Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007
DENVER — Allen Iverson took plenty of shots at his former team, before, during and after the game. It didn’t add up to a win, though.
Kyle Korver scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 108-97 on Tuesday night in Iverson’s first game against his former team.
“It was weird to see him wearing a white jersey and we’re wearing black,” Korver said. “I said to one of our coaches that it is so weird to see him on the other side. It wasn’t really a good feeling at all. He’s a great player, and he meant a lot to Philadelphia.”
Iverson scored 30 points on 10-of-24 shooting before getting tossed for his second technical with 1:44 remaining. Afterward, he said the loss disappointed him because he feels the Nuggets are the better team.
“I thought he was a little excited with the turnovers early in the first half and then not being able to make shots, not only he but everybody,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “That got Philadelphia their legs, their confidence.”
Rookie Yakhouba Diawara was the only bright spot for Denver, scoring a season-best 23 points on the heels of an 0-for-11 shooting performance against Dallas.
Kings 112, Knicks 100
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ron Artest scored a career-high 39 points with exceptional outside shooting, and the Sacramento Kings never trailed.
Suns 97, Bulls 96
CHICAGO — Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining and the Suns rallied for the win.
Mavs 112, SuperSonics 88
DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Josh Howard added 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Mavericks extended their winning streak to 11 games.
Cavs 82, Spurs 78
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 19 points, Larry Hughes added 18 — 13 in the fourth quarter — and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ defense smothered and frustrated San Antonio during a rugged 82-78 win over the Spurs.
Magic 91, Clippers 86
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jameer Nelson made four free throws in the final 28 seconds and scored a season-high 29 points in Orlando’s victory over Los Angeles.
Warriors 97, Hornets 89
OKLAHOMA CITY — Baron Davis and Matt Barnes scored 29 points apiece to lift Golden State over New Orleans.
Rasual Butler scored 30 points for the Hornets. Jannero Pargo had 24 points, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 15 rebounds.