OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 3 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson
Philadelphia 76ers wore down the Golden State Warriors, who were
shorthanded to begin with.
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Iverson scored 29 points and Kenny Thomas
and rookie Andre Iguodala
added 19 apiece as the 76ers used an efficient
offensive approach to post a 112-104 triumph over the Golden
Iverson carried the team early, scoring 21 of his points in the
opening half and Thomas and Iguodala hit big free throws late.
"I really expect people to think the ball is going to be in my
hands at the end of the game and it is, but if they do anything
to get it out of my hands, guys have got to step up and make
plays and I've got all the confidence in the world that guys can
do that," Iverson said.
Philadelphia shot 50 percent (40-of-80) from the field,
including 6-of-14 from 3-point range. The 76ers sealed the win
from the line, making all but five of their 31 attempts,
including 13-of-14 over the final 12 minutes.
"We had a sense of urgency from the beginning of the game,"
Iverson said. "We got down then we got back into it. We got a
lead, had time. The second half we pretty much played steady
throughout the half and then when it was time to make plays on
both ends of the court, we did."
Philadelphia evened its record at 14-14 by winning for just the
third time in eight road games against the Western Conference.
The 76ers are 4-2 on their eight-game road trip, their longest
stretch away from home since the 1994-95 season.
"I think we played a solid game of basketball," Philadelphia
coach Jim O'Brien said. "We did not keep the ball in front of
us well. Other than that, it's good to get our fourth win on
this trek of ours."
"We're taking it upon ourselves to let people know we can beat
teams in the Western conference," Thomas said.
led Golden State (11-20) with 29 points and 14
rebounds. Former Sixer Speedy Claxton
added 21 for the
Warriors, who were without star guard Jason Richardson
and newly acquired Zarko Cabarkapa
With forward-center Dale Davis
not getting off the bench, Golden
State had just eight players in its rotation.
"We have to step up, and hope to get those guys back soon and do
the best we can," Murphy said.
"As a team you search for how to replace that," said Warriors
guard Derek Fisher
, who scored 15 points off the bench. "We've
done the best job that we can do for the most part but we can
figure out ways, even with Jason out of the lineup."
Iverson showed no pity for the Warriors.
"I don't have anything to do with that," Iverson said. "That has
nothing to do with when the ball's thrown up. We're missing
guys. We've got guys on the injured list that could be on the
court. We could make those excuses."
The Warriors shot well, making 51 percent (38-of-74) of their
attempts, including 11-of-25 3-pointers.
After the game, Golden State released forward Ansu Sesay
had four points in 11 minutes against the Sixers.