NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Philadelphia
(Friday, April 8th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 103, Cleveland 98
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Marc Jackson scored 24 points and Allen Iverson contributed 23 points, a career-high 16 assists and seven rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-98, at the Wachovia Center.
Samuel Dalembert also netted 23 points and pulled down 16 boards for Philadelphia, which notched its third straight win and moved into a tie with Cleveland for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers own the tie-breaker with the Cavaliers by virtue of sweeping the three-game season series.
"I thought it was double value. We talked to our players about how important the last 10 games of the season were for us," said Philadelphia head coach Jim O'Brien. "They've won three in a row without one of their starters and it's a credit to them and it's terrific intensity for everybody on the basketball court for us."
LeBron James poured in 37 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out seven assists for Cleveland, which has dropped three in a row and seven of its last 10 contests. Drew Gooden collected 24 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Philadelphia opened the third quarter with a 12-5 spurt, keyed by five points from Kyle Korver, to grab a 62-53 advantage.
The Cavaliers battled back and cut the deficit to 74-71 on a layup by James with 1:55 remaining in the period, but the 76ers countered with a 9-2 spurt, highlighted by Korver's three-pointer, and held an 83-73 lead after 36 minutes.
Cleveland was able to close within 84-79 on two free throws by James with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. However, Philadelphia responded with six straight points, culminated by Andre Iguodala's dunk, to push the margin back to double digits.
The Cavaliers made another charge and pulled within 100-98 on two foul shots by Jeff McInnis with 30 seconds remaining. On the next possession for the 76ers, Iverson drilled an 18-foot jumper with 8.5 seconds left to seal it.
"We were going to run a pick-and-roll, and I told coach (O'Brien) that I didn't want to run that," said Iverson. "I told him to put everyone on the baseline, and he agreed with me. I waved everybody on the baseline, and I gave them a hard jab step, back pedaled, and I just got a clean look of it."
Josh Davis' three-pointer ignited an 11-6 run in the first quarter that gave Philadelphia a 27-20 lead. James then hit a shot in the closing seconds of the period to make it a five-point game.
The 76ers then scored eight of the first 10 points of the second quarter to open an 11-point advantage at 35-24. Jackson had six points during the run.
Cleveland responded with an 11-0 burst, capped by James' three-pointer, to tie the contest and the remainder of the period stayed tight. Jackson's layup at the buzzer staked Philadelphia to a 50-48 lead at the intermission.
Jackson ended the first half with 16 points, while James led the Cavaliers in the opening 24 minutes with 19.
Philadelphia forward Chris Webber missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left shoulder, suffered March 30 in Phoenix...Cleveland was again without All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is bothered by a dislocated right ring finger...The 76ers have captured 20 of the last 23 meetings between the two teams...The Cavaliers fell to 1-7 on Friday this season.
04/08 23:16:39 ET