Miller returns with flourish, but Iverson lifts Sixers

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Allen Iverson was his usual brilliant self at
Gund Arena, but admitted the Philadelphia 76ers' 94-91 win over the
Cleveland Cavaliers was "ugly."

Iverson shot 18-for-29 and scored 40 points Saturday night to
help the 76ers snap a seven-game losing streak.

"It was important for us to win," Iverson said. "You lose
seven in a row, it really don't matter how you get it, whether it's
ugly or looks good. We win ugly games anyway."

Andre Miller returned to the Cavs' lineup after missing one game
with a bruised shoulder and had an NBA season-high nine steals and
a career-high 22 assists.

"We should have won," Miller said. "I would have felt better
about what I did. It's what I am supposed to do, get other people

The Cavaliers' poor foul shooting in the final minute helped the
76ers win.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed two free throws with 52.4 seconds left
and Cleveland trailing 91-87.

After Iverson sank a 15-footer to make it 93-87, Lamond Murray
went to the line after being fouled by Derrick Coleman on a 3-point
attempt -- and promptly missed all three with 34.6 to play.

"That's basketball, you're not going to make every free
throw," Murray said.

Both Ilgauskas and Murray began the game shooting 86 percent
from the line.

Miller got his eighth steal and fed Wesley Person for a dunk
with 23.1 seconds left. He dove across the floor for another steal
seconds later and passed to Ricky Davis, who missed a 10-footer.
Murray got the rebound, but lost the ball as he went up for a shot.

"I thought I was fouled, but they didn't call it," Murray

Iverson was fouled and made one of two free throws with 7.8
seconds left.

"We were very fortunate," 76ers coach Larry Brown said.
"Allen was terrific, but we had 25 turnovers and were able to
weather the storm."

Person's 28 points led Cleveland. Miller scored 14.

Neither could stop Iverson at the other end, however. Once
again, he put on a scoring display at Gund Arena, where he has
twice scored 50 or more points, including a career-high 54 last
Jan. 6.

"I like to play here," Iverson said. "The fans are great
here. Some get on me and some like me."

After both of his 50-plus outings, Iverson said he wanted to
prove a point to Cleveland fans who booed him during the 1997
Rookie Game during All-Star Weekend.

Iverson scored 10 of Philadelphia's final 12 points of the first
half to give the 76ers a 50-43 halftime lead.

Cleveland failed to take advantage of 76ers center Dikembe
Mutombo sitting out much of the game in foul trouble. Starting
center Chris Mihm shot just 3-for-9 for eight points and Ilgauskas
scored 12, but shot 3-for-8 from the field.

"I'm a little aggravated right now," Cavs coach John Lucas
said. "We missed those five free throws and I thought there were
some bad missed calls. And they mauled us on the boards."

Philadelphia outrebounded the Cavs, 45-31.

Miller, who leads the NBA in assists per game at 11.1, had eight
assists in the first quarter to help Cleveland to a 27-21 lead.

"The guy's a warrior," Person said of his backcourt mate.
"You see him diving around out there with a bad shoulder and it
makes you want to do anything. I'll go into any foxhole with a guy
like that."

The Cavs went completely cold when Miller went to the bench for
a rest early in the second quarter. Cleveland shot 0-for-8 from the
field over the first 7:17 of the quarter.

Game notes
The 76ers have won the last 11 meetings between the teams.
... Miller's double-double in points and assists was his 13th. ...
Cleveland's reserves outscored the 76ers' bench, 20-16.
Philadelphia's reserves have been outscored 580-297 this season.
... The 76ers shot 51 percent from the field -- the first time they
have been over 50 percent this season.


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