PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Miller made his most important
contribution at the end.
Miller hit a running layup -- just his fourth field-goal attempt
of the game -- with 36.6 seconds remaining to lead Memphis to a
91-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
"You pick your spots," Miller said. "Sometimes you get shots.
Sometimes you don't. The bottom line is to win the game."
Iverson broke a 78-78 tie with a pair of free throws, and had an
assist on an 18-foot jumper by Robinson that put the Sixers ahead
by six with 5:44 to play.
After Memphis regained the lead on a hook shot from Gasol,
Iverson hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 87 with 53.6
seconds remaining. Miller then drove around a screen and banked in
his layup to give the Grizzlies a two-point lead.
"It was a set play. A high pick-and-roll," Miller said.
"Gasol did a great job of setting the pick."
Bonzi Wells rebounded a missed runner from Iverson and was
fouled. He hit one free throw to extend the lead to three. Kyle
Korver then missed a desperation 3 that would have tied the game.
Miller capped the scoring when he was fouled and made one free
throw for his fifth point of the game.
"He wasn't having a great game on offense," Grizzlies coach
Hubie Brown said. "But he did a great job (defensively) on
Iverson, made the big drive on the pick-and-roll and he hit that
late foul shot."
The Grizzlies played the second half without starting point
guard Jason Williams, who was poked in the eye late in the second
quarter and did not return.
When Earl Watson fouled out in the final minute, Memphis was
without a point guard.
Gasol missed the last 3:56 of the third quarter and more than
half of the fourth after being kicked in the groin by Eric Snow as
he drove to the basket.
"I just wasn't making my moves fast enough tonight," Gasol
said. "I didn't read the defense well enough to make myself
present on the low post."
The Grizzlies started hot, hitting their first three 3-point
attempts, while Williams and Wright both opened 3-for-3 from the
field to help Memphis to a four-point lead after the first quarter.
The Sixers tied the game at 33 when Iverson blocked a shot by
6-foot-8 forward James Posey and took the ball the length of the
court for a layup in traffic.
Four ties and three lead changes followed until the Sixers went
on a 7-1 run to take a 55-49 halftime lead. Samuel Dalembert hit
all five of his field goal attempts for 13 points.
Derrick Coleman, a gametime decision with a left knee sprain,
added eight points and nine rebounds.
"We don't have any type of chemistry," Iverson said. "We
don't know who's going to play night in and night out. It's like
we're snake-bitten and it's hurting us."
Sixers F Kenny Thomas missed his second straight game with
a right ankle sprain. The Sixers used their 17th different starting
lineup in Thomas' absence. They used 15 combinations last season.
Snow is the only 76er to have started every game. Bonzi Wells shot
3-for-14 and is 8-of-35 in his last three games.