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Allen Iverson dominated the ball, took risks on defense, put the team on his back and watched the opposing team pull away in the fourth quarter because no one else on his team could contribute down the stretch. No, I'm not talking about the last 5 seasons of his career in Philadelphia, I'm talking about his sixth game as a Denver Nugget. The Sixers went into Denver tonight and outclassed the team A.I. was supposed to turn into a legitimate contender, to the tune of a 108-97 win.

I know, I know, the Nuggets are missing tag-team partners J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony, but still, you have to chuckle a little bit when you see Iverson struggling with the exact same limitations he fled Philly to get away from. He finished with a solid game, 10-24 from the floor for 30 points, with 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 7 turnovers. Exactly the type of game he was putting up with the Sixers this year, with exactly the same result. A loss. Unfortunately, Iverson picked up his second technical foul with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter, so he wasn't around to see the Sixers run out the clock.

This is the first time in a month the Sixers have broken triple digits in a game. Andre Miller and Kyle Korver picked Denver's zone to pieces. On the rare occasion when Denver played man-to-man, Iverson or Boykins was taken down to the low post and abused. Korver is your player of the game, again. He carried the team on offense finishing with 26 points on 10-20 shooting with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and a block. Andre Miller chipped in with a double-double playing against the team that shipped him to the armpit of the NBA. Iguodala only took 8 shots, not a good sign. Hopefully, the Sixers will get back to their losing ways Wednesday night at Utah.

by Brian on Jan 3 2007
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