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A.I. gets booted from first game against old team

DENVER (AP) -- Allen Iverson took plenty of shots at his former
team, before, during and after the game. It didn't add up to a win,
though.

Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat
the Denver Nuggets 108-97 Tuesday night in Iverson's first game
against his former team.

"It was weird to see him wearing a white jersey and we're
wearing black," Korver said. "I said to one of our coaches that
it is so weird to see him on the other side. It wasn't really a
good feeling at all. He's a great player and he meant a lot to
Philadelphia."

Iverson scored 30 points on 10-of-24 shooting before getting
tossed for his second technical with 1:44 remaining. Afterward, he
said the loss disappointed him because he feels the Nuggets are the
better team.

Iverson's best shots, however, came before tip-off when he again
ripped the team that traded him to Denver over the holidays,
repeating his contention that he should have had more say in the
Sixers' style.

Iverson also saved a parting shot for official Steve Javie, who
ejected him.

"I thought I got fouled on that play, and I said I thought that
he was calling the game personal, and he threw me out," Iverson
said. "His fuse is real short anyway, and I should have known that
I couldn't say anything anyway. It's been something personal with
me and him since I got in the league. This was just the perfect
game for him to try and make me look bad."

Actually, Iverson didn't need much help in that regard as he was
slow to get going, hitting just two of nine shots and committing
three of his game-high seven turnovers in the first quarter.

"I thought he was a little excited with the turnovers early in
the first half and then not being able to make shots, not only he
but everybody," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "That got
Philadelphia their legs, their confidence."

Ironically, Iverson found himself crediting the Sixers for their
game plan.

"I couldn't get a rhythm in the beginning of the game. When I
found it and got into a little groove, it was too late," Iverson
said. "If anybody knows what I can do, they know, and they ran
some people at me. They used the zone, and it was effective."

The Sixers, who had lost 14 of 16 road games and 19 of their
last 23 overall, scored 100 points for the first time in 16 games
and improved to 4-4 since the trade that sent Joe Smith and Andre
Miller to Philadelphia, along with two first-round draft picks in
2007, for Iverson.

Miller had 17 points and 10 assists against his former team and
Smith scored 12 points.

"This was all business," Smith said.

Ditto for Miller.

"I got a lump in my throat when the crowd reacted" with
applause during introductions, Miller said. "Other than that, it
was all business for me."

Karl always counted Miller among his favorite pupils and said he
"kind of knew Andre was going to have a great game. He's going to
make some guys on that team a lot better. I can see he and Korver
already have a connection."

Iverson doesn't have that yet in Denver, where he's lost four of
six and has yet to play with NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony and
J.R. Smith, the league's top scoring tandem before their
suspensions for slugging it out with the New York Knicks last
month.

The Sixers, who led by 19 in the second quarter before the
Nuggets rallied to tie it at 52 at halftime, led 86-73 after three
quarters.

Iverson's seven straight points brought Denver to 86-80 but
Steven Hunter's dunk followed by three free throws by Korver -- one
on Iverson's first technical -- restored Philadelphia's double-digit
lead.

Rookie Yakhouba Diawara was the only bright spot for Denver,
scoring a season-best 23 points on the heels of an 0-for-11
shooting performance against Dallas.

After the morning shootaround, Iverson said he felt a player of
his stature and tenure should have been listened to when he
criticized the Sixers' style of play last month, a condemnation
that led to his departure from Philadelphia after 10 tumultuous
seasons.

"When you're losing basketball games, 12 of 14, 18 of 20
basketball games, you should listen to somebody because something
obviously isn't working," he said.

Iverson said he was still bitter with the way Sixers coach
Maurice Cheeks and team owner Billy King handled his complaints
that led to his departure from Philadelphia.

"Honestly I hope it goes away, but every time we play the
Sixers, I know it is going to come back," Iverson said. "I just
want to be a Denver Nugget and not dwell on things that happened in
Philadelphia. I owe it to my teammates to just play basketball. I
was frustrated tonight because I didn't play as well as I can
play."

Game notes
Iverson won't get to face the Sixers in Philadelphia this
season because the Nuggets made their annual trip there before the
trade. ... Nuggets G Julius Hodge played the final minute, his
first action since being shot in a drive-by last April.