PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- On an impromptu Philadelphia Eagles
appreciation night, Allen Iverson hoped some of that championship
magic rubbed off on the 76ers.
"It was something you always want to be a part of," Iverson
said. "That's the same thing with me. Just being able to try to
get to the Finals and win it. That's the ultimate goal."
Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia
76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Samuel Dalembert added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers,
who took over down the stretch in a matchup of Eastern Conference
With Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook
highlighting a group of Eagles watching courtside, the game was
practically an afterthought for fans still in a frenzy over the
All the Eagles received rousing standing ovations when
introduced -- the loudest for McNabb -- and chants of
"E-A-G-L-E-S!" filled the arena. The Eagles were the reason the
game was moved to Monday night -- it was originally scheduled for
Sunday but was pushed back so it would not conflict with the NFC
Iverson came over at halftime and hugged McNabb, while Owens
said he could return from his ankle injury to play in the Super
Bowl against New England.
"Spiritually I've been healed and I believe that I'll be out
there on that field Sunday, regardless of what anyone says," Owens
A Super Bowl appearance is about the only thing that could
overshadow a matchup of Shaq vs. A.I.
With the score tied at 83 midway through the fourth quarter,
highlights of the Eagles season were shown on the videoboard and
the fans got up again for another thunderous ovation.
"I kind of got goose bumps with the whole thing," Iverson
said. "I know it's a great feeling to be a part of that team and
just to know you've got fans like that."
Perhaps feeding off the energy from the unusually lively crowd,
the Sixers went ahead on Dalembert's dunk and Kyle Korver's
The Sixers led by five when Andre Iguodala grabbed a defensive
rebound and fed a streaking Iverson, who crashed hard with Wade on
an off-balance layup for a 94-87 lead.
Iverson pointed and cupped his ear toward the crowd as he ran
toward the bench during a timeout. The NBA's leading scorer shot
13-for-30 from the floor, made 18 of 19 free throws and had just
one turnover in 45 minutes.
Iverson scored more than 40 points for the fifth time this
season and posted his 12th double-double.
"He was spectacular tonight," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien
said. "Those stats are beyond belief."
O'Brien, though, refused to believe the Eagles rallied the
"They played the Miami Heat, the best team in the East. I don't
think they need to feed off anything," he said.
Though both teams are in first place, the Sixers are two games
under .500 in the Atlantic Division while Miami leads the Southeast
with a 30-13 mark. But the Heat have gone just 5-6 since a 14-game
winning streak, prompting O'Neal to challenge his teammates.
"We can't keep playing like this," he said. "I was telling
the guys in the shower we have 40 games left and we need to go
O'Neal got a rare dose of his own game early.
Late in the first quarter, the 6-foot-11 Dalembert went straight
up under the basket and stuffed O'Neal's dunk attempt off a
rebound, sending the big man crashing backward and onto his back
for a few seconds. Iverson picked up the loose ball and sank a
O'Neal was back with a statement of his own a few possessions
later, though, when he slammed home a ferocious dunk over
O'Neal was whistled for a technical. ... The 76ers placed G
Kevin Ollie on the injured list and activated F Josh Davis. ...
O'Brien, a Philly native, is rooting for the Eagles to win the
Super Bowl. O'Brien said his first sports memory was the Eagles
winning the 1960 NFL championship. O'Brien, though, said he earned
a great deal of respect for Bill Belichick and the New England
Patriots from his time coaching the Boston Celtics. ... Eagles WR
Freddie Mitchell brought his friend, Jaleel White -- best-known for
his role as Steve Urkel on "Family Matters."