76ers run Wizards off road

Iverson fuels 91-84 win as Philly pulls over Jordan in second half

January 23, 2002|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Speed kills in the NBA, just as it does everywhere else in sports, and the Philadelphia 76ers displayed theirs in a dazzling fourth-quarter spurt on the way to a 91-84 win over the foundering Washington Wizards last night at MCI Center.

In particular, Allen Iverson's speed took over in the second half, as he blitzed the Wizards for 34 points, 22 after halftime, as a procession of Washington guards watched him either blow by them on the break or hit tough jumpers.

For a second straight night, Michael Jordan faded badly in the second half, hitting just one of eight shots after intermission, for a total of 30 points, but only two after the break.

The loss was Washington's second straight and the sixth in its past seven games, dropping the Wizards (19-20) behind Philadelphia (20-21) by .001 percentage point, and plummeting them under .500 for the first time since a Dec. 16 loss to Toronto dropped them to 11-12.

The Sixers took a 16-point lead at 82-66 with 7:08 remaining when Iverson hit a 20-footer to cap his own 7-0 run. However, the Wizards responded with a 9-0 run of their own, as reserve forward Tyrone Nesby scored on a lay-in, was fouled and converted the free throw with 6:24 to go.

Tyronn Lue, who chipped in 19 points off the bench, hit a 12-footer in the lane, and Jordan, who had missed his previous five shots in the half, dunked, followed by an off-balance 18-footer from Hubert Davis to cut the Philadelphia lead to 82-75 with 3:34 to go.

Off a Sixers timeout, Eric Snow, who had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, hit an 18-footer, and after Davis missed an off-balance shot on the ensuing possession, Aaron McKie drilled a three-pointer with 1:59 to go that effectively closed the game.

The Sixers took control in the third, as Iverson connected for 14 points in the period, many on off-balance shots with a hand in his face. The reigning league Most Valuable Player hit six of 11 shots in the quarter, scoring six points in a row, and eight of the Sixers' last 12 points in the quarter, to close the third period leading 71-62.

Meanwhile, the Wizards committed seven turnovers in the period, and save for four three-pointers, two from Chris Whitney and one each from Lue and Hubert Davis, Washington couldn't sustain much of an offense. Jordan missed all five of his shots in the quarter, as Philadelphia turned up its defensive intensity.

Jordan, who hit just one of 11 attempts in the fourth quarter of Monday's 105-101 loss at Minnesota, appeared determined to atone for that quarter personally, hitting his first three shots, while taking Washington's first six attempts, as the Wizards broke out to a 9-2 lead. The Sixers then reeled off 13 of the next 18 points, punctuated by an Iverson drive and succeeding three-pointer, to give Philadelphia a 15-14 lead with 4:36 remaining.

However, Jordan closed the quarter on fire, scoring Washington's last nine points, including a 17-footer off an inbounds pass, as the Wizards led 23-19. In the period, Jordan shot 9-for-14, for 19 points, equaling the Sixers' output alone.

In the second, as Jordan rested, Lue, who defended Iverson well in last year's NBA Finals, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, began to heat up, hitting for five points as Washington went on a 7-0 run to take a 32-23 lead, its largest of the half.

However, once Jordan returned at the 7:08 mark, McKie, last year's top sixth man, started his own 11-0 run, hitting three three-pointers from the left sideline and from the top, as the Sixers took a 34-32 lead. The teams traded leads throughout the rest of the half, until Jordan popped a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in the second quarter to give Washington a 46-45 lead at intermission. He finished the half with 28 points.

Christian Laettner, who returned Saturday from a stay on the injured list with a broken fibula, missed last night's' game with a charley horse, and is expected to miss tomorrow night's game against Cleveland, as well.

FG FT Reb

Philadelphia Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Harpring 31 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 6

Blount 8 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0

Mutombo 36 1-2 0-0 1-8 1 2 2

Iverson 45 14-32 5-7 1-2 5 1 34

Snow 37 7-11 5-6 3-8 9 4 19

McKie 27 6-11 2-2 0-5 3 5 18

McKey 27 2-3 0-0 2-5 2 4 4

Claxton 20 2-6 0-0 1-2 2 0 4

Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Dalembert 8 2-6 0-0 5-7 0 0 4

Totals 240 37-78 12-15 15-42 23 18 91

Percentages: FG .474, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (McKie 4-6, Iverson 1-5, Snow 0-1, Harpring 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Mutombo 3, Iverson, Blount). Turnovers: 19 (Iverson 6, McKie 4, Harpring 4, Snow 2, Claxton 2, McKey). Steals: 14 (Snow 3, Iverson 2, Mutombo 2, McKey 2, McKie 2, Harpring 2, Claxton). Technical Fouls: Iverson, 55.0 fourth.

Washington Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Jordan 42 14-27 1-1 2-8 6 4 30

PJones 26 2-7 0-0 6-7 2 1 4

JWhite 18 0-3 1-2 2-6 0 1 1

Davis 38 3-11 2-2 0-1 5 1 10

Whitney 29 3-7 1-1 0-2 1 4 9

Lue 33 7-13 3-3 0-3 4 3 19

Haywood 26 2-3 2-4 4-6 0 3 6

Nesby 24 2-6 1-1 1-5 1 1 5

Simmons 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Totals 240 33-78 11-14 15-38 19 20 84

Percentages: FG .423, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Whitney 2-2, Davis 2-6, Lue 2-6, Jordan 1-2, Simmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 8 (Haywood 4, Davis, Whitney, Nesby, Jordan). Turnovers: 19 (Jordan 5, Lue 4, Davis 2, Whitney 2, P.Jones 2, J.White, Nesby, Haywood, Simmons). Steals: 13 (Davis 3, Nesby 3, Lue 2, Jordan 2, Whitney, J.White, P.Jones). Technical Fouls: Coach Collins, 7:16 fourth.

Philadelphia 19 26 26 20 - 91

Washington 23 23 16 22 - 84

A-20,674 (20,674). T-2:19. Officials-Joe Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Luis Grillo.

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