A.I. passes Isiah as Sixers sweep home-and-home with New York
=== A.I. passes Isiah as Sixers sweep home-and-home with New York ===
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in 32 points and in
the process moved up the NBA’s all-time scoring list, as Philadelphia swept a
home-and-home series with New York, 114-97, at the Wachovia Center.
Iverson passed Isiah Thomas and Chet Walker into 41st place on the all-time
scoring list on a night that the Sixers’ superstar drained 9-of-16 shots from
the floor. Chris Webber and Andre Iguodala both totaled 20 points while
Iguodala also dished out 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in
Philadelphia’s second straight victory over the Knicks. Philadelphia beat New
York on Friday, 117-112, at Madison Square Garden.
The Sixers also increased their lead in the race for the final Eastern
Conference playoff spot to 1 1/2 games over idle Chicago.
Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, Steve Francis contributed 18 points and Eddy
Curry scored 14 points for New York, which was in a state of flux again on
Sunday night. Stephon Marbury (strained left patella tendon) and Jalen Rose
(plantar fasciitis) did not play as the Knicks dropped their eighth straight
The Knicks trailed 31-26 after the opening stanza and fell behind 47-40 during
the second period before ripping off seven straight points to tie the game.
New York did its damage at the foul line, converting on 5-of-5 from the stripe
during the stretch. Francis’ two free throws squared the contest with 3:36
Philadelphia took control for the remainder of the half. Iverson drained a
technical free throw and converted a three-point play to give the Sixers a
57-50 lead with 1:32 on the clock.
Webber then buried a turnaround hook shot and Iguodala closed the first-half
scoring with a pair of free throws, as the Sixers tallied the final eight
points to take a 61-50 advantage.
The Sixers held an 89-76 advantage after three periods.
Philadelphia tallied the first eight points of the final period to put the
game out of reach. Iguodala started the period with a pair of free throws and
two baskets by Steven Hunter bookended a John Salmons’ dunk.
The lead grew to 106-83 when Shavlik Randolph completed a three-point play
with 6:13 left to play.
The Sixers led comfortably the rest of the way.
Philadelphia improved to 21-16 at the Wachovia Center…New York fell to a
dreadful 6-29 on the road…Philadelphia has a 3-1 edge in the season
series…The Knicks have lost three straight at Philadelphia…The Sixers
drained 33-of-37 from the charity stripe.