PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson was already feeling ill before
playing Atlanta. Watching the lowly Hawks nearly win their third
straight made it even worse.
"We're making it real tough on ourselves," Iverson said. "The
positive part is we got the win. That's the ultimate goal, but
we've got to finish games a lot better than we've been doing."
"It's not as easy as you think trying to stop those guys,"
Samuel Dalembert had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, helping
the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers to their fourth straight win
and they moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 29.
"We're getting to the point where we know what feels good,"
Al Harrington scored 27 points, Tyronn Lue had 21 and Joe
Johnson 17 for the Hawks, who have shown some positive signs
lately, winning consecutive games against the defending champion
San Antonio Spurs and at Cleveland.
The Hawks came oh-so close to making it three straight overall
and two in two nights on the road until unraveling late in the
Harrington was dominant in the fourth, spinning and powering his
way into the paint for uncontested baskets and forceful dunks that
nearly knocked the wind out of the Sixers.
His last basket put the Hawks ahead 95-94, but Webber hit a
jumper and sank two free throws for a 98-95 lead. Lue, so much of a
pain against the Sixers since the 2001 NBA Finals when he was with
the Lakers that he's still booed every time he touches the ball,
gave the fans another reason to dislike him with a game-tying
Andre Iguodala, though, made one of two free throws with 38
seconds left for a 99-98 lead.
Then frustration set in on Atlanta and the technical fouls
Josh Smith was whistled for one after he fouled out, allowing
Webber to sink three straight free throws. Atlanta coach Mike
Woodson was hit with two quick T's in the final minute that again
sent Webber to the line for another made free throw.
"We were trying to so hard to win three in a row," Josh
Childress said. "We were good enough to beat them tonight. They
were back on their heels.
Some Hawks complained about the officiating after they went to
the line 18 times compared to 35 attempts for the Sixers.
"That's why we lost the game," Harrington said. "When you're
a bad team, you don't get any benefits on the calls. We know it and
the media knows it."
Woodson said some of the calls, or non-calls, were "just not
fair," and that he was going to fight for his team.
Iverson played through flu-like symptoms and made seven of his
first eight shots before tiring in the fourth. Iverson's reverse
layup midway through the second quarter gave the Sixers a 14-point
cushion, one they sorely needed as Lue and Harrington began
whittling away at with big buckets in the third.
Harrington sank a 3-pointer and Lue converted a turnover into a
fast-break layup to give the Hawks a 60-58 lead. Smith put them
ahead with two free throws, starting a run where the teams swapped
the lead on almost every possession and the quarter ended tied
Hawks C/F Zaza Pachulia did not play because of back
spasms. ... Iverson went over 1,500 career steals. He also led the
Sixers in scoring after his streak of leading the team in 21
straight games was snapped Monday. ... Sixers F Shavlik Randolph
had 12 rebounds.
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