Monday, January 23, 2006

Iverson and 76ers win over Timberwolves

With the 76ers trailing by 19 points late in the third quarter, Allen Iverson made a promise to his teammates during a timeout.

"I made a promise to them that if we got it under 10, we'd win the match," he noticed. Actually, Iverson kept his word when Andre Iguodala's follow of Chris Webber's missed layup narrowly beat the buzzer, lifting the 76ers over the Minnesota Timberwolves 86-84 on Sunday.

"It was one I'll never forget," Iverson noticed.
The Timberwolves won't forget Iverson. He made 39 points for the 76ers, who overcame poor shooting to win their second straight and sweep the season series against Minnesota.

It’s good to remember that Iguodala had 14 points, and Webber finished with 11. Webber was just 4-for-16 from the floor, but he helped hold Kevin Garnett to 13 points.

Two days after an emotional overtime win over Memphis, the 76ers played another solid defensive match, contesting shots, hustling for loose balls and getting their fingers on several passes.

Indeed, they needed all of that, since they shot 32-for-80 from the floor and had 12 fewer assists than Minnesota.

"Our defense was consistent ... definitely our scoring wasn't," Webber noticed. Iverson hit a 3-pointer with 9:24 remaining, and Lee Nailon followed with a layup and an 11-footer to pull the 76ers within 71-70 with 8:20 to play.

Hassell responded with a pair of buckets, and Jaric hit a driving layup to give Minnesota a 77-70 cushion at the 6:10 mark. But the Timberwolves managed just seven more points.

"You could hear Allen on the bench keep saying, 'We're still there, We're still there,"' Cheeks noticed. "I think he gave a lot of guys a lot of hope."

PHILADELPHIA (86)--Salmons 0-4 0-0 0, Webber 4-16 2-4 11, Dalembert 3-4 0-0 6, Iguodala 6-11 2-3 14, Iverson 13-27 8-10 39, Hunter 1-3 3-4 5, Barnes 1-3 0-0 2, Korver 1-6 0-0 3, Bradley 0-1 0-0 0, Ollie 0-1 0-0 0, Nailon 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 32-80 15-21 86.

MINNESOTA (84)--Szczerbiak 7-16 3-3 18, Garnett 5-15 3-4 13, Griffin 6-9 0-2 13, Hassell 6-11 2-2 14, Jaric 7-19 1-2 15, Carter 4-5 0-0 8, McCants 0-2 1-2 1, Dupree 1-1 0-2 2, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-78 10-17 84.