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Sixers send Warriors to ninth straight road loss

2/21/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Not once did Allen Iverson mention his 46 points, and not once did anybody ask him about it. Seems as though Iverson reaching 40 has become so common that it barely merits further discussion anymore.

Iverson scored 46 points, reaching 40 for the fifth time this season and the 38th time in his career as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the turnover-prone Golden State Warriors 114-107 Wednesday night.

Matt Harpring tied his season-high with 25 points, Dikembe
Mutombo had 18, and Eric Snow added 12 assists and 11 rebounds for
the 76ers, who never led by more than four points in the fourth
quarter until the final 2½ minutes.

Iverson and coach Larry Brown both singled out Snow and reserve forward Corie Blount for praise.

"I was messing with him after the game," Iverson said of Snow. "He needed four points for a triple-double. It'll happen for him some day."

Blount shot 3-for-4 with nine rebounds and two steals, helping hold Antawn Jamison to 16 points on 4-for-16 shooting.

The Sixers improved to 22-16 in Iverson's career when he scores
40 or more.

Danny Fortson had 18 for the Warriors, who kept the game close
for much of the fourth quarter but repeatedly made mistakes,
including sloppy turnovers and ill-advised shots after coming up
with defensive stops and blocked shots on several late possessions.

Golden State blocked three shots in the span of a minute with
less than four minutes left, each leading to a possession that
ended with a turnover or a miss.

"It's very frustrating as a coach and also for the players," Warriors coach Brian Winters said. "You've got to be able to play under control, to complete a pass to the post, to make the right decisions. That's what the good teams do."

Iverson shot 14-of-36 from the field and 16-for-20 from the line in reaching 40 points for the first time since Jan. 25 when he had 47 at Boston. He capped his night with a breakaway dunk with 17 seconds left.

Harpring tied his season-high by making two free throws with
1:56 left for a 103-97 lead, and Iverson drove for a three-point
play with 1:44 left after the Warriors committed their eighth
turnover of the quarter. Golden State finished with 22 turnovers.

"When Eric (Snow) had the ball with 11 seconds left, that's when I felt comfortable," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said.

Harpring shot 11-for-21 and added nine rebounds, and Mutombo shot 6-for-9 with three blocks.

Golden State lost its fourth in a row overall, its ninth straight on the road and its 19th in 22 games.

The game stayed close until Iverson and Harpring led a 17-5 run
that gave Philadelphia an 84-75 lead. Iverson had 34 points by the
end of the third quarter, but missed his first three free throws in
the fourth as Golden State came back.

Larry Hughes had a chance to tie it at 90-all, but missed the
second of two free throws with 8:15 left. Philadelphia maintained a
lead of between one and four points for the next six minutes.

Game notes
Sixers guard Raja Bell was not with the team for personal
reasons. His sister was engaged to be married to Chris Campbell,
the University of Miami linebacker killed in a car crash Saturday.
... Philadelphia's Derrick Coleman served the second game of a
two-game suspension for throwing punches at Indiana's Reggie
Miller. ... Sixers guard Aaron McKie missed his second straight
game with a left ankle strain. ... Golden State dropped to 3-28
when allowing 100 or more points.