Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Monday, December 6th
Game 2: Friday, February 4th
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20th

Hawks 85

(9-36, 2-19 away)

76ers 103

(22-24, 12-8 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 4, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 24 20 2185
    PHI 28 22 26 27103

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Walker 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Phi: A. Iverson 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl

    Iverson has 22; Korver has 5 3-pointers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Korver was the perfect host.

    After impressing Philly's home crowd with his near-flawless 3-point shooting, he went out and thanked everyone for coming.

    Allen Iverson had 22 points and 12 assists, and Korver made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    "It feels good to be on this side of a big game, of a big win," Korver said.

    It nearly came at a price.

    Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, crashed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter and was down for a couple minutes but stayed in the game. X-rays on his left shoulder were negative.

    Korver, who is second in the league in 3-pointers made, hit four in the third quarter then another early in the fourth after the Hawks pulled within single digits.

    Korver went 5-of-8 from 3-point range -- 6-of-10 overall -- and his squealing fans let him know how much they appreciated it. Kids 12 and under received a replica of Korver's jersey and made it sound like a boy-band concert each time he touched the ball.

    Plus, fans who donated coats before the game as part of "Kyle's Coats for Kids," were allowed to meet the popular mop-topped forward. About 3,000 fans were waiting for him after the game.

    "I think that exceeds our expectations a little bit," Korver said. "I was just saying thanks to everybody who helped out in this."

    The thunderous ovations, though, were saved for teammate Andre Iguodala.

    The rookie brought some excitement to an otherwise mundane game with three fantastic dunks. In the fourth quarter, Iverson lobbed a high pass on the left side that Iguodala snagged with his right hand and came down hard with a dunk.

    On the next possession, Iguodala grabbed a loose ball and fed it to Iverson. He then raced down court unguarded, took a quick feed and made a rim-rattling dunk for an 89-73 lead.

    "Andre got a couple of dunks that got us going, I got some looks and A.I. was looking for me on the break," Korver said.

    Iguodala finished with 14 points. Iguodala plays against Korver on All-Star weekend in the Rookie Challenge, but would like to have a more prominent role that weekend in the dunk contest.

    "I would love to do it," Iguodala said. "It'd be an honor to get in there. A lot of guys made their career off dunk contests."

    Antoine Walker led the Eastern Conference's worst team with 14 points and Predrag Drobnjak added 13.

    Philadelphia played without coach Jim O'Brien, who missed the game because of the flu. Associate head coach Lester Conner took O'Brien's place.

    "It didn't feel any different from when coach O'Brien gets thrown out," said Conner, who was also with O'Brien in Boston.

    Korver's 3s in the third quarter propelled a 16-4 run and pushed the Sixers' lead to double digits. His third one came from the top of the key and left Iverson smiling as he backpedaled on defense.

    While Iverson, named an All-Star starter on Thursday, has never really found a comfortable fit with another second scorer, he has embraced Korver. The two shared smiles and laughed over a few words on the court.

    Iverson passed to Korver one last time in the third looking for another 3, but Korver paused and waited for Iguodala to come racing in and complete an alley-oop that the Hawks never saw coming.

    "He's always looking for me," Korver said. "For being a scoring point guard, he sure gets a lot of assists."

    Atlanta made it 76-71 early in the fourth when Korver hit another 3 and the Sixers started rolling from there.

    "It's been that way all year," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Kyle Korver hits big shots and we never recovered."

    Game notes

    Hawks G Tyronn Lue left in the third quarter with a strained Achilles' tendon. ... Walker was a high school basketball teammate of Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. They played together at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. Walker said he was pulling for McNabb to win the Super Bowl. ... The Sixers collected 1,446 coats as part of Korver's collection. ... More than 20,000 fans attended "Wing Bowl" earlier in the day at the arena. El Wingador devoured 162 chicken wings in 32 minutes to win his fifth title, beating out The Black Widow in overtime by one wing.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 103
    FGM-FGA 33-82 (.402) 37-79 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-43 10-43
    Assists 22 26
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 13 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 22

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 14
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 22
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0