76ers 114, Knicks 95


PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored 32 points and dominated New York for the second straight game to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-95.

Andre Iguodala added 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Sixers, who won their second game in three days over the woeful Knicks. Philadelphia had lost 10 of 12 before sweeping the home-and-home series against New York.

Holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by 11/2 games over idle Chicago, the Sixers desperately needed these two wins. They play the Bulls twice this week in games that could decide who gets that final playoff berth.

Chris Webber scored 20 points and Samuel Dalembert had 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Playing against Larry Brown, Iverson again gave his former coach a taste of the caliber of player he’s missing on the Knicks. Iverson scored 47 points on Friday and had 32 through three quarters in this one before his teammates turned the game into a laugher early in the fourth.

The Knicks played without injured starters Jalen Rose and Stephon Marbury. Marbury did not play because of his injured left knee, while Rose sat out because of plantar fasciitis of the left foot and a sore right knee.

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 23 points. Steve Francis, who did not start after missing Friday’s game with a sprained toe on his right foot, scored 18. Eddy Curry had 14.

Iverson got the Sixers rolling in the second quarter, hitting a nice fallaway jumper and free throw for a three-point play late for his 19th, 20th and 21st points. He finished with 10 points in the quarter and helped the Sixers to a 61-50 halftime lead.

At one point, some Knicks were more interested in watching some fan try and sink a $98,000 halfcourt shot instead of listening to anything said in the huddle. The shot, like New York’s effort, was no good.

Iverson strained his ribs late in the first half, though it hardly affected him in the third quarter. He slashed and crashed his way through the lane and added 11 more points, getting six from the free-throw line. He was able to sink a 3 right in front of Brown on the Knicks bench.

The Sixers used an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to go up 21. Webber had seven steals and the Sixers shot 55 percent.

Notes: Brown said he did not expect Marbury to miss the rest of the season and listed the point guard as day-to-day. Rose will have an MRI Monday. … Brown said he would visit with and observe playoff coaches during a rare postseason off for him. … When asked to describe the season in 25 words or less, Brown joked he only needed one word. “And there’s a lot of them,” he said. “Hell. Miserable. Pathetic. Trying. I’ll give you my daughter’s spelling list. But I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully I’ll be better for it.” … Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said there was a chance injured G Willie Green, who hasn’t played all season with a knee injury, would be activated before the end of the season.

AP-ES-04-02-06 2033EDT