Former Saint Joseph's standout Jameer Nelson scored two points
in 16 minutes for the Magic.
Nelson certainly wasn't forgotten by the fans who made it sound
like a Saint Joseph's game at Hawk Hill whenever he had the ball.
With fans chanting Nelson's name during pregame warmups, the
little guard got a standing ovation when he entered the game late
in the first quarter. Iverson slapped him on the back and shook his
hand, but Nelson offered no reaction to the wild applause.
Francis fed Nelson a crisp pass in the lane for an easy,
right-handed layup with 44 seconds left in the quarter. That was
Nelson's only basket of the game.
"I heard the chants and I really appreciated it," Nelson said.
"I heard them calling my name. That's those Saint Joe's fans."
Saint Joe's sold more than 1,400 tickets and 14 buses made the
short drive down the road from campus to the game.
It was Iverson, though, who gave the fans their money's worth.
Iverson had perhaps his most consistent game since moving back
to point guard this season. He was on target with his shot
(12-for-25) and kept his teammates involved, especially two
highlight passes to the athletic, high-flying Iguodala. The rookie
from Arizona finished with 11 points.
Iverson had a scare in the third when he fell out of bounds
driving for a baseline layup and slammed hard into the post. He
momentarily bent over and grimaced while shaking his left arm.
He sat out for a couple of minutes, but returned and promptly
buried a 16-footer and had an alley-oop assist to Samuel
Dalembert returned to the lineup after missing four games
with a hamstring injury. ... The Sixers' 68-60 lead was their first
after three quarters this year. ... O'Brien was a three-year
starter at Saint Joe's. "I'm thrilled for Jameer and Delonte
West," he said. "They really made every alum proud of what they
accomplished." ... Iverson had his 59th career double-double.