NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Chicago
(Friday, December 10th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 93, Chicago 88
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson had 22 points and nine assists as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a six-game skid with a 93-88 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Samuel Dalembert tallied 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots in his first start of the season for the Sixers, who won for the 10th time in 11 games at the United Center.
"(Dalembert) was the spirit that we needed tonight," said Iverson. "He did it at both ends of the court for us. That was the reason he was inserted into the starting line-up."
Marc Jackson added 17 points and six rebounds off the bench for Philadelphia, while Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver each had 11 points and Kenny Thomas 10.
Chicago, which has lost four of five, was paced by Luol Deng's 17 points. Eddy Curry added 13 while Kirk Hinrich and Tyson Chandler each chipped in 12. All of Chandler's points came prior to the intermission.
The Sixers took a 77-68 advantage into the final 12 minutes, and an Iverson jumper with just under five minutes to play in the game gave Philadelphia a seemingly comfortable 91-78 lead.
But the Bulls rallied, scoring 10 straight to pull within three points at 91-88 with 1:30 remaining. Chicago had a chance to tie it with a three- pointer, but Iverson stole the ball with 20 seconds left and was fouled. Philadelphia inbounded and Iguodala got fouled and hit two free throws to put the Sixers up five. His two foul shots would be the last points of the game.
"It was an important win for us," said Iverson. "We needed any kind of win to help us get back on track."
Chicago scored the first bucket of the third quarter to pull within three, but Philadelphia rattled off a 14-5 run to take a 65-53 advantage with 7:24 left in the period. Four points each by Iguodala and Thomas led the run, while a Korver three-pointer punctuated it. The 76ers, who made just 4-of-25 from three-point land Wednesday night in a loss to Minnesota, nailed four long balls in the third quarter alone in this contest.
The Bulls led 19-17 after one quarter, and extended it to 24-19 on a Ben Gordon three-pointer at 10:40 of the second. But the Sixers ran off a 17-6 spurt, led by Jackson's six points, to grab a 36-30 lead with 6:35 left in the first half. Philadelphia would lead the rest of the way in the second quarter and took a 51-46 lead into the locker room.
The Bulls have not won back-to-back games this season...Philadelphia enjoyed a 41-38 edge on the glass...The Bulls converted just 7-of-25 three- pointers...The Sixers picked up their first road victory of the season in nine tries.
12/10 23:46:02 ET