Originally created 03/09/02

Iverson scores 41 as 76ers top Pacers



PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson broke the 40-point barrier for the fourth time in five games Friday night, scoring 41 in the Philadelphia 76ers' 109-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Eric Snow added a season-high 25 for the defending Eastern Conference champion Sixers, who won for the fifth time in six outings and moved three games over .500 for the first time all season.

Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points, and Jonathan Bender added 17 for Indiana, which has lost two straight since Reggie Miller returned from a two-game suspension for a fight with Kobe Bryant. Miller had 15 points.

It was the ninth time this season that Iverson scored 40 or more points. He had 46 in an 85-76 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Iverson missed nine of his first 12 shots and finished 13-of-36. But he made all eight of his free throws in the final minute.

Philadelphia, which played without injured forward Derrick Coleman and guard Aaron McKie, led most of the game until the fourth quarter.

But after Indiana made five free throws to take a 91-88 lead, Iverson answered. He hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 91, then made a steal and threw a pass behind his back to Matt Harpring for a dunk and a 93-91 lead with 3:01 left.

After a jumper by O'Neal tied it, Harpring's jumper and Snow's four straight free throws made it 99-93 with 1:02 remaining.

Harpring had 14 points and nine rebounds, Corie Blount grabbed 14 rebounds, and Iverson and Snow each had eight assists. Snow made his first six shots and finished 9-of-13.

Indiana took its first lead since the opening minutes, 75-74, on a 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley and a scoop shot by Ron Artest less than a minute into the fourth.

Coleman has missed two straight games with a hyperextended left knee, and McKie has sat out 16 of the last 19 games because of a left ankle sprain.

Notes: Philadelphia is 26-16, including 8-1 this season, when Iverson scores 40 or more points. ... Artest had a flagrant foul on Blount midway through the first quarter. ... The Pacers won the first two meetings, including an 86-76 victory on Feb. 17 in which Miller and Coleman were ejected for fighting. ... Indiana is 9-21 against teams that are .500 or better. ... Tinsley fouled out with 1:02 left. He had 10 points and seven assists.