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Jackson, McKie carry Philadelphia

11/20/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers were missing the NBA's
leading scorer and two other starters. So they just worked harder.

Marc Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, Aaron McKie added
21 and the 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 81-75 Wednesday night
despite playing without Allen Iverson, Glenn Robinson and Derrick
Coleman.

Eric Snow had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and
Kenny Thomas added 13 rebounds and 12 points for Philadelphia.

"People expected us to lose without our key guys, especially
with us not having Allen," Snow said. "We just wanted to outwork
them, to give ourselves a chance, and that's what we did."

Iverson missed his first game in more than a year with a swollen
right knee, ending a streak of 110 consecutive games played.

Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Coleman (strained left knee)
also stayed in Philadelphia.

"When given the opportunity, I will produce," said Jackson,
who went 10-for-16 from the field. "We just outworked them today.
That was it."

Vince Carter scored 20 points for the Raptors, who lost at home
for the first time after winning their first five home games.
Carter missed three jumpers in the final two minutes as the Raptors
failed to close the gap.

"This one hurts a little bit," Carter said. "We can't afford
to lose games like this when they are missing three of their top
players."

Toronto rookie Chris Bosh had 16 points, but just two in the
second half.

Alvin Williams, Toronto's starting point guard, and Michael
Curry, the starting small forward, were held scoreless in the game,
while Jerome Williams, the starting power forward, had just two
points.

New Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill warned his team before the game
not to take the Sixers lightly just because they were missing three
starters.

But Philadelphia outrebounded Toronto 42-35, including 11-2 in
the third quarter when the Sixers took the lead for good.

"I said earlier in the day, I thought they would play hard,"
O'Neill said. "They did throw a hard game at us and we didn't
respond as I hoped we would have. We got outrebounded and taken out
of the game."

McKie's fast-break layup after Carter's miss gave Philadelphia
an eight-point lead with just under three minutes left.

Toronto's Lamond Murray followed with a 3-pointer, but Snow hit
a 20-foot jumper to give Philadelphia a six-point lead with 2:37
remaining.

Toronto's Antonio Davis followed with a layup to cut the lead to
five, but the Raptors missed their last seven shots from the field.

"It was like we shot ourselves in the foot with open looks,"
Bosh said.

Carter missed two straight jumpers and Bosh missed a 20-foot
jumper.

Carter made two free throws to cut the lead to three with 19
seconds remaining, but Jackson made one of two free throws with 17
seconds left.

Bosh missed another long jumper, and Toronto's Milt Palacio
missed a 3-pointer before Snow sealed the win with two free throws
with 7 seconds remaining.

"I'm really proud of our guys," said Philadelphia coach Randy
Ayers, whose team has four of its six wins on the road "We gave an
effort for 48 minutes."

Game notes
Iverson last sat out the final game of the 2001-2002
season. He banged his knee in the first quarter of Friday night's
game against the San Antonio Spurs. ... Blue Jays first baseman
Carlos Delgado sat courtside. Delgado finished second to Alex
Rodriguez in AL MVP voting. The Raptors' mascot held up a sign that
read" 'The Real MVP.' Not many fans cheered. ... Carter scored
Toronto's first nine points. ... The Raptors had their first
sellout of the season.