Allen Iverson had 37 points and Webber scored 10 in his worst
performance in three games for the Sixers. Philadelphia has lost
three of four since acquiring Webber from Sacramento last week.
"I don't know what to say," Webber said. "Anything you say is
an excuse. You just have to do it. Everybody knows what type of
player I am. Obviously, I have to make adjustments. It's
The Nets have won three straight to close within 1½ games of
Philadelphia, which trails first-place Boston by 1½ games in the
"There's got to be a grace period for the guy to fit in," Nets
coach Lawrence Frank said of Webber.
Carter has fit in well with the Nets since coming to New Jersey
in a trade with Toronto on Dec. 17. He has scored 30 or more points
in 12 of his 33 games with the Nets, who are 19-18 since the trade.
After a three-point play by Iverson cut New Jersey's lead to
85-82 with 2:36 left, Carter and Iverson traded 3-pointers. Carter
added a pair of free throws, giving the Nets a 90-85 lead, and the
Sixers couldn't get any closer.
"We were able to maintain when they made their runs," Carter
said. "We tried to take advantage of mismatches."
Carter missed eight of his nine shots and had just 6 points in
the first half. But he scored 14 in the third quarter, including 12
during a 23-8 run that gave the Nets a 65-59 lead. Carter had three
3-pointers in that stretch.
"I wasn't discouraged," Carter said. "I tried to be patient
and get other guys involved."
One night after scoring 48 points in a win at Milwaukee, Iverson
started slow, missing his first five shots and had three of his
nine turnovers in the first quarter. He finished strong, getting 28
points in the second half.
Webber missed 10 of his first 11 shots, didn't score until 4:08
remained in the first half and finished 4-of-18 with eight
rebounds. He even heard a few boos from Philly fans.
"It's hard for me mentally because I want him to play well so
bad," Iverson said of Webber. "I know how tough it is in Philly.
I've dealt with criticism here and I don't want to see what
happened to me happen to him. He's trying so hard."
Both teams started sluggish, combining to miss 15 of the first
A pair of free throws and turnaround jumper by Jackson gave the
Sixers a 41-36 lead at halftime.
"In the second half, Vince stepped up in a huge way," Frank
said. "We had more ball reversal and he was spotting up. And, we
posted him up more. He's letting the game come to him."
Actor Matthew McConaughey sat courtside, briefly wearing a
76ers jersey with his name and No. 1 on it. ... Iverson had two
offensive fouls in the opening quarter. ... Sixers G John Salmons
saw his first action in seven games. ... Philadelphia has two more
sets of back-to-back games in a stretch of six games in eight days.
... Nets G Rodney Buford played for the first time since he tore
ankle ligaments Jan. 29.