By Dave McMenamin
SCOREBOARD: Dec. 27, 2005 | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE
PLAY OF THE DAY
Allen Iverson makes the big shot in Denver
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Iverson lets go of the game-winner Tuesday in Denver.
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SHOOTING STUDS
Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
108-106 loss vs. Sixers
45 pts, 17-30 FG
1-2 3-pt FG, 10-12 FT

Mike Bibby, Kings
110-93 win at Clippers
38 pts, 10-20 FG, 4-8 3-pt FG, 14-16 FT

Dwyane Wade, Heat
109-98 win vs. Bucks
35 pts, 10-14 FG, 15-19 FT

SHOOTING DUDS
Sam Cassell, Clippers
110-93 loss vs. Kings
1-12 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 3 pts

Mike James, Raptors
113-106 loss at Pistons
1-8 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 4 pts

Stromile Swift, Rockets
82-74 loss vs. Jazz
2-10 FG, 2-4 FT, 6 pts

STAT SHEET STUFFER
Chris Webber is doing a heck of a lot more than just coexisting with Allen Iverson in Philadelphia; he is thriving. The big forward with the ball skills of a small guard displayed his all-around game in Denver to the tune of 32 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Webber shot 15-for-22 from the field and collected a steal and a block to boot in the Sixers' 108-106 win against the Nuggets.

RICK KAMLA'S FANTASY TAKE
Juwan Howard (19 points, eight rebounds) was solid for the third straight game on Tuesday, proving to be the fantasy beneficiary of Yao Ming's absence.

D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
Torraye Braggs' tip-in at the buzzer won the game for the Tulsa 66ers. Braggs scored 13 points and collected 14 rebounds to lift Tulsa over the Fort Worth Flyers 87-85.
GAME OF THE NIGHT
In a matchup between the two most popular players in the league with cornrows, the veteran came out on top of the young pup. Playing like a wise man minus the gray hair, Allen Iverson and the Sixers took everything Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets handed to them and gave it right back. Iverson hit a jumper at the top of the key with four seconds left to break a 106-all tie and put Philadelphia up by two. The shot capped a 36 point, 10 assist night for A.I. After a timeout, Denver worked the ball into Anthony -- who enjoyed a career-high 45 point night -- for a final shot but Philly trapped Anthony in the corner, prompting him to kick it out to Earl Watson for a 3-point attempt with less than a second remaining. Watson's shot fell short and the Sixers won 108-106 at the Pepsi Center.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I like Chris a lot. He's quick, a good athlete and he has a nice shot. He could put on a little more weight, though."

- Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace on the Raptors' Chris Bosh, perhaps imploring the third-year player to sample more of the exquisit cuisine that Toronto has to offer, either that, or get in the weight room. Bosh scored 37 to Wallace's 16 on Tuesday but the Pistons won 113-106 in Detroit.

STORYLINES OF THE NIGHT
1. Oh Baby!
Tracy McGrady was off to a great start on Tuesday, but he decided to leave the game at halftime to witness another "great start" of sorts -- the birth of his second child, a son, Laymen Lamar, born at 9:53 p.m. CST. McGrady had 21 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in only 20 first-half minutes as the Rockets entered the lockerroom with a 41-36 advantage. In the second half, the Rockets -- who were already missing Yao Ming with a foot injury -- stalled on offense and the visiting Jazz won 82-74. "We didn't lose because (McGrady) wasn't there," Rockets' coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We lost because we were inept offensively. What matters is that we fouled too much, we turned it over too much, and I think we probably shot in the 20's. We didn't play well enough on offense to win. We have professional players out there, so we have no excuses." McGrady returned after the game in time to join the team on its flight bound for Oklahoma City, where the Rockets play on Wednesday.

2. Streaks in the East
The Detroit Pistons extended their league-leading win streak to eight games on Tuesday as they beat the Raptors, improving their overall record to 23-3, also tops in the league. Meanwhile, in New Jersey something had to give as both the Nets and the Cavs entered the game riding a six-game tear. Richard Jefferson's 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting led New Jersey to a 96-91 win over the Cavs and LeBron James. New Jersey sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 16-12 mark, while Cleveland's 17-10 record puts it second to Detroit in the Central Division.

3. Who's Head of the Class?
The NBA Draft Class of 2003 boasted a banner night on Tuesday as all of the top five picks were in action. Denver's Carmelo Anthony, the No. 3 pick, scored a career-high 45 points. The Raptors' Chris Bosh, the fourth overall selection, also set a career-high with 37 points. Dwyane Wade, picked fifth, scored 35 points for the Heat. LeBron James, taken with the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was his usual stellar-self as he scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists. And even the Pistons' seldom-used Darko Milicic, taken second overall, got into the mix, scoring two points in one minute of play.

ROOKIE WATCH
The Toronto Raptors are riding the wave of a youth movement and Charlie Villanueva might as well be at the forefront shouting "Cowabunga!" The versatile forward out of Connecticut scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had five rebounds while only playing 19 minutes. Villanueva and the Raptors lost in Detroit 113-106.

COOL/CLUTCH PERFORMANCE
When the Sixers needed a big bucket late in the game on Tuesday, Allen Iverson answered their call with a slashing lay-up to give Philadelphia a 103-102 lead with 1:54 remaining. When Philly needed a huge bucket late, Iverson answered again. A.I. tickled the twine with a jumper from the top of the key with four seconds left that gave Philadelphia a two-point lead and subsequently, the winning margin, in a108-106 victory in Denver.

SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
Maurice Williams, who has proved himself as an invaluable substitution for the Bucks by hitting two game-winners this season, performed mightily for Milwaukee again Tuesday. T.J. Ford left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury and Williams stepped right in as he scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting to lead the Bucks in scoring. Williams wasn't satisfied with his performance, however, after Milwaukee lost 109-98 in Miami to drop its second in a row. "It doesn't mean anything because we lost," Williams said. "What I did tonight felt like it wasn't enough. You can't go away feeling good."