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Iverson goes over 40 for 40th time in career

3/5/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- Allen Iverson made it an even 40 with 40.

Iverson topped the 40-point mark for the second straight game
and 40th time in his career, and the Philadelphia 76ers dealt the
Toronto Raptors their 11th straight loss, 96-84 Sunday.

Iverson scored 42 points, 24 in the second half, on 16-for-37
shooting for the Sixers, who won their third consecutive game. He
had 43 in Friday's victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Iverson has scored at least 40 points seven times this season.

"It's something I've done before, it ain't a big thing,"
Iverson said. "I'd rather give all those personal goals away to
win a championship."

Vince Carter, playing his fourth game since coming off the
injured list, had just 12 points for the Raptors, who are on their
longest losing slide in four years. Toronto is closing in on the
franchise record of 13 straight defeats, set from March 20 to April
12, 1998.

"I couldn't do anything on the offensive end, whether it was an
open shot or a free throw," Carter said. "It's hard to cope with
when the team is in this situation."

The Raptors, booed throughout the game, have lost eight straight
at home to fall to three game below .500 overall (29-32).

Carter, guarded by Eric Snow, went 3-for-10 from the field.

"Vince was struggling, but it is not just Vince. Snow had a lot
to do with it," Iverson said.

Derrick Coleman had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Snow added 11
points and seven assists for the Sixers, who shot 51 percent from
the field.

Snow said the time is right for the Sixers (30-28) to move up in
the standings.

"We have a great opportunity to open things up and gain some
ground," Snow said. "These Eastern Conference teams are all
beatable."

Antonio Davis had 26 points for the Raptors, who made just 41
percent of their field-goal attempts.

"This is bad. Don't get me wrong, this is very bad," Davis
said. "Is it rock bottom? No. There's still games."

The Sixers led by 11 at halftime and went on a 8-0 run early in
the third quarter. Iverson scored six points in the burst,
including a 19-foot jumper which gave Philadelphia an 18-point lead-- its biggest edge of the game.

Toronto followed with an 8-0 spurt to draw within 10.

Carter was on the bench when Iverson's layup gave Philadelphia a
13-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Toronto followed with a
6-0 run, but Iverson, with Carter still on the bench, made another
layup to make it a 10-point lead with 7:00 left.

Iverson later stole the ball from Carter and dunked, then
intercepted a pass from Carter and made a layup, giving
Philadelphia a 89-75 lead with 3:49 remaining.

Carter followed with a jumper, but Iverson answered with a
jumper, giving the Sixers a 15-point lead with 3:24 left.

Iverson had 18 points, while Carter had only six as Philadelphia
moved out to a 51-40 halftime advantage. Carter had one point in
the first quarter, and Toronto shot 27 percent as the Sixers went
up by nine.

Game notes
Toronto G Chris Childs dressed for warmups but didn't play
after his bruised right knee stiffened. ... 76ers G Aaron McKie
missed the game with a sprained left ankle. He's missed 13 of the
team's last 16 games. ... Olajuwon had 12 points and eight
rebounds. On Tuesday, he returns to Houston as an opponent for the
first time since leaving the Rockets. ... Philadelphia's Dikembe
Motumbo left 56 tickets for family and friends.