Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, February 9th

Grizzlies 98

(29-21, 12-12 away)

76ers 95

(23-26, 13-9 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 25 26 22 2598
    PHI 24 29 23 1995

    Top Performers

    Mem: D. Jones 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

    Phi: A. Iverson 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Korver's 3 to tie clanks off

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson emphatically defended Kyle Korver's decision to take a 3-pointer with time running out.

    "We'd take that 82 games," he said. "A wide-open 3-point shot!"

    Memphis would also gladly take the same option again -- a miss and a nice road victory.

    Dahntay Jones scored a career-high 23 points and Stromile Swift added 17 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    Memphis caught a couple of breaks on Philadelphia's last possession-- first on a breakdown, then the miss on an open look.

    Corliss Williamson froze with the inbounds pass, frantically looking for an open teammate before taking a shot from above the free throw line. Williamson grabbed the rebound and passed the ball out to Korver, whose straight-on 3-point attempt clanked off the rim.

    "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't," said Korver, second in the league in 3-pointers made. "I can't ask for a better shot. I really should have made that shot."

    Shane Battier, who gave the Grizzlies a go-ahead 96-95 lead on a couple of free throws, said the defense was perfect on the final stop.

    "Corliss kind of didn't know where to go," he said. "I know Korver doesn't miss those very often."

    Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said the play called for a 3-point attempt from either Korver or Iverson. If they weren't open, then O'Brien wanted the Sixers to go for the quick two.

    "It was well-executed on their part and a very heads-up play," O'Brien said.

    Iverson scored 16 of his 38 points from the free throw line and had 10 assists after missing Monday's game against New Jersey with flulike symptoms. Korver sank four 3-pointers and scored 13 points and Williamson added 12 points.

    Jones made three of Memphis' seven 3-pointers and helped the charging Grizzlies win for the 17th time in 21 games.

    "I'd have to say my confidence is growing all the time," Jones said.

    The Sixers trailed by four late in the fourth of what was an incredibly tight game when Williamson -- their sixth man -- got a 9-0 run rolling with seven straight points. Williamson was tough inside, converting a three-point play, scoring a layup then hitting a soft baseline jumper over Ryan Humphrey.

    Four times Memphis pulled within one. Three times they couldn't take the lead, kept back by a pair of Iverson jumpers and a couple of his free throws.

    The fourth time, the Grizzlies capitalized, going ahead 94-93 on a dunk by Swift. Iverson gave the Sixers their last lead on two free throws with 1:44 left.

    After Battier made his winning free throws, Jason Williams followed with a couple of free throws for the needed cushion.

    Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, said he still wasn't completely recovered from his illness.

    "I just don't have any strength out there on the basketball court," he said. "I'm still trying to get it out of me."

    The Grizzlies never led by more than six, the Sixers by more than seven. Sharp shooting from the free throw line certainly had something to do with the close game. The Sixers made 25 of 28 attempts and Memphis went 21-for-22.

    Iverson went 16-for-17 from the line and 11-for-23 from the floor.

    Game notes

    Upset over being whistled for a foul in the second quarter, Bonzi Wells kicked a loose ball into the scorer's table. Wells was whistled for a technical and Korver sank the free throw. ... O'Brien had no problem playing Iverson. "A less than 100 percent Allen Iverson is better than not having him," he said. ... Iverson had his 15th double-double.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 95
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 32-70 (.457)
    3PM-3PA 7-24 (.292) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 21-22 (.955) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 8-37
    Assists 22 20
    Turnovers 14 15
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 9 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 7

    Top Performers

    Dahntay Jones Jones
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 38
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0