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Iguodala, Korver lead Sixers to third straight win

Mar 3, 2007 - 4:36 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver have taken over as the Philadelphia 76ers crunch-time "answers."

Iguodala and Korver scored 27 points apiece to lead the 76ers to their third straight victory, 117-112, over the Memphis Grizzlies.

After the Grizzlies' Mike Miller nailed a deep 3-pointer to force overtime, the Sixers were too much to handle in the extra period.

Korver opened the scoring in the extra session with a jumper to give Philadelphia a 105-103 lead. He added two free throws and Andre Miller added a layup and two free throws before Iguodala hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to push the lead to 117-110.

"I thought it was just a gutsy win by us - (with) everybody stepping in and playing," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Joe Smith was big for us (with his) offensive rebounding. Certainly Andre Iguodala and Kyle were big, and Andre Miller controlling the offense the way he controlled the offense was huge."

"It's disappointing," Miller said. "Give the (Sixers) credit. They played well in overtime. We just didn't execute in overtime."

Miller scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists and Joe Smith added 18 and 12 boards off the bench for Philadelphia, which shot 56 percent (45-of-81) from the floor and made 24-of-28 free-throw attempts.

Paul Gasol scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Miller added 27 points for Memphis.

"Willie's Green's defense on Mike Miller early on was very good," Cheeks said. "He limited his touches as much as possible. We had a bunch of guys trying to guard Pau Gasol, but I thought Willie Green's defense early on was one of the reasons why we stayed in the game. They went up nine, and we started making shots, we started offensive rebounding and our defense got a little bit better."

Miller was held to one point in the third period, when Philadelphia came back from a nine-point deficit to tie the game entering the fourth period.

It appeared that Iguodala sealed the victory in regulation when he drove past rookie Rudy Gay for a reverse layup and a 103-100 lead with 19 seconds remaining.

The win gives the Sixers three straight wins for the first time since the opening the season with three triumphs.

"After the last three-game win streak, it didn't go so well for the next 12 games," Korver said. "I hope this winning streak turns out a little better, but tonight we responded well at the end of the game," Korver said. "We've been put in that position a couple times this year. I thought it was very important to follow up the win (against the Suns). It was a big win and I thought we played with a lot of energy."

"I'm excited about the winning streak and how we responded," Sixers center Samuel Dalembert said. "But I'm still wishing that we played the whole season with the same focus we had at the end of the game. Overall, we did a good job at the end of the game and responding )to the Grizzlies)."








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