PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson emphatically defended Kyle
Korver's decision to take a 3-pointer with time running out.
"We'd take that 82 games," he said. "A wide-open 3-point
Memphis would also gladly take the same option again -- a miss
and a nice road victory.
Memphis caught a couple of breaks on Philadelphia's last
possession-- first on a breakdown, then the miss on an open look.
Corliss Williamson froze with the inbounds pass, frantically
looking for an open teammate before taking a shot from above the
free throw line. Williamson grabbed the rebound and passed the ball
out to Korver, whose straight-on 3-point attempt clanked off the
"Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't," said Korver,
second in the league in 3-pointers made. "I can't ask for a better
shot. I really should have made that shot."
Shane Battier, who gave the Grizzlies a go-ahead 96-95 lead on a
couple of free throws, said the defense was perfect on the final
"Corliss kind of didn't know where to go," he said. "I know
Korver doesn't miss those very often."
Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said the play called for a 3-point
attempt from either Korver or Iverson. If they weren't open, then
O'Brien wanted the Sixers to go for the quick two.
"It was well-executed on their part and a very heads-up play,"
Iverson scored 16 of his 38 points from the free throw line and
had 10 assists after missing Monday's game against New Jersey with
flulike symptoms. Korver sank four 3-pointers and scored 13 points
and Williamson added 12 points.
Jones made three of Memphis' seven 3-pointers and helped the
charging Grizzlies win for the 17th time in 21 games.
"I'd have to say my confidence is growing all the time," Jones
The Sixers trailed by four late in the fourth of what was an
incredibly tight game when Williamson -- their sixth man -- got a 9-0
run rolling with seven straight points. Williamson was tough
inside, converting a three-point play, scoring a layup then hitting
a soft baseline jumper over Ryan Humphrey.
Four times Memphis pulled within one. Three times they couldn't
take the lead, kept back by a pair of Iverson jumpers and a couple
of his free throws.
The fourth time, the Grizzlies capitalized, going ahead 94-93 on
a dunk by Swift. Iverson gave the Sixers their last lead on two
free throws with 1:44 left.
After Battier made his winning free throws, Jason Williams
followed with a couple of free throws for the needed cushion.
Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, said he still wasn't
completely recovered from his illness.
"I just don't have any strength out there on the basketball
court," he said. "I'm still trying to get it out of me."
The Grizzlies never led by more than six, the Sixers by more
than seven. Sharp shooting from the free throw line certainly had
something to do with the close game. The Sixers made 25 of 28
attempts and Memphis went 21-for-22.
Iverson went 16-for-17 from the line and 11-for-23 from the
Upset over being whistled for a foul in the second quarter,
Bonzi Wells kicked a loose ball into the scorer's table. Wells was
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