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Iverson, Van Horn help put stop to slide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Keith Van Horn waited five months to play
this game. It took him 3½ quarters to show up.

Van Horn scored eight of his 16 points in the final 5:06, and
Allen Iverson had 34 points, including five free throws in the last
11.5 seconds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers snap a six-game losing
streak with a 108-107 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday
night.

It was Van Horn's first game against his former team since the
Sixers acquired him and Todd MacCulloch for Dikembe Mutombo last
Aug. 6.

"It's always good to get a win, but going against your former
team makes it sweeter,'' said Van Horn, who was in foul trouble
most of the game. "This proves we have the ability to beat any
team if we play our game.''

Eric Snow added 16 points and eight assists and Aaron McKie
scored 12 for Philadelphia, which had lost 14 of 18 after a 15-4
start.

Lucious Harris scored a season-high 26 points, Kenyon Martin had
24 and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Richard Jefferson added 20
for Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey, which had won 10 of 11.

Jason Kidd had a season-high 16 assists, but missed 17 of 21
shots and finished with just nine points. It was his second poor
shooting performance in three games. He scored just 10 points on
5-for-17 shooting in a 36-point loss to the Sacramento Kings last
Thursday.

"I had some great looks. It's all part of the game,'' Kidd
said. "It doesn't stop me from finding my teammates.''

After McKie hit a 3-pointer to give Philadelphia a 101-97 lead
with 1:57 left, the Nets tied it at 101 on a short jumper by Jason
Collins and a 21-footer by Kidd.

Van Horn made two free throws for a 103-101 lead, but Martin
made one of two free throws and Harris got the rebound, giving the
Nets a chance to take the lead. Harris, however, missed an
18-footer that bounced over the backboard with 11.8 seconds left.

Iverson made the first of two free throws to make it 104-102,
but the Nets failed to get the rebound off his miss. Iverson then
made four free throws around a basket by Martin to ice it.

Harris hit a 3-pointer before the final buzzer for the final
margin.

"Hopefully this is a start, hopefully it builds our confidence
because they are a terrific team,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

New Jersey was 20-of-22 from the foul line before Martin missed
with 32 seconds to go.

Iverson was 0-for-5 in the fourth and didn't score after opening
the quarter with two free throws until the final minute. He had a
team-high seven rebounds and seven assists.

"This is what we wanted,'' Iverson said. "We didn't want a
blowout win because that wouldn't help us mentally. Now we know we
can win a close game against a top-quality team.''

Van Horn, booed by Sixers fans and criticized by Brown in recent
weeks, thrilled the crowd with two dunks in a span of 1:43 in the
fourth.

"Even though I was in foul trouble, I tried to stay
aggressive,'' he said.

Neither Mutombo nor MacCulloch played. Mutombo is out with a
right wrist injury. MacCulloch missed his first of three games
because he's undergoing treatment for a nervous system disorder.

The Sixers scored six straight to start the fourth quarter to
take an 86-74 lead. But the Nets outscored Philadelphia 17-6 to get
to 92-91 with 5:25 left.

Kidd missed 12 of his first 13 shots, and was 1-for-9 from
3-point range.

A 13-1 run in the second quarter gave the Sixers a 48-37 lead.
McKie hit a 3-pointer and Snow added a free throw on a technical
foul to cap the run. After a free throw by Jefferson, Derrick
Coleman hit a 3-pointer to give Philadelphia its biggest lead,
51-38.

"When the game was on the line, we couldn't make stops,'' Nets
coach Byron Scott said.

Game notes
The Nets are 10-6 with Mutombo, 17-5 without him. ... The
Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak against the Nets. They've
won 11 of the last 16 meetings. ... Eagles backup quarterback Koy
Detmer had a front-row seat and received a standing ovation in the
first quarter. Detmer led the Eagles to a victory over San
Francisco in his only start filling in for the injured Donovan
McNabb before dislocating his elbow. The Eagles play Tampa Bay in
the NFC championship game Sunday. ... The Nets outrebounded
Philadelphia 50-35. ... Iverson last led the Sixers in rebounds on Dec. 4, 2001.

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