Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Sunday, December 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, December 8th

76ers 87

(8-8, 4-4 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    6:00 PM ET, December 2, 2001

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 23 20 24 2693
    PHI 18 22 27 2087

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iverson questions efforts of Sixers in defeat

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson said he was "baffled" by the lack of effort from the Philadelphia 76ers, especially in the final minute.

    Philadelphia's Allen Iverson, center, can't come up with this loose ball, but that might be because of fouls by either Rodney Buford, right, or Pau Gasol of Memphis.

    Rookie Pau Gasol made four free throws in the final 24 seconds as the Memphis Grizzlies won their first road game of the season Sunday night with a 93-87 upset of the 76ers.

    Derrick Coleman and Iverson both missed shots in the final seconds with Gasol grabbing both rebounds and then getting fouled.

    Iverson shot 1-for-9 in the fourth quarter, missing 12 of his final 15 shots.

    "Effort is the most important thing," said Iverson, who had 30 points and 10 assists. He pointed out that the Grizzlies got most of the loose balls, "especially in the last minute. I've never seen us not get the loose ball in the last minute. That baffled me."

    Gasol's free throws capped an 20-point, 10-rebound performance and broke the Grizzlies' 10-game losing streak against the Sixers.

    "I know I have to play hard, that's all I can do," said Gasol, the 7-foot, 227-pound center who has been physically tested often in his first year in the league. "I know that I have talent and ability but I have to show it."

    The Sixers played without guard Aaron McKie, who left the game against Chicago on Saturday due to dizziness, shortness of breath and light-headedness. McKie was treated for an abnormal heart rhythm Sunday and will miss at least two games.

    Without him, Speedy Claxton started at point guard and contributed eight points and eight assists.

    "We can't take any team lightly, especially short-handed," Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

    Brevin Knight had 13 points, Shane Battier scored 12 and Rodney Buford, who played for Philadelphia last season, added 11 for the Grizzlies, who have won two consecutive games for the first time this season and three of their last four.

    Coleman had 16 points and Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks, just missing a second consecutive triple-double for the Sixers, who have lost three of their last four.

    Trailing 87-81, the 76ers scored six of the next eight points, with a jumper by Matt Harpring making it 89-87 with 1:41 left.

    Two 3-pointers by Shane Battier and another by Jason Williams highlighted a 12-4 Memphis run as the Grizzlies opened up an 87-81 lead with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter.

    Memphis led by as many as eight in the first half and held a 43-40 advantage at halftime. Iverson had 17 points in the first half for the Sixers while his teammates combined for just 23.

    The game was tied at 67 after three quarters.

    Game notes
    The 76ers honored former player Moses Malone, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in October, by giving out bobblehead dolls in his likeness. Malone, who was honored during a ceremony prior to the game, played for the Sixers from 1982-86 and 1993-94 and led the team to the NBA title in 1983. ...The Grizzlies last victory over Philadelphia came Jan. 5, 1996, the franchise's first year in the league and its first game against the Sixers while the team was still in Vancouver. ... The Grizzlies' last road victory came in the team's final game last season. They had lost their first seven away from Memphis this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 87
    FGM-FGA 36-79 (.456) 35-91 (.385)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 1-11 (.091)
    FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-46 21-47
    Assists 26 24
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 7 11
    Fast Break Points 10 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 16 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 20
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0