PHILADELHPIA (AP) -- The 76ers' other A.I. gave another All-Star
Allen Iverson scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Andre
Iguodala had 25 points, and Chris Webber had 24 points and 14
rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-107 win over the
Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Coming off an eventful All-Star weekend where he was named MVP
of the Rookie Challenge and finished second in the slam dunk
contest, Iguodala played with a rarely displayed aggressiveness and
looked like he might deserve to play in the main event one day.
"If that didn't let him know this weekend that he can be a
great player in this league, then nothing will," Iverson said.
"But I think he got the message."
The Sixers are surely counting on Iguodala to reach that level.
He dunked, of course, but came through with a 3-pointer and a
couple more outside shots to finish 9-for-15 from the floor and a
point shy of matching his career high.
"I think I stepped my game up this year from last year, but I
feel there's a lot more I can do as well," said Iguodala, who
averaged 11.9 points. "I'm attacking a little bit more."
The Cavaliers were coming off a 105-92 win over Orlando on
Tuesday night and missed a chance to move 12 games over .500 for
the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season.
The Sixers beat Cleveland for the 22nd time in the 26 games.
"They've given us trouble, no doubt about it," James said.
"This is the team that's given us the most trouble thus far."
Trailing by double digits most of the second half, Marshall hit
a 3 that got the Cavaliers within eight late in the game. He added
two free throws and James sank one to cut it to 110-105 with 2:07
Iguodala came up with a nifty defensive play, hustling to chase
down a loose ball at midcourt that set up an Iverson jumper that
pushed the lead back to seven.
"It was just a play that got us an extra opportunity to
score," Iguodala said.
The play also rallied the Sixers. John Salmons added a basket
and Iverson sank a couple of free throws to help them hold on to
win for only the fourth time in 10 games.
"We didn't get into playing their game," James said. "They
got some easy buckets, got up big, and we wasted our energy coming
back. Once we got back, we had no more energy."
The Sixers played for the first time since the All-Star break
and first time since their most lopsided loss of the season, 117-84
to Chicago last Thursday.
Nearly one year to the day of Webber arriving from Sacramento in
a trade, he enjoyed one of his finest games of the season, making
10 of 16 shots from the floor. Regarded as one of the best passers
at his position, he fed Kyle Korver on a sharp bounce pass for a
layup that gave the Sixers a 10-point lead early in the fourth.
Webber also made a smart play when he slammed a ball off a Cavs'
leg to help the Sixers gain possession late in the game.
James didn't score his first basket until there was 3:30 left in
the first quarter, then he got rolling. His 3-pointer that opened
the fourth made it 87-84 and he sank a couple of baskets that
allowed the Cavs to hang around for most of the rest of the
The Sixers built a 17-point lead by the middle of the third on
the strength of 20-point efforts from Webber and Iverson. The
Cavaliers went on a 20-10 run in the last 5:12 and pulled to 87-80
at the end of the quarter.
Sixers president Billy King continued to dismiss talk that
he's interested in trading Iverson, saying there was "no truth"
to any rumors. "People always ask about Allen just like I ask
about other superstars," he said. King also said any moves he
might make would be "minor." "If you read it in the paper, or
wrote it in the paper, it's not happening with us," he said. ...
Despite losing to 5-foot-9 Knicks G Nate Robinson by one point in
the slam dunk contest, Iguodala was introduced as "our own slam
dunk champion." Iguodala missed a fastbreak dunk in the third
quarter. ... Sixers C Samuel Dalembert sprained his left ankle and
is day-to-day. ... The Sixers are 6-0 when three players score