Philadelphia is 6-4 this season when Iverson scores 30 or more
points. He became the first opposing player to score more than 24
against the Clippers in their last eight games.
"We tried to contain him. We weren't really giving him
anything," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had guys
running at him and going to try to block it, but he had some nice
finishes at the rim. If you can say that you did a good job on a
guy who got 35, then I thought we did a pretty good job on him."
Three of the Clippers' turnovers came on steals by Iverson. The
three-time league scoring champ and 2001 MVP played at least 40
minutes for the 10th straight game and shot 16-for-30, while the
76ers' other starters were a combined 4-for-20 from the field.
"He's everywhere and plays extremely hard on offense and
defense. So we just had to withstand him and try to hold down their
role players," Maggette said after the Clippers nearly blew a
24-point third-quarter lead.
"Their role players didn't hit a lot of shots. We played tough,
hard defense. If you can have 20-plus turnovers and get a win, I'll
take it. But we just need to clean it up and not have the lapses
that we have late in the game."
Los Angeles built a 69-45 cushion with 2:49 left in the third.
The Sixers, who twice this season have rallied from 18-point
deficits to win, narrowed the gap to 71-63 with a 10-0 at the start
of the fourth.
But the Clippers responded with their own 10-point run,
restoring the 18-point advantage they began the final quarter with.
Brand's layup capped the rally with 6:20 left.
"A lot of games we've had big leads and were careless, so we
have to focus the full 48 minutes," Brand said. "This is the NBA,
so you know the other team is going to make a run. Luckily, we had
that big lead."
The 76ers got as close as 85-80 after Iverson scored seven
straight points and Kenny Thomas added a pair of free throws with
1:17 left. But the Clippers clinched it with four free throws in
the final 55 seconds.
"That wasn't a comeback. If we had won the game, that would
have been a comeback," Iverson said. "We waited till the second
half to play basketball. You can't do that against teams in this
league -- no matter who the team is. You've got to play for 48
minutes. We used all our energy trying to get back in the game, and
it just wasn't enough."
Chris Kaman had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who
had lost eight of their last 10 games.
The 76ers, who averaged 107 points in their previous five road
games, trailed 45-33 at halftime despite 20 points from Iverson
against a Clippers backcourt decimated by injuries to Marko Jaric,
Kerry Kittles and rookie Shaun Livingston.
Former Clippers player Norm Nixon, who faced the 76ers in
the NBA Finals three times in a four-year span while with the
Lakers, made his debut as the Clippers' radio analyst. ... Iverson
intercepted Maggette's intended pass for Kaman about two minutes
in, extending his streak to 48 consecutive games with at least one
steal. His longest streak is 51 games, which was broken last Jan.
17 by the Memphis Grizzlies. ... The 76ers have lost nine of their
last 11 games against the Clippers in Los Angeles. ... Philadelphia
F Kyle Korver left the team after the game to travel to Iowa for
his grandfather's funeral on Tuesday. He is expected back with them
for Wednesday night's game at Utah. ... The Sixers had forced an
average of 17 turnovers through their previous 28 games, third-best
in the league.