TORONTO, Nov. 24 (Ticker) --
The Toronto Raptors did not contain Allen Iverson
any better the second time around.
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Iverson recorded his fourth straight 30-point game, scoring 37
as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Raptors, 94-84, to sweep
a home-and-home series.
After scoring 31 points in Friday's 90-80 victory over Toronto,
Iverson fell one point shy of his season high in Sunday's
matinee. The three-time scoring champion had 25 points in the
second half as he eclipsed 30 for the eighth time this season.
"At the beginning of the game, I was trying to go to the
basket," Iverson explained. "I thought I wasn't getting the
call so I went to my mid-range jumper. I'm satisfied in the
direction that we're going. We believe in each other."
Keith Van Horn
added 19 points and nine rebounds for
Philadelphia, which has won three in a row and six of seven. The
Sixers won two games in Toronto for the first time in series
scored 25 points and Morris Peterson contributed
17 for the Raptors, who have lost five in a row.
"Hopefully we can turn it around fast, but it's definitely
affecting us and we need to get out of this funk," Peterson
Toronto should get a big boost if star guard Vince Carter
returns to action this week. Carter is expected to practice
Monday and Tuesday before possibly playing Wednesday against the
New York Knicks.
Van Horn's layup snapped a 53-53 tie with 7:48 left in the third
quarter and Philadelphia led thereafter.
The Raptors hung around until the Sixers went on a 14-4 run to
start the fourth period, taking an 80-67 advantage on a pair of
free throws by Iverson, who had 13 points in the quarter.
"We had a chance to blow the game open, but they made a real
game of it," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "I thought
(Iverson) struggled early and then he really turned it on. Late
in the game especially, he made some unbelievabe plays."
The Raptors climbed within 83-79 as Voshon Lenard
capped a 12-2
run with a three-pointer with 2:36 remaining. But Iverson answered
with a 16-foot jumper and Toronto went cold. Philadelphia is
9-0 when leading with five minutes to play.
The Raptors allowed the Sixers to shoot 51 percent (36-of-70)
from the field - the third time in the last four games in which
their opponent made more than they missed.
In addition, Philadelphia outscored Toronto, 40-26, in the paint
and owned a 41-35 edge in rebounding.
"It's a difficult time for us right now. Our defense hasn't
been very good," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Our big
guys step out and teams are getting a lot of points in the
paint. If you give up a lot of shots that close to the basket,
they're going to shoot a high percentage. We've just got to do
a better job."
Philadelphia opened a 17-9 lead on a layup by Canadian Todd
with 5:05 to go in the first period.
The Raptors erased an eight-point deficit, knotting the game the
last time on two baskets by Williams with 8:11 left in the
Toronto's Antonio Davis
reached the 7,000 career-point plateau
with 59 seconds left in the third period. He finished with 14
points and eight rebounds.