NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Philadelphia
(Friday, January 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Memphis 86 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson poured in 30 points and Chris Webber added 29 points and eight rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 89-86, in overtime at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers were extended past 48 minutes on consecutive Friday nights, as they defeated Boston, 125-124, in a triple-overtime thriller last Friday.
Samuel Dalembert chipped in nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for Philadelphia, which halted a two-game losing skid.
Eddie Jones led Memphis with 22 points and pulled down nine boards, while Bobby Jackson donated 14 points and nine boards in the loss.
Mike Miller tallied 13 points off the bench and Pau Gasol contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Memphis, which dropped its fourth straight contest.
"We just missed free throws and made mistakes. We just didn't cash in," Memphis head coach Mike Fratello said. "We played a great game, they played a great game and it came down to free throw shooting. They made theirs and we didn't."
The overtime belonged to Iverson and the Sixers.
Trailing 82-81, Memphis went to a zone defense and the Sixers' sharp-shooter made it pay. Kyle Korver buried a trey to bring the Wachovia Center to its feet and push Philadelphia to a four-point edge.
Jackson made a tough layup with 1:18 left to get Memphis within 85-83, but again Iverson countered with a jumper off a screen.
Dalembert emphatically rejected Gasol's layup with 45 seconds to play, but Webber missed two free throws on the other end. Unlike Webber, Miller made a pair of free throws to make the score 87-85 with 13.7 seconds left.
The Grizzlies fouled Webber again, and the forward made only 1-of-2 from the line to give Memphis one last chance.
Shane Battier missed a trey from the left corner, but the Sixers couldn't handle the rebound. Jackson was then fouled and made the first attempt. He missed the second on purpose, but Andre Iguodala pulled down the board with four-tenths of a second left to seal the win.
"This game was a quality game for us because Memphis is a quality team," Philadelphia head coach Maurice Cheeks said. "The other night I challenged our team on the defensive end and our defense was great tonight."
Philadelphia forced overtime with a furious push in the final seconds of regulation.
Dalembert calmly drained two free throws with 37.1 ticks left to cut Memphis' lead to 79-77.
Philadelphia double-teamed Gasol on the left block and Memphis reversed the ball to an open Miller, but the guard couldn't make the long-distance jumper.
After Iverson turned the ball over, Jones missed two free throws and Philadelphia had a final opportunity.
Iverson answered with 3.1 ticks left on a 12-foot pull-up jumper to tie the game. Jones received the inbounds pass and his half-court heave was off the mark at the buzzer.
"We just called the play and I gave Chris (Webber) the ball at the top of the key and then for him to hand it back to me and drive hard to the left and see what I could get," said Iverson about the game-tying play.
The Sixers held a 47-39 lead at the half, but Memphis grabbed a 68-64 advantage after three periods.
Philadelphia improved to 13-7 on home...Memphis fell to 10-9 on the road...The Grizzlies are 2-8 all-time in the City of Brotherly Love...Memphis made just 5-of-22 three-point attempts...Lorenzen Wright recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards in the loss.
01/21 00:16:44 ET