Iverson gets big welcome in Philly

December 08, 2009

Allen Iverson and the 76ers' reunion tour kicked off with a fantastic opening act. In front of a full house, a video tribute and enough No. 3 jerseys to fill two or three merchandise stands, Iverson kissed the 76ers logo, danced with his teammates and bowed to his adoring fans.

All they need to do now is work on their finish. Fans came for No. 3 and stayed for No. 10 - the Sixers' 10th straight loss.

Chauncey Billups scored 31 points to help the Nuggets spoil Iverson's return to Philadelphia with a 93-83 win on Monday night. Iverson had 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting and had six assists in 37 minutes.

"I did the best I could," Iverson said. "My heart said yes, but my body said no. My legs were weak, my arms were weak. ... The fans made it hard on me because they made me more nervous than I already was."

The Nuggets scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to rally for their fourth straight win.

•Carmelo Anthony's lawsuit accusing his former business manager of misappropriating more than $2 million of his assets has been provisionally dismissed by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif. His lawyers have until Dec. 25 to file an amended complaint that would meet stricter pleading standards set forth in a Supreme Court case decided three months before his original lawsuit was filed on Aug. 17.

•Sources say the Knicks will travel to Italy next fall and play at least one exhibition game in Milan.

AP

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