According to sources, Smith wrote that Allen Iverson has alcohol and gambling issues. Iverson's wife, Tawanna, has filed for divorce and is seeking alimony and child support for their five children.

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson, who the team said already will miss the rest of the season as he tends to an undisclosed illness to his 4-year-old daughter, faces more personal problems, according to a column from Stephen A. Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to sources, Smith wrote that Iverson has alcohol and gambling issues. Iverson’s wife, Tawanna, has filed for divorce and is seeking alimony and child support for their five children.

Smith also writes that Iverson, 34, has been banished from casinos in Atlantic City and Detroit.

In questioning who can help Iverson correct his problems, Smith quotes former Temple coach John Chaney: “I think there’s one guy, and his name is (Iverson’s former Georgetown coach) John Thompson. John is the one guy who’ll have a chance of slowing this train wreck down, who could wrap his arms around Iverson and have an impact, because clearly it has not been done. But there’s still this one question: Will (Iverson) listen?”

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Iverson re-signed with the Sixers last Dec. 2 after playing just three games this season for Memphis.


Mo Williams made two free throws with 9 seconds left and Delonte West made the kind of plays down the stretch reserved for LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers won without their superstar, beating the San Antonio Spurs 97-95.

Williams finished with 17 points for the Cavs, playing their second straight game without the injured James. The NBA’s reigning MVP is nursing a tender right ankle and the Cavs are being extra cautious. West had 16 points and made a key steal in the final minute as Cleveland became the first team to reach 50 wins this season.

Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 38 points to lead the Spurs, playing their first game without guard Tony Parker. He’s out six weeks with a broken hand. Parker won’t need surgery and could be back for the playoffs.

• The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks for the third time this season, 99-98, when video replay showed Al Horford’s basket came after the buzzer.

Wilson Chandler stopped Josh Smith’s drive to the basket with seconds to play and the ball bounced out to Horford in the lane. Referees originally ruled his short jumper good, but replay clearly showed the light was on above the backboard with the ball still in his hands.

Shawn Marion had a season-high 29 points and 14 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks stretched the league’s longest active winning streak to 12 straight games with a 125-112 victory over Minnesota. Al Jefferson had 36 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota in his return from a two-game suspension because of a DWI arrest.

Darren Collison had 16 points and a career-high 20 assists, and New Orleans snapped a four-game losing streak with a 135-131 victory over Golden State.

• Denver coach George Karl will miss Wednesday night’s game at Minnesota as he undergoes another round of cancer treatment. Also, Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin will receive therapy on his aching left knee and is expected to return before the end of the season.

• Miami practiced again without suspended point guard Rafer Alston, whose tenure with the club appears to be over.

• Memphis beat New Jersey 107-101 without leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph, who sat out with a stiff lower back.

• The Grizzlies recalled rookie center Hasheem Thabeet from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League after less than two weeks in the minors. The 7-foot-3 Thabeet was sent to the D-league on Feb. 25. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.17 blocks in six games with Dakota.

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