Friday, March 24, 2006

The Answer to Fight Magic

Philadelphia 76ers can feel more confident about getting a victory now. They will face Orlando Magic tonight (7 p.m.) and the reason for being optimistic is that the Answer is on the court again.

Allen Iverson returned from his injury and helped his team end the four-game losing streak that occurred without him. Now the star guard looks to lead the Sixers to their first back-to-back wins in three weeks when they take on the Magics.

In fact, Sixers dropped four straight while Iverson was sidelined with an injured right foot, the last three on a West Coast road trip that consisted of matches against Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State.

Iverson was back in the lineup Wednesday as Philadelphia opened a two-game homestand, and had 29 points and 12 assists in a 115-106 win over Atlanta.

``(I felt) just like a kid in a candy store,`` Iverson said. ``It was just fun to be back out there and be in the environment and playing with my team and trying to help.``

The Sixers, holding a 2 1/2-game lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, now look to win two in a row since March 1-3. Philadelphia has gone 2-7 since those victories.

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

It's important to notice that the 76ers scored a season-high 67 points in the first half and took a 19-point lead into the break. In the third period, Kyle Korver took over and scored 10 points as the Sixers went up 96-74 going into the fourth.