The Washington Wizards are no longer beating the good teams and losing to the bad ones. Now they're losing to everybody.
The Wizards dropped their fourth straight Wednesday night, giving an uninspired performance in a 112-91 loss to the last-place Philadelphia 76ers that further damaged Washington's playoff hopes.Derrick Coleman and Allen Iverson, playing as if their team were the one fighting for a postseason berth, scored 30 points apiece as the Sixers won for only the second time in eight games. Coleman had 20 points in the first half and added 11 rebounds for the game. Allen Iverson had 19 points in the second half.
Tracy Murray led Washington with 18 points, most of them after Philadelphia built a big lead. Juwan Howard had 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, while the rest of the Wizards starters had nights to forget. Chris Webber was 6-for-15 for 13 points, and Calbert Cheaney 1-for-7 for six points.
HAWKS 105, RAPTORS 91: Alan Henderson scored 23 points as Atlanta improved to 12-0 against Toronto.
Mookie Blaylock added 16 points, eight assists and four steals for the Hawks, who played their second straight game without injured starters Steve Smith and Christian Laettner.
Doug Christie and Gary Trent each scored 14 points for the visiting Raptors, who lost their seventh straight.
CAVALIERS 92, PISTONS 90: Shawn Kemp had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Brevin Knight added 14 points and 15 assists to lead Cleveland to victory at Detroit.
The victory kept the Cavs 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the race for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Lindsey Hunter scored 17 points and Grant Hill had 16 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who lost their fourth straight.
CELTICS 98, MAGIC 87: Antoine Walker had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Boston forced eight turnovers in the fourth quarter to win at Orlando.
Dana Barros scored 17 points for the Celtics, who won for only the third time in 13 games.
Nick Anderson, who missed Orlando's three previous games, scored 18 points for the Magic. Derek Strong added 17 points and Horace Grant 16 for Or-lan-do.
BUCKS 106, NUGGETS 100: Rookie Jerald Honey-cutt scored a career-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, as Milwaukee defeated Denver.
The Nuggets (9-64) must win one of their final nine games to avoid tying the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in NBA history.
Ray Allen scored 21 points for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game losing streak in Denver. Danny Fortson scored 24 points and Cory Alexander had 23 for the Nuggets.