EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- In lieu of a big stat line in his
return to New Jersey, Keith Van Horn was thrilled to settle for one
huge shot that helped the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Nets.
Allen Iverson drives to the basket during Sunday's victory.
Allen Iverson had 32 points and five of Philadelphia's 14 steals
and the foul-plagued Van Horn hit a clutch shot over Jason Kidd
with 63 seconds to play to lead the 76ers to a 90-83 win Sunday.
"Getting the win is No. 1, without question,'' said Van Horn,
who was traded by the Nets after helping them reach the NBA Finals
last season. "It doesn't matter what the stats are. The most
important thing is the W.''
Van Horn's jumper over Kidd gave the 76ers an 84-77 lead, enough
of a cushion for Philadelphia to withstand a couple of long
3-pointers by Kidd in the final minute.
"When you are in foul trouble you're not going to play 40
minutes,'' said Van Horn, who was limited to nine points in 26
minutes after picking up three first-quarter fouls. "I just tried
to keep my focus and stay in rhythm so if I was in there I could
Another ex-Net, Derrick Coleman, also had a say in the outcome.
The player New Jersey made the No. 1 pick in the 1990 draft added
15 points and 16 rebounds -- including two key putbacks in the final
3:40 as the 76ers gained a measure of revenge for an embarrassing
126-99 loss in the final game before the All-Star break.
"We only allowed 17 points in the fourth quarter and six of
those were on late 3-pointers,'' said Philadelphia coach Larry
Brown, whose team forced 21 turnovers. "You are not going to
defend much better than that. This is as big of a win as you can
The victory gave the 76ers their first three-game winning streak
"We just need wins,'' said Iverson, who was 10-for-24 from the
field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. "We don't care what
team it is. It is a good feeling knowing it is a team at the top of
the division. We feel we get a team like this, we can get anybody
in the division.''
Kidd had 21 points for the Nets, who have lost three of four
since coming back from the All-Star break.
"It's just a matter of fighting through it and being mentally
strong,'' said Kidd, who had eight turnovers. "As a whole we have
to stay together. Every good team, Dallas, Sacramento, the Lakers,
goes through a tough stretch. I think that will make us stronger
once we get to the playoffs.''
The Nets, who missed 11 free throws, came close to overcoming
their mistakes. Kidd's second 3-pointer reduced the 76ers' lead to
86-83 with 23.4 seconds to play.
But Iverson then hit two free throws and Greg Buckner added two
more after Rodney Rogers threw up an airball on a 3-pointer to give
Philadelphia its second win over New Jersey in three games.
Kenyon Martin, who missed Friday's game against Chicago with a
sore knee, added 17 points for New Jersey. Kerry Kittles, who had
35 points in the win at Philadelphia last week, was limited to
eight points as New Jersey lost at home for only the third time in
"They manhandled us at certain times and I didn't really feel
that we responded well to it,'' said Nets coach Byron Scott, whose
team was outrebounded 43-35.
Iverson scored eight points in a 16-6 run that gave Philadelphia
a 78-72 lead early in the fourth quarter. New Jersey, which had 21
turnovers, made just two of 12 shots and turned the ball over six
times in the opening 6:09 of the final quarter.
Van Horn, who played his first five seasons with the Nets,
received a mixed reception in pre-game introductions. It was all
boos the first time he stepped to the foul line to shoot.
Van Horn, who was traded after the season in a multi-player deal
that sent Dikembe Mutombo to New Jersey, played just 8:07 in the
Both teams seemed out of sync in the nationally televised game
with a 1 p.m. starting time.
Iverson hit a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter to give
Philadelphia a 58-52 lead. The six-point deficit seemed to wake up
the Nets, who finished the quarter with a Kidd-led 14-4 spurt. Kidd
set up a layup by Jason Collins and followed that with a 3-pointer
and a jumper in helping New Jersey take 66-62 lead into the final
Iverson extended his streak of scoring in double figures to
172 games with 10 in the first quarter ... Referee Sean Corbin
tumbled head-over-heels after colliding with an ABC cameraman
shooting at midcourt. Corbin got up after a few anxious seconds and
fellow official Tommy Nunez made a safe sign once he knew Corbin
wasn't hurt ... Eric Snow scored 12 points, his 19th straight game
in double figures. ... The 76ers are 14-1 when they hold their
opponents to 90 points or less.