Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Friday, December 28th
Game 2: Monday, February 18th

Nuggets 83

(16-34, 5-19 away)

76ers 110

(26-26, 13-10 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2002

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 14 23 17 2983
    PHI 24 31 31 24110

    Top Performers

    Den: R. LaFrentz 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phi: A. Iverson 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl

    Iverson rests in fourth after lighting up Nuggets

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- By the time Allen Iverson's toe started hurting again, the Philadelphia 76ers didn't need him anymore.

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson didn't appear to be hurting as he scored 27 and just missed a triple-double.

    Iverson had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Dikembe Mutombo added 20 points on 9-for-9 shooting to lead the Sixers to a 110-83 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

    Iverson, who sat out Philadelphia's 86-76 loss at Indiana on Sunday because of a sprained right big toe, was listed as out following the morning shootaround.

    But he played after forwards Derrick Coleman and Corie Blount were suspended for their roles in an altercation with Reggie Miller on Sunday.

    "I got here early, tried to run on it, and it was sore," Iverson said. "But it didn't bother me until halftime. My mobility wasn't that good."

    Avery Johnson and Raef LaFrentz each had 17 points for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight after winning two in a row on the road.

    "I was hoping that we would come out with a higher sense of urgency," Denver coach Mike Evans said.

    The defending Eastern Conference champion Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record at 26-26. They lost 26 games all of last season.

    Iverson hit two long jumpers in the opening minutes and scored 10 points in the first quarter as Philadelphia built a double-digit lead that it never relinquished.

    A 14-2 run midway through the second quarter put the Sixers ahead 40-18. Iverson began the spurt with a 19-footer and a layup. His alley-oop pass to 5-foot-11 Speedy Claxton for a dunk minutes later excited the crowd, giving the Sixers a 45-24 lead.

    "He knew we needed him," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said of Iverson. "I don't think there's any way we win the game if he doesn't play."

    Denver trailed by 18 at halftime, and didn't get any closer than 17 the rest of the way.

    "He didn't seem a step slow to me," Nuggets guard James Posey said of Iverson. "We thought he'd play. He always plays hard."

    Iverson shot 11-for-21 and didn't play in the fourth quarter, despite being one rebound and two assists away from his second career triple-double.

    "That's an individual accomplishment," Iverson said. "I've done that."

    Because of the suspensions to Coleman and Blount, Iverson's uncertainty, and Aaron McKie's injury -- he sat out for the ninth time in 10 games because of a sprained left ankle -- Brown was forced to juggle his starting lineup.

    Matt Harpring moved from small forward to power forward and had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Raja Bell started at small forward after returning to the team earlier in the day, and finished with a career-high 16 points.

    Bell missed Sunday's game to be with his family in Florida following the death of his sister Tombi's fiance, Chris Campbell, the University of Miami linebacker killed Saturday morning in a one-car accident.

    "It was difficult," said Bell, who plans to return to Florida for the funeral later this week.

    Game notes

    Denver guard Nick Van Exel missed his fourth straight game because of inflammation of his left elbow. F Ryan Bowen sat out his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. ... The Sixers activated center Jabari Smith before the game and placed forward Derrick McKey on the injured list with a left calf muscle. Smith missed five games because of tendinitis in his left knee. He scored a career-high 10 points. ... Iverson's only triple-double came in a 116-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 7. He had 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. ... The Sixers outrebounded Denver 59-34 and improved to 9-0 when scoring more than 100 points.

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