Robinson scores 26; Iverson struggles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson was struggling with the flu,
so Glenn Robinson picked up the slack for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Robinson scored 24 of his season-high 26 points in the first
half, leading Philadelphia to a 97-81 victory over the New Jersey
Nets on Friday night.

Robinson's best game of the season helped offset a poor first
half by Allen Iverson, who was held scoreless in the first quarter
and did not make a field goal until hitting a jumper with 2:14 left
in the third.

Due to foul trouble, Robinson played just 11 minutes in the
second half. But he provided exactly what the Sixers were looking
for when they traded for him this past offseason -- a perfect
complement to Iverson.

"That's a classic example of what we can do," Robinson said.
"Just wait until both of us get off. With each game, it's going to
get better and better."

Iverson was fighting flulike symptoms since Friday morning and
said he felt fatigued early in the game. His illness was compounded
by a bruised shoulder late in the game.

Midway through the third quarter, Iverson was knocked to the
ground while trying to avoid a pick. He stayed in the game, but was
noticeably slowed and even refused the basketball on one trip

Iverson, playing his third game since missing 10 straight with a
bruised knee, played better after the collision, scoring six points
in the last three minutes of the quarter to put the Sixers ahead by
17. He added seven in the fourth quarter to finish with 17 points
and 11 assists for his first double-double since Nov. 14.

"Glenn got into a groove and we just kept going to him,"
Iverson said. "It was fun to see him out there doing his thing."

Nets guard Jason Kidd was not as fortunate as Iverson.

Kidd left the court in obvious pain with 7:01 remaining after
jamming his left hand into Derrick Coleman while reaching for a
bounce pass in the lane.

Kidd sprained his middle finger on the play and did not return.
But the news could have been much worse for New Jersey.

"I think if it was worse, we would have been told," Nets coach
Byron Scott said. "It's early, but I'm glad it's just a sprain."

Eric Snow also had a double-double with 16 points and 10
assists, and Coleman added 12 points for Philadelphia. Kenny Thomas
led the Sixers with 11 rebounds.

Robinson, who shot 12-for-16, scored the Sixers' first nine
points and 15 in the first quarter to give Philadelphia a
nine-point lead after one.

The Sixers extended their lead to 16 early in the second after a
9-0 run capped by a bounce pass from Iverson to Greg Buckner, who
finished the play with a spectacular reverse layup. The 76ers got
points from nine players during the second quarter and led 55-38 at

Their 55 first-half points were one short of their season high
and gave them their largest halftime lead all season.

"Glenn was phenomenal," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said.
"That's the Glenn Robinson we all remember, when he can go on a
roll and hit some big shots."

The Nets played without Kenyon Martin, who sat out the first of
his two-game suspension for fighting with Corey Maggette of the Los
Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Richard Jefferson led New Jersey with 20 points. Kerry Kittles
had 19 and Kidd had 10 before his injury.

Without Martin inside, the Nets were outrebounded 48-30.

"You really need a guy like Kenyon," Kittles said. "We need
an inside presence and he provides that."

Game notes
The Nets activated G Zoran Planinic and placed newly
acquired F Eddie Griffin on the injured list before the game.
Griffin, who was waived by Houston on Dec. 19 and signed by the
Nets on Thursday, is not yet in playing shape and said he will need
a few weeks to get back to full strength. ... F Rodney Rogers made
his first start of the season for New Jersey, which used its sixth
starting lineup of the season. The Nets are 2-6 when playing
without their original starters. ... Snow and Iverson were the
first pair of Sixers to register 10 or more assists in the same
game since Nov. 11, 1995. ... Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins
received a standing ovation when introduced to the crowd in the
fourth quarter. The Eagles play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in
the second round of the NFL playoffs.