Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 86

(13-69, 4-37 away)

76ers 110

(43-39, 25-16 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, April 20, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 19 19 29 1986
    PHI 37 30 23 20110

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: J. Smith 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Philadelphia: K. Korver 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Iverson's 16 in finale caps 4th straight scoring title

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Korver openly rooted for Chicago. Josh Davis was flipping channels trying to locate ESPN. Marc Jackson insisted Philadelphia could beat any team.

    Allen Iverson scored 16 points and put the finishing touches on his fourth scoring title, and Philadelphia clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 110-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

    Afterward, the 76ers had to await the outcome of the Indiana-Chicago game to learn who their first-round opponent would be. When the Pacers won, it meant Philadelphia will face former coach Larry Brown and the Detroit Pistons, who won the season series 3-1.

    "We're 3-1 against Boston so obviously we want to play Boston. We had the most success against them," Korver said. "At the same time, we're not scared of Detroit. We're going to come out and play hard regardless of who it is."

    The Sixers will play at Detroit on Saturday, and Game 2 is Tuesday before the series returns to Philadelphia for Game 3 next Friday.

    Iverson scored all 16 of his points in the first quarter, and the Sixers used a 12-0 run over the first and second quarters to take a 29-point lead.

    Philadelphia played without Chris Webber, who was placed on the injured list with a knee injury. Webber hurt his knee at shootaround was not expected to miss any playoff games. Webber has missed seven games since he was acquired on Feb. 23 from Sacramento. He averaged 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 games.

    Korver scored 21 points, and Davis and Willie Green each had 16 for the Sixers, who won 11 of their final 16 games and finished strong after dropping three games under .500 on March 13.

    "I think we're getting stronger at the best time," Jackson said. "We're doing it at the right time. We'll try to continue the trend in the playoffs. The games will be physical, but we're ready for it."

    Players craned their necks over reporters to catch a peek of the Pacers game. Team president Billy King wasn't going to stick around to watch the end, though.

    "It is what it is," he said.

    Tyronn Lue scored 20 points for the Hawks, who finished 13-69 for the worst record in the NBA.

    "It's a little different when you're playing for something, and I know that," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "That team was playing for something. They're gearing up for the first round. That's where I'd like to get my team one day."

    Iverson had perhaps the best season of his nine-year career. He finished with an NBA-best average of 30.7 points, scored the second-most points in a season in Sixers history (2,302) and joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and George Gervin as the only players with four scoring titles.

    He led the league in turnovers per game (4.6), but he also was second in steals (2.4) and first in minutes (42.3). Back at point guard for the first time since early in his career, his average of 7.9 assists was a career high.

    Iverson played all 12 minutes of the first quarter and did not return, ending his streak of 57 straight games with at least 20 points.

    "I told him going into the locker room that I couldn't play him and he said, 'That's great," O'Brien said. "It was very nice to be able to give that blow and (it was) well deserved. He had a phenomenal year for us. If you can reward him with three quarters off, that's all you're going to reward him with."

    Iverson did not talk to reporters.

    The Sixers started the second quarter with veteran Aaron McKie, part-time starter John Salmons and seldom-used Green, Davis and Michael Bradley. They played the bulk of the quarter and showed little rust in stretching the lead to 67-38 at halftime.

    "I'm sure the next couple of days we're going to talk about it more, but right now we're just happy to be where we're at," Korver said.

    Game notes

    Bradley was activated to fill Webber's spot. ... Woodson is looking toward the draft lottery to help rebuild the team. "I've learned a lot about myself. I can't go run and hide," he said. "This is a big summer for us. I'm looking forward to being here for the long haul." Woodson was whistled for a technical in the first quarter. ... Iverson also won scoring titles in 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02. ... Rookie Andre Iguodala was the only Sixer to start every game. ... Korver hit a team-record 226 3-pointers. ... O'Brien was the first Sixers coach to lead the team to the playoffs since Matt Goukas (1985-86).

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 110
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 39-76 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 9-28 (.321)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 5-36
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 23 18
    Steals 10 13
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 13 33
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 30

    Top Performers

    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 18
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Kyle Korver Korver
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1