PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Allen Iverson scored 38 points and Chris Webber had 16 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Philadelphia 76ers over the Portland Trail Blazers 107-83 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Korver added 16 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers (8-7). Philadelphia had lost four of its previous five games after winning six in a row.

Zach Randolph scored 24 and Darius Miles had 13 for Portland, which has lost five of seven.

The Sixers outrebounded the Blazers 60-30.

It was the first game for Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks against his former team. Cheeks coached the Blazers nearly four seasons before he was fired last March. In May, he returned to Philadelphia, where he starred on the Sixers’ championship team in 1983.

Iverson, Webber and the rest of the Sixers got off to a slow start. The duo missed a combined 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter, and Philadelphia shot just 28 percent (8-for-29) in the opening 12 minutes. But the Sixers led 23-20, largely due to plenty of second chances thanks to 18 rebounds.

Philadelphia built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and maintained it the rest of the way.

Andre Iguodala started a 13-5 run with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Iverson. Korver hit a 3-pointer during the stretch and Iguodala had another dunk, before John Salmons finished it off with a jumper, giving the Sixers a 58-42 lead at halftime.

The Blazers got no closer than 11 in the second half.

Iverson finished 16-of-27 after missing six of his first seven shots. He also had eight rebounds.

A crowd of just 12,676 turned out at the Wachovia Center, the third-lowest total this season. A once-hot ticket in town, the Sixers are struggling to draw fans, despite leading their mediocre division.

Notes: Sixers C Samuel Dalembert played his second game after missing the first 11 with an injured right quadriceps. He had four points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. … The Sixers began a stretch of four games in four cities in five nights. It’s the third time they’ll play four games in five days already. … Blazers assistant coaches Dean Demopoulos and Monty Williams have Philadelphia ties. Demopoulos was an assistant under Hall of Fame coach John Chaney at Temple for several years. Williams played for the Sixers in 2002-03. … Portland had won five of its previous six games in Philly.

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