Iverson, 76ers Stay Hot, Beat Warriors
Philadelphia 111, Golden State 100
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson got the Philadelphia 76ers started before John Salmons finished off the Golden State Warriors.
Iverson scored 24 of his 38 points in the first half and Salmons scored all seven of his in the fourth quarter as the 76ers stayed hot with a 111-100 victory over the road-weary Golden State Warriors.
"It was important to close it out and win it before the road trip," Webber said. "I'm looking forward to getting this one behind us. Twelve days is a long time to be away from home. It's going to be trying, but I think that we're going to have a great road trip."
Iverson made 11 of his first 14 shots before cooling off a bit late in the first half. He led the way as Philadelphia shot 56.5 percent (26-of-46) and led by as many as 17 points before settling for a 61-50 halftime advantage.
"We prepared about as thoroughly as possible for Iverson," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "I really don't know what we could've done differently. He just started lighting up. He's a great player."
The Sixers never trailed, although the Warriors made 13-of-17 shots in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 87-83 entering the final period. Iverson had two free throws and a jumper in a 9-0 surge before Salmons stepped forward.
The reserve swingman, who did not take a shot through the first three quarters, drove to the basket and was rewarded with easy hoops or free throws. He had a dunk, a layup and three foul shots to keep the lead at 107-96 with 2:45 remaining.
"I just tried to be aggressive and make things happen," Salmons said. "It's tough to be a complete offensive player but I've been able to get other people the ball and get my own shots as well."
The Sixers have had trouble holding late leads this season, but ot Wednesday.
"It felt like we turned that corner," Iverson said. "We had the lead going into the fourth quarter and we were able to sustain it. That's what you want as a basketball team. You understand that Golden State is a good team, that they have great shooters and on the end of a road trip they want to get that last one before they go home. We just did everything right at the end."
Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and nine rebounds and Kyle Korver added 14 and 10 for the Sixers, who held a 47-39 advantage on the glass. They improved to 11-0 when outrebounding their opponent.
"When you have Allen and Chris and the guys that we have, we're going to score points," Korver said. "It is just a matter of us rebounding and playing defense. Tonight, we did a good job doing that."
Jason Richardson scored 24 points and Troy Murphy added 22 for the Warriors, who fell to 1-3 on their five-game road trip with a visit to Detroit looming.
"On the road we're not playing with a sense of urgency and it's showing," Warriors guard Baron Davis said. "Right now we're not playing as a cohesive unit on the floor. We have to change some stuff."
For the third straight game, Golden State allowed at least 60 points in the first half. It was 8-of-23 from the arc and established very little inside presence.
"A very similar pattern, we just got off to a horrendous start," Montgomery said. "The other team shoots the ball extremely well. We have to do better defensively to start with; we can't keep getting ourselves in a hole. We're not making enough decisions offensively. We're going to have to turn this thing around."
Iverson helped the Sixers open a 35-22 lead after one period. Spirited play at both ends by Derek Fisher helped the Warriors close to 48-46 before the Sixers rattled off nine straight points, six by Webber.