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Iverson helps Brown win 800th game as NBA coach

12/27/2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Allen Iverson's shooting touch was off, but
he still scored 23 points, had 10 assists and did his damage in the
fourth quarter.

"Allen was making plays," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said
after the 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 100-86 Wednesday
night. "He created shots for us and we had balanced scoring; and
that was a good way to go."

Iverson, 4-of-16 from the floor through the first three
quarters, went 5-of-12 in the fourth and scored 10 points as the
76ers put the pesky Clippers away.

"I didn't have a particular plan about passing the ball more,"
Iverson said of his assists. "I just wanted to get into the lane
and create things.

"Teams have been zoning me and preventing me from doing that."

The win was the 76ers' first against the Clippers in Los Angeles
since December, 1992, when Brown was the Clippers' coach.

Brown gained his 800th career NBA coaching victory. He also won
229 games as a coach in the ABA.

"I have 800 wins twice," Brown joked, referring to the ABA
victories. "I feel great about it."

Derrick Coleman had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia,
which had six players score in double figures. Dikembe Mutombo and
Eric Snow had 15 each, Aaron McKie 13 and Matt Harpring 10.

Elton Brand had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who
had their three-game winning streak snapped. Michael Olowokandi had
16 points and nine rebounds.

"We knew that they would be very hungry for this game because
they had the lead and lost it against the Lakers last night,"
Brand said of the 76ers. "We made a great effort to cut the lead
down, but they just sustained it."

After the game, the Clippers announced that Lamar Odom, who has
been bothered by a sprained right wrist, will not play in
Thursday's game at Seattle. Odom took just six shots against
Philadelphia and scored 11 points, all but one of them in the third
quarter.

Iverson hit the second of consecutive jumpers with 9:24
remaining to give the 76ers an 81-68 edge -- their biggest lead to
that point. The Clippers closed to 83-76 on Quentin Richardson's
20-footer with seven minutes left, but the 76ers pulled away again.

Philadelphia led throughout the third quarter, but the Clippers
remained close most of the period. A fast-break dunk by Corie
Blount gave the 76ers a 74-66 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Iverson went just 3-of-12 from the floor in the first half, but
scored 11 points -- five on free throws -- and Philadelphia led 49-47
at halftime.

Brand and Olowokandi, muscling their way inside, had 14 points
each in the first half, and Brand also had nine rebounds to help
the Clippers stay close.

The 76ers were up 23-21 at the end of the first quarter after
leading 16-5 with 5:32 played. Olowokandi led Los Angeles' comeback
in the quarter, scoring eight points in the final three minutes.

Game notes
G Eric Piatkowski, the Clippers' top 3-point threat, missed
his 10th game out of the last 11 with a strained muscle in his
right hip. ... Brown needs five more games to set a new personal
high for most regular-season games coached with one team. He
coached Indiana for 328 games before leaving after the 1997-98
season. The 76ers are his sixth NBA team, including the Clippers in
part of 1991-92 and then 1992-93. Los Angeles made the playoffs
both seasons he was the coach and has made it just once since then.