<
>

Iverson overcomes cold first half to score 28

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With a sprained finger and early shooting
problems, Allen Iverson needed some help. Rookie Andre Igoudala
gave him -- and the Philadelphia 76ers -- a big lift.

Iverson finished with 28 points and Igoudala added a career-high
22 to lead the 76ers to a 111-104 win over the Portland Trail
Blazers on Monday night.

"I wasn't putting pressure on the defense," Iverson said. "I
was settling for a lot of jump shots. ... I just started to be
aggressive and started looking for my teammates."

Darius Miles scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph had
25, and Theo Ratliff added 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks
for the Blazers.

Igoudala also had 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won six of
their last seven.

Iverson was questionable until game time after hurting his
finger during shootaround Monday morning. He shot 2-of-12 in the
first half, but scored 21 points in the second half on 6-of-13
shooting in the opener of Philadelphia's seven-game road trip.

With his jumper failing him in the first half, Iverson
concentrated on driving to the basket and drawing fouls in the
second. He finished 10-of-13 from the line.

Igoudala surpassed his career high of 18 points with a
combination of high-flying dunks and long-range jumpers.

"(Iverson) opens up a lot of things for me," said Igoudala, a
first-round pick from Arizona. "Most of the screens were for him,
so I just have to knock down open shots and play good defense."

Miles continued his impressive stretch as a starter for
Portland, scoring more than 20 points for the third time since
replacing the injured Shareef Abdur-Rahim in the starting lineup
six games ago.

Portland shot better than 62 percent in the first half, but
wilted in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter as
its shot selection deteriorated.

"We let up and they took advantage and we got beat," Randolph
said.

After Derek Anderson got Portland within 105-101, Philadelphia's
Marc Jackson made two free throws with 36 seconds left. Randolph
made one of two foul shots for the Blazers, but Iverson made two of
his own to seal the victory.

Portland led 60-54 in the first half, hitting 25 of 40 shots as
Miles scored 17. But the Blazers quickly lost the lead as Iverson
got hot.

Portland was ahead 67-56 early in the third quarter, but
Igoudala and Iverson each scored eight points in the next four
minutes as the Sixers erased the lead and then went ahead 72-71.

Iverson, named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after
scoring 54, 51 and 40 points in games last week, ended up right
around his league-leading scoring average of 28.7 points per game
on 8-of-25 shooting.

Coming off an 18-point game against Indiana, Jackson added 16
off the bench for Philadelphia.

Game notes
The Blazers signed Ha Seung-Jin, their second-round pick in
last year's draft. The 7-foot-3 center had been playing with the
Portland Reign of the American Basketball Association. He went on
the injured list to make room for Richie Frahm, who returned from a
toe injury. ... Philadelphia forward Glenn Robinson, who has missed
the whole season so far, may have aggravated his toe and elbow
injuries by trying to practice too soon. He didn't join the team
for the road trip. ... Blazers president Steve Patterson took the
floor during a timeout to present local Champions Tour golfer Peter
Jacobsen with an award for winning the U.S. Senior Open. The award
was a large basketball shoe affixed to a plaque.