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McNabb in attendance as Sixers top Wizards

11/18/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After the first 10 games of the season, the
Philadelphia 76ers are quite pleased with the trade that brought
Keith Van Horn from New Jersey.

Van Horn scored 23 points and converted a three-point play with
5:41 left to begin a game clinching 10-0 run as the 76ers defeated
Washington 100-84 Sunday night.

Improving to 6-0 at home, the Sixers got 28 points from Allen
Iverson and 11 points and 12 assists from Eric Snow to move into a
tie with New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"I never would have guessed that it would work out as well as
it has,'' said Van Horn, who was 5-for-5 in the first quarter and
finished 9-of-13 from the field with seven rebounds.

Van Horn and Todd MacCulloch were acquired over the summer in
the trade that sent Dikembe Mutombo to the Nets, and the 76ers have
become a better offensive team because of it.

Philadelphia is seventh in the league in scoring and reached 100
points Sunday night for the fifth time this season.

Another result of the trade has been a switch in defensive
philosophy that helped produce 23 Washington turnovers.

"Having Dikembe enables you to do so many things as far as
gambling and trapping. He's always there to bail you out. Now we
don't have him, and we have to be great as far as team defense.
That's one of the things coach Brown has been harping on early in
the season,'' Iverson said.

In attendance among the near-sellout crowd of 20,437 was Eagles
quarterback Donovan McNabb, who broke his right ankle in an NFL
game earlier in the day. He received a standing ovation when shown
on the scoreboard during the second quarter.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 29 and Michael Jordan 19, but no other
Washington player reached double figures. Jordan and Stackhouse
each committed five of the Wizards' 23 turnovers.

"We don't have a shot blocker, but we're getting our share of
steals and creating turnovers,'' coach Larry Brown said. "Our
strength is our quickness on the perimeter.''

Jordan closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer from 28 feet
away, cutting Washington's deficit to 75-68, then began the fourth
quarter with a steal that led to a 3-pointer by Tyronn Lue to make
it 75-71.

A jumper by Jordan cut Philadelphia's lead to 77-73, but Greg
Buckner scored on a putback, Jordan was called for traveling and
Philadelphia scored six straight points.

After Stackhouse got the deficit down to 85-78 with 6:19 left,
Van Horn converted his three-point play after being fouled by
Jordan.

A miss by Jordan was followed by a layup from Buckner, and
Jordan shot an airball on a turnaround with 3:45 left. Aaron
McKie's three-point play with 2:59 left made it 95-78.

"We kind of lost our poise,'' Jordan said. "For us to be a
good team we've got to have more composure. We have to play like a
veteran team. Tonight we played like a young team.''

Game notes
Stackhouse, who entered the game having made 88 of 95 free
throws, went 3-of-6 from the line. ... Derrick Coleman sat out a
one-game suspension for an offseason driving while intoxicated
arrest. He is expected to play Tuesday night at New Orleans, and
coach Larry Brown said he would make Coleman a starter if he
objected to coming off the bench as he once did while with
Charlotte. ... Christian Laettner was heckled after shooting an
airball on a foul shot in the second quarter. ... Iverson reached
double figures for the 130th consecutive game. ... The crowd was
only seven short of a sellout.