Saturday , Mar , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Iverson leads Sixers past Wizards

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson erupted for 47 points and
dished out 12 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Washington
Wizards, 119-113, at the Wachovia Center.

Chris Webber added 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists while Andre
Iguodala netted 19 points for the Sixers, who improved to 5-1 since the All-
Star break.

“You can’t just put it on one thing,” Iverson said. “We have been doing a lot
of things well. We are playing well together, we are defending, we are doing
a lot of positive things out there.”

Gilbert Arenas had a team-high 33 points and donated eight assists for
Washington, which has dropped three in a row. Antawn Jamison tallied 24 points
and 15 rebounds, and Caron Butler also posted a double-double with 18 points
and 12 boards.

Philadelphia, which led most of the way and held a two-point edge entering the
final stanza, fell behind 96-95 early in the fourth following an Arenas jump
shot.

Webber’s slam gave the Sixers back the lead seconds later, however, and they
would not relinquish it again. But there were a bunch of close calls.

After Philly built its advantage to 112-106 late in the contest, Washington
went on a 7-2 run, capped by an Arenas three-pointer, to pull within one with
1:30 left.

Webber, though, hit a pair of free throws with 55 seconds on the clock to make
it a three-point game.

The Wizards failed to score on their next possession but Arenas stole the ball
from Iverson on the other end and fed it to Jamison, who narrowly missed a
three-point attempt that would have tied it.

Webber sealed the game from there, as he elevated for a jam, was fouled, and
nailed the ensuing free throw to make it 119-113 with just 14 ticks left.

Philadelphia opened the game on a 12-4 run and finished the quarter up 29-23.
Iverson paced his team with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the opening 12
minutes.

“When you have a guy who has complete freedom with the ball and the whole
floor to work with, it’s damn-near impossible to stop him,” said Washington
guard Antonio Daniels. “There’s not much you can do. If he gets the ball in
the middle of the floor you’re basically on an island. It’s you and you have
to stop the quickest guy in the league by yourself.”

Washington rattled off the first six points of the second frame, polished off
by Arenas’ layup, to knot the game at 29-29.

The Sixers resumed the role of front-runner shortly after, though, and took a
57-54 advantage into intermission. That lead was trimmed to 88-86 after three
quarters of play.

Game Notes

Butler injured his right knee with 32 seconds left in the game and did not
return…Kevin Ollie had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting for Philly before
fouling out…Iverson scored 40-plus points for the 12th time
this season. The Sixers are 8-4 in those games.

PHI WAS