Iverson scored 42 points and Korver came within a point of tying
his career high with 25 on Saturday night to help the 76ers beat
the New Jersey Nets 107-95 in the first game of the season pitting
the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.
A night earlier, the perennial All-Star guard and the third-year
forward combined for 69 points in a 119-115 victory over Charlotte
that snapped Philadelphia's four-game losing streak.
Korver tied his career high with 26 points in that game, and on
Saturday continued his roll with 13 points in the first quarter
including three 3-pointers. He finished the game 10-for-11 from the
field, with all but two of his baskets coming on shots of 17 feet
"My legs felt good and the guys were looking for me," Korver
said. "If I can hit my first few shots, it makes it a lot
Korver put away the Nets in the fourth quarter after they had
closed a 16-point deficit to 100-92 on Jefferson's two free throws
with 4:08 left, though New Jersey had a part in its own downfall.
Jason Kidd and Clifford Robinson each missed a 3-pointer after a
defensive stop, and on Philadelphia's third possession, Korver
knocked in a 27-footer to give the 76ers a 103-92 lead with 2:15
"Kyle's just a shooter, and when Allen's going that way and
Kyle's going that way, we are a tough team to beat," 76ers coach
Maurice Cheeks said.
Against Charlotte, the 76ers lost 11 points off a 15-point lead
in the final four minutes. On Saturday they never let the Nets get
closer than eight after Jefferson's free throws.
"Tonight they had chances but they missed some shots," said
Iverson. "This shows that once we get a lead in the fourth
quarter, we can sustain it."
Iverson, who also finished with 12 assists, had 35 points
through three quarters and scored eight points in the final 2:36 of
the second quarter to help the 76ers take a 54-49 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, he and Korver at times seemed to be
playing a game of two-on-five as they scored 12 of Philadelphia's
last 15 points to give the 76ers an 84-69 lead.
"When he's on, he's on," the Nets' Vince Carter said about
Iverson. "But you have to regulate what the rest of the guys are
going to do. Kyle Korver having a big game was the key more than
The battle for supremacy in the Atlantic Division turned out not
to be much of a battle at all as the 76ers outshot the Nets 57
percent (41-for-72) to 41 percent (35-for-85). Whether either team
can claim any sort of supremacy in a division that now has no teams
at or above .500 is another question.
At least Philadelphia took steps to correct its road woes by
winning its third away game in 10 tries. New Jersey, meanwhile, has
won four straight on the road after Friday night's win at Cleveland
but dropped to 4-5 at Continental Airlines Arena.
The biggest cheers of the evening came in the third quarter
when former NFL players Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Shannon
Sharpe, who were sitting at courtside, threw autographed footballs
into the crowd ... The 76ers are 9-4 when they score 100 or more