Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 22nd

Hawks 106

(21-45, 7-26 away)

76ers 115

(32-35, 20-14 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:00 PM ET, March 22, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 24 24 26 32106
PHI 32 35 29 19115

Top Performers

Atl: J. Childress 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

Phi: A. Iverson 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl

Iverson scores 29 in return as Sixers top Hawks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Still playing with a sore foot, Allen Iverson came back and invigorated fading Philadelphia.

Iverson scored 29 points in his return to the lineup, Kyle Korver had 23 and Chris Webber 21 to lead the 76ers over the Atlanta Hawks 115-106 on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

"Having Allen back rejuvenated us a little bit," coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Iverson, the NBA's second-leading scorer with an average of 33.2 points, missed the last four games after he bruised and sprained his foot against Memphis on March 12. The Sixers lost all four games without him and have a tenuous hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia sure was glad to see Iverson in the lineup. The Sixers are only 2-6 this season without the former MVP.

"I hope they were glad I was back and I hope that I did give them some type of confidence," he said. "It's important for my confidence for me to feel wanted and be able to go out there and make something happen."

With Iverson back in action, the Sixers put this one away early -- a rarity for a team that has had frequent fourth-quarter collapses. He looked sharp and never seemed bothered by the foot, missing only one shot and scoring 11 points in the second quarter to help Philadelphia to a 67-48 halftime lead. It was the most points scored in a half by the Sixers this season.

Iverson complained of soreness after the Sixers won for only the second time in nine games.

"I didn't expect it to be this sore after the game," he said. "It's just something I'll have to deal with, get treatment and get better."

Andre Iguodala had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 51 percent from the floor. The Sixers made 10 of 15 3-pointers.

Iverson also had 12 assists and Webber grabbed 10 boards, giving Philadelphia three players with double-doubles for the second time this season.

"Any time you don't have a player like Allen play for four consecutive games, you're going to miss him," Cheeks said. "You're going to miss his scoring, his drive, a lot of things."

Josh Childress had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Josh Smith had 22 points and Marvin Williams 21 for the Hawks.

"We haven't had many games like that where we weren't in the game," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Give them credit, they needed the win and they played like it."

Playing the woeful Hawks also helped the slumping Sixers. With Iverson scoring most of his points from the foul line in the third quarter, Korver took over. He sank two 3s and finished with 10 points in the quarter. He went 6-for-7 from 3-point range and made his first seven shots overall before missing a layup early in the fourth.

Korver came right back to hit another 3, giving the Sixers a 99-76 lead. The Hawks left their starters in most of the rest of the game, which kept the score from looking like a total blowout.

While there may always be some thought that the Sixers would be better off without Iverson, Korver said they need him in the lineup for their playoff push.

"There's this perception that we don't like playing with him or something, and that's not the case," he said. "I still can't figure out how he can miss that many days and come back and play like that."

Game notes

The Sixers scored 66 points in a half twice this season, both in November. ... Cheeks had a snappy comeback when asked if the injury was going to make him watch Iverson's minutes. "I'm going to watch all 48 of them," he said, laughing. Iverson played 42. ... Sixers C Samuel Dalembert is upset he's been demoted in favor of Steven Hunter. "I wish they would tell me one specific thing I need to get done and, trust me, I would be focused on that one thing and would make sure I would get it done," Dalembert said. ... The Sixers season-high point total was 125 in a triple-overtime game against Boston. ... Ty Pennington, the hyperactive team leader of ABC's home improvement series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," was at the game.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 106 115
FGM-FGA 38-75 (.507) 41-81 (.506)
3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 10-15 (.667)
FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 23-30 (.767)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 13-39
Assists 28 25
Turnovers 19 14
Steals 10 12
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 16 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 25 (3/0)
Largest Lead 0 24

Top Performers

Josh Childress Childress
Points: 17
Reb: 12
Ast: 5
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 29
Reb: 3
Ast: 12
Stl: 2
Blk: 0