Jazz end loss streak

Iverson scores 51 for 76ers, but Utah gets 28 from Boozer

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Another 50-point game by Allen Iverson wasn't enough for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Iverson became only the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in consecutive games, but he fouled out with 4.5 seconds left, putting Mehmet Okur on the line for the winning free throws in Utah's 103-101 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.

"I had a hot hand and Coach (Jim O'Brien) called my number," Iverson said. "That's with anybody, though. If a guy's going well, you milk it. You just keep running the same play over and over until they stop it."

Iverson followed up his 54-point game in Milwaukee with 51 this time, becoming the first Sixers player to score 50 in back-to-back games and the first Philadelphia player to accomplish the feat since Wilt Chamberlain for the Warriors in 1962.

The last NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games was Antawn Jamison in December 2000 with the Golden State Warriors. Iverson joined Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Chamberlain, Bernard King, Michael Jordan and Jamison as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Iverson scored 21 in the third quarter to help the Sixers overcome a 16-point halftime deficit, only to watch the comeback fall short from the bench. After Okur hit his foul shots, a running layup attempt by Willie Green clanged off the back of the rim, and 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer grabbed the rebound as the Jazz snapped a seven-game road losing streak and a three-game skid overall.

Boozer posted his 13th double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Okur finished with 20 points as four Jazz players finished in double figures.

After blowing their big halftime lead, the Jazz used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter keyed by Boozer and Carlos Arroyo, who finished with 11 assists.

"We started feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit in the second half," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "But fortunately they stuck together and a couple guys made real hard, hustle plays."

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