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Iverson deep-sixes Philly

His 38 points carry Nuggets to victory

Toronto's Jamario Moon (right) gets a good look at LeBron James's flight of fancy above Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic in the fourth quarter. Toronto's Jamario Moon (right) gets a good look at LeBron James's flight of fancy above Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic in the fourth quarter. (FRANK GUNN/Associated Press)
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Associated Press / January 7, 2008

When Allen Iverson first played against the Philadelphia 76ers, he took shots at them before, during, and after the game.

This time, he saved them just for the court, then showered his old team with praise that indicated he's gotten over the bitter split.

"They've got a lot of talent on that team. They've got a lot of guys that can do things, and they've got a lot of guys that care, guys with pride," Iverson said after scoring 38 points in Denver's 109-96 win last night. "After I left, they could have just laid down. But that ain't the type of personality most of those guys on that team have. They want to win.

Iverson said he took no extra gratification in the victory over his former team.

"People ask that question all day, but my whole thing is to just win the basketball game," Iverson insisted. "If I had a big game and we didn't win I would be feeling terrible right now. I'm just happy we got the win."

Andre Miller, one of the players the Nuggets sent to the Sixers in exchange for Iverson, led Philadelphia with 22 points, including a jumper that erased the remnants of a 15-point deficit and tied it at 62.

Iverson answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and the Nuggets never trailed in moving a half-game ahead of Portland in the Northwest Division.

Iverson's first game against his old team came just three weeks after his nasty 2006 divorce from the 76ers and he was still bitter at the time with the way coach Maurice Cheeks and team owner Billy King handled his complaints that led to his departure after a decade in Philly.

He scored 30 in that game last January but didn't stick around for the end, drawing an ejection in the final minutes of a 108-97 loss.

Iverson's first trip to Philadelphia as an opponent is March 19; the Nuggets had already played there by the time they traded for him last season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, including 19 in the first half to help the Denver build a 53-43 halftime lead. Marcus Camby had 11 points and 12 boards.

Wizards 108, SuperSonics 86 - Caron Butler scored 33 points and Antawn Jamison added 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading host Washington to a win.

Still, coach Eddie Jordan wasn't happy afterward. Washington is 17-15, but hasn't beaten a team with a winning record since a Dec. 1 victory over Toronto. At halftime, he lectured the team.

"We're not that good," Jordan told them. "We're not Boston. We're not Detroit. I wanted to put reality on the table."

Butler finished 12 of 21 from the field, hitting three 3-pointers and converting all six of his free throws. He had five assists and four rebounds.

"I want to see him against the best players - with the monsters coming in. We've got Houston. We've got Boston, but who's looking ahead?" Jordan said.

Cavaliers 93, Raptors 90 - LeBron James scored 39 points, including 24 in the fourth quarter, and had 11 rebounds to help Cleveland rally in Toronto.

With the Cavaliers trailing, 70-57, to begin the fourth quarter, James scored on a layup, a free throw, and back-to-back 3-pointers in the first three minutes. Damon Jones added two 3-pointers before James tied it at 76 with a jump shot at 6:26.

James struggled in the first three quarters, making just 6 of 19 attempts and looking pained after two airballs and a missed dunk in the third. However, James made 8 of 10 field-goal attempts in the final quarter.

Mavericks 101, Timberwolves 78 - Dirk Nowitzki led his team in scoring for the ninth straight game, scoring 30 points, as visiting Dallas handed Minnesota its eighth consecutive loss.

Josh Howard added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 31 points en route to their fourth win in a row and ninth in their last 11.

Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. "It can't get no worse," Jefferson said. "We can't give up. We've got to keep fighting."

Lakers 112, Pacers 96 - Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 26 points in the third quarter and Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 13 rebounds as host Los Angeles won for the 12th time in 15 games.

Derek Fisher scored 22 points, Lamar Odom had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Luke Walton added 10 points and seven assists for the Lakers (21-11), who moved a season-high 10 games over .500 in their second game in a stretch of seven where all but one have losing records.

Grizzlies 101, Heat 94 - Pau Gasol had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Mike Miller added 25 points as Memphis outscored Miami, 9-2, in the final two minutes to send the visitors to their seventh straight loss.

Ricky Davis had a season-high 24 points to lead Miami. Dwyane Wade, coming off the bench, finished with 18 points, but was 7 of 20 from the field.

Spurs 88, Clippers 82 - Manu Ginobili had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Tony Parker scored 26 to lead San Antonio to a victory in Los Angeles.

Ginobili had missed five games because of a sprained left index finger, and had his hand wrapped to protect the injury.

Bucks 93, Bobcats 89 - Charlie Bell scored 27 points and Andrew Bogut added 25, including a short hook with 19 seconds left, to lead Milwaukee in Charlotte.

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