Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Wednesday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 7th

76ers 96

(4-3, 2-2 away)

SuperSonics 90

(4-5, 1-2 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 24 19 33 2096
    SEA 20 16 27 2790

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: A. Iguodala 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Seattle: R. Lewis 25 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Iguodala, Sixers overcome Iverson's erratic shooting

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Allen Iverson's jumpers weren't falling, his aggressive drives to the basket wouldn't drop and the usually dependable free-throw shooter missed one in the final minute of a tight game.

    Allen vs. Allen
    Allen Iverson

    Ray Allen

    Billed one way, Wednesday's Sixers-Sonics game pitted arguably the league's best scorer in AI against the league's best shooter in Ray Allen. Iverson scored 28, a shade below his 29.4 ppg average, while Allen (23 field goal attempts, 9 made) didn't measure up to his 45.2 season percentage. A closer look at the two when they go head to head:

      Ray Iverson
    Wins 11 17
    PPG 20.4 29.1
    FG Pct. 44.0 41.5
    3-pt. FG 62-177 37-102
    Assists PG 4.0 5.5

    Normally, when the Philadelphia 76ers are slumping and Iverson doesn't play well, the losing continues. Not Wednesday night.

    Iverson score 28 points, but the Sixers got key contributions from Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert and their bench in a 96-90 win over the Seattle SuperSonics, snapping a three-game losing streak.

    "In the last four games, I've been struggling. Just trying to get my rhythm back I've been struggling with it," Iverson said. "But the most positive thing when you're struggling is to win anyway. That lets you know the type of guys you're playing with. That's just a good feeling."

    Iverson scored 12 of his 28 in the third quarter, when the 76ers took control, then held on as Seattle rallied in the closing minutes.

    But it wasn't Iverson making all the plays or taking all the shots in the final moments.

    Steven Hunter made a pair of free throws, Dalembert had a critical dunk off a pass from Iverson and Kyle Korver hit two free throws with 26 seconds left to put Philadelphia ahead by six.

    Iguodala just missed a triple-double with 12 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Dalembert added 12 points and the 76ers' bench outscored Seattle's 30-12.

    Iverson made just 6 of 22 shots, but hit 14 of 16 free-throw attempts. Philadelphia opened the season 3-0, but dropped its last three and hadn't played since falling to at home to Denver 108-101 last Friday.

    "To come on the road and get a win like this with the way Seattle has been playing was huge for us," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said.

    Seattle saw its three-game win streak snapped, despite 25 points and 15 rebounds from Rashard Lewis. Ray Allen added 22 points, but was guarded tightly most of the night by Kevin Ollie and shot just 9-for-23 shooting and made only 2 of 7 shots in the fourth quarter.

    He also split a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left when two makes could have pulled Seattle within three.

    The Sonics won the last three games of an East Coast road trip and a win over the Sixers would have matched Seattle's longest win streak from a season ago.

    "Offensively we were scatterbrained," Allen said. "I think we just took ourselves out of the game offensively."

    The Sonics rallied in the closing minutes, pulling within 91-87 on Luke Ridnour's jumper with 59 seconds left. Iverson was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws with 37 seconds left. Allen was then fouled, but split his free throws. Korver's free throws moved the lead to 94-88 with 26 seconds left and Seattle turned it over on its next possession.

    Ridnour followed up his career-high 32 points against New Jersey on Monday with 20 points and seven assists, but Seattle failed to find a fourth scorer and got no help inside.

    Philadelphia outscored Seattle 48-28 in the paint and Seattle's Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox and Johan Petro combined for just 12 points. Collison was 0-for-6 shooting.

    "We just weren't that good on offense," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We were impatient and made some bonehead decisions."

    Philadelphia took it's biggest lead at 80-65 early in the fourth quarter, but Seattle scored the next nine points, capped by Allen's high-banking, left-handed layup and was fouled. The three-point play pulled Seattle within 80-74.

    But Iverson made two free throws and Willie Green tipped in Iguodala's missed dunk to put the lead back at 10, an advantage that held off Seattle's final charge.

    Philadelphia closed the third quarter on a 9-1 run capped by an Iguodala dunk, after Seattle had closed within five.

    Game notes

    Seattle scored a season-low 36 points in the first half. ... 76ers' rookie Bobby Jones, a Washington graduate, was active for his second straight game and played two minutes of the first half without scoring. ... Injured Sonics' C Robert Swift will have surgery next week in Los Angeles on the torn ACL in his right knee. Swift was injured in Seattle's next-to-last preseason game and will miss the entire year.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 90
    FGM-FGA 34-73 (.466) 35-84 (.417)
    3PM-3PA 3-5 (.600) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 25-31 (.806) 15-23 (.652)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-36 14-45
    Assists 23 14
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 11 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 2

    Top Performers

    Andre Iguodala Iguodala
    Points: 12
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0