Iverson plays with the flu


PHILADELPHIA -- Once the flu didn't stop Allen Iverson, nobody could.

Iverson scored a season-high 50 points, leading the Philadelphia
76ers to a 98-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Kenny Thomas had 13 rebounds, and reserve John Salmons added 13 points for Philadelphia, which leads the Atlantic Division despite a 9-9 record.

Weakened by a flu, Iverson had a season-low 12 points and missed
15 of 19 shots in a loss to Indiana on Friday night. He had 13
points in the first quarter against Atlanta, and kept scoring.

"I didn't feel better, but I was rested," Iverson said.

Jason Terry had 20 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 for the
Hawks, who are off to a 6-12 start.

It was the ninth time, including playoffs, that Iverson has
scored 50 or more points in his eight seasons. He had 55 in a
playoff victory over New Orleans last April.

"He was phenomenal," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. "We
really needed it."

Iverson made six of his seven shots -- all jumpers -- in the third
quarter, and finished 20-of-34, including 4-of-7 from 3-point
range. He had 14 of Philadelphia's 18 points during one stretch as
the Sixers pulled away early in the fourth quarter.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Iverson and Salmons gave the Sixers an
80-68 lead less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, and the
Hawks didn't threaten the rest of the way.

"He wasn't missing anything," Hawks forward Stephen Jackson
said. "When a guy is shooting like that, there's nothing you can

Iverson scored 14 straight points for the Sixers, including a
fallaway jumper for a 93-80 lead with 2:54 left. He made two free
throws to reach 50 points with 1:06 remaining, and received a
standing ovation when he went to the bench.

"It's always special, always a good feeling to get in a groove
like that," Iverson said. "But the most important thing is to win
the game."

The Sixers were again without forward Derrick Coleman, who
missed his second straight game with a left knee injury.

Philadelphia led 42-32 after an alley-oop slam by Thomas off a
pass by Aaron McKie. But the Hawks closed out the second quarter
with a 12-4 run to get within 46-44 at halftime. Terry had seven of
the 12 points during the stretch, beginning the spurt with a
3-pointer and ending it with a driving layup.

"Allen Iverson had a fantastic game," Hawks coach Terry Stotts
said. "When a jump shooter gets it going, it's tough to stop

Game notes
Iverson was fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture
toward fans in Milwaukee during Philadelphia's 95-91 loss to the
Bucks last Monday. "I made a mistake and I deserve it," Iverson
said. ... Former Hawks forward Glenn Robinson sat out his 11th game
because of a sprained left ankle. Coleman missed six games with the
same injury earlier in the season, then returned for two games. ...
The Hawks were 3-1 against the Sixers last season. ... Former
Sixers center Theo Ratliff had six points and five rebounds. ...
Iverson has scored 40 or more points 49 times in his career. He had
six assists and five rebounds.