NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, November 1st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 88, Atlanta 75
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 32 points and had six assists as the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Atlanta Hawks, 88-75, in the season opener for both teams.
Andre Iguodala scored 15 points while Samuel Dalembert added 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won six straight at home against Atlanta.
Chris Webber finished with eight points and 13 rebounds in the victory, but shot just 4-of-16 from the field.
Joe Johnson scored 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting for the Hawks, who won only eight games on the road last season. Atlanta lost its eighth straight season opener.
Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress each had 15 points and Tyrone Lue finished with 12 as Atlanta shot just 33.3 percent from the field. Pachulia also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Childress had 10 boards.
The Sixers, who never trailed during the contest, stormed out of the gates with a 17-2 burst in the opening 5:16 of the first quarter. Webber got things going with a driving layup, and after Iverson drilled a three-pointer, Dalembert followed up with an alley-oop jam from a feed by Iguodala.
Philadelphia led 29-14 after the first frame.
Atlanta went on a 12-4 run midway through the second. Pachulia hit two free throws and a layup before Childress scored on a reverse layup. Johnson then drained a jumper 39 seconds later to cut the Hawks' deficit, 37-28.
Iverson highlighted the final 4 1/2 minutes with nine points as the Sixers ended the first half with 49-35 advantage.
Philadelphia took its largest lead, 62-39, with 7:05 left in the third. Dalembert and Webber hit back-to-back hook shots, then Iguodala nailed a three. After two free throws by Iverson, Steven Hunter dunked courtesy of an Iverson assist and Kevin Ollie's jumper forced Atlanta to call a timeout.
The Sixers held a 73-58 at the end of the third quarter.
The Hawks cut the deficit to 81-71 with 6:07 to play in the fourth, helped in part by four free throws by Johnson and two by Lue. Childress also drained two jumpers during the 10-2 run.
Philadelphia, though, held its own as Webber landed a jump shot and Dalembert slammed with just over two minutes to play en route to the win.
The game marked the first meeting between the two teams on opening night...The Sixers shot 41.9 percent from the field...Atlanta had 18 turnovers to Philadelphia's 17...The Sixers made 23-of-25 free throws...Philadelphia has won six of the last seven against Atlanta...Philadelphia travels to Orlando on Friday while Atlanta hosts New York...Attendance was 17,119.
11/01 22:08:20 ET