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
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 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."
"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."
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