76ers 91, Nets 88


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Allen Iverson and Chris Webber did not play because of injuries, did not show up in the locker room until tipoff and missed the Philadelphia 76ers’ 91-88 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

Iverson and Webber weren’t the only big names sitting this one out. With the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs already secured, the Atlantic Division champion Nets rested Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson.

Andre Iguodala had 27 points for the Sixers, Willie Green had 14 and Steven Hunter 10.

Lamond Murray scored 19 points, Vince Carter had 16 and Jacque Vaughn added 13 assists.

The Sixers pulled ahead late in the fourth, getting one last fantastic Iguodala alley-oop for the home crowd and 3-pointers from Green and Kyle Korver to go up 83-75.

Murray sank two free throws that pulled the Nets to 87-84 with 2 minutes left. Iguodala, though, came out of a timeout and hit a 3-pointer. Bostjan Nachbar’s layup with 3.1 seconds left made it a one-point game, but again Iguodala delivered, this time with two free throws to seal the win.

Iverson is second in the league in scoring (33.0 points per game), and averaging 7.6 assists. Webber’s averaging 20.2 points. The Sixers started Green, and Hunter in their place.

The Sixers were eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff race on Sunday. Cheeks said the pair might not make the trip to Charlotte.

“If they’re not playing tonight, they’re probably not playing tomorrow,” Cheeks said.

Cheeks never said Iverson or Webber was not going to play for the 20 minutes he talked to reporters before he was told they had not arrived at the Wachovia Center. He looked dejected when he returned and slumped in his seat, looking much like he did 11 days ago when he remained at the postgame press conference podium, ice bottle on his head, with the lights turned out.

When asked if he was disappointed in the duo, Cheeks said, “I’m done man.”

Notes: The Nets signed G Derrick Zimmerman and C John Thomas for the remainder of the season. … The Villanova Wildcats, who went 3-0 at the Wachovia Center this season, were honored for making the NCAA tournament regional final. … The Sixers finished 23-18 at home.

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