Sixers Snap Skid Against Kings
Philadelphia 111, Sacramento 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 3 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber helped the Philadelphia 76ers end a lengthy slide that he helped to create in the first place.
Webber scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the 76ers snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Sacramento Kings with an impressive 111-98 victory.
"The memories that I have of this place are wonderful," said Webber, who received a standing ovation during the pregame introductions. "It's great to feel appreciated (by the fans)."
The league's leading scorer, Iverson missed 10 of his first 11 shots and finished 8-of-25 from the field for 19 points, one above his season low. The four-time scoring champion scored just two points in the fourth quarter, but by that time the Sixers already had taken control.
"We had balanced scoring," Webber said. "(Iverson) had a lot of assists, he's a good passer. That's what he brings to the table. He doesn't just have to score. If an off-night (for him) is 19, he must be a great player."
Philadelphia had four players record double-doubles, including Iverson, who matched a season high with 12 assists.
"We score with the best of them," Iverson said. "If we concentrate on defense like we do on offense, then we'll win a lot more ballgames."
Sacramento, which had won its last two games, sliced its deficit to 90-83 on a pair of 3-pointers by Peja Stojakovic and a thunderous dunk by Brian Skinner -- who was part of the trade involving Webber -- with just over nine minutes left.
But Webber responded with a pair of free throws to ignite a 13-6 run that put away the game. He also capped the burst with a jumper with 3:44 remaining.
"(Webber) rebounded the ball well," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Chris is always going to make shots because he has a great feel for the game. I thought he played well."
Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Samuel Dalembert added 20 and 14 for the Sixers (16-15), who improved to 13-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents. They held a 52-47 advantage on the boards.
"We wanted to rebound," said Webber, who posted his 16th double-double of the season. "It's fun being out there with players as athletic as (Dalembert). We knew that if we could control the boards tonight, we'd be OK."
"I came in tonight trying to have a balanced game," said Iguodala, who had five dunks while connecting on 8-of-10 shots from the floor. "When everyone is getting the ball and is scoring like we did tonight, it makes it easier to win."
Brad Miller led Sacramento with a season-high 36 points on 13-of-22 shooting and Stojakovic finished with 19 points for the Kings, who were unable to overcome a 4-of-22 shooting night from Mike Bibby.
Stojakovic, who had missed the last two wins with a groin injury, struggled to find his shooting rhythm and finished 7-of-19 from the floor. Sacramento has lost the last five games in which he has played.
"Andre had one of his better games," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks, whose team improved to 2-3 on its seven-game road trip. "We know (Stojakovic) can step behind the 3-point line and get a three at any time. I just thought (Iguodala's) attention to detail guarding him was crucial for us."
The Kings appeared to be in control after a 17-0 run bridging the first and second quarters gave them their biggest lead at 38-24. But the Sixers responded with a 27-9 burst, during which the Kings missed 12-of-13 shots, to take a 51-47 advantage at halftime.
"We couldn't make a shot or get a stop at the particular time
when we needed one," said Kings forward Kenny Thomas, who also
was part of the trade with Philadelphia. "They got offensive
rebounds and in the fourth quarter, you can't afford to do