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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

76ers lose 7th straight

DALLAS (AP) While Dallas keeps finding ways to win, Philadelphia may be closer to reuniting with Allen Iverson in hopes of turning around its bleak start.

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Easy bucket: Sam Young of the Grizzlies goes up for a layup against the Jazz on Monday. Utah beat Memphis 120-93. AP PHOTO

Jason Terry made a 5-meter jumper with 1.4 seconds left, Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and the Mavericks handed the 76ers their seventh straight loss, 104-102 Monday night.

Dallas (13-5) is off to its best start since 2006-07, the season it won a franchise-best 67 games. The hosts needed Terry's game-winner after wasting a 17-point lead to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

"He hit a great shot," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Terry. "It's a great win even though we had a lead and they got it back even. I liked the way we fought them off at the end and were able to finish the game."

Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to tie it 102-102. He missed badly on a desperation jumper at the buzzer.

"The shot went down, but more importantly, we got the stop at the other end," Terry said.

Willie Green scored a season-high 23 points, and Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young each had 21 for the 76ers, who met with Iverson earlier Monday to discuss a possible return to the team.

Team president Ed Stefanski said in a statement that both parties remain noncommittal about a final decision after a nearly two-hour meeting Monday.

Iverson, his agent and business manager met with Stefanski, coach Eddie Jordan and two other members of the organization during the first formal meeting between the Sixers and their former MVP.

"All of us liked what he talked about today. I'm not going to share that," Jordan said before the game. "He's a charming individual. It was really good, really intriguing."

Bucks 99, Bulls 97

In Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut returned from an injury with 22 points, 15 rebounds and two big blocks in the closing minutes to rally the Bucks past Chicago after squandering a big lead.

John Salmons had 23 points for the Bulls.

Jazz 120, Grizzlies 93

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Utah tied its season-best winning streak, cruising to its third consecutive victory.

O.J. Mayo had 20 points to lead Memphis.

Warriors 126, Pacers 107

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored a career-high 45 points, Anthony Morrow added 18 and the injury-riddled Warriors beat Indiana to win for just the third time in eight games.

Nets turn to Kiki

NEW YORK (AP) New Jersey Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is set to become the team's coach for the rest of the season.

He doesn't have to worry about being on the bench for a potential record-setting loss, though.

Vandeweghe won't coach his first game with the team until Friday, a person with knowledge of the team's plans said on Monday. The person requested anonymity because the Nets don't plan to announce their plans until a news conference Tuesday morning.

Former NBA head coach Del Harris will join the Nets as Vandeweghe's assistant.



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