"My teammates did a great job finishing shots, getting me the
ball and boxing out," said Iverson, who finished with 30 points,
11 assists and 10 rebounds. "It feels good to finally get one. It
took me six years."
The defending Eastern Conference champions have won three of
four after losing 13 of 18.
The Sixers never trailed after the first basket, had runs of
14-4 in the first quarter, 19-5 in the second and opened a 22-point
lead in the third.
"We just didn't play well," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said.
"That's the bottom line. It's one of the few games where I don't
think we competed very hard. This team is very good half-court
defensively. You have to be able to make sharp cuts and good
screens and we didn't do that."
It was Philadelphia's first game in the First Union Center since
Dec. 21, following a seven-game road trip through the West. The
players wore headbands for the fourth consecutive game, a sign of
unity after the latest rumor that coach Larry Brown is going to
Brown wore a headband that said "Go Eagles" at his post-game
news conference. The NFC East champion Eagles play Tampa Bay in an
NFC wild-card playoff game Saturday.
"I was concerned about this game because I thought we'd be
tired," Brown said. "We started out with such life. I think when
you start out and it is too easy, it is very difficult when a team
comes back at you. We handled it very well."
The closest the Clippers got was 32-31 after a 13-2 run midway
through the second. But Derrick Coleman scored on a layup, McKie
hit a fadeaway jumper, Coleman made a short jumper and the Sixers
outscored Los Angeles 21-7 to end the first half, taking a 53-38
The Clippers didn't get closer than 15 in the second half.
"Everything seemed to click for them," said Elton Brand, who
had nine points and 12 rebounds. "We made one run, but then they
turned it on again."
Iverson shot 10-for-22 from the field and 9-for-11 from the foul
line. He got his 10th assist midway through the fourth on a
3-pointer by McKie, and notched the triple-double minutes later.
The crowd of 20,414 gave Iverson, the NBA's reigning most valuable player, a
standing ovation after his last rebound.
"Allen had a phenomenal all-around game," Brown said. "Allen
is playing better all-around than he has since I've coached him.
He's passing the ball, getting people involved, guarding and taking
Gentry was ejected in the fourth after getting two
technicals. ... It was the first of a six-game, nine-day road trip
for the Clippers. They are 2-9 away from the Staples Center. ... It
was the most points Philadelphia scored this season, surpassing the
102 points scored against Phoenix last week. ... The Sixers beat
the Clippers 100-86 in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. ... Sixers reserve
Corie Blount didn't play because of an ankle injury. ... Iverson
also had four steals.
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