PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Before Wednesday night's game against
Philadelphia, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised his
team's recent play in the fourth quarter.
A few hours later, Popovich watched his team fall apart in the
final 12 minutes.
Allen Iverson scored 42 points and the 76ers made up a
five-point deficit in the final 20 seconds of regulation on their
way to a 103-100 overtime victory over the Spurs.
San Antonio, which had a nine-game winning streak snapped Monday
at Cleveland, heads into the All-Star break losers of two straight.
"It (stinks) -- especially because we really feel like we gave
this one away," Tim Duncan said. "The last game we got beat
pretty good. Tonight we come out and try to sure up a couple of
things, and we still get a bunch of turnovers and missed free
throws, and we still have a chance to win down the stretch and give
Chris Webber added 21, including a key pair of free throws in
overtime, for the Sixers, who broke a three-game losing streak.
"We know how these games are," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks
said. "We've been on the other side. We had games we thought we
won, and the other team came back. San Antonio had the game won."
Hounded by Bruce Bowen, Iverson struggled early and hit just
three of his first 11 shots from the field. He finished 17-for-37
from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line. He also had nine
assists, eight rebounds and two of the Sixers' season-high 16
"If that doesn't let us know we can beat a good team, I don't
know what will," Iverson said. "Hopefully this one will give us
some confidence, coming back on the World Champs."
Only twice this season have the Spurs lost consecutive games.
"No one expected us to win this game," Cheeks said. "That's
the reason you play."
San Antonio finished 6-2 on its eight-game "Rodeo" road trip.
The Spurs have taken this trip for the past four seasons while a
rodeo was held at the AT&T Center and are a combined 25-6.
However, they appeared road weary Wednesday night.
The Spurs matched their season high with 23 turnovers and failed
to put the 76ers away from the line in the fourth. After going
9-for-9 from the line in the first three quarters, San Antonio was
8-for-13 in the fourth. Overtime was the last thing the fatigued
"Definitely. It was tough in overtime," Tony Parker said.
"Maybe we ran out of gas. But we should've won the game before
that. We had it."
Parker led San Antonio with 23 points, and Duncan added 19
points and 15 rebounds. Nazr Mohammed, who played in Philadelphia
for the first two-plus years of his career, hit his first six shots
from the field and finished with 16 points and a career-high 20
Manu Ginobili appeared to seal the game in regulation with two
free throws that put the Spurs up 92-87 with 20 seconds left. But
Iverson cut the lead to three, Ginobili hit one of two from the
line, and Kyle Korver hit a three to make it 93-92 with 7 seconds
"We made a huge mistake. It's hard to believe we let Korver get
a three when we're up four, but we did," Popovich said. "He got
away from us. That was the biggest play of the game."
After Michael Finley hit one of two from the line, Andre
Iguodala followed a Webber miss to tie it at 94 with 1.1 seconds to
"The rebound by Iguodala was the second biggest play,"
Popovich said. "We gave it away on those two plays."
The Spurs almost pulled it out on the final play of regulation.
Parker was alone under the basket, but after reaching back to catch
Duncan's pass with one hand, his layup came just after the buzzer.
"I didn't know if there was going to be enough time. I turned
to shoot and then saw him at last second and tried to fire it to
him real quick," Duncan said. "I probably should have shot the
Said Parker: "I should have maybe tipped it."
Philadelphia scored the first five points of overtime and led
100-96 with 47.4 seconds left. But a critical turnover by Iverson
led to a tough finger roll by Ginobili that made it 100-98 with
16.9 seconds remaining.
After Korver hit one of two from the line, Mohammed made 101-100
with 8 seconds left. Webber's two free throws put the 76ers up
three, and Ginobili's desperation 3-pointer was off target.
The Sixers play their final game before the All-Star break
Thursday against the Bulls in Chicago.
"We have to take all of the positive things that we did from
this game and carry it over to the next game," Iverson said.
"This is just one game. We still need to concentrate on the next
Cheeks shook up the lineup and started Kevin Ollie started
for John Salmons, who came off the bench to record a career-high
five steals. Webber also had five steals. ... After Iguodala scored
the Sixers first four points, Popovich replaced Ginobili with
Finley only 57 seconds into the game. ... Samuel Dalembert appeared
to injure his left wrist in the third quarter while trying to save
a ball from going out of bounds.