Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/27

Game 1: Monday, December 27th
Trail Blazers104
Game 2: Monday, January 10th
Trail Blazers109Final

76ers 111

(12-14, 5-8 away)

Trail Blazers 104

(13-13, 7-4 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2004

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 27 27 23 34111
    POR 30 30 21 23104

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iguodala 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Por: D. Miles 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Iverson overcomes cold first half to score 28

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With a sprained finger and early shooting problems, Allen Iverson needed some help. Rookie Andre Igoudala gave him -- and the Philadelphia 76ers -- a big lift.

    Iverson finished with 28 points and Igoudala added a career-high 22 to lead the 76ers to a 111-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

    "I wasn't putting pressure on the defense," Iverson said. "I was settling for a lot of jump shots. ... I just started to be aggressive and started looking for my teammates."

    Darius Miles scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph had 25, and Theo Ratliff added 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Blazers.

    Igoudala also had 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won six of their last seven.

    Iverson was questionable until game time after hurting his finger during shootaround Monday morning. He shot 2-of-12 in the first half, but scored 21 points in the second half on 6-of-13 shooting in the opener of Philadelphia's seven-game road trip.

    With his jumper failing him in the first half, Iverson concentrated on driving to the basket and drawing fouls in the second. He finished 10-of-13 from the line.

    Igoudala surpassed his career high of 18 points with a combination of high-flying dunks and long-range jumpers.

    "(Iverson) opens up a lot of things for me," said Igoudala, a first-round pick from Arizona. "Most of the screens were for him, so I just have to knock down open shots and play good defense."

    Miles continued his impressive stretch as a starter for Portland, scoring more than 20 points for the third time since replacing the injured Shareef Abdur-Rahim in the starting lineup six games ago.

    Portland shot better than 62 percent in the first half, but wilted in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter as its shot selection deteriorated.

    "We let up and they took advantage and we got beat," Randolph said.

    After Derek Anderson got Portland within 105-101, Philadelphia's Marc Jackson made two free throws with 36 seconds left. Randolph made one of two foul shots for the Blazers, but Iverson made two of his own to seal the victory.

    Portland led 60-54 in the first half, hitting 25 of 40 shots as Miles scored 17. But the Blazers quickly lost the lead as Iverson got hot.

    Portland was ahead 67-56 early in the third quarter, but Igoudala and Iverson each scored eight points in the next four minutes as the Sixers erased the lead and then went ahead 72-71.

    Iverson, named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after scoring 54, 51 and 40 points in games last week, ended up right around his league-leading scoring average of 28.7 points per game on 8-of-25 shooting.

    Coming off an 18-point game against Indiana, Jackson added 16 off the bench for Philadelphia.

    Game notes

    The Blazers signed Ha Seung-Jin, their second-round pick in last year's draft. The 7-foot-3 center had been playing with the Portland Reign of the American Basketball Association. He went on the injured list to make room for Richie Frahm, who returned from a toe injury. ... Philadelphia forward Glenn Robinson, who has missed the whole season so far, may have aggravated his toe and elbow injuries by trying to practice too soon. He didn't join the team for the road trip. ... Blazers president Steve Patterson took the floor during a timeout to present local Champions Tour golfer Peter Jacobsen with an award for winning the U.S. Senior Open. The award was a large basketball shoe affixed to a plaque.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 104
    FGM-FGA 41-92 (.446) 41-85 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 10-23 (.435) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 14-48
    Assists 28 27
    Turnovers 11 18
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 21 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 9 10

    Top Performers

    Andre Iguodala Iguodala
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2