PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored 39 points, Chris Webber had 29 and the Philadelphia 76ers held off another spirited effort from the Atlanta Hawks in a 106-101 victory on Wednesday night.

Samuel Dalembert had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, helping the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers to their fourth straight win and they moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 29.

Al Harrington scored 27 points, Tyronn Lue had 21 and Joe Johnson 17 for the suddenly competitive Hawks.

Atlanta has shown some positive signs lately, winning consecutive games against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and at Cleveland.

The Hawks came oh-so close to making it three straight overall and two in two nights on the road until unraveling late in the fourth.

Harrington was dominant in the fourth, spinning and powering his way into the paint for uncontested baskets and forceful dunks that nearly knocked the wind out of the Sixers.

His last basket put the Hawks ahead 95-94, but Webber hit a jumper and sank two free throws for a 98-95 lead. Lue, so much of a pain against the Sixers since the 2001 NBA Finals when he was with the Lakers that he’s still booed every time he touches the ball, gave the fans another reason to dislike him with a game-tying 3-pointer.

Andre Iguodala, though, made one of two free throws with 38 seconds left for a 99-98 lead.

Then frustration set in on Atlanta and the technical fouls started coming.

Josh Smith was whistled for one after he fouled out, allowing Webber to sink three straight free throws. Atlanta coach Mike Woodson was hit with two quick T’s in the final minute that again sent Webber to the line for another made free throw.

Salim Stoudamire’s 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left pulled the Hawks to 104-101, but Kyle Korver sealed the win from the line.

Lue and Harrington each had sharp third quarters to help Atlanta whittle away at a 14-point first-half deficit.

Harrington sank a 3-pointer and Lue converted a turnover into a fast-break layup to give the Hawks a 60-58 lead. Smith put them ahead with two free throws, starting a run where the teams swapped the lead on almost every possession and the quarter ended tied 78-all.

Notes: Hawks C/F Zaza Pachulia did not play because of back spasms. … Woodson was an assistant coach for the Sixers from 2001-03. … Iverson went over 1,500 career steals. He also led the Sixers in scoring after his streak of leading the team in 21 straight games was snapped Monday.

AP-ES-12-14-05 2135EST


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