It was the eighth time this season Iverson scored 40 or
more points. He shot 15-for-30 following an 8-for-30 performance in
a 100-94 defeat against Boston on Monday night.
"Some nights it's not going to happen for me," said Iverson,
who had a combined 85 points in victories over New Jersey last
Friday and Toronto on Sunday. "I don't think about that. I
understand that. That's why it keeps me from getting frustrated. If
the shots go in, they go in. If not, they don't."
Dikembe Mutombo added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers,
who have defeated the Cavaliers 12 consecutive times. The defending
Eastern Conference champions have won four of their last five games
and moved ahead of Orlando into third place into the Atlantic
"Our bench didn't give us a lot," said Cleveland coach John
Lucas, who was ejected with 4:57 left after getting two technicals.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well. We had our chances early in
the fourth, but the physical play really bothered us."
Philadelphia, which played without forward Derrick Coleman and
guard Aaron McKie, couldn't pull away from the Cavaliers until the
After Iverson's jumper capped a 12-2 run and gave the Sixers a
67-53 lead, the Cavaliers scored seven in a row, ignited by a
3-pointer from Andre Miller.
But Iverson answered with a driving layup, Corie Blount made a
putback and free throw and Iverson made three free throws,
including the two technicals on Lucas, giving the Sixers a 75-60
lead with 4:57 left.
Cleveland didn't cut the deficit to single digits until the
"Allen was sensational," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "He
really bounced back. It was one of his best defensive games. We had
to go small and he had some tough matchups."
A jumper by Murray midway through the third quarter gave
Cleveland its first lead, 45-44, since the opening minute. But the
Sixers went on an 11-3 run before Miller hit a 3-pointer to beat
the buzzer, cutting the deficit to 55-51 after three quarters.
Both teams played poorly in the first half, combining to shoot
28-for-75 (37.3 percent). Cleveland missed 10 consecutive shots during
a stretch of 5:56 that began late in the first quarter. The Sixers
missed nine consecutive shots over a period of 6:35 in the second,
but led 35-31 at halftime.
"We have to find a way when teams start making runs to execute
on the offensive end," Person said. "Sometimes we tend to start
shooting the ball a little too quick."
Coleman sat out because of a hyperextended left knee. He's
scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday. McKie didn't play for the
15th time in 18 games because of a sprained left ankle.
Cleveland is 7-22 on the road and 5-13 in the second of
back-to-back games. ... Matt Harpring and Mutombo are the only two
Sixers to start all 60 games. ... Cleveland forward Tyrone Hill
played his first game at the First Union Center since the Sixers
traded him to the Cavaliers last summer. He had 10 points and 10
rebounds. ... The 31 points scored by Cleveland in the first half
were the fewest by a Sixers opponent this season. ... Miller had 14
points and 13 assists. ... Philadelphia is 25-16, including 7-1
this season, when Iverson scores 40 or more points.