PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson wasn't about to be stopped by
a small cut and a few stitches.
Iverson hit the tying jumper with 7.2 seconds left in regulation
and Corliss Williamson scored seven of his 15 points in overtime to
lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-100 win over the New Jersey
Nets on Wednesday night.
Iverson left briefly in the first quarter after he was cut on
the head during a scrum underneath the basket. Three stitches
later, Iverson was back looking for redemption after a sloppy
performance a night earlier in a loss at New York.
This time, The Answer delivered.
"When you have a wide-open shot, you've got to take that
shot," he said.
Marc Jackson added 19 points and Kyle Korver 15 for the Sixers,
who snapped a three-game losing streak. Philadelphia scored the
first seven points of overtime and held on for its first home win
of the season.
"It was balanced out because a lot of guys were aggressive,"
Richard Jefferson scored 33 points for the Nets and Rodney
Buford added 15, including 11 in the fourth quarter when his
can't-miss shooting provided a surprising offensive boost.
New Jersey could have used a few more makes from a shorter,
easier distance late in the fourth
Jefferson, who also had 10 rebounds, and Alonzo Mourning missed
four straight free throws with less than 20 seconds left, and
seldom-used Josh Davis grabbed the last, crucial rebound for
The Sixers called timeout and Iverson caught the inbounds pass,
took Jacque Vaughn 1-on-1 and hit a fadeway from the left side,
tying the score at 96.
The plan was for Korver to get the shot in the corner. When the
play broke down, Iverson turned to Plan B, heading to the top of
the key and waiting for everyone to clear out.
"I just elevated and made the shot," he said.
Jefferson missed a jumper, sending the game into overtime.
Williamson, proving why he's so valuable off the bench, was
fresh after playing 18 minutes in regulation and opened overtime
with a three-point play. Williamson added another short jumper in
traffic for a 101-96 lead.
"He's always been a go-to guy, in college and the pros,"
Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "He was a go-to guy tonight."
The Nets -- who opened the game with 19 straight free throws --
did little from the line in the fourth and overtime. They went
5-for-9 in the fourth, then missed all three in OT.
Philadelphia made 24 straight from the line before missing one
The Sixers did a better job of holding onto the ball after
committing 28 turnovers in Tuesday night's loss at New York. The
Sixers had only 12, and Iverson cut his total from nine to three.
"We needed a win real bad," Korver said. "We kind of got
embarrassed the last couple of games."
Eric Williams had 17 points and Mourning 16 in 40 surprising
minutes. Coach Lawrence Frank said before the game that Mourning
would not play. Frank said he would bench Mourning "strictly as a
precaution" one night after he played 37 minutes against Portland.
Instead, Mourning made his second start since his kidney transplant
after talking Frank into playing.
"I know how big my heart is," Mourning said. "I'm really
grateful for any opportunity I get to play. I feel I've been given
a second chance, so I'll play any time I can."
Mourning was needed, providing a little extra oomph for the Nets
a night after they beat the Trail Blazers 64-60. The 124-point
total was only five off the previous record for combined scoring
Jefferson's free throw against the Sixers with 4:30 left in the
third quarter gave the Nets 65 points.
Ending the third quarter tied 74-all was a big accomplishment
for the Sixers -- they had trailed by at least nine points through
three quarters in every game this season.
Buford, who hadn't scored more than nine points in a game this
season, hit three straight jumpers in one stretch and the Nets
added four points off three Philadelphia turnovers in the fourth.
The Sixers opened a five-game homestand, their longest of
the season. ... Iverson missed all five shots from the floor in the
first half. ... The Nets made 19 straight free throws before
Williams missed in the third quarter. ... Sixers G Aaron McKie left
in the third quarter with a strained left rotator cuff. He'll have
an MRI on Thursday. ... Nets F Jason Collins played only five
minutes, leaving with a sprained ankle.