|Allen Iverson, whose 30 points weren't enough to beat his former team, slides past Philadelphia's Willie Green. (MARK LEFFINGWELL/REUTERS)|
Sixers have answers for Iverson
Allen Iverson took plenty of shots at his former team, and not all of them during the game.
His 30 points weren't enough, however, as Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the visiting Philadelphia 76ers beat the Nuggets, 108-97, last night in Iverson's first game against his former team.
Iverson was 10 of 24 before getting tossed for his second technical with 1:44 remaining.
Iverson's best shots came before tip-off when he ripped the team that traded him last month.
The Sixers, who had lost 14 of 16 road games and 19 of their last 23 overall, scored 100 points for the first time in 16 games and improved to 4-4 since the Iverson trade.
The Nuggets have lost four of six since Iverson's arrival, although he has yet to play with NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony.
After the morning shootaround, Iverson said he felt a player of his stature should have been listened to when he criticized the Sixers' style of play, a condemnation that led to his departure from Philadelphia after 10 tumultuous seasons.
"When you're losing basketball games, 12 of 14, 18 of 20 basketball games, you should listen to somebody because something obviously isn't working," he said.
Suns 97, Bulls 96 -- Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining as Phoenix overcame a career-high 41 points from Ben Gordon at Chicago.
Gordon gave the Bulls a 96-94 lead when he hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds left. After a timeout, the Suns' Boris Diaw caught the inbounds pass near the right block and passed to Barbosa at the top of the key for the winning shot.
Chicago, which had won 16 of 19, took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers 82, Spurs 78 -- LeBron James scored 19 points, Larry Hughes added 18, and host Cleveland's defense smothered San Antonio, holding the Spurs to 38 percent shooting.
Mavericks 112, SuperSonics 88 -- Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, as host Dallas extended its winning streak to 11.
Magic 91, Clippers 86 -- Jameer Nelson made four free throws in the final 28 seconds and scored a season-high 29 points to lead host Orlando.
Kings 112, Knicks 100 -- Ron Artest scored a career-high 39 points, making 15 of his first 19 shots, and host Sacramento never trailed.
Warriors 97, Hornets 89 -- Baron Davis and Matt Barnes scored 29 points apiece, leading Golden State at Oklahoma City.