Thursday, February 16, 2006

Iverson was the Answer again

Before this game, San Antonio Spurs came into Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers fresh off a defeat in Cleveland that broke a nine consecutive winning streak. The Sixers, on the other hand, lost in five of their last six. Against the odds, it was the Sixers who broke the pattern, beating the Spurs, 103-100, in overtime at the Wachovia Center.

The most important thing in the night was made by Allen Iverson, who had 42 points and Chris Webber, with 21, to help Philadelphia get the victory.

The Spurs have taken this trip for the past four seasons while a rodeo was held at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs matched their season high with 23 turnovers and failed to put the 76ers away from the line in the fourth. After hitting their first nine free throws, the Spurs were 8-for-13 in the fourth quarter.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 23 points, and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

In fact, Nazr Mohammed, who played in Philadelphia for the first two-plus years of his career, hit his first six shots from the field and finished with 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.

Manu Ginobili appeared to seal the match in regulation with two free throws that put the Spurs up 92-87 with 20 seconds left. But Iverson cut the lead to three, Ginobili hit one of two from the line, and Kyle Korver hit a three to make it 93-92 with seven seconds remaining. After Michael Finley hit one of two from the line, Andre Iguodala followed a Webber miss to tie game at 94 with 1.1 seconds left.

It's important to mention that on the final play of regulation, Parker was alone under the basket, but after reaching back to catch Duncan's pass with one hand, his layup came just after time expired.

Philadelphia scored the first five points of overtime and led 100-96 with 47.4 seconds left.

However, a critical turnover by Iverson led to a tough finger roll by Ginobili that made it 100-98 with 16.9 to go