Iverson has 26 points, 15 assists; Korver scores 20 off bench

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With their season on the line, the Philadelphia 76ers have played their best basketball.

Allen Iverson had 26 points and 15 assists and Kyle Korver scored 20 off the bench, helping Philadelphia move into sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 105-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Stephen Hunter, playing for injured Chris Webber, tied a career high with 20 points, and Andre Iguodala added 19 as the Sixers won their second straight game to move a half-game ahead of Chicago for eighth place in the East.

"We want to make the playoffs," Hunter said. "We don't care who we play, Detroit or Miami."

Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 37 and Gilbert Arenas had 32 for Washington, which missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot.

The Sixers (36-41) had lost 13 of 17 before beating the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday night. They closed within one game of Indiana and Milwaukee for sixth place in the jumbled East. Philadelphia has five games remaining while the Bulls have six. Chicago holds the tiebreaker advantage.

"We are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and we believe in each other more than ever," Iverson said. "We are looking forward to trying to get in the playoffs and make something happen."

The Wizards (39-38) hold the fifth spot in the East but are only two games ahead of Indiana and Milwaukee with five games remaining, including two games against the Bucks.

"We rely on Gil and Antawn so much," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We have to have other guys step up to take a shot. Guys have to understand you can't do it with two guys. You've got to have confidence to take a shot."

After going back and forth most of the second half, the Sixers went on a 7-0 run to take a 98-90 lead late.

Korver hit a turnaround jumper and Jared Jeffries made a turnover that started a fast break for the Sixers. Korver dished it to Iguodala, who played give-and-go with Iverson. Iguodala finished it off with a dunk following an alley-oop pass to give the Sixers their biggest lead since early in the third quarter, 97-90.

Antonio Daniels then missed yet another an ill-advised shot -- he was 2-for-11 -- and got a technical foul for arguing that he was fouled. Korver made the free throw to make it 98-90 with 2:02 left.

Willie Green, playing his fifth game since returning from knee surgery, sealed it with a 3-pointer to put the Sixers ahead 103-94 with 1:05 left.

"They did a very good job on defense and we missed some open shots," said Jeffries, who had a career-high 16 points. "I made a key turnover late that hurt us."

Webber (back) and point guard Kevin Ollie (quadriceps) both missed their second straight game for the Sixers.

Wizards guard Caron Butler (thumb) missed his third straight game, while center Etan Thomas (back) dressed, but didn't play for the second game in a row.

A fast-paced third quarter featured a few spectacular plays and several lead changes. Iguodala and Hunter had consecutive dunks to finish off the Sixers' scoring as the Wizards took a 79-78 lead into the fourth quarter.

Washington erased a 44-38 deficit with a 12-0 run just past the midpoint of the second quarter. Jamison started it with a layup and finished it with another layup, giving the Wizards a 50-44 lead. Jamison also hit a 3-pointer during the spurt.

The Sixers started fast, taking an 18-8 lead behind 6-for-9 shooting. One of those plays easily made the highlight reels. Iverson made a behind-the-back pass to Iguodala, who sent the same pass to Hunter for a dunk.

Game notes
The teams tied the season series, 2-2. ... Hunter also had 20 against Seattle on March 16. ... Jamison and Arenas had 37 of Washington's first 44 points. ... Iverson's career high for assists is 16. ... Arenas was 16-for-21 from the foul line. Both numbers were records at the Wachovia Center.