Allen Iverson hasn't changed the aggressive way he plays, even with a shift this season to point guard. Coach Jim O'Brien wouldn't want it any other way.
"I don't want him to have a set-up point guard mentality," O'Brien said. "You can't tell a guy like Allen to go away from what's instinctive."
Iverson had 29 points and 12 assists, and Marc Jackson added 13 points to lead the 76ers to a 96-87 win over the Orlando Magic yesterday in Philadelphia.
After dropping three in a row, the 76ers have won the first three games on a season-long five-game homestand, though this was the first one they wrapped up in regulation.
After sending a game against New Jersey into overtime on a basket in the final seconds, then winning a game against Indiana with a shot at the buzzer, Iverson finished this one off early.
He had five assists in the third quarter, including two straight on baskets to Jackson and Andre Iguodala, that snapped a tie game and led a decisive 17-9 run.
Former Saint Joseph's standout Jameer Nelson scored two points in 16 minutes for the Magic. Nelson wasn't forgotten by the fans, who made it sound like a Saint Joseph's game at Hawk Hill whenever he had the ball.
* HEAT 112, BUCKS 110: Keyon Dooling forced a second overtime with a running layup, and Miami took advantage by scoring the first seven points of the extra session to win at home.
Shaquille O'Neal had his third straight double-double, finishing with 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Heat, which snapped a two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.
Keith Van Horn scored eight points in the first overtime, including three-pointers on consecutive trips. When Michael Redd hit a jumper from the top of the key with 12 seconds left, the Bucks were up four and seemingly poised to win their fourth straight.
But after Eddie Jones scored to cut the lead to 105-103, Van Horn gave the Heat its biggest break, dropping a pass and knocking the ball out of bounds with 5.7 seconds left. Dooling took the inbounds pass, raced the length of the court and dropped in a layup with 1.4 seconds left to tie it.
* SUPERSONICS 118, GRIZZLIES 113: In Seattle, Ray Allen scored a season-high 34 points and the SuperSonics overcame a 21-point deficit late in the third quarter to win. The Sonics won their sixth consecutive game after an opening night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The loss dropped Memphis, a 50-victory playoff team last season, to 2-5.
The Sonics came back to win after trailing 94-73 with 3 minutes 50 seconds left in the third period.
Allen scored 11 of his points in the final quarter, when Seattle erased a 100-84 deficit.
* KINGS 101, NUGGETS 89: Brad Miller scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, helping Sacramento win at home. Miller, an all-star the past two seasons, made 7 of 8 shots -- including both three-point attempts -- and 10 of 11 free throws. The Kings have won two straight following a 1-4 start.
Miller scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Kings stretched their lead to 77-63. The advantage stayed in double figures through much of the fourth quarter as Denver lost its 16th straight game in Sacramento.
Carmelo Anthony provided the only consistent production for Denver, scoring 28 points and grabbing six rebounds.