Allen Iverson scored 34 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their third straight game by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics 114-107 Friday night.
SEATTLE – Allen Iverson scored 34 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their third straight game by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics 114-107 Friday night.
Iverson, the NBA’s leading scorer, shot 13-for-30 and had seven assists.
The 76ers beat a Western Conference team for the third straight time after starting the season 0-8 against opponents from the West. They’ve won seven of their last nine overall.
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Philadelphia never relinquished its lead in the second half.
Allen cut the Sonics’ deficit to 87-81 with a layup in the first 20 seconds of the fourth quarter, but Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer, Corliss Williamson converted a three-point play and Iverson responded with a 3-pointer to put the 76ers in front 96-81 with 2:14 gone in the final period. The Sonics never threatened after that.
Willie Green scored a season-high 20 points, Kenny Thomas added 15 and Marc Jackson and Williamson each had 13 for Philadelphia, which lost to Seattle at home in November.
For the Sonics, Luke Ridnour had 16 points and nine assists, while Reggie Evans had 14 points.
The Sonics cut their deficit to three points three times in the third quarter, the last time at 76-73 with 3:49 to go on two free throws by Allen. The 76ers outscored Seattle 11-6 after that with Iverson making a layup in the final minute.
Thomas had 13 points in the first quarter and Iverson 10 in the second, helping the 76ers to a 59-48 lead at halftime. Philadelphia’s biggest lead in the opening half was 15 points at 59-44 after Iverson’s reverse layup on a fast break with 1:20 left.
The Sonics lost on a night when their 3-point shooting was off. They were 8-for-33, with Vladimir Radmanovic going 1-for-7.