The 76ers have dropped six of their last seven games, including Thursday’s 114-105 defeat to Sacramento. Allen Iverson rebounded from his woeful 2-for-21 shooting performance on Wednesday night against New York by scoring 32 points. He hit his first four shots and finished with 12 points in the opening quarter.
“It was very encouraging,” Philadelphia coach Chris Ford. “He hit his shot.”
Iverson was 13-for-22 from the field, but what impressed Ford more was his 10 assists.
“What I was really happy about was his ability to create opportunities for his teammates. That’s what is really important. He was willing to share the ball and find the open guy.”
Thursday’s game marked only the second time since the All-Star break that the 76ers scored more than 88 points.
Philadelphia may have lost more than just the game as forward Glenn Robinson played only a few minutes before experiencing more pain in his elbow. He had missed two games over the weekend with an elbow injury.
X-rays were negative and he was to re-evaluated on Friday.
Chicago saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday with a 100-97 overtime loss to New Orleans. Jamaal Crawford led the Bulls with 34 points. He made six 3-pointers, the last of which tied the game at 97 with 9.8 seconds remaining in the extra period.
“I’m encouraged by the fact … that we’re making a lot of big plays now that we earlier weren’t making—big offensive plays, big defensive stops when we need them,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.
STANDINGS (through March 4): Bulls - 8th place, 27 GB, Central Division. 76ers - 5th place, 14 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Crawford, 17.2 ppg; Davis, 8.8 rpg; Hinrich, 6.3 apg. 76ers - Iverson, 27.1 ppg; Thomas, 10 rpg; Snow, 6.8 apg.
SEASON SERIES: 76ers, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 4; 76ers, 83-82. At Philadelphia, Iverson scored 35 points and sank the winning jumper with 47 seconds left. Crawford led the Bulls with 22 points, Curry had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Hinrich had 14 points
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 6-23 on the road; 76ers - 14-16 at home.