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Meeks (31), Sixers regain Atlantic lead

PHILADELPHIA — Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 31 and Jrue Holiday had 19 to lead the 76ers to a 103-85 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia moved a half-game ahead of Boston and back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers have held the top spot in the Atlantic for all but a few days early in the season.

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala missed his second straight game because of left patella tendinitis. Meeks started in his place and made 7 of 10 3-pointers.

Anthony Parker scored 14 and Kyrie Irving had 12 for the Cavaliers, who dropped their fourth straight.

game highlights: Dante Cunningham, starting because center Marc Gasol sat with a sprained right ankle, had season highs of 13 points and 14 rebounds as the host Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves 93-86. St. Petersburg's Marreese Speights, a former Gator, scored 18 for Memphis. Gasol is day to day. … Monta Ellis, who had struggled since being acquired from the Warriors on March 14, scored 33 as the host Bucks held off the Hawks 108-101. Milwaukee moved to within two games of the idle Knicks for the final playoff spot in the East.

around the league: Knicks guards Carmelo Anthony (right groin strain) said he will play in tonight's home game against the Magic, but Jeremy Lin (sore left knee) is questionable. Forward Amare Stoudemire is out tonight and perhaps for the season. He traveled to Miami for a second opinion on his injured back. … Heat forward LeBron James may have a dislocated ring finger on his non-shooting hand. Miami did not practice Tuesday and next plays Thursday against the Mavs. … Cavs guard Daniel Gibson has a torn tendon in his right foot and ankle and may miss the rest of the season. … Australian point guard Patrick Mills, a former Blazers backup, signed with the Spurs. He last played in China during the NBA lockout.

76ers 103, Cavaliers 85

CLEVELAND (85): Gee 4-12 2-2 13, Jamison 5-14 3-4 13, Thompson 3-3 3-6 9, Irving 4-13 1-2 12, Parker 5-7 2-2 14, Samuels 2-2 0-2 4, Harris 3-8 4-4 10, Sloan 1-4 0-0 2, Casspi 0-5 5-6 5, Walton 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 28-70 20-28 85.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Turner 6-13 0-0 12, Brand 4-6 0-0 8, Hawes 5-9 0-0 10, Holiday 9-19 0-0 19, Meeks 11-16 2-2 31, Battie 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 5-14 0-1 11, T.Young 3-7 0-0 6, S.Young 1-4 1-2 4, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Vucevic 0-1 0-0 0, Brackins 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 45-92 3-5 103.

Cleveland 21 22 25 17— 85

Philadelphia 29 28 25 21— 103

3-Point GoalsCleveland 9-23 (Gee 3-4, Irving 3-7, Parker 2-3, Walton 1-1, Sloan 0-2, Jamison 0-3, Casspi 0-3), Philadelphia 10-19 (Meeks 7-10, S.Young 1-1, Holiday 1-3, Williams 1-4, Turner 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 50 (Gee 9), Philadelphia 49 (Hawes 8). AssistsCleveland 19 (Irving 7), Philadelphia 25 (Williams 7). Total FoulsCleveland 15, Philadelphia 22. A17,832 (20,318).

Bucks 108, Hawks 101

ATLANTA (101): J.Johnson 4-14 2-3 11, Smith 14-26 1-4 30, Pachulia 3-5 1-2 7, Teague 6-8 2-2 15, Hinrich 4-10 1-1 10, Williams 4-11 1-1 11, Green 0-1 0-0 0, I.Johnson 7-7 2-4 17, McGrady 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 42-84 10-17 101.

MILWAUKEE (108): Mbah a Moute 6-7 0-0 12, Udoh 3-8 2-2 8, Gooden 5-16 6-6 16, Jennings 6-13 4-4 18, Ellis 15-24 3-4 33, Dunleavy 5-10 0-0 13, Sanders 2-5 0-0 4, Udrih 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 44-88 15-16 108.

Atlanta 23 23 33 22— 101

Milwaukee 31 24 23 30— 108

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-23 (Williams 2-4, I.Johnson 1-1, Teague 1-3, Smith 1-3, J.Johnson 1-6, Hinrich 1-6), Milwaukee 5-11 (Dunleavy 3-5, Jennings 2-3, Ellis 0-3). ReboundsAtlanta 52 (Smith 18), Milwaukee 42 (Udoh 10). AssistsAtlanta 27 (J.Johnson 8), Milwaukee 29 (Ellis 8). Total FoulsAtlanta 16, Milwaukee 16. TechnicalsSmith, Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee defensive three second. A12,223.

Grizzlies 93, Wolves 86

MINNESOTA (86): Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Williams 4-15 5-6 14, Love 10-22 4-4 28, Ridnour 4-13 0-0 9, Webster 4-10 1-2 9, Beasley 1-2 0-0 3, Tolliver 1-4 0-0 2, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Ellington 6-10 1-1 15, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-85 11-13 86.

MEMPHIS (93): Gay 7-20 7-7 21, Cunningham 6-9 1-2 13, Speights 8-11 2-2 18, Conley 3-9 6-6 12, Allen 5-12 3-5 13, Z.Randolph 3-6 2-2 8, Mayo 1-6 4-4 6, Pargo 1-5 0-0 2, Pondexter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-80 25-28 93.

Minnesota 22 19 26 19— 86

Memphis 24 20 24 25— 93

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 9-29 (Love 4-8, Ellington 2-4, Beasley 1-1, Ridnour 1-2, Williams 1-6, Miller 0-1, Tolliver 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Webster 0-3), Memphis 0-11 (Pargo 0-1, Conley 0-2, Mayo 0-2, Pondexter 0-2, Gay 0-4). ReboundsMinnesota 44 (Love 11), Memphis 59 (Cunningham 14). AssistsMinnesota 13 (Ridnour 5), Memphis 16 (Conley 8). Total FoulsMinnesota 21, Memphis 15. A14,769 (18,119).

Mavericks 90, Rockets 81

HOUSTON (81): Parsons 6-14 1-3 15, Scola 9-14 4-4 22, Dalembert 0-1 0-0 0, Dragic 7-15 2-2 17, Lee 4-13 0-0 10, Budinger 3-9 0-0 7, Camby 2-3 0-1 4, Patterson 1-7 0-0 2, Boykins 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 33-79 9-12 81.

DALLAS (90): Marion 2-6 0-0 4, Nowitzki 5-17 11-12 21, Mahinmi 2-4 0-0 4, Kidd 2-3 0-0 6, Carter 3-8 0-0 7, Terry 5-14 0-0 12, Odom 4-5 1-2 9, Wright 6-7 1-1 13, Beaubois 5-9 3-5 14, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 16-20 90.

Houston 30 19 12 20— 81

Dallas 19 27 23 21— 90

3-Point GoalsHouston 6-21 (Lee 2-4, Parsons 2-5, Dragic 1-5, Budinger 1-5, Boykins 0-2), Dallas 6-19 (Kidd 2-3, Terry 2-8, Beaubois 1-2, Carter 1-3, Nowitzki 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 44 (Parsons 9), Dallas 48 (Marion 11). AssistsHouston 17 (Dragic 7), Dallas 18 (Beaubois 5). Total FoulsHouston 22, Dallas 14. A20,359 (19,200).

Meeks (31), Sixers regain Atlantic lead 03/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:12am]

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