Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Saturday, December 3rd
76ers91Final
Spurs100
Game 2: Wednesday, February 15th
Spurs100Final
OT
76ers103

Spurs 100

(40-12, 19-9 away)

76ers 103

(25-26, 16-11 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, February 15, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
SA 20 21 24 29 6100
PHI 17 26 18 33 9103

Top Performers

SA: N. Mohammed 18 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Phi: A. Iverson 42 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

Iverson, Webber lead Sixers past road-weary Spurs

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 it away."

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 steals.

"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 Spurs needed.

"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 rebounds.

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 remaining.

"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 play.

"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 ball."

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 one tomorrow."

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SA
PHI
Points 100 103
FGM-FGA 37-84 (.440) 41-90 (.456)
3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 3-5 (.600)
FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 18-23 (.783)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-54 8-41
Assists 22 20
Turnovers 23 16
Steals 10 16
Blocks 5 8
Fast Break Points 17 25
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 5

Top Performers

San Antonio
Philadelphia
Nazr Mohammed Mohammed
Points: 18
Reb: 20
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 42
Reb: 8
Ast: 9
Stl: 2
Blk: 0