Iverson leads Sixers over Clippers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 28 points and dished
out 10 assists for the Philadelphia 76ers, who held on to defeat the Los
Angeles Clippers, 113-108, at the Wachovia Center.
Iverson went 10-of-11 from the free throw line and had five steals in the win.
Lee Nailon poured in 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting off the bench for
Philadelphia, which has won four straight since opening the season 0-3.
Reserve guard John Salmons contributed 14 points.
“He was a big factor coming in off the bench and making some big baskets in
the first half and the second half,” said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks of
Elton Brand led all scorers with 32 points and Cuttino Mobley added 23 points
for the Clippers, who have not won in Philadelphia since March 10, 1996. They
have lost nine straight in the City of Brotherly Love.
Corey Maggette had 20 points for Los Angeles, which had a two-game win streak
The Sixers led for nearly the entire game and spent much of the contest with a
double-digit advantage, but were forced to fight the Clippers off several
times down the stretch.
Trailing by 13 midway through the third, LA broke off a 10-0 run to make it
70-67. Nailon, though, would answer with a jump shot and a layup to help push
the lead back up to seven points after three.
Maggette sank a jumper with 10:20 remaining in the game to complete a 7-2
Clippers run to start the fourth and pull his team within two.
Iverson had the answer this time. After sinking a baseline jumper with 9:03
left, Iverson stole the ball on the defensive end, raced the length of the
court and laid it in to push the lead to 94-86.
Nailon then sank a reverse layup with just under six minutes remaining to make
it 101-88 Philadelphia, and the Clippers never seriously threatened from
Iverson went 5-for-6 in the first quarter for 14 points to help stake
Philadelphia to a 31-28 lead.
The Sixers then used a 13-0 run in the second stanza, capped by a Kevin Ollie
layup, to up the advantage to 46-32. They would head into the locker room with
a 10-point edge.
The Sixers, who will wrap up a four-game homestand on Tuesday against Toronto,
are 3-2 in their building this season…Philly split the two-game season-
series with the Clips last year and has won three of four and seven of the
last nine overall matchups.