Iguodala, Sixers cool off Suns
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala finished with 24 points,
seven assists and seven rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers kept Phoenix from
an historic feat with a 99-94 win at the Wachovia Center.
Willie Green scored 20 points and gathered six rebounds while Kyle Korver
donated 16 points for the Sixers, who have won the first two installments of a
Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and 13 boards for the Suns, who were looking to
become the first team ever to sweep its interconference road schedule (14-1).
Regardless, Phoenix finished interconference road play with the highest
winning percentage all-time. Steve Nash ended with 23 points and nine assists,
and Raja Bell scored 13 against his old team.
Phoenix was playing from behind all game and trailed 80-69 with 9:45 left
following a Korver slam, but rebounded with a 12-2 run to make things
interesting down the stretch. Stoudemire had five points over that span, and a
Nash jumper brought the road team within one with 5:40 on the clock.
A Leandro Barbosa three moments later knotted the contest at 84-84, but the
Sixers had an answer. Andre Miller followed with a jumper to give the lead
back to Philly, and Korver pushed the margin to four with a pair of free
Barbosa responded with another three at the other end of the floor, only to
see Iguodala counter immediately with a trey from the top of the arc to make
Then, after a Phoenix turnover, Samuel Dalembert hit a fadeaway with 28 ticks
on the clock. The Sixers converted all six of their free-throw tries from
there to seal the win.
Philadelphia quieted any thought of a Phoenix rout early, as it jumped out to
a 10-0 lead. Miller scored the first four points of the charge, which Steven
Hunter capped with a pair of free throws. The Sixers then finished the quarter
with a 9-0 burst to assume a 35-23 lead.
The Suns cut their deficit to 49-44 at intermission and moved within one late
in the third following five straight points by Nash. The Sixers again finished
the quarter strong, though, scoring the last eight points to go up 73-64.
Phoenix’s Shawn Marion missed his first game of the season with a left
quadricep and right hand contusion… The Suns never led in this
game…Phoenix had won five straight in the series…The 1982-83 Philadelphia
76ers held the NBA’s best interconference road winning percentage (11-1, .916)
prior to the Suns’ accomplishments this year.