76ers hold off Allen, Sonics in fourth quarter

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics are glad they only have
to see Allen Iverson twice a season.

Iverson scored 34 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter,
and the Philadelphia 76ers won their third straight game by
defeating the SuperSonics 114-107 Tuesday night.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, shot 13-for-30 and had seven

"He's good," said Luke Ridnour, Seattle's second-year starting
point guard. "He's an All-Star guard and he's attacking all the
time. He shot 30 times, so it's tough to guard someone like that
when they're having the ball that much. He's pretty fast."

Ray Allen had 32 points, including 19 in the final period for
the Northwest Division-leading Sonics (20-6).

The 76ers beat a Western Conference team for the third straight
time after starting the season 0-8 against opponents from the West.
They've won seven of their last nine overall.

Philadelphia never relinquished its lead in the second half.

Allen cut the Sonics' deficit to 87-81 with a layup in the first
20 seconds of the fourth quarter, but Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer,
Corliss Williamson converted a three-point play and Iverson
responded with a 3-pointer to put the 76ers in front 96-81 with
2:14 gone in the final period. The Sonics never threatened after

Of course, the 76ers love what Iverson does for them, too.

"I think he is the guy who feels the responsibility of stepping
up in the second half," coach Jim O'Brien said of his nine-year
star veteran. "He's our leader and he knows that we are going to
call his number enough times that we are going to allow him to get

"It's just about playing for 48 minutes and to get it done,"
Iverson said. "It's a good feeling."

Willie Green scored a season-high 20 points, Kenny Thomas added
15 and Marc Jackson and Williamson each had 13 for Philadelphia,
which lost to Seattle at home in November.

"We've got confidence in him every night," Korver said of
Iverson. "When he gets on a roll like he did tonight and like he
has the last two weeks, it makes us all a lot better."

For the Sonics, Ridnour had 16 points and nine assists, while
Reggie Evans had a season-high 14 points.

"We didn't knock shots down the way we wanted to tonight,"
Seattle's Antonio Daniels said. "But defensively you don't want to
give up that many points in a game because it's very difficult to
win when you give up 110 points, 120 points in a game."

The Sonics cut their deficit to three points three times in the
third quarter, the last time at 76-73 with 3:49 to go on two free
throws by Allen. The 76ers outscored Seattle 11-6 after that with
Iverson making a layup in the final minute.

Thomas had 13 points in the first quarter and Iverson 10 in the
second, helping the 76ers to a 59-48 lead at halftime.
Philadelphia's biggest lead in the opening half was 15 points at
59-44 after Iverson's reverse layup on a fast break with 1:20 left.

The Sonics lost on a night when their 3-point shooting was off.
They were 8-for-33, with Vladimir Radmanovic going 1-for-7.

Radmanovic said the 76ers had a lot to do with his team's poor
outside shooting.

"They were pretty aggressive on our pick and rolls," he said.
"They took us out of a lot of things we wanted to run."

Game notes
The Sonics got back PG Daniels back after he missed two
games because of acute tonsillitis. Daniels played 20 minutes and
scored six points on 1-for-4 shooting. ... The 76ers beat the
Sonics for the fourth straight time in Seattle. Seattle's last
victory over Philadelphia at home came March 19, 2001. ... The
76ers have won games on consecutive days for the first time this