Friday , Mar , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Iverson’s 47 helps Sixers down Knicks

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 47 points, dished out
nine assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the
New York Knicks, 117-112, at Madison Square Garden.

Chris Webber added a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the
Sixers, who ended a three-game losing streak and continue to hold the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Nate Robinson had a career-high 34 points for the Knicks, whose current losing
streak reached seven games. Eddy Curry had 21 points and nine boards for New
York, which blew a double-digit lead and lost for the ninth time in 11
outings.

“It would’ve been better with a win,” said Robinson of his night. “I’d rather
win. We’ve just got to get better. ”

Trailing 71-62 following a Robinson bucket with just over five minutes gone in
the second half, the Sixers began to take control of the game. Philadelphia
went on a 15-4 run, capped by an Iverson three-pointer, that gave the Sixers
the lead for good with 2 1/2 minutes to go until the fourth.

Nearly 1 1/2 minutes later, the Sixers extended to an 81-76 lead following a
Webber bucket and went into the fourth ahead 83-80.

In the final quarter, Philadelphia scored the first six points to extend to
a nine-point cushion, 89-80. Webber later connected on a basket to make it a
10-point game, 97-87, and the Knicks never got within a single possession the
rest of the way.

“We had to will this one. We had to go get it,” said Philadelphia head coach
Maurice Cheeks. “That’s exactly what we did. The second half was what won us
this game. We were a step slow in the first half and our will got us back into
this game.”

The Sixers ended a six-game losing streak at MSG.

The Knicks led 33-31 after one quarter and extended to a 58-46 advantage with
just over two minutes left when Maurice Taylor ended a 14-2 run with a bucket.
New York cruised into the break with a 60-53 lead before falling apart in the
second half.

New York’s Stephon Marbury suffered a mild left knee strain late in the first
quarter and did not return.

Game Notes

New York guard Steve Francis missed his first game with a sprained toe. He was
replaced in the starting lineup by Robinson…Philadelphia hit 15 straight
free throws in one stretch…This was the 900th career loss for Larry Brown,
whose team is a league worst 19-52 this season…Iverson’s point total was a
high allowed by New York to one player this season…The Knicks have lost five
in a row at home and fell to 13-24 at MSG this season.

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