76ers hand Skiles first loss as Bulls coach


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich chased and pressured Allen
Iverson all game, always with a hand up or trying to get him to run
into a trap.

Iverson got the message early.

"I felt they were trying to get someone else to beat them," he

But these are the Bulls and, new coach or not, things rarely go
as planned.

Iverson scored 35 points and sank the winning jumper with 47
seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers to an 83-82 win over
the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Iverson, who scored 85 points his previous two games, took the
pass from Eric Snow and dribbled down to the baseline where he made
a fadeaway with Hinrich's hand right in his face.

"During my seven years here, I've seen him hit that shot a lot,
so thank God he hit it tonight," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said.

The Bulls had one last chance with 1.6 seconds left, but Linton
Johnson's inbounds pass, intended for Hinrich, knocked off the
backboard instead, making Scott Skiles a loser for the first time
as Bulls coach. Skiles had won in his Bulls' debut.

Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 22 points, Eddie Curry had 16
points and 10 rebounds and Hinrich had 14 points.

Hinrich and Iverson matched each other one quick step for
another, with the tattooed veteran often frustrating the rookie out
of Kansas.

Iverson led the Sixers back from a halftime deficit with a
14-point third quarter, hitting a couple of jumpers over a flailing
Hinrich. Hinrich was whistled for two fouls on Iverson, finally
throwing his hands in the air and complaining to the Bulls'

"I've never played a tougher guy, especially when he's hitting
his jump shots," Hinrich said. "He just runs and runs and uses
his picks. He's just really tough."

Hinrich eventually settled down against Iverson in the fourth.

The Bulls wiped out the Sixers' five-point lead with 3-pointers
by Hinrich and Crawford. Hinrich made another 3-pointer later in
the quarter and finished 5-for-9 from the floor.

Hinrich had a nice dish to Curry near the basket for a layup and
an 82-79 lead with 2:06 left.

Aaron McKie hit a baseline jumper, making it 82-81 before
Iverson went on to win it.

The Sixers are 10-10 and the only team in the Atlantic Division
with at least a .500 record, despite eight Sixers missing games
because of injury.

"We've got to play with what we've got," Iverson said. "We
can cry about it, but it doesn't do any good. The team we're
playing against doesn't care. I'm just happy to be on a team that
we have guys who are looking for an opportunity to play when guys
get hurt."

Samuel Dalembert scored 13 points and Derrick Coleman, playing
with a strained left knee, had 11 rebounds.

Iverson finished 14-for-29 from the floor and added a
season-high nine rebounds.

The Sixers trailed by 11 early in the third when Iverson got

He hit a 16-footer from the left wing, added a finger-roll layup
and converted a three-point play, tying the score at 53.

The Bulls regained a three-point lead, but Curry was called for
a clear-path foul on Iverson when he yanked at his right shoulder.
Iverson grimaced, but sank the free throw.

Again Chicago rallied and again Iverson answered, stealing a
pass and scoring a fastbreak layup for a 62-60 at the end of the

"We had some critical breakdowns and took some questionable
shots, but the effort was there," Skiles said.

Game notes
Chicago played without Scottie Pippen and Eddie Robinson.
Pippen did not make the trip because of a sore left knee. Robinson
sat out with an upper respiratory infection. ... Johnson got his
first career start for the Bulls. ... Philadelphia C Marc Jackson
is expected to miss up to eight weeks after having surgery on his
left ring finger Thursday. Sixers G Willie Green sat out with a
sprained right thumb. ... Only Snow has started every game this
year. ... Iverson has a steal in 43 straight games.