Allen Iverson is in one of those special zones. But even when he scores 50 points, it isn't enough to guarantee a victory for the 76ers. Even when it is done in record-setting...
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson is in one of those special zones.
But even when he scores 50 points, it isn’t enough to guarantee a victory for the 76ers. Even when it is done in record-setting fashion.
Iverson scored 51 points last night and became the first 76er to go for at least 50 in consecutive games in a 103-101 loss to the Utah Jazz at the Wachovia Center. Iverson’s outburst came on the heels of a 54-point explosion in a 116-97 win at Milwaukee.
“I don’t care about that,” Iverson said about scoring 51 points. “We had control, whether it was me scoring or anybody else.”
It is rare when a team blows a double-digit lead, then overcomes one in the same half. Almost as rare as a road victory by the Utah Jazz these days, but both occurred last night at the Sixers’ expense.
The Jazz (11-15) led by 16 at the half, trailed by 10 early in the fourth quarter, then came back to snap a seven-game road losing streak.
“This one feels bad because we had such a great effort trying to get back into the game,” Iverson said. “Then once we got back into it and got a lead, we just couldn’t keep the lead.”
It was the second consecutive home game in which the Sixers (10-14) squandered a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead. On Friday, the Sixers let a 19-point, fourth-quarter advantage slip away in a 113-107 overtime loss to New York.
Iverson has scored 50 or more points in eight regular-season games; the Sixers are 5-3 in those contests. He has scored 50 or more in three playoff games, all Sixers wins.
“I feel like I’m getting into a rhythm that I’m accustomed to being in,” said Iverson, who made 18 of 31 field goals. He is 65 for 135 (48.1 percent) in his last five games; he averaged 40 points during that stretch.
Two questions emerged from last night’s game. Where were the Milwaukee Bucks when the Sixers needed them? And where were Iverson’s teammates?
In two wins last week over the Bucks, Iverson totaled 94 points. He had plenty of help in those games, but he couldn’t find much last night.
The only other Sixer in double figures was Kyle Korver, who came off the bench to score 16 points. Korver hit 5 of 7 three-pointers and was 5 for 9 from the field.
The rest of the team shot a combined 8 for 36.
“I never look at the stat sheet, but I just didn’t shoot the ball well for us,” said center Marc Jackson, who was 1 for 9 from the field.
The Sixers could have used three more points and 4.5 more seconds from Iverson. He fouled out with that much time left and the score tied at 101. Mehmet Okur was fouled after retrieving teammate Matt Harpring’s miss, and he hit both free throws.
The Sixers’ Willie Green missed on a hard drive to the basket and Brian Skinner’s tap at the buzzer was short.
The Jazz was led by Iverson’s Olympic teammate, Carlos Boozer, who scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Okur had 20 points and 10 rebounds.