Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Friday, November 22nd
Game 2: Sunday, November 24th
Game 3: Sunday, March 23rd

Raptors 80

(4-8, 1-5 away)

76ers 90

(9-4, 7-0 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    8:00 PM ET, November 22, 2002

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 29 13 20 1880
    PHI 15 24 27 2490

    Top Performers

    Toronto: A. Davis 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 31 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 5 Stl

    Sixers rally to remain perfect (7-0) at home

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- If the Philadelphia 76ers could start games the way they finish them, they'd be even tougher to beat.


    Allen Iverson scored 31 points and Keith Van Horn added 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Sixers to a 90-80 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

    Philadelphia won for the fifth time in six games, improving to 7-0 at the First Union Center and 9-4 overall.

    Antonio Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Alvin Williams added 15 points for the Raptors, who have lost four straight. Toronto was without Vince Carter for the sixth straight game because of a strained left quadriceps tendon.

    The Sixers trailed by 14 in the first half and didn't take their first lead until Iverson hit a baseline jumper that made it 61-60 lead with 1:10 left in the third quarter.

    In Wednesday night's victory over Memphis, the Sixers were behind by eight at halftime. They fell behind New Orleans by 22 in the first half of Tuesday night's game before losing on a buzzer-beater.

    "We need to play like we're down,'' Van Horn said. "We need to start off with aggressiveness, start off attacking and carry it throughout the game.''

    Iverson turned the momentum in Philadelphia's favor when he beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from beyond midcourt to make it 66-62 after three quarters, and Van Horn put the game out of reach with seven straight points.

    Van Horn scored on a fast-break dunk, made another dunk off a pass from Iverson and drilled a 3-pointer to give the Sixers an 83-68 lead with just over five minutes left.

    The Raptors got within 86-78 on a free throw by Davis with 1:46 left, but Iverson iced it with two free throws.

    "In the second half, we made it difficult for ourselves,'' Davis said. "We threw one guy the ball and everybody else stood around and waited for him to do something with it.''

    Morris Peterson shot just 3-for-18 and had nine points and Voshon Lenard was 5-for-19 for 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 27-for-81 (33.3 percent).

    Philadelphia's bench outscored Toronto's 24-14.

    "When we go to our bench, we have a big drop-off right now,'' Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It makes us lose momentum.''

    Iverson shot 11-for-28, grabbed seven rebounds and had five steals and five assists.

    "I have no idea. I wish I had an answer,'' Iverson said when asked why the Sixers have started slowly in recent games. "We're aware that you don't want to start off like that and make a conscious effort to play the same way from the beginning.''

    The Raptors led by 14 in the second quarter, but the Sixers cut it to 42-39 at halftime. With Iverson on the bench, Philadelphia trimmed Toronto's 31-20 lead to six points.

    Game notes

    Van Horn missed an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Iverson in the opening minutes. Brian Skinner converted Iverson's alley-oop pass in the second quarter. ... The Raptors had won three straight in Philadelphia and six of seven overall against the Sixers. ... Iverson has scored in double figures in 133 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NBA. ... Raptors guard Lindsey Hunter sat out his third in a row with a sore right knee.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 90
    FGM-FGA 27-81 (.333) 37-79 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 6-21 (.286) 3-6 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 20-27 (.741) 13-19 (.684)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-47 11-45
    Assists 18 23
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 4 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0