Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Saturday, January 10th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 11th
Game 4: Friday, April 9th

Wizards 88

(16-34, 5-20 away)

76ers 113

(22-31, 13-14 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 11, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 19 22 24 2388
    PHI 27 29 29 28113

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Dixon 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Phi: A. Iverson 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iverson scores 25 in victory

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One down, 29 to go.

    Allen Iverson scored 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers gave interim coach Chris Ford a successful debut Wednesday night with a 113-88 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    "The goal is to make the playoffs," Ford said. "Whatever win total that will take is what we have to go after."

    Asked his goal, Ford replied: "29-0."

    The Sixers fired Randy Ayers on Monday just 52 games into his first season after taking over for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who now coaches the Detroit Pistons. Ford, who led the Boston Celtics to division titles in 1991 and '92, was promoted from assistant for the rest of the season.

    Ford realizes he might not be back unless he can get the Sixers into the playoffs. Philadelphia, which had lost eight of 10, is one game behind Boston for the final playoff spot.

    "We set a goal to go 22-7," Iverson said of the remaining 29 games. "We might accomplish it or we might not. But a goal like that can only help us do better."

    Juan Dixon scored 21 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 15 for Washington, which had won two straight. The Wizards were without scoring leader Larry Hughes, who broke his left wrist Saturday and will miss four to six weeks.

    Washington heads into the All-Star break with the third-worst record in the East.

    "It's just an embarrassing performance, very embarrassing," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

    Glenn Robinson and John Salmons scored 15, and reserve Zendon Hamilton had a season-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.

    From the start, the Sixers had more energy and enthusiasm than in recent games under Ayers. There were no players grumbling about going to the bench and the defensive effort was solid.

    Philadelphia built a double-digit lead by the end of the second quarter and carried it throughout the second half.

    "They went out and stuck to the game plan offensively and defensively," Ford said.

    Robinson hit a pair of jumpers around one by Iverson to start the third quarter to make it 62-41, and the Wizards didn't get closer than 17 the rest of the way. By the middle of the fourth quarter, only reserves were on the floor.

    Iverson was 11-for-21 with seven assists. He missed 30 of his 41 shots over the last two games.

    "I felt a sense of urgency," Iverson said. "I felt anxious about coming out and getting him his first win."

    Gilbert Arenas missed nine of 10 shots and scored just seven points in his fourth game since coming off the injured list. Arenas, who missed 26 games with a strained abdomen, had 26 points in Washington's victory over Cleveland on Saturday.

    The Sixers closed the first half with a 10-4 run, taking a 56-41 lead. Iverson made a driving layup and hit a jumper before Salmons finished the run with a layup.

    "I don't know if guys were thinking about the break, but we came out sluggish," Dixon said. "We didn't get stops on defense, and they were getting easy baskets. We played catch-up all game."

    Game notes

    Ford is the third Sixers coach to win his debut in 19 years. Ayers and Fred Carter (1993) were the others. Larry Brown (1997), Johnny Davis (1996), John Lucas (1994), Doug Moe (1992) and Jim Lynam (1988) lost their first game in Philadelphia. ... The Sixers' last two wins were by an average of 24 points. They beat the Lakers by 23 last Thursday. ... The Wizards had just 15 assists, while Philadelphia had 27.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 113
    FGM-FGA 31-67 (.463) 48-88 (.545)
    3PM-3PA 2-15 (.133) 1-9 (.111)
    FTM-FTA 24-34 (.706) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 14-46
    Assists 15 27
    Turnovers 17 10
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 4 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Juan Dixon Dixon
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0