Iverson became only the seventh player in NBA history to score
at least 50 points in consecutive games, but he fouled out with 4.5
seconds left, putting Mehmet Okur on the line for the winning free
throws in Utah's 103-101 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.
"I had a hot hand and Coach (Jim O'Brien) called my number,"
Iverson said. "That's with anybody, though. If a guy's going well,
you milk it. You just keep running the same play over and over
until they stop it."
Iverson followed up his 54-point game in Milwaukee with 51 this
time, becoming the first Sixers player to score 50 in back-to-back
games and the first Philadelphia player to accomplish the feat
since Wilt Chamberlain for the Warriors in 1962.
The last NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games was
Antawn Jamison in December 2000 with the Golden State Warriors.
Iverson joined Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Chamberlain, Bernard King,
Michael Jordan and Jamison as the only players to accomplish the
Iverson scored 21 in the third quarter to help the Sixers
overcome a 16-point halftime deficit, only to watch the comeback
fall short from the bench. After Okur hit his foul shots, a running
layup attempt by Willie Green clanged off the back of the rim, and
the Jazz snapped a seven-game road losing streak and a three-game
Okur finished with 20 points and Carlos Boozer led Utah with 28
as four Jazz players finished in double figures.
After blowing their big halftime lead, the Jazz used a 15-4 run
in the fourth quarter keyed by Boozer and Carlos Arroyo, who
finished with 11 assists.
"We started feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit in the
second half," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "But fortunately they
stuck together and a couple guys made real hard, hustle plays."
Iverson hit a running layup and Kyle Korver, who had 16 points,
drained his fifth 3-pointer to tie it at 101 in the final minute.
Iverson single-handedly turned around a game that, for the first
half, was sloppy.
Trailing 57-41 at halftime, the Sixers scored 38 points in the
third quarter using runs of 16-6 and 20-10 to erase Utah's lead in
less than 12 minutes.
Iverson scored on a variety of shots, hitting 3-pointers,
off-balance drives and a reverse left-handed layup that brought the
crowd to its feet. He went 18-for-31 from the field, including
4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 11-of-17 from the line. He also had
"He puts up 50 points two nights in a row and he's still
looking for us," Korver said. "A lot of guys are capable of
putting up 50 points back-to-back nights, but they (think), this is
my show. He wasn't like that. It's pretty amazing."
The teams combined for 30 fouls and 27 turnovers in the first 24
minutes, and the game was marred by five technical fouls, including
an ugly altercation early in the third quarter.
Philadelphia's Corliss Williamson was ejected with 6:26 to play
in the third after being assessed with a technical foul for
grabbing Utah's Matt Harpring by the nape of his neck after the two
were battling for position under the basket.
Williamson held onto Harpring for a few seconds before shoving
him into the crowd. It was his second technical foul of the game.
Sloan is 27-15 against Philadelphia. ... Utah players have
already missed 86 games due to injury. ... Kenny Thomas missed his
second straight game for Philadelphia with a back strain. John
Salmons missed his second straight with bronchitis. ...
Philadelphia embarks on a three-week, eight-game road trip
Wednesday, starting in Indiana.