Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Thursday, November 14th
Game 2: Friday, December 6th

Spurs 94


76ers 99

(5-3, 5-0 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2002

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 25 16 25 2894
    PHI 31 24 17 2799

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Phi: A. Iverson 37 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Iverson scores 37 points as 76ers retain home streak

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson didn't let an ankle injury affect his shooting.

    Tim Duncan

    Despite scoring 29 points, Tim Duncan, right, couldn't stop the Spurs from losing their third straight.

    Iverson scored 37 points, including a go-ahead basket in the final minute after coming back from a brief exit, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the San Antonio Spurs 99-94 Thursday night.

    "I was scared,'' Iverson said. "I came down on it the wrong way and I knew an ankle isn't supposed to move that way. But I was able to walk it off, get more tape on it and fortunately it didn't bother me.''

    The Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-0 at the First Union Center. San Antonio has lost three straight after winning three in a row.

    Keith Van Horn had 21 points and nine rebounds, Brian Skinner added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron McKie had 12 points and nine boards for the Sixers.

    Tim Duncan had 29 points and 16 rebounds and Stephen Jackson added 15 points for the Spurs.

    Iverson left after hurting his left ankle with 8:08 remaining. He got his ankle taped, returned two minutes later and made a driving layup and a 3-pointer to give the Sixers an 87-83 lead.

    After David Robinson made a 10-foooter to tie it at 93, Iverson banked a shot high off the glass for a 95-93 lead with 43 seconds left. Skinner then blocked Duncan's shot on a driving attempt and Iverson iced it with two free throws.

    Iverson had 13 of Philadelphia's final 17 points. He had missed eight of his last 10 shots before getting hurt, but made 4-of-5 after returning and finished 12-of-25.

    "Nothing he does surprises me anymore,'' Van Horn said. "I've seen it before playing against him. Now I see more of it.''

    The Sixers were without starting forward Derrick Coleman, backup center Samuel Dalembert and key reserve Monty Williams -- all out since the start of the season with knee injuries.

    The Spurs, who trailed by 19 early in the third quarter, took their first lead since the middle of the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Tony Parker that made it 81-80 with 6:44 left.

    San Antonio cut it to 64-62 following a 13-0 run in the third quarter. The Sixers missed 12 of their first 15 shots in the third and nine straight at one point while going scoreless for a stretch of 6:04 before Skinner hit a short jumper. Emanuel Ginobili had six of the Spurs' points during the run.

    "We couldn't stop Allen,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He made some difficult shots. Hats off to him. He played a great game.''

    The Sixers built a 48-31 lead with a 17-3 run in the second quarter. Van Horn made a finger roll and hit a turnaround jumper and free throw to make it 43-30. Iverson capped the run with a 16-foot jumper.

    "We just have to hold down the forte until we get everybody back healthy,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

    Skinner, signed as a free agent in August, played his best game for the Sixers. He made 5-of-12 shots in 25 minutes off the bench and played strong defense against Duncan and Robinson.

    "I honestly believe there are 50 guys in the league like him that have good character, maybe went to a team that had a lot of depth at their position or played a different style and now they are getting a chance to play,'' Brown said.

    Game notes

    Before the game, the Sixers honored Robinson, who played his final regular-season game in Philadelphia. They gave him a plaque then played a video tribute during the first timeout. Fans gave Robinson, who has said this will be his final season, a nice ovation. He finished 6 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. "I hope I don't remember the loss,'' Robinson said. "They've always treated me well here.'' ... Spurs guard Steve Smith missed his eighth straight game with a groin injury. ... The Sixers have won two of the last three games against San Antonio after losing 17 of 19.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 99
    FGM-FGA 34-77 (.442) 38-87 (.437)
    3PM-3PA 8-19 (.421) 4-6 (.667)
    FTM-FTA 18-31 (.581) 19-23 (.826)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 13-48
    Assists 25 22
    Turnovers 12 9
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 8 10
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 29
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 37
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0