Iverson sinks buzzer-beating 3-pointer for win

COLOGNE, Germany -- Allen Iverson emphatically answered Dirk

But the German star still has a lot of questions after the U.S.
Olympic team needed Iverson's midcourt buzzer-beater to edge
Germany 80-77 in an exhibition game Wednesday -- a day after the
Americans' stunning 95-78 loss to Italy.

"If they sent Kevin Garnett and Kobe and everyone else no one
in the world would have a chance. But I don't know like this,"
Nowitzki said. "I'll be very curious to see how they'll do in

Nowitzki scored 32 points, capped by a 3-pointer over two
defenders that tied it at 77 with 3.2 seconds left. But Iverson
countered with his second 3-pointer in the final 1{ minutes,
prompting Tim Duncan to raise a finger to the sky as if to say,
"We're No. 1!" while other team members piled atop Iverson.

"That was great. It felt good because it was the first time in
my life I hit a buzzer-beater like that," Iverson said. "That's
what basketball is all about."

U.S. coach Larry Brown tried to put a positive spin on another
embarrassing game.

"We made a lot of improvements over the game last night, but we
have a long ways to go," Brown said, adding of his recipe for gold
in Athens: "We're going to have pound the ball into Tim Duncan and
knock down some outside shots."

But the shaky first two games of the European trip has people
wondering if this team is going to be the first to lose in the
Olympics since NBA players became eligible for the 1992 Barcelona

Duncan led the Americans with 19 points, Carmelo Anthony added
16 and Iverson finished with 15.

Nowitzki pulled Germany -- a team that failed to qualify for the
Athens Games -- to 75-74 with two free throws with 35 seconds left.
Anthony's two free throws made it 77-74, setting up the final
long-distance drama in front of 18,000 spectators roaring for the
Germans and especially the popular Nowitzki.

"You can write the negative or you can write the positive,"
Iverson said. "But it was good to win a game like this. The crowd
was really into it. We have to get used to it in Athens. Everybody
will be rooting against us."

The U.S. team plays its first game in Athens against Puerto Rico
on Aug. 15 as it tries to win its fifth straight gold medal since
NBA players were allowed to compete at the Olympics. The Americans'
next exhibition game is against Serbia-Montenegro.