Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Game 2: Friday, February 11th
Game 3: Sunday, March 13th
Game 4: Friday, March 25th

Raptors 96

(14-23, 2-18 away)

76ers 106

(16-19, 8-7 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 14, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 26 24 26 2096
    PHI 33 24 19 30106

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 13 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast

    Iverson notches double-double with 32 points, 10 assists

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 76ers coach Jim O'Brien figured keeping Allen Iverson on the court was the best way for his team to win.

    Iverson played all 48 minutes and scored 19 of his 32 points in the first quarter, helping the Philadelphia 76ers snap a three-game losing streak with a 106-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

    Kenny Thomas added 20 points and 14 rebounds, a banged-up Iverson had 10 assists and Kyle Korver scored 15 for the Sixers, who hadn't won at home since Dec. 14.

    "Over the last 16 games, Allen is shooting 46 percent, has a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio and is averaging 32 points. When he's off the court, we're shooting 37 percent," O'Brien said. "We've been playing him 42, 43 minutes. There's not much difference with 48."

    Iverson missed a game last week with a strained ankle and is bothered by a shoulder injury.

    "I'm struggling right now physically," Iverson said. "I haven't been able to practice. I just try to save everything for the game. Fortunately, I was able to do that tonight."

    Donyell Marshall scored 20 points and Morris Peterson and Jalen Rose each had 18 for the Raptors, who are 6-7 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec 17.

    The Sixers pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 12-3 run. A 3-pointer by Korver off a nifty behind-the-back pass from Iverson put the Sixers ahead 92-83. Andre Iguodala capped the run with a jumper that made it 94-83.

    Toronto didn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

    "We took too many 3s and some at the wrong time," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said of his team shooting 10-for-32 from beyond the arc. "We had guys checking into the game and the first shot they took was a 3. You can't do that on the road. We just didn't play smart."

    Iverson airballed his first shot, but hardly missed again in the opening quarter, making eight of his 12 shots, including three 3-pointers and a long jumper. He hit two 3s in the final minute of the quarter, and Iguodala beat the buzzer with another 3 from way beyond the arc.

    "Allen got us going early and we just fed off him," said Korver, who shot 5-of-8 on 3-pointers.

    Peterson, coming off a career-best 37-point performance Wednesday night against Boston in which he made seven 3-pointers, shot 6-for-12, including 1-for-5 from 3-point range.

    The Raptors took a 71-66 lead in the third quarter, causing some fans in this football-crazed city to chant "E-A-G-L-E-S!" Philadelphia hosts Minnesota in an NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday.

    The Sixers took their biggest lead to that point, 40-29, on a running jumper by Iverson early in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets most of the rest of the quarter, with the Sixers taking a 57-50 into halftime after Marshall beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer for Toronto.< ^Notes: Iverson didn't have a steal, ending a streak of 50 straight games with at least one. ... Sixers C Samuel Dalembert missed his second straight game with a strained left hip. He won't travel with the team to Detroit for Saturday's game. ... G John Salmons started his sixth game in a row for Philadelphia, finishing with no points in 22 minutes. ... The Raptors are 0-18 when their opponent scores at least 100 points. ... Toronto is 2-18 on the road, including 11 straight losses. ... The Sixers played at home for just the second time in 11 games. ... Iguodala had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 106
    FGM-FGA 33-86 (.384) 42-93 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 10-32 (.313) 9-15 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 20-23 (.870) 13-23 (.565)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-48 14-57
    Assists 22 23
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 9 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 11

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 13
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0