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Iverson yields to Korver for Sixers win

By Times wire
Published February 1, 2005


PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson has no problem passing up a potential winning shot when he knows the ball is going to Kyle Korver.

Korver made a go-ahead jumper with 6.5 seconds left, and Iverson returned from a three-game absence to score 27 in the 76ers' 89-88 victory over the Pacers on Monday night.

"You see a guy in his second year who's able to hit a big shot like that, it says a lot about him as a player," Iverson said. "It says a lot about his confidence and the confidence the coaching staff and we have in him."

Korver hit five 3-pointers and shot 6-for-9 overall to finish with 17. He has 126 3-pointers, fifth on the Sixers' single-season list. He sank at least four 3s for the 14th time this season.

"I sometimes feel like I'm in a real groove and that's how I felt tonight," Korver said.

Stephen Jackson scored 25 and Jermaine O'Neal had 21 and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their fifth straight.

Indiana led 88-87 when Samuel Dalembert had his dunk blocked by O'Neal. The Pacers recovered and Jackson was fouled, but he missed both free throws with 15.1 seconds left.

Iverson, who had missed three straight games with a shoulder injury, dribbled down the lane, ran into O'Neal and kicked it out to Korver, who sank a 20-footer.

ROCKETS 97, CELTICS 94: Yao Ming scored 23 and Jon Barry had 15 of his 17 in the fourth quarter as Houston snapped a two-game skid and moved back to .500 on the road.

The Rockets, who have won four straight in Boston, blew a 16-point lead but rallied behind Barry, who scored 11 in the first 2:57 of the fourth.

With the Celtics down 93-92, Ricky Davis missed a shot for the first time in the fourth quarter. Houston grabbed the rebound, forcing Boston to foul Tracy McGrady, who hit both free throws to put the Rockets up 95-92 with 17.8 seconds left.

Davis led Boston with 24 points; McGrady had 16.

GRIZZLIES 98, HORNETS 91: Lorenzen Wright and Stromile Swift scored 19 each and hit key shots down the stretch for visiting Memphis, which won for the fourth time in five games.

NUGGETS: Carmelo Anthony will assist a Maryland campaign against drugs and violence after criticism of his appearance in a DVD that warned witnesses about working with the police. State and federal officials approached the Baltimore native, hoping his celebrity would be a draw.

PISTONS: The NBA champions visited the White House and coach Larry Brown made it clear he has no plans to leave the team. "I'm not going to coach anywhere but Detroit," Brown said after he and the team met President Bush in an East Room reception. "It's my last pro coaching job." Speculation that he was thinking about coaching the Knicks began over the weekend.

SONICS: Turkish swingman Ibrahim Kutluay was waived and Mateen Cleaves was brought off the injured list. Kutluay was signed to a $3.6-million, two-year contract in September free agent Brent Barry was lost to San Antonio. Kutluay played just 12 minutes.