Allen Iverson received quite the ovation last night at the Wachovia Center. In his first game back with the 76ers he produced 11 points and six assists, despite his new-look Philadelphia squad falling to the Denver Nuggets 93-83. “I just felt like I was back home,” said Iverson. “It was deja vu. Just a real good feeling. The fans made it hard on me because they made me more nervous than I already was.”
Iverson landed the starting role right away and stayed on the floor for a total of 38 minutes. Coach Eddie Jordan learned a vital lesson from the Memphis Grizzlies organization, saying “the first time I’m coaching Allen Iverson, I am not taking him out until he tells me.” The 76ers were up two at the end of the third quarter, where Denver eventually went on to outscore them 30-18 in the fourth to clinch the W.
Philadelphia has now lost ten in a row looking ahead to their next game against Iverson’s other former Detroit Pistons. Even though their recent streak isn’t exactly what they’ve been hoping for, the Answer is positive his team will soon look to a bright future. “I haven’t been here long enough to put a finger on one or two things wrong,” said Iverson. “Tonight, with the way the guys competed, I don’t know how they lost nine games in a row. I couldn’t see it, not from the team I was playing with tonight. We’ll get it together, believe me.”
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