PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Stephen Jackson atoned for a bunch of misses
with one clutch play.
Allen Iverson had 33 points and nine assists, but couldn't lead
the Sixers to their third straight victory.
Anthony Johnson had 18 points and Jackson scored 15 for Indiana,
which has won three of four.
Down by one point, the Pacers got possession after a shot-clock
violation on Philadelphia with 4.9 seconds left. Sarunas
Jasikevicius threw an inbound pass to Jackson, who went around a
stumbling Kyle Korver to make an uncontested shot.
"I was 0-for-infinity," Jackson said. "I just wanted to make
a shot. We knew they'd switch. I went backdoor and got to the
basket. My teammates showed confidence in me to give me the ball.
It seemed like I hadn't made a shot all game."
Jackson missed 15 of his first 19 shots before the easy layup.
Chris Webber then missed a jumper at the buzzer after an inbound
pass from Iverson.
"For that to happen with 4.9 seconds left, it's devastating,"
Korver was a surprise presence on the floor at that end,
considering he lost his starting job because of his poor defense.
"We didn't make the correct switch," Sixers coach Maurice
Cheeks said without singling out which player made the defensive
mistake. "Whoever didn't make the switch didn't do it on purpose.
This isn't about placing blame, it's about figuring out how to do
it right at the end."
Iverson has scored 120 points and dished out 31 assists in three
games since he was snubbed for the U.S. national team. He reached
40 points and 10 assists in consecutive games for the first time in
his 10-year career, but fell short of doing it again.
After a turnover by Peja Stojakovic, Iverson sank a fadeaway
jumper to give the Sixers a 91-90 lead with 2:26 left. John Salmons
forced Fred Jones to commit another turnover, but Iverson's jumper
was short and the Pacers reclaimed the lead on Johnson's turnaround
Webber made two free throws with 50.3 seconds left to put
Philadelphia ahead 93-92. Jackson then missed a long jumper from
the corner and Korver grabbed the rebound, but the Sixers couldn't
get another shot and gave it back to Indiana.
"That was my fault," Iverson said. "They played good defense
and I made a bad play."
The Pacers (30-26) stayed ahead of Philadelphia (30-29) in the
Eastern Conference playoff race.
"It was a great win for us," Johnson said. "That's the type
of game that had been going against us this year."
Iverson had 12 of Philadelphia's first 14 points in the third
quarter, but the Sixers couldn't pull away. Jones had a reverse
dunk off an alley-oop pass from Stojakovic to give Indiana a 69-66
lead late in the third. Jones and Jasikevicius then hit 3-pointers
to extend the margin to 77-71 going into the fourth quarter.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half.
Webber had a reverse slam and Iverson made consecutive jumpers late
in the second quarter before Webber added another dunk to give
Philadelphia a 46-45 lead at halftime.
Steven Hunter made his sixth straight start at center for
the Sixers, with Samuel Dalembert coming off the bench for the
third game in a row after missing three with an ankle injury.
Dalembert made all three of his shots -- all dunks. ... Forward
Jermaine O'Neal (groin), guard Jamaal Tinsley (elbow) and forward
Austin Croshere (concussion) remained sidelined for the depleted
Pacers. ... The teams have split two of their three meetings. In 1½
seasons, the Sixers are 26-18 when Iverson and Webber score at
least a combined 50 points . ... Indiana's Danny Granger fouled out
with under a minute left. ... Stojakovic spent most of the fourth
quarter on the bench.