Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 16th
Game 3: Sunday, December 18th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 14th

Raptors 92

(0-7, 0-2 away)

76ers 104

(5-3, 4-2 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 20 25 20 2792
    PHI 39 14 20 31104

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Villanueva 27 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Blk

    Philadelphia: C. Webber 28 Pts, 16 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Iverson double-double keeps Raptors winless

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson and Chris Webber are playing more like a dynamic duo than dynamic duds. No longer a mismatched pair, the two are dominating -- and woeful Toronto was the latest team to pay.

    Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, 104-92 over the winless Raptors on Tuesday night.

    Since losing their first three games, the streaking Sixers have been perfect. They won all four games on their longest homestand of the year and get the downtrodden Raptors again Wednesday night in Toronto.

    Iverson and Webber again led the way for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers, breaking the game open in the first quarter. Webber made all six baskets and scored 14 points, Iverson went 5-for-6 for 13 points and the Sixers shot 77 percent overall as they raced to a 19-point lead.

    When the two failed to click in the final 2½ months last season, there were serious doubts they could thrive together. Instead, they have combined for five double-doubles during the winning streak and always look to each other as the first option.

    "Everybody expected us to coexist right then and it didn't happen every night, but it did happen some nights," Iverson said. "Now we've had a whole training camp, we've got some games under our belt and a new system. We've got a whole other chemistry and it's been working fine so far."

    The Sixers sorely needed all of Iverson and Webber's first-quarter points because Charlie Villanueva led Toronto's improbable rally in the fourth quarter.

    Villanueva closed the gap to single digits when he hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Chris Bosh converted a three-point play and Jalen Rose sank a free throw that pulled the Raptors to 84-78.

    Villanueva again kept Toronto within striking distance with another 3 from the top of the arc late in the fourth that made it 89-82. The first-round pick had his second straight outstanding game, following a 26-point, 12-rebound game against Seattle with 27 points and 13 boards. His effort, though, wasn't enough.

    "We need to throw the first punch instead of letting teams throw the first punch," Villanueva said.

    John Salmons, who scored 16 points, fought his way under the hoop for a tough basket to push the lead back to 13 and the Sixers regained control and cruised from there.

    "We know that team was 0-6 and just for those guys to come in here and get a win would have been devastating to us," Iverson said. "Our whole thing was to not let them get their first win on us in our house."

    Even with six straight losses to open the season -- five of them at home -- the Raptors gave the Sixers fits the last three quarters. They scored 11 straight points to open the second and sliced the deficit to eight at halftime on one of three 3-pointers from Villanueva.

    "We thought they were going to give up, but they didn't," Salmons said.

    While the Sixers received balanced scoring from their starters and surprising production off their bench during their winning streak -- they had six players in double digits in a win Sunday against the Clippers -- Webber and Iverson got little help from anyone else until the fourth when Salmons held off another spirited Raptors run.

    Salmons opened the fourth with a steal, was fouled on a fast-break layup and made the free throw for a 76-65 lead. That briefly spurred Philadelphia to a 13-point lead, only to have Villanueva and the Raptors chip away.

    Bosh had 19 points, and Rose 15 for the Raptors.

    "I don't understand it, I don't," Bosh said. "I guess it comes with experience."

    Game notes

    Sixers C Michael Bradley was active for the first time this year. He was worked into the offense early, throwing down a one-handed dunk off Iverson's pass in the first quarter. ... Former Michigan teammates Webber and Rose hugged before the tip. ... Philadelphia's 39 points in the first were a season high for a quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 104
    FGM-FGA 36-86 (.419) 40-87 (.460)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 1-5 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 23-29 (.793)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-48 14-46
    Assists 14 27
    Turnovers 19 10
    Steals 3 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 12 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 1 19

    Top Performers

    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 27
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 28
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1