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76ers Rally To Beat Knicks 98-86

November 2, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Allen Iverson scored 35 points despite another poor shooting performance and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the New York Knicks 98-86 on Friday night.

Aaron McKie had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Keith Van Horn added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who are off to a 2-1 start.

Kurt Thomas had 25 points and Allan Houston added 23 for the Knicks, who were outscored 41-17 in the fourth quarter. New York, playing without starters Latrell Sprewell, out with a broken hand, and Antonio McDyess, sidelined for the season with a knee injury, has lost its first two games.

Iverson, who missed 17 of 23 shots in the first three quarters, hit his first six shots of the fourth quarter and finished 12-of-30. The three-time NBA scoring champion had 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Iverson scored on a driving layup and made a free throw to complete a three-point play, giving the Sixers their first lead since the first half, 76-75, with 5:51 left. He made it 82-79 with another layup two minutes later.

Van Horn hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter to extend the lead to 87-83, Iverson made two free throws and Brian Skinner added a free throw for a 90-83 lead with 1:23 remaining. The Knicks went almost three minutes without scoring.

Iverson, who shot 16-for-50 in the first two games, is 28-for-80 overall (35 percent), including 0-for-13 from 3-point range.

Down by 12 after three quarters, the Sixers went on a 9-0 run to close to 69-66.

Van Horn’s 3-pointer from the top of the circle and Iverson’s driving layup tied it at 71 with 7:37 left.

New York scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter of its season-opening loss at Detroit on Wednesday night.

The Sixers played without starting forward Derrick Coleman, backup center Samuel Dalembert and key reserve Monty Williams _ all out with knee injuries.

Swingman Greg Buckner, who sprained ligaments in his right knee the first week of training camp, played his first game for Philadelphia and had four points and five fouls in 23 minutes.

The Knicks scored seven straight points to start the third quarter, and 23 of 30 to take a 62-45 lead. Thomas had 12 points during the run, including eight of the first 10.

New York led 39-38 at halftime.

Notes: Sixers coach Larry Brown moved ahead of Cotton Fitzsimmons into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time coaching victories list with his 833rd. ... Knicks forward Shandon Anderson played in his 419th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA. ... Rookie guard Frank Williams made his debut with the Knicks. He missed his only shot, hitting the top of the backboard on a long jumper. ... Forward Lee Nailon, signed by the Knicks on Wednesday, was scoreless in five minutes .... Sixers starting center Todd MacCulloch didn’t score in 14 minutes. ... Knicks backup center Michael Doleac missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring. ... Thomas fouled out with 2:36 left.

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