Philadelphia claims rare win in Utah

Boozer scores 24 with 10 rebounds

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY - Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the 76ers won in Utah for the first time in four years by beating the slumping Jazz 106-99 Wednesday night.

Kenny Thomas added 30 points, scoring 18 during the Sixers' 39-point opening quarter, and Marc Jackson added 14 points, making all 10 of his free throws.

Philadelphia improved to 5-2 on an eight-game road trip, which ends Friday at Minnesota. The Sixers hadn't won at Utah since Dec. 26, 2000 and had dropped 14 of 15 on the road against the Jazz.

The Sixers led by 18 at halftime and let the lead slip to just a point, but held off the Jazz in the final minutes to hand Utah its seventh straight loss. Philadelphia was 16-for-18 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal it.

Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer led Utah with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Harpring added 23 points for the Jazz, who haven't won since beating the Sixers 103-101 on Dec. 20.

Iverson scored 51 in that game, but the Sixers still lost. On Wednesday, he made up for the lower scoring total with nine assists and took command for Philadelphia down the stretch after Utah nearly completed a comeback.

Carlos Arroyo, who scored 10 for Utah, hit a jumper at the end of the third quarter to cut the lead to 77-73, and Gordan Giricek hit a shot from the corner to pull Utah to 80-79, but the Sixers came right back with a 3-pointer by Kyle Korver.

The Jazz were making another run late in the game before Iverson took over.

Iverson stole the ball from Boozer, then dived onto the court after it and called a timeout with 3:22 remaining and Philadelphia up 97-89. The Sixers didn't score on that possession, but did reclaim some momentum with the hustle play.

Arroyo and Boozer both hit jumpers to get the Jazz within four, but Iverson blew past Utah rookie Kirk Snyder for an open jumper to make it 99-93, and Philadelphia coasted the rest of the way.



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