NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 92
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored a game-high 34 points and dished out 12 assists, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the winless Toronto Raptors, 104-92, at the Wachovia Center.
Chris Webber posted 28 points and 16 rebounds for Philadelphia, which swept its four-game homestand. The Sixers have won five straight overall since starting the season 0-3.
John Salmons netted 16 points off the bench and Kyle Korver chipped in eight points in the win, helping Philadelphia to push the lead to as high as 19.
The Sixers shot 46 percent from the floor.
Raptors rookie forward Charlie Villanueva set career highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort. Chris Bosh added 19 points and 17 boards for Toronto, which has yet to register a win this season in seven tries.
Jalen Rose had 15 points and five assists in 31 minutes.
A pair of driving layups by Iverson in the early going helped stake the Sixers to a 14-6 lead, which ballooned to 39-20 at the end of the first quarter after Salmons made a running jumper.
Toronto started the second quarter on an 11-0 run, though, to cut into the lead. Villanueva scored 11 points in the frame, including a three-pointer with 28 seconds left that made it 53-45 at the half.
"You expect a team to make a run, especially a team that's 0-6," Iverson said. "You know they're going to try and get a win any way they can. They've probably been down before and they haven't won a game, so obviously they're going to continue to keep fighting to try to win one and they got back into the game."
Bosh sank a jumper with 5:29 left in the third quarter to pull Toronto to within eight, which remained the deficit heading into the fourth.
Rose made it 84-78 after a free throw with just over six minutes to play.
Iverson, however, answered immediately with a three-point play to push the lead back up to nine, and the Sixers held off Toronto the rest of the way.
"We gave it a good run, but we should've never been in that position," Villanueva said. "You give them 39 points in the first quarter; that's the reason right there why we lost the game."
This was the first installment of a home-and-home between these two clubs. They will play at Toronto Wednesday...This is the worst start in franchise history for Toronto...Philly won three of four from the Raptors last season and has won eight of the last 12 meetings...The Sixers are now 4-1 when they have scored 100-plus points this season...Philadelphia made just one three- pointer in the game.
11/15 23:23:16 ET