Allen Iverson is one of the most dominant players in the NBA. But even he can’t win games by himself.
Iverson scored 35 points Sunday, but the rest of Philadelphia’s starters shot a combined 4-for-20 from the floor as the Sixers lost 89-83 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Iverson, a three-time league scoring champ and the 2001 MVP, played at least 40 minutes for the 10th straight game and shot 16-for-30.
“He’s everywhere and plays extremely hard on offense and defense. So we just had to withstand him and try to hold down their role players,” Los Angeles’ Corey Maggette said. “Their role players didn’t hit a lot of shots.”
The Sixers are 6-4 this season when they’ve gotten at least 30 points from Iverson, who came into Sunday’s game leading the league in scoring with 28.9 points per game.
The Sixers, who have twice rallied from an 18-point deficit to win this season, nearly came back from a 24-point third-quarter hole on Sunday. Regardless, Iverson was disappointed with his team’s effort.
“That wasn’t a comeback. If we had won the game, that would have been a comeback,” he said. “We waited till the second half to play basketball. You can’t do that against teams in this league—no matter who the team is. You’ve got to play for 48 minutes. We used all our energy trying to get back in the game, and it just wasn’t enough.”
Iverson had three steals against the Clippers, extending his streak to 48 games with at least one. His longest streak is 51, which ended on Jan. 17, 2003, against Memphis.
Forward Kyle Korver left the team for his grandfather’s funeral and is not expected back until Wednesday’s game at Utah.
The Warriors had their four-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 97-88 loss to Portland. Troy Murphy led Golden State with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Jason Richardson, who is averaging a career-high 20.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, did not play after spraining his left ankle in practice on Friday. X-rays of the ankle were negative, and he is day-to-day.
Eduardo Najera suited up for Golden State but didn’t play because of a knee injury, and was placed on the injured list Monday. Calbert Cheaney left the court in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be an upper chest injury. He had trouble catching his breath, but felt better after the game.