PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson scored 23 points and Derrick
Coleman added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers
won their sixth straight game, 116-103 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The Sixers, unbeaten since the All-Star break, moved into a tie
with Boston for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Dajuan Wagner scored 23 and Ricky Davis added 20 for Cleveland,
which dropped to an NBA-worst 10-46. The lowly Cavs have lost six
in a row and 10 of 1l.
Wagner, who grew up in nearby Camden, N.J., hit his first four
shots and had 18 points before finally missing a runner late in the
third quarter. He finished 6-for-11, and made all eight of his free
throws. Wagner's first shot was a 3-pointer from halfcourt that
just beat the first-quarter buzzer.
Iverson, coming off a 41-point performance in Friday night's
119-99 victory at Cleveland, took just three shots in the first half. He finished 7-for-23, and had six rebounds and five assists.
Keith Van Horn had 17 points, Kenny Thomas got 15 and Eric Snow
added 13 for Philadelphia, which had six players in double figures.
The Cavs got to 47-46 on a 3-pointer by former Sixer Jumaine
Jones midway through the second quarter. But the Sixers went on a
20-4 run, and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Iverson began the run with a 19-footer, Coleman had a 3-pointer
and fastbreak layup during the spurt, and the Sixers led 69-54 at
Van Horn hit a layup to cap a 9-0 run, making it 81-60 early in
the third as Philadelphia cruised to its third consecutive lopsided
victory. The Sixers have won their last three by an average of 20.3
The Sixers have won 16 straight over Cleveland, their
longest winning streak against any opponent. The Cavs haven't
beaten Philadelphia since April 2, 1999. ... Philadelphia's 69
points in the first half were its most in any half this season, and
the most by any team in a half at the First Union Center. ... The
Cavs are 2-12 under interim coach Keith Smart. ... Former Sixer
Tyrone Hill didn't play for the fourth straight game. He seemed
uninterested while sitting on the bench, and didn't join the huddle
a few times during timeouts. ... Iverson has scored in double
figures in 174 straight games, the longest streak in the league.
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