PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 27 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson
may not have scored
40 points, but he still managed to take over when the game was
on the line.
Iverson scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half as the
Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 111-104 victory over the
Portland Trail Blazers.
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Seeking his fourth straight 40-point performance, Iverson got
off to a sluggish start, making just 2-of-12 shots in the first
half. But Philadelphia was able to turn 10 Portland turnovers
into 16 points and was within 60-54 at the break.
"It was a game where tonight I wasn't having a big game and the
other guys did a great job," said Iverson, who was a game-time
decision with a sore right index finger. "I'm not the perfect
point guard. I'm not John Stockton or Magic Johnson. I take
what the defense gives me."
scored seven points in the first two minutes of the
third quarter to give the Trail Blazers their biggest lead,
67-56, but Iverson got Philadelphia going with a 15-foot jumper.
He scored five more points in a 16-4 run that put the Sixers
ahead, 72-71, with 4:43 left.
The teams traded the lead until Philadelphia moved ahead for
good midway through the fourth with a 9-0 burst.
After Damon Stoudamire
hit a runner with 7:20 to play to give
Portland an 89-86 edge, Iverson hit back-to-back jumpers to give
Philadelphia the lead one minute later. Marc Jackson
three-point play before rookie Andre Iguodala
capped the run
with a breakaway dunk that gave the Sixers a 95-89 advantage
with 5 1/2 minutes left.
"Andre was terrific and he played very tough-minded basketball,"
Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien
said. "We're throwing a lot of
things at him and he's playing a lot of minutes as a rookie.
He's handling it very well and we're not even at the halfway
Iguodala had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which
improved to 2-0 on its current eight-game road trip.
"It was a terrific win for our team," O'Brien said. "We continue
to do what is necessary, keep it close on the road and try to
pull it out in the fourth quarter."
Jackson and fellow reserve Kyle Korver
were key factors in the
Sixers' fourth-quarter rally, combining for 17 points in the
final period. Korver hit a clutch 3-pointer that made it 105-96
with 1:55 to play.
"Those are the shots I want to take and I'm supposed to take and
that's the way it's been," said Korver, who was 4-of-8 from the
arc. "I've always enjoyed the fourth quarter and that's my
time to step up."
Miles scored a season-high 28 points, but added just two in the
final period. He also missed a dunk and two critical free
throws in the final 2:20 to halt the Blazers' rally.
had 25 points and nine rebounds for Portland,
which lost in its first game at home after winning three of four
to close its six-game road trip.
"It's real disappointing coming home from a good road trip,"
Randolph said. "We let up and they came back and hit some shots.
We couldn't execute on the other end."