Wednesday , Mar , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 2

=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – March 2 ===

(Sports Network) – Fresh off yet another 40-plus point game, Allen Iverson
will return to the hardwood this evening in hopes of leading the Philadelphia
76ers past the New Jersey Nets at Wachovia Center.

Iverson exploded for 48 points to pace the Sixers to a 118-111 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The All-Star MVP registered the
57th 40-plus point game of his career for the Sixers, who won for the first
time with recently-acquired forward Chris Webber as well as newcomer Rodney

Iverson is on his way to the scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game,
while Kobe Bryant is 2 1/2 points behind in second (27.6 ppg). The Georgetown
product is also tops in the league in minutes per game (42.2), while ranking
third in steals (2.18) and fifth in assists (7.8) per contest.

Webber, who was also celebrating his 32nd birthday, finished with 15 points
while Kyle Korver netted 20 points in the victory. Webber reached 3,000 career
assists in the victory. Marc Jackson came off the bench with 14 points in the
contest, as the Sixers snapped a three-game skid.

The Sixers shot an impressive 48.9 percent from the field, including 10-of-29
(.345) from three-point range. Philadelphia drained 20-of-21 (.952) from the
free throw line. The Sixers outrebounded the Bucks, 40-33, in the winning

Philadelphia picked up a half-game on first place Boston in the Atlantic
Division standings, moving within 1 1/2 contests. The Sixers also sliced the
difference with eighth place Indiana to one game.

The Sixers, who are in the midst of six games in eight days, are 15-11 at home
this season. Philadelphia has won four of seven and eight of its last 12 home

These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team
winning both games. New Jersey has won four of the last five meetings in this
series. However, the Nets have dropped nine of their last 12 trips to the City
of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia has a day off on Thursday before hosting Cleveland on Friday and
taking on Atlanta at Philips Arena on Saturday. The Sixers will then have just
one day off before returning to the court.