PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Allen Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Chris Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, 104-92 over the winless Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Since losing their first three games, the streaking Sixers have been perfect. They won all four games on their longest homestand of the year and get the downtrodden Raptors again Wednesday night in Toronto.

Iverson and Webber again led the way for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers and the dynamic duo broke the game open in the first quarter. Webber made all six baskets and scored 14 points, Iverson went 5-for-6 for 13 points and the Sixers shot 77 percent overall as they raced to a 19-point lead.

And they needed all those points because Charlie Villanueva led Toronto’s improbable rally in the fourth quarter.

Villanueva closed the gap to single digits when he hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Chris Bosh converted a three-point play and Jalen Rose sank a free throw that pulled the Raptors to 84-78.

Villanueva again kept Toronto within striking distance with another 3 from the top of the arc late in the fourth that made it 89-82. The first-round pick had his second straight outstanding game, following a 26-point, 12-rebound game against Seattle with 27 points and 13 boards.

John Salmons, who scored 16 points, fought his way under the hoop for a tough basket to push the lead back to 13 and the Sixers regained control and cruised from there.

Even with six straight losses to open the season – five of them at home – the Raptors gave the Sixers fits the last three quarters. They scored 11 straight points to open the second and sliced the deficit to eight at halftime on one of three 3-pointers from Villanueva.

While the Sixers received balanced scoring from their starters and surprising production off a deep bench during their winning streak – they had six players in double digits in a win Sunday against the Clippers – Webber and Iverson got little help from anyone else until the fourth when Salmons held off another spirited Raptors run.

Salmons opened the fourth with a steal, was fouled on a fast-break layup and made the free throw for a 76-65 lead. That briefly spurred Philadelphia to a 13-point lead, only to have Villanueva and the Raptors chip away.

Bosh had 19 points, and Rose 15 for the Raptors.

Notes: Sixers C Michael Bradley was active for the first time this year. He was worked into the offense early, throwing down a one-handed dunk off Iverson’s pass in the first quarter. … Former Michigan teammates Webber and Rose hugged before the tip. … Philadelphia’s 39 points in the first were a season high for a quarter.

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