Philadelphia 96, L.A. Lakers 73
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson
led by example.
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Iverson scored 39 points and Glenn Robinson
added 26 as the
Philadelphia 76ers put forth one of their best efforts of the
season, pasting the Los Angeles Lakers, 96-73.
Following a disheartening loss to Toronto on Tuesday, Iverson
criticized his teammates for a lack of heart, hustle and
toughness. In his first chance to set the tone, the All-Star
guard was dominant in helping to hand Los Angeles its worst loss
of the season.
Iverson, who has at least 30 points in five of his last six
games, shied away from taking credit for the team's performance.
"I hope it didn't take that," he said. "But if it did, I'm
happy it worked because guys came out and played hard. They did
whatever it took to get a win. I tried to make sure I led by
example as well. But I never worry about myself. I'm going to
come out and play hard regardless if I play well or not."
"Allen Iverson is going to tell you how it is," Philadelphia
center Samuel Dalembert
said. "That is one thing I like about
him. We need to realize that is how it is."
Iverson outscored the Lakers by himself in the opening quarter,
scoring a dozen points as Philadelphia led 25-10 after 12
Iverson had 20 points at the half and 36 through three quarters.
He sat a good portion of the fourth as the 76ers carried a
27-point cushion into the final quarter.
"It's a game, it's another game that we have to play, regardless
if we were playing against a team with the worst record in the
league," Iverson said. "It was just important for us to get a
win, regardless if it was ugly, regardless if it was a blowout.
We didn't care, we just wanted to get a win."
Robinson's 11th point of the game also was the 14,000th of his
career. He made 9-of-15 shots from the field as Philadelphia
snapped a three-game losing streak.
Philadelphia coach Randy Ayers was cautious when asked about the
affect of Iverson's comments.
"Well, we will see," Ayers said. "(You are) probably going to
see the impact of that on Saturday night (vs. Boston). I think
everybody can get up to play the Lakers because they are the
marquee team in the league."
had 17 points but missed 12-of-15 free-throw
attempts for the Lakers, who fell to 2-2 on their season-high
seven-game road trip.
"We just had dead legs tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.
"It was obvious that we just didn't have any zip out there at
all. ... It's just a matter of a late game last night. Getting
in here at four in the morning, and guys physically not capable
of playing in these kinds of conditions."
"We took advantage of them coming in late (last night), and we
took advantage of them not shooting the ball well," said
Robinson, who became the 112th player to reach the 14,000-point
plateau. "We definitely took advantage of putting Shaq on the
free-throw line; he was only 3-of-15 tonight, so that was great
Los Angeles, which already was without Kobe Bryant
, Karl Malone
and Kareem Rush
, lost starting point guard Gary Payton
ejection just under nine minutes into the contest.
"We didn't want to lose Gary in the first quarter," Jackson
said. "I think that (referee Joe Crawford) knew after he did it
that he put us at an extreme disadvantage to play the game.
This is sports and entertainment. That wasn't entertaining. We
lost Gary and he was our leader on the floor. There wasn't any
reason for it. It was ridiculous."
The 76ers lost starting forward Kenny Thomas
to a sprained right
ankle midway through the fourth quarter. He is expected to
undergo an MRI on Friday.
"He told me it was the same ankle that he had sprained before,"
Ayers said. "It didn't look like there was a lot of swelling,
but we will see. We will probably do an MRI on him tomorrow and
hopefully, things will turn out OK."
Los Angeles, which shot a season-low 34 percent from the field
(28-of-82), had never scored less than 80 points against
Philadelphia since the introduction of the shot clock. The
Lakers also fell to 1-6 in their last seven regular-season games