Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Friday, December 26th
76ers98Final
Clippers101
Game 2: Wednesday, January 7th
Clippers80Final
76ers100

Clippers 80

(14-18, 3-10 away)

76ers 100

(16-19, 9-8 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 7, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 15 31 13 2180
    PHI 26 21 27 26100

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

    Philadelphia: E. Snow 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sixers reach 100 for first time in 2 months

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eddie House learned what makes Allen Iverson angry.

    Iverson scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers reached 100 points for the first time in nearly two months, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 100-80.

    Getting hit on drives to the basket is nothing new for Iverson, but House's physical play Wednesday resulted in a rare outburst by the Sixers' guard.

    "I don't care when guys hit me in my arm or my leg or my chest or anything like that real hard," Iverson said. "But when you hit me in my face or my head, it's a different story."

    The Clippers were successful shutting down Iverson in the first half by playing a physical game, and midway through the second quarter they found themselves in their second altercation in as many nights.

    Iverson stole an inbounds pass, took the ball to the basket and was fouled hard by House. Iverson went after House and waved a finger in his face until House swiped his hand away. The players were separated by teammates and were given double-technicals. House also received a flagrant foul.

    Iverson missed everything with his next shot attempt and turned the ball over on the subsequent trip down the floor. He scored just one point in the second quarter, but the Sixers still led 47-46 at the half.

    The second half was a much different story.

    Iverson and Glenn Robinson combined for 16 points during a 21-5 run to start the third quarter that gave the Sixers a 17-point lead. After three, the lead was 15.

    "Going into the third quarter, we thought we had the momentum," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "But we gave it right back to them with turnovers."

    With Iverson on the bench in the fourth quarter, the Clippers were able to cut the deficit to 11.

    But a series of turnovers led to a 17-4 run by Philadelphia that put the game out of reach. The 76ers outscored the Clippers 53-34 in the second half and scored 100 for the first time since Nov. 14 against San Antonio.

    "We applied good up-the-court pressure," said Sixers coach Randy Ayers. "But the only way to do that is to score. We scored early and that helped us extend our defense."

    On Tuesday, Clippers leading scorer Corey Maggette got into a fight after fouling New Jersey's Kenyon Martin.

    Maggette sat out the first game of his two-game suspension. Martin was also suspended two games and will miss Friday's matchup in Philadelphia.

    Robinson had 19 points for the Sixers, Kenny Thomas had 16, Eric Snow 15 and Samuel Dalembert 12.

    "That's the way we draw it up. That's the way we hope it plays out like it did tonight," Iverson said. "This is the game we expect to have every night."

    Elton Brand's 26 points and 12 rebounds led the Clippers, who have lost eight of their last nine on road. Quentin Richardson was the only other Los Angeles player in double figures with 12.

    Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter and shot 3-for-16 from the field. Iverson and Thomas had eight points each in the first quarter to give the Sixers an 11-point lead.

    "I just wanted to see him get going," Robinson said of Iverson's good start. "I missed my first few shots early and he gave us that lift."

    Game notes


    House made his first start of the season in place of Maggette. Sixers' F Derrick Coleman (knee) and G Aaron McKie (hamstring) did not dress. ... The Sixers split the season series and have won last six games at home against the Clippers. ... The Sixers led at the end of the first quarter for just the 10th time all season. They are 7-3 in those games. ... The Clippers' 21 turnovers were a season-high for a Sixers' opponent. ... The Sixers used their 15th starting lineup of the season, matching last year's total.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    PHI
    Points 80 100
    FGM-FGA 27-70 (.386) 42-83 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 1-7 (.143)
    FTM-FTA 23-28 (.821) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 15-44
    Assists 17 25
    Turnovers 21 15
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 4 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/1) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Philadelphia
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Eric Snow Snow
    Points: 15
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0