Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/9

Game 1: Friday, January 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 27th
Game 3: Sunday, February 8th
Game 4: Sunday, April 11th

Nets 81

(20-15, 9-8 away)

76ers 97

(17-19, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 9, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 17 21 24 1981
    PHI 26 29 24 1897

    Top Performers

    NJ: K. Kittles 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Phi: G. Robinson 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    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 upcourt.

    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 halftime.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 97
    FGM-FGA 30-79 (.380) 39-73 (.534)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 16-18 (.889) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-30 7-48
    Assists 19 31
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Kerry Kittles Kittles
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1