PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Not having a starting frontcourt was not a problem for the Philadelphia 76ers. All they needed was Allen Iverson.
Iverson scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 assists, leading the undermanned Sixers to a 100-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
"Just put me on the floor with four warriors," Iverson said.
"My whole thing is to get down and dirty, scar my knees, get
banged-up and get right back up. When guys see that, they feed off
"Two of our perimeter guys were 2-for-15 and Manu was 7-for-18,
it's a bad combination to be making mistakes and not putting the
ball in the hole," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
After Duncan missed a 16-footer, Iverson gave the Sixers a 94-88
lead on a superb driving, one-handed runner in traffic with 1:16
San Antonio didn't get closer than three the rest of the way.
"I'm really proud of our guys for hanging in there with a
limited squad," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. "It starts with
the veterans. They kept us together. They supply the leadership."
Iverson scored nine in a row for Philadelphia at one point in
the fourth and 13 of 15. His short jumper gave the Sixers an 86-81
lead, and a basket by Samuel Dalembert off a pass by Iverson made
it 88-81 with 3:57 left. The Spurs scored seven of the next nine to
get within 90-88 on a fast-break layup by Parker with 2:13
Iverson missed seven of his first eight shots and finished
Duncan, the two-time MVP, started slow but came on strong late
in the second quarter and into the second half. He scored 14
straight points for the Spurs at one point, including their first
nine points in the third.
Duncan briefly left the game after hurting his left foot while
going for a rebound late in the third. The Sixers cut an
eight-point deficit to three with Duncan sitting out the final 2:35
of the third.
"They made a lot less mistakes," Duncan said. "We turned the
ball over, missed wide open shots. We let them break us down."
The Sixers, who trailed the entire second and third quarters,
took a 73-72 lead early in the fourth on consecutive driving layups
by McKie. Five straight points by Iverson extended the lead to
The Spurs missed 15 straight shots over a stretch of 7:44 from
late in the third until Ginobili made a driving layup with 7:54
left to cut Philadelphia's lead to 78-75.
Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins was in the crowd.
Dawkins, returning this week from an ankle injury that has
sidelined him since the season opener, received a standing ovation
in the second quarter. ... Dalembert made a nice move to spin
around Duncan then missed a dunk in the second quarter. ... Ayers
got a technical for arguing a traveling violation on Eric Snow in
the second quarter. Snow was pushed to the floor by Bruce Bowen.
... Sixers rookie Kyle Korver made two 3s for his first career
field goals. He got a standing ovation after fouling out midway
through the fourth. ... The Spurs had 20 offensive rebounds and 51