PHILADELPHIA, March 11 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson
and Chris Webber
appeared to be in synch. The Charlotte Bobcats were totally out
Iverson had 25 points, 12 assists and four steals in less than
three quarters and worked well with Webber as the Philadelphia
76ers raced to a 112-80 victory over the expansion Bobcats, who
have lost five in a row.
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In Tuesday's embarrassing home loss to Golden State, fans at the
Wachovia Center booed Webber, the star forward who has had
trouble acclimating himself with Iverson and the rest of the
76ers since being acquired before last month's trading deadline.
"Lately that has been the big topic, whether Chris Webber and I
can work together," Iverson said. "It rarely has anything to do
with wins and losses, it's whether me and Chris can co-exist
with each other. Tonight, it looked that way. Tomorrow, it
might not look that way. In the long run, it will look like we
can play with each other and we definitely can."
"Tonight was definitely better when you're blowing somebody
out," Webber said. "I want to play good for myself and the team.
I think that we're on the right page and I hope that it keeps
In his eighth game with his new team, Webber collected 16
points, eight rebounds and five assists and seemed to have a
better feel for the offensive scheme.
"I felt pretty good about going forward," Webber said. "It was
fun playing when everybody is involved. It's just fun for me to
get everybody involved and make a couple of shots tonight."
However, Webber was not on the floor for the start of
Philadelphia's decisive surge early in the second quarter. Led
by the speedy Iverson, the 76ers rattled off a 19-2 surge to
"I don't know if everybody's legs felt fresh, but we played like
they were fresh," Iverson said. "We played great on defense,
and did a good job of moving the ball on offense. Tonight we
played the total team game. We didn't leave anything out on the
Iverson had a pair of hoops between a 3-pointer and three-point
play by Kyle Korver
to make it 31-21 with 8:15 remaining. Webber
returned and sank two free throws and a tough running banked by
Iverson pushed the margin to 39-22 with 6:31 to play.
"More (plays) came through me," Webber said. "But Allen has to
have the ball in his hands. You shouldn't change the plan for
success. To be out here and to do stuff, it feels great."
Meanwhile, the Bobcats were without injured point guard
and it showed. They went nearly six minutes without a
hoop while committing six turnovers.
Philadelphia led, 57-39, at halftime, and Webber's driving
behind-the-back floater made it 67-45 with 7:44 to go in the
third quarter, bringing oohs and aahs from the crowd.
"Allen and I laughed before the game about what we could do,"
Webber said. "It was fun. Throwing a between-the-legs pass to AI
felt good. I feel the offense was flowing tonight, and
hopefully we can keep it going."
Charlotte got no closer and trailed by as many as 35 points in
its worst loss of the season. Philadelphia registered its
Korver scored 17 points and Samuel Dalembert
added 15 and
three blocks for the Sixers (30-32), who snapped a two-game
"After losing two games, we don't care who comes in here,"
Iverson said. "You just want to take your frustrations out on
the other team. It just happened to be the Bobcats. This game
makes me feel good, just like we beat a team at the top of the
division. We just needed a win."
Rookie Emeka Okafor
scored 17 points for the Bobcats, who fell
to 0-2 vs. the Sixers this season.
"It's real simple. We ran into a wounded tiger," Bobcats coach
said. "Everybody has been all over the 76ers
about the Webber situation. What they really don't understand
is that it just doesn't happen overnight. They played well and
they played with intensity. They stepped up and showed the
critics what they are capable of doing."