Iverson hit a 15-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left to cap a
36-point performance, and Webber had 32 points, six rebounds and
four assists in the 76ers' 103-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors
on Friday night.
Iverson was 11-of-23 from the field and 12-of-12 from the free
throw line to help the 76ers improve to 34-34, the first time
they've been at .500 since Feb. 14. The Sixers are 8-6 since
acquiring Webber from Sacramento on Feb. 23.
"He's helping us, not just with scoring the basketball,"
Iverson said of Webber. "He's passing the ball like I've never
seen a big man pass it."
With the game tied at 101, Toronto's Jalen Rose missed a 10-foot
jumper, setting up the final possession for the 76ers. Webber, who
was 15-of-25 from the field, did not mind deferring to Iverson for
the final shot.
"It feels good at the end of the game, whether I want this shot
or not, to see the little fella say, 'Clear out' to me," Webber
said. "I loved it because it felt good. The way he looked at me,
if I had it, it would be the same way. It just felt comfortable and
that's the key."
John Salmons hit a 3-pointer with 9:23 left to give the 76ers a
92-84 lead, but Toronto rallied to tie it at 98. After Rose
received a technical foul for tossing his headband into the crowd,
Iverson converted the free throw and Webber hit a 17-foot jumper
for a 101-98 lead.
Rafer Alston's 3-pointer with 1:29 remaining tied it again at
"They are getting better and better at it," 76ers coach Jim
O'Brien said of Iverson and Webber learning to play together. "If
they play more and more together, they will feed off of one
another. ... It was just a real solid performance."
"I really didn't know, I was just out there playing," Bosh
said. "I was just focusing on rebounding the ball. I thought maybe
I had like 14 or 15 (rebounds). I didn't know I had (22). But it
would have been great to win. We were close."
Alston finished with 18 points and 10 assists.
Samuel Dalembert added 14 points for the 76ers.
The 76ers had two 30-point scorers in a game for the first
time since Iverson (31) and Glenn Robinson (34) did it against
Dallas on Jan. 14, 2004. ... Iverson moved past James Worthy into
69th place on the NBA's career scoring list. ... The Raptors have
hit 3-pointers in a league-leading 518 consecutive games. ...
Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook attended the game.
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