PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eric Snow's missed free throws nearly cost
Philadelphia the lead, but they also helped him get his first
Snow had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and Allen
Iverson scored 34 points, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to their
seventh straight victory, 111-107 over the Memphis Grizzlies on
After Snow missed two free throws with 13.9 seconds remaining,
Shane Battier missed a 3-pointer that would've tied it with 6.6
seconds left. Snow got the rebound to record the triple-double,
then iced it with a free throw.
"If I can be like Jason Kidd and get one every other game it
seems, I guess it'd be a big deal,'' Snow said. "It's tough to
Keith Van Horn added 21 points and nine rebounds, and Iverson
had nine assists for Philadelphia, which is 7-0 since the All-Star
Pau Gasol tied his season high with 32 points, Jason Williams
had 19 and Mike Batiste added 15 for the Grizzlies. Memphis, which
has the third-worst record in the NBA, had won three of five,
including victories over Indiana and Utah.
"It's hard to play on the road against a team that is doing so
well,'' Gasol said. "We deserved the game. We should have grabbed
The Sixers (32-24) remained one-half game ahead of Boston for
fourth place in the Eastern Conference and 4 1/2 games behind Detroit
and Indiana for the top spot. Six of their last seven victories
have come against teams with losing records.
"I'm thrilled,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "To be four
games behind in the loss column after what we've been through, you
have to be happy.''
The Grizzlies, who trailed the almost the entire game, finally
tied it at 92 on a steal and dunk by Earl Watson 2:38 into the
fourth. After Wesley Person missed a free throw that would've given
Memphis the lead, Iverson hit a running 14-footer to make it 95-93.
Memphis got within 101-100 on a putback by Batiste, but Van Horn
made a turnaround jumper. Gasol's short turnaround cut it to
103-102, but Van Horn answered with a turnaround hook shot and Snow
made two free throws for a 107-102 lead with 1:57 left. The
Grizzlies didn't get closer than three the rest of the way.
"In the second half, we played well man-to-man,'' Grizzlies
coach Hubie Brown said. "We got after them, but we just couldn't
get over the hump.''
The Grizzlies again were without Mike Miller, who averaged 17
points in his first two games after being traded from the Orlando
Magic. Miller had back spasms and has sat out two straight.
The Sixers led 59-50 after a driving layup by Iverson with 2:31
left in the first half. But the Grizzlies scored eight straight on
a jumper by Batiste and consecutive 3-pointers by Williams.
A pair of free throws by Iverson made it 63-60 at halftime.
Sixers F Monty Williams, who had played the last three
games, sat out because of pain in his left knee. Williams has
missed all but eight games due to his knee injury. ... Memphis G
Michael Dickerson remained sidelined with an abdominal strain. ...
The Grizzlies are 4-24 on the road. ... The Sixers have won four
straight at home after losing nine of 11 at the First Union Center.
... Philadelphia swept the season series for the sixth time in
seven years. ... The Sixers have averaged 114 points over their
last four games. ... Iverson briefly left the game after injuring
his right thigh during a collision.