TORONTO, March 3 (Ticker)
-- Allen Iverson
was all too familiar, Vince Carter
was barely recognizable and the Toronto Raptors just keep on losing.
Allen Iverson has a history of lighting up the Raptors and this game was no different.
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Iverson scored 42 points while Carter was held to 12 on 3-of-10 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers posted a 96-84 victory that extended Toronto's losing streak to 11 games.
The Raptors' 11-game losing streak is two shy of the franchise record set from March 20-April 12, 1998.
The last player reeling Toronto needed to see was Iverson, who has recorded three of his six 50-point games, including playoffs, against the Raptors.
"You got to give the little guy credit. He comes up with the big plays, especially against us," said Antonio Davis
, who led the Raptors with 26 points and nine rebounds.
On Sunday, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player scored at will while Carter again appeared hampered by a quadriceps injury that has negated his leaping ability.
"I couldn't do anything offensively whether it was an open shot, a free throw, it was just one of those nights, I guess," said Carter, who saw some double-teams but was primarily guarded by Eric Snow
Carter had scored 30 and 28 points in Toronto's two wins over Philadelphia this season.
Iverson, who made headlines Friday when he said the Sixers were still the best team in the East, then delivered 43 points in a victory over New Jersey, recorded his 40th career 40-point game, including seven this season. The Sixers are 24-16 when he reaches 40.
This one came without the benefit of any 3-pointers as Iverson hit 16-of-37 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line.
The electrifying guard has always given Toronto fits, scoring playoff career-highs 54 and 52 points against the Raptors last May and 51 points in a regular season game in January 2001.
Iverson struck quickly on Sunday, scoring the first two baskets of the game as the Sixers broke out to a 9-2 lead and were never headed.
Philadelphia held its biggest lead at 67-49 with 6:37 left in the third quarter after Iverson converted a layup, a fadeaway from the foul line and a 17-footer from the right side in an 8-0 run.
After being cascaded by boos from the sellout crowd at the Air Canada, the Raptors finally began to show signs of life, closing the third quarter with a 16-6 run. Davis highlighted the spurt with 10 points as the Raptors pulled within 73-65.
"I was surprised myself by the boos here," 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo
said. "Usually the crowd is the one that carries the load, but today it seemed when we were up by 10 the crowd was just booing them."
But the Raptors were unable to get closer than eight points in the fourth quarter.
The signature play of the game came when Iverson snuck up on Carter from behind, slapped away the ball and drove for a dunk.
He followed with another steal and layup to give the Sixers an 89-75 lead with 3:49 left.
"He (Carter) didn't think anyone was coming, so I got him on that one," Iverson said. "Eric was playing real strong defense on him and I just got it from the backside. It's frustrating for anyone who Eric is guarding."
After Davis converted 1-of-2 free throws, Iverson connected on a sideline jumper to open a 91-76 advantage. Derrick Coleman
had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Matt Harpring
added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Sixers. Harpring scored 11 points in the first half, when Philadelphia built a 51-40 lead. Morris Peterson
scored 17 points for Toronto, which is averaging 82 points during its losing streak.
The Raptors fell one-half game behind Indiana for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Philadelphia is sixth, one game behind Boston and Orlando.
"We just have to find a way to win somehow," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We're a little tight right now and we just have to loosen up."