NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Toronto
(Friday, February 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 106, Toronto 91
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored 30 points with eight assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Kenny Thomas contributed to the win with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Andre Iguodala added 16 with eight boards for the Sixers, who gave head coach Jim O'Brien a victory on his 53rd birthday. The Sixers have won have three of their last five games overall and have beaten Toronto in seven of their last 12 trips to ACC.
The Sixers shot 50 percent from the field (41-of-82), including 9-of-21 from three-point range, and outrebounded Toronto, 47-33.
Jalen Rose scored 23 points to lead Toronto, which has lost five of its last six home games and continues to be plagued by off-court news after a story on Friday revealed more internal trouble. An article on the website of sportsnet.ca, cited sources close to the team (including former Raptor Vince Carter's mother), with providing information about an incident involving head coach Sam Mitchell and Carter.
Michelle Carter told sportsnet.ca that her son slammed Mitchell down on a table two months ago. The report, which also includes information about several other players wanting to be traded, comes just days after rumors about an altercation with Rafer Alston surfaced. Alston, who reportedly got into some type of confrontation with Mitchell on Tuesday at Cleveland, left the arena before the game with the Cavaliers was over. Tuesday's incident came just days after Alston returned to the team after serving a two-game suspension imposed by Mitchell. Alston was not penalized for leaving early Tuesday.
Mitchell downplayed the story after the game, saying he was joking around with his players as he has done for years. Before the game Mitchell told reporters, "No guys, No. My team is fine," when asked about the situation.
In Friday's game, Philadelphia led by 12 after three quarters and was still in control, 90-75, after a slam dunk by Corliss Williamson off a feed from Iverson with 7:57 remaining. A three-pointer by Iguodala from the right corner with just over six minutes left gave Philadelphia a commanding 95-79 cushion.
The lead grew to 20 before the Sixers coasted to the 15-point win.
Philadelphia led by six at halftime and maintained the advantage throughout the rest of the game. After the Raptors pulled within two, 59-57, Iguodala hit a pair of three-pointers to give the Sixers an eight-point lead. Iverson scored the next six points for Philadelphia, sandwiched around a three-pointer by Alston, to increase the lead to 71-60.
The Sixers' lead grew to 13 before ending the third quarter with an 82-70 advantage.
The Sixers shot 60 percent (12-of-20) and scored the final six points of the opening quarter for a 28-24 lead. Philadelphia scored five of the first seven points in the second quarter to extend its lead to 33-26.
Toronto trailed throughout the second quarter until Morris Peterson hit a three-pointer for a 38-37 edge with 4:43 left before halftime. The basket came in the middle of a nine-point run that gave the Raptors a 42-37 lead after two free throws by Chris Bosh with 3:46 remaining until halftime.
Trailing 45-40, Philadelphia closed the first half with an 11-0 run. Iverson hit back-to-back threes to start the run and put the Sixers ahead by one. Williamson hit a jumper and Aaron McKie ended the half with another shot from beyond the arc for a 51-45 lead at the break.
The Raptors made 10-of-27 shots from three-point range to extend their streak of at least one three to 501 straight games. The run is the current best in the league...Thomas finished 10-of-13 from the field...Iverson reached the 30- point mark for the 17th time this season.
02/11 23:12:03 ET