Nuggets Fall in AI's Return to Philadelphia

Iverson gets standing O from crowd, 115-113 loss from former mates
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2008 12:42 AM CDT
Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson (3) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Jason Smith (14) watches during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game.   (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)
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(Newser) – The soldout Wachovia Center exploded when Allen Iverson’s name was called during pre-game introductions, as the diminutive guard who started his career in Philadelphia, and carried the franchise to an NBA finals, received a 1:05 standing ovation from the 20,674 in attendance. Unfortunately for Iverson his former team was slightly less welcoming, as his Nuggets fell to the 76ers 115-113, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Answer scored 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting and also dished eight assists in his first game in Philadelphia since the December 2006 trade that sent him to Denver. Andre Miller, who was the key player sent to the Sixers in the Iverson deal, had 28 points and 12 dimes. After their fifth straight win Philadelphia is now 34-34.