Allen Iverson's eyes filled with tears yesterday as he announced the news: The highest-scoring hand in the NBA is broken.

Iverson, the league's scoring leader, will miss 3 to 6 weeks with a broken thumb on his shooting hand. The 76ers guard was hurt in the first half of a 94-91 loss to San Antonio Monday night.

MORE SPREWELL: Latrell Sprewell's behavior toward Warriors fans who taunted him during his first game against his former team is being investigated by the NBA. The game in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday was the first time that Sprewell, now with the Knicks, faced coach P.J. Carlesimo, whom he choked in December 1997.

Sprewell shouted obscenities and vulgar remarks at some fans during the game, won by the Knicks 86-79. . . . Meanwhile, teammate Larry Johnson was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his back. Team physician Norman Scott said he is optimistic that surgery will not be necessary. Johnson is to be reevaluated in three to four days.

SEIKALY, NETS AT ODDS: Rony Seikaly filed a grievance against the Nets, alleging that his former team owes him $4.5 million in salary, the players union said. Seikaly, 34, contends that the Nets waived him Aug. 3 because he had a seriously injured foot and couldn't play.