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Iverson, Sixers finish weekend sweep of Knicks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In case Larry Brown somehow forgot what it
was like to coach Allen Iverson, the All-Star showed his former
coach a reminder of exactly what he's missing in New York.

It was the way he takes over games with clutch points and
playing hurt that has Philadelphia still in playoff contention,
while the Knicks are flailing at the bottom of the Eastern
Conference.

Iverson scored 32 points and dominated New York for the second
straight game to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-95 win over
the injury-depleted Knicks on Sunday night.

Andre Iguodala added 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds
for the Sixers, who won their second game in three days over the
woeful Knicks. Philadelphia had lost 10 of 12 before sweeping the
home-and-home series against New York.

"We have a tough week ahead of us and to get those games out of
the way was important," Iverson said. "It was easy for us to go
up against a team that hasn't even won 20 games. They are playing
relaxed and we are fighting to get into the playoffs."

Holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference by 1½ games over idle Chicago, the Sixers desperately
needed these two wins. They play the Bulls twice this week in games
that could decide who gets that final playoff berth.

Chris Webber scored 20 points and Samuel Dalembert had 13 points
and grabbed nine rebounds.

"We really needed them, but at the end of the day, that team
doesn't have a great record," Webber said.

Iverson, who went to the NBA Finals with Brown in 2001, scored
47 points on Friday and had 32 through three quarters in this one
before his teammates turned the game into a laugher early in the
fourth.

Iverson got the Sixers rolling in the second quarter, hitting a
nice fallaway jumper and free throw for a three-point play late for
his 19th, 20th and 21st points. He finished with 10 points in the
quarter and helped the Sixers to a 61-50 halftime lead.

At one point, some Knicks were more interested in watching a fan
try and sink a $98,000 halfcourt shot instead of listening to
anything said in the huddle. The shot, like New York's effort, was
no good.

Iverson strained his ribs late in the first half, though it
hardly affected him in the third quarter. He slashed and crashed
his way through the lane and added 11 more points, getting six from
the free-throw line. He was able to sink a 3 right in front of
Brown on the Knicks bench.

Iverson said he had no idea how he hurt his ribs, but was fine
for the playoff push.

"I feel like everybody knows what is at stake," Iverson said.
"Everybody knows the importance of every game. We had a good
meeting before the game in New York and I think it helped us out
because it got us focusing on what we need to do as a basketball
team."

The Knicks played without injured starters Jalen Rose and
Stephon Marbury. Marbury did not play because of his injured left
knee, while Rose sat out because of plantar fasciitis of the left
foot and a sore right knee.

"It was tough, we came in here really undermanned," Steve
Francis said.

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 23 points. Francis, who did
not start after missing Friday's game with a sprained toe on his
right foot, scored 18. Eddy Curry had 14. The Knicks had 25
turnovers.

"We've got to take care of the basketball and take good
shots," Brown said. "They just don't get it."

The Sixers used an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth
quarters to go up 21. Webber had seven steals and the Sixers shot
55 percent.

"Everything we do from here on out has to be a team effort,"
Iverson said. "If five guys play together on both ends of the
court, we can make something positive out of this season."

Game notes
Brown said he did not expect Marbury to miss the rest of
the season and listed the point guard as day-to-day. Rose will have
an MRI Monday. ... Brown said he would visit with and observe
playoff coaches during a rare postseason off for him. ... When
asked to describe the season in 25 words or less, Brown joked he
only needed one word. "And there's a lot of them," he said.
"Hell. Miserable. Pathetic. Trying. I'll give you my daughter's
spelling list. But I've learned a lot. Hopefully I'll be better for
it." ... Cheeks said there was a chance injured G Willie Green,
who hasn't played all season with a knee injury, would be activated
before the end of the season. ... The Sixers had three players
score 20-plus points for the eighth time this season are 8-0 in
those games."