NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 116, Cleveland 107
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala poured in 25 points on 9- of-15 shooting to lead Philadelphia to a 116-107 win over Cleveland at the Wachovia Center.
Iguodala seemed to be brimming with confidence after an All-Star weekend in which he excelled in both the rookie/sophomore game and the dunk contest.
"We want him to get offensive opportunities - no question," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks of Iguodala. "I think that he can get more opportunities in running the floor, getting early post up which he did. Tonight was a little unusual where he had more than a number of attempts at dunking the basketball going to the rim so I think that's a little bit unusual."
Allen Iverson added 29 points and 12 assists for the Sixers, who won for just the third time in their last nine outings. Chris Webber recorded 24 points and 14 rebounds while Kyle Korver came off the bench to drop 13 in the win.
"I think we did a lot of good things," Iverson said. "I think the most important thing was backing up. Coming back from the [All Star] break we talked about how we wanted to play together, how much we wanted to defend, and limit our mistakes on the basketball court."
LeBron James tallied a game-high 33 points for the Cavaliers, who lost for the first time in four games. Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted 27 points and pulled down nine boards while Donyell Marshall popped off the bench to score 16 in the loss.
"They got off to a good run when we didn't get back in transition," James said after the game. "They were able to get easy lay-ups and when you get down like that it is hard to come back against a team that scores so well."
Philadelphia took a seven-point advantage into the final quarter and continued to keep Cleveland at arm's length. A pair of Korver free throws extended the Sixers' cushion to double digits at 101-90 with 6:42 left on the clock.
Nearly 2 1/2 minutes later Korver took a dribble handoff and buried a long three to give the Sixers a 13-point advantage, 108-95.
The Cavs had one last push in them, however, and scored 10 of the game's next 12 points to make it a five-point game, 110-105, with 2:11 remaining.
Ilgauskas buried a pair from the charity stripe to start the burst and Marshall followed with a long three. After Samuel Dalembert answered with a bucket, Cleveland came back with a James driving layup and three more free throws.
Iverson finally responded with a key jumper. The bucket made it 112-105 with only 1:31 left.
Thirty-six seconds later, John Salmons sealed things when he got loose inside for a lay-in.
"This game had nothing to do with shooting," said Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. "They scored 116 points and we scored 107 on 47% from the field. This is how Philly wants to play. They want to get out and they want to run and have a wide-open game. They want to win with a lot of points on the board."
The Sixers shot 58 percent in the first quarter and raced out to a 28-21 lead.
Philadelphia continued to play frontrunner into the intermission with a 59-49 edge. Webber led the Sixers with 14 at the break while Ilgauskas had 22 for Cleveland.
Webber's jumper with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter gave the Sixers their largest lead of the night, 75-58.
The Cavs fought back and ended the quarter with a 22-12 flurry to get back in the game and make the score 87-80 heading to the final frame.
Dalembert left the game late in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return...Iverson reached two milestones Wednesday. He recorded his 4,000th assist and now has 4,005 in his career. He also passed Glen Rice and is now 48th on the NBA'a list of all-time leading scorers with 18,359 points. Next on the list for Iverson is former Sixers' great Julius Erving, who has 18,364 points...This is the sixth time this season that three players on the Sixers have scored 20-plus points. The Sixers have won all six contests...The Sixers, who are 17-11 at home this season, have won 22 of the last 26 meetings in this series...The Cavaliers are 12-15 on the road this season.
02/22 22:54:58 ET