Tuesday , Dec , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – December 21

=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – December 21 ===

(Sports Network) – For the second straight game, Allen Iverson registered
over 50 points on Monday night, but this time Philadelphia dropped a 103-101
decision to the Utah Jazz at the Wachovia Center.

Iverson scored 51 points with seven steals and six assists, becoming the first
player with back-to-back 50-point performances since Antawn Jamison turned the
trick for Golden State in December 2000. Iverson dropped 54 in a 116-97
victory at Milwaukee on Saturday.

Iverson shot 18-of-31 from the field overall, 4-of-6 from three-point
territory and 11-of-17 from the foul line.

Kyle Korver was the only other Sixer that scored in double figures, hitting
five of his seven three-point attempts on the way to 16 points. Philadelphia
lost for just the second time in six games.

Utah led by 16 points at halftime, but Philadelphia used an 21-8 run to claw
back into the game.

Iverson scored 12 points during the burst, and the Sixers turned a 59-43
deficit into a 67-64 margin with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Philadelphia then took its first lead since 8-6 when Korver drained a three-
pointer to make it 74-73 at the 1:31 mark. Korver again gave the Sixers a
lead, at 79-77, with a three at the buzzer.

That came in the midst of a 13-0 run, and Philadelphia took its largest lead
of the game at 87-77 on Iverson’s free throws less than two minutes into the
fourth quarter.

But the Jazz responded with 13-3 burst to tie the game at 90. They took the
lead again at 95-94 on a Carlos Boozer field goal, and never trailed the rest
of the way.

Philadelphia’s Corliss Williamson was ejected midway through the third quarter
after being whistled for a technical foul for grabbing Harpring’s neck and
pushing him.

Philadelphia forward Kenny Thomas (back strain) and guard John Salmons
(bronchitis) missed the game. It is unknown when the duo will return to the
court.

The Sixers were playing their final home game for three weeks, as they will be
embarking on a season-long eight-game road trip beginning Wednesday night in
Indiana.

PHI