able to recover."

Around the rim

Brian Grant scored 21 points and Anthony Mason added 17 as the Heat beat the Nets, 75-70, snapping a three-game losing streak. Johnny Newman led the Nets with 17 points. . . . Tim Duncan had 31 points and 13 rebounds, his NBA-best 44th double-double of the season, as the Spurs beat the Mavericks, 107-104. Juwan Howard had 12 points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes in his Dallas debut. . . . Elton Brand had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Ron Artest had 19 points and a career-high eight steals as the Bulls dealt the Grizzlies their third straight loss, 90-75. . . . Nick Van Exel scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws in the final 34 seconds, as the Nuggets beat the Hawks, 85-82.

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