The NBA’s leading scorer gets another opportunity to torment Toronto as the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Air Canada Centre.
In 27 career games against Toronto, Iverson is averaging 30.4 points—his highest against any opponent. He has three 40-point performances against the Raptors, and holds the record for most points in a game by a Toronto opponent with 51, recorded in a 110-106 overtime home loss on Jan. 21, 2001.
The Sixers have beaten the Raptors by a combined 25 points in two previous meetings this season, with Iverson averaging 31 points and 9.0 assists.
Iverson had 25 points and 12 assists as the Sixers posted a 112-80 home win over expansion Charlotte on Friday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Philadelphia, which recorded its largest margin of victory this season after losing 104-85 to visiting Golden State on Tuesday.
“After losing two games, I didn’t care who it was to take out our frustration on,” Iverson said. “It just happened to be the Bobcats. We just needed a win.”
Chris Webber had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in the loss to the Warriors and was booed by Sixers fans. He recovered with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists Friday. The Sixers improved to 4-4 since acquiring Webber in a six-player trade from Sacramento on Feb. 23.
Webber is averaging 14.6 points with Philadelphia—nearly seven fewer (21.3) than he averaged with the Kings.
“I’ve been booed before and I’ll be booed again,” he said. “I’m just trying to work hard every day with my new team. Me and Allen are working every day to get to know each other better.”
Webber is facing the Raptors for the third time this season. He faced them twice while with the Kings, including a Nov. 9 meeting in which he had a triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 108-92 home loss.
While the Sixers are 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, the Raptors are 6 1/2 back.
Toronto dropped a 116-112 overtime loss to visiting Atlanta on Friday, allowing the league-worst Hawks to end a 23-game road losing streak and a 13-game slide overall.
“Were trying to get into the playoffs and right now we’re not a playoff team. As time goes on maybe we can learn from this,” said Toronto forward Chris Bosh after his team’s fourth loss in six games.
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said the Raptors are not good enough to take any team lightly.
“We’re 10 games under .500—duh,” he said.
Rookie Matt Bonner, who had 21 points off the bench, agreed.
“This is tough because it’s a streak we didn’t want to break,” Bonner said. “We just have to learn that you have to come to play every night no matter who it is.”
Philadelphia has won six of the last nine meetings with Toronto.