Allen Iverson scored 16 points and put the finishing touches on
his fourth scoring title, and Philadelphia clinched seventh place
in the Eastern Conference with a 110-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks
on Wednesday night.
Afterward, the 76ers had to await the outcome of the
Indiana-Chicago game to learn who their first-round opponent would
be. When the Pacers won, it meant Philadelphia will face former
coach Larry Brown and the Detroit Pistons, who won the season
"We're 3-1 against Boston so obviously we want to play Boston.
We had the most success against them," Korver said. "At the same
time, we're not scared of Detroit. We're going to come out and play
hard regardless of who it is."
The Sixers will play at Detroit on Saturday, and Game 2 is
Tuesday before the series returns to Philadelphia for Game 3 next
Iverson scored all 16 of his points in the first quarter, and
the Sixers used a 12-0 run over the first and second quarters to
take a 29-point lead.
Philadelphia played without Chris Webber, who was placed on the
injured list with a knee injury. Webber hurt his knee at
shootaround was not expected to miss any playoff games. Webber has
missed seven games since he was acquired on Feb. 23 from
Sacramento. He averaged 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 games.
Korver scored 21 points, and Davis and Willie Green each had 16
for the Sixers, who won 11 of their final 16 games and finished
strong after dropping three games under .500 on March 13.
"I think we're getting stronger at the best time," Jackson
said. "We're doing it at the right time. We'll try to continue the
trend in the playoffs. The games will be physical, but we're ready
Players craned their necks over reporters to catch a peek of the
Pacers game. Team president Billy King wasn't going to stick around
to watch the end, though.
"It is what it is," he said.
Tyronn Lue scored 20 points for the Hawks, who finished 13-69
for the worst record in the NBA.
"It's a little different when you're playing for something, and
I know that," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "That team was
playing for something. They're gearing up for the first round.
That's where I'd like to get my team one day."
Iverson had perhaps the best season of his nine-year career. He
finished with an NBA-best average of 30.7 points, scored the
second-most points in a season in Sixers history (2,302) and joined
Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and George Gervin as the only
players with four scoring titles.
He led the league in turnovers per game (4.6), but he also was
second in steals (2.4) and first in minutes (42.3). Back at point
guard for the first time since early in his career, his average of
7.9 assists was a career high.
Iverson played all 12 minutes of the first quarter and did not
return, ending his streak of 57 straight games with at least 20
"I told him going into the locker room that I couldn't play him
and he said, 'That's great," O'Brien said. "It was very nice to
be able to give that blow and (it was) well deserved. He had a
phenomenal year for us. If you can reward him with three quarters
off, that's all you're going to reward him with."
Iverson did not talk to reporters.
The Sixers started the second quarter with veteran Aaron McKie,
part-time starter John Salmons and seldom-used Green, Davis and
Michael Bradley. They played the bulk of the quarter and showed
little rust in stretching the lead to 67-38 at halftime.
"I'm sure the next couple of days we're going to talk about it
more, but right now we're just happy to be where we're at," Korver
Bradley was activated to fill Webber's spot. ... Woodson is
looking toward the draft lottery to help rebuild the team. "I've
learned a lot about myself. I can't go run and hide," he said.
"This is a big summer for us. I'm looking forward to being here
for the long haul." Woodson was whistled for a technical in the
first quarter. ... Iverson also won scoring titles in 1998-99,
2000-01 and 2001-02. ... Rookie Andre Iguodala was the only Sixer
to start every game. ... Korver hit a team-record 226 3-pointers.
... O'Brien was the first Sixers coach to lead the team to the
playoffs since Matt Goukas (1985-86).