PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
had a chance to become an
instant hero with the Philadelphia 76ers. He could not pull it
After Allen Iverson
intentionally missed a free throw with 3.4
seconds left, Webber grabbed the rebound but missed a short hook
shot as the 76ers fell to the Sacramento Kings, 101-99.
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On Wednesday night, the Kings surprisingly traded Webber - their
leading scorer and rebounder - along with Matt Barnes
to the Sixers for Kenny Thomas
, Corliss Williamson
and Brian Skinner
"I wanted to win badly and I know that these guys wanted to win
for me," said Webber, who spent nearly seven seasons with the
Kings. "I definitely need to get into the system and get to
know each other. They've tried to make me comfortable. I feel
that I can do more and that's what is encouraging."
Philadelphia led by as many as 11 points in this one and held a
92-88 advantage before Mike Bibby
made a fast-break layup with
3:32 remaining to trigger an 8-0 run by the Kings.
"We did what it took to win," Bibby said. "In order for us to
get where we're at, we have to make tough plays and get
Sacramento's edge was 96-94 when Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert
missed a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left. The
rebound of the second attempt went to Philadelphia's Aaron McKie
, who passed to wide-open teammate Andre Iguodala
But the rookie airballed a 3-pointer, and Kings guard Cuttino Mobley
- a Philadelphia native - sank a long jumper with 21
seconds left for a 98-94 lead.
After Iverson made a layup to halve the deficit, Sacramento's
only could split a pair of free throws with 16
seconds left, giving the Sixers a chance to tie. Williamson
inexplicably fouled Iguodala as he was attempting a 3-pointer
with 7.7 seconds left, but the athletic swingman missed his
first free throw before sinking the next two to make it 99-98.
Mobley converted a pair from the line with 6.4 seconds left to
open a 101-98 lead and smartly fouled Iverson with 3.4 to play,
preventing a potential tying 3-point attempt. Iverson made the
first free throw and intentionally misfired on the second
attempt, but after Webber skied for the rebound, he missed the
follow shot and the clock expired.
"Coach (Jim O'Brien
) told me to miss the shot," Iverson said. "I
tried to hit off the backboard and hit it off the front of the
rim. I told Chris that the rebound was going to come long.
Everything happened right. We just couldn't finish it."
"For some reason, that play never works. (But) I just knew that
it was going to work this time," Webber said. "It bounced and
I tried to get it out of my left hand. After I missed it, I
just tried to get the rebound and force it back up as quickly as
I could. Believe me, I wanted to make that shot more than
anybody. Tonight, it didn't happen."
Bibby scored 19 points, Mobley and Williamson added 17 apiece
and Thomas 16 for the Kings, who have won eight in a row in the
series. They had won just two of their previous nine games
"It was a big win for us," Bibby said. "We kept playing
throughout the whole game. We struggled out the gate and we
just hung in there. The new guys brought some rebounds and some
toughness for us. We needed this one."
"I'm human, of course it is (an important win)," Thomas said. "I
just got traded a couple of days ago. Being able to come back
and play these guys, of course I wanted to win. Who wouldn't?"
Iverson collected 27 points and 14 assists and Webber added 16
and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have lost three straight
"They did whatever they had to do to get the win," Iverson said.
"They played better, obviously. We've just got a long way to