Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/17

Game 1: Saturday, January 17th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 16th

76ers 87

(18-22, 10-9 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    1:00 PM ET, January 17, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 33 16 23 1991
    PHI 29 26 18 1487

    Top Performers

    Memphis: L. Wright 14 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 34 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Iverson scores 34 in loss

    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."

    Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 16 points. Lorenzen Wright and James Posey both had 14, while Shane Battier added 12. Wright led all rebounders with 11.

    Allen Iverson had 34 points and Glenn Robinson added 20 for Philadelphia.

    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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 87
    FGM-FGA 35-81 (.432) 33-80 (.413)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 17-25 (.680) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-45 10-42
    Assists 24 17
    Turnovers 18 20
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 11 8
    Fast Break Points 6 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 14
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 34
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1