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
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
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.
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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