EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Allen Iverson scored 42 points and Kyle Korver added 25 to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New Jersey Nets 107-95 on Saturday night in the first game of the season between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.

A night after combining for 69 points in a 119-115 win over Charlotte, Korver and Iverson shot 25-for-39 from the field. The 76ers shot 57 percent (41-for-72) overall to win their second game in a row after losing four straight.

New Jersey, which won its fourth straight road game Friday night at Cleveland, shot 35-for-85 (41 percent) and fell to 4-5 at home. Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson each scored 26 points to lead the Nets.

At times it seemed that Iverson and Korver were playing a game of two-on-five against the Nets, and winning. They scored 12 of the 76ers’ last 15 points of the third quarter to give Philadelphia an 84-69 lead.

The lead got as high as 16 points in the fourth quarter before New Jersey cut it to eight at 100-92 on Jefferson’s two free throws with 4:08 left. But Jason Kidd and Clifford Robinson each missed a 3-pointer following successive defensive stops, and Korver hit a 3-pointer to make it 103-92 with 2:14 left.

The third-year forward, who tied a career high with 26 points against Charlotte on Friday night, was 10-for-11 from the field Saturday.

Iverson, who also finished with 12 assists, had 13 points in the second quarter and helped the 76ers to a 54-49 halftime lead with eight points in the last 2:36. Before that, New Jersey had outscored Philadelphia 12-2 over a span of 3:23 to erase a 40-31 deficit and take a brief lead at 43-42 on Nenad Krstic’s hook shot.

The run was highlighted by Carter’s dunk attempt over Samuel Dalembert that slipped out of his hand and floated in just before the 6-foot-1, 250-pound center clocked him. Carter then completed the three-point play

Both teams shot over 50 percent in the first quarter, but Philadelphia stepped up the pace in the second quarter while the Nets cooled off. At the half, the 76ers were shooting 21-for-34 (62 percent), while New Jersey was 18-for-41 (44 percent) after shooting 12-for-24 in the first 12 minutes.

Notes: The 30 points the 76ers scored in the first quarter was the most the Nets had allowed since Nov. 7 when Miami had 32 … Korver, who entered the night averaging 11 points, had 13 in the first quarter … The biggest cheers of the evening came in the third quarter when former NFL players Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe, who were sitting at courtside, threw autographed footballs into the crowd … Philadelphia improved to 3-7 on the road this season.

AP-ES-12-10-05 2206EST


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