Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Monday, December 6th
76ers92Final
Hawks96
Game 2: Friday, February 4th
Hawks85Final
76ers103
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th
76ers98Final
Hawks97
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20th
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76ers110

76ers 98

(29-30, 13-18 away)

Hawks 97

(10-48, 8-20 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 27 21 21 2998
ATL 25 25 24 2397

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 33 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Stl

Atlanta: A. Harrington 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

Atlanta is handed its 11th straight loss

ATLANTA (AP) -- Coach Jim O'Brien cringed as Allen Iverson fell down in an attempt to catch Chris Webber's awkward pass near midcourt.

Fortunately for O'Brien and the Philadelphia 76ers, Iverson wasn't called for traveling, and as the seconds ticked away he drove the lane past Boris Diaw and fed Marc Jackson.

Jackson, fouled by Al Harrington, hit a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining, and Iverson stole Atlanta's ensuing inbounds pass as the Philadelphia 76ers escaped with a 98-97 victory Saturday night that extended the Hawks' losing streak to 11 games.

"He has the agility of a cat," O'Brien said of Iverson. "For him to be able to fall, avoid the guy stealing the ball, get up, and then penetrate and make the appropriate pass to Marc again at the end of the game ... was really, really great."

Iverson, who hit all 13 of his free throw attempts, scored 33 points but was just 3-for-19 from the floor in the second half.

After Tom Gugliotta's 20-footer from the right baseline gave the Hawks their first lead since midway through the fourth quarter, Webber bounced a pass too hard to his right at Iverson. But the NBA's leading scorer quickly hopped up after tripping and falling.

"I can't explain it," Iverson said. "I got the ball and I was getting ready to take off. I don't know. I guess I was moving too fast for myself and I just fell down. But when I hit the floor I still had control of the ball. I jumped back up."

Jackson, who finished 7-for-7 from the foul line, never worried he would miss the final two free throws. Ever since he missed two free throws that would've given Temple a win over Rhode Island in the 1997 Atlantic 10 tournament title game at the Spectrum, Jackson has used that setback to his advantage.

"I think about that every time I'm at the foul line," Jackson said. "That's the first thing I think of."

Iverson ended the game by stealing Diaw's inbounds pass from the left sideline on the Hawks' end. He celebrated with a victory lap around the Philips Arena floor.

"I swear to you I'm not tired," Iverson said after playing the entire game. "My teammates always call me a freak of nature ever since I came in the league -- how much I play. With Larry Brown, I always knew if we lose one game, I'm going to play 48 minutes. So I'm kind of used to it. I want the minutes. I don't get tired. I save that for after the basketball game. Forty-eight minutes. I've got all the energy in the world."

The Sixers won two straight for the first time since acquiring Webber in a Feb. 23 trade with Sacramento. Webber finished with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Tyronn Lue, who scored 13 points before fouling out, gave Atlanta, the NBA's worst team, their biggest lead, 72-65 with 2:16 left in the third quarter. Harrington led the Hawks with 19 points. Josh Childress finished with 16.

In dropping to a league-low 8-20 at home, Atlanta found a way to hit bottom again.

"I think so," said Lue when asked if this loss was arguably the most difficult in a long season. "It was especially tough because we had the lead with 17 seconds left. We played hard and gave a good effort. We always get the bad bounces."

Mike Woodson, the Hawks' first-year coach, tried to find ways to explain the team's longest losing streak since it dropped 10 straight in 2000-01.

"Any time you lose, it's tough," Woodson said. "We played well enough to win, but we just didn't get it done down the stretch."

Game notes


The Hawks had their third sellout of the season, all of them losses. ... Philadelphia activated guard Willie Green and forward Josh Davis and placed forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley on the injured list. Neither Green nor Davis played.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
ATL
Points 98 97
FGM-FGA 33-78 (.423) 36-80 (.450)
3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 3-9 (.333)
FTM-FTA 30-34 (.882) 22-28 (.786)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-35 16-50
Assists 16 22
Turnovers 14 21
Steals 11 5
Blocks 6 2
Fast Break Points 8 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 7 7

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Atlanta
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 33
Reb: 1
Ast: 6
Stl: 5
Blk: 0
Al Harrington Harrington
Points: 19
Reb: 4
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0