Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – April 4
=== Philadelphia 76ers Team Report – April 4 ===
(Sports Network) – Philadelphia came up with a big 97-93 win over the arch-
rival Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter on Sunday afternoon.
The Sixers sliced Boston’s lead in the Atlantic Division to just three games
with nine games to play. Philadelphia and Boston will meet one more time on
April 12 at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia remains eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, 2 1/2
contests behind Cleveland and Indiana for sixth place. The Sixers are holding
on to a tenuous one-game lead over ninth place Orlando as well. Philadelphia
has one meeting with Cleveland and Indiana remaining on the slate.
Allen Iverson’s jumper with 22.7 seconds remaining sealed the victory for the
Sixers on Sunday. Iverson finished with a game-high 38 points, nine assists
and six steals for the 76ers, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 15 boards in the win — Philadelphia’s
third versus Boston this season (3-0). Rodney Rogers and Andre Iguodala tacked
on 10 points apiece in the victory.
The Sixers stormed out to a 15-5 lead and later extended their advantage to
29-10 on an Iverson three-pointer with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Philadelphia then carried a 38-13 lead into the second quarter. It was the
largest deficit after one quarter in Celtics history. Boston fought back for
the next three quarters, getting as close as three points in the final
Sixers head coach Jim O’Brien is perfect against his former team since leaving
Boston last season. O’Brien, who coached the Celtics for three years before
resigning on January 27, 2004, has won three meetings this season against
Philadelphia remains without star forward Chris Webber (shoulder), who is
expected to be out until the end of the week. Webber is averaging 15.8 points
and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
Philadelphia will have the next couple of days off before hosting the
expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. The Sixers will remain at home
against Cleveland on Friday before heading to Washington D.C. to face the
Wizards on Saturday.