The Associated Press
The Associated Press
TORONTO – Ex-Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala had another career game against the lowly Toronto Raptors, a team that could have drafted him two years ago.
Iguodala matched his career high with 26 points yesterday to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-80 rout over the Raptors, who have the worst record in the NBA.
Iguodala repeatedly dunked on the Raptors, who fell to 4-20 overall and 1-12 at home.
“I feel comfortable in this gym,” Iguodala said. “The crowd really embraces me when I come here. It’s kind of funny being on the road.”
The forward also had 26 points in a victory over Toronto on Nov. 16. The Raptors selected center Rafael Araujo as the No. 8 pick, one spot ahead of Iguodala, two years ago. Fans booed Araujo in the fourth quarter when he failed to convert an alley-oop dunk. He had no points and seven rebounds.
Iguodala has outscored Araujo 52-0 in two games in Toronto this season.
“I was pretty sure I wasn’t coming to Toronto. I worked out for a lot of teams except Toronto,” Iguodala said. “I’m happy to be in my position.”
Kyle Korver had 23 points, and Allen Iverson added 18 for the Sixers, who have won five of six to raise their record to 13-12.
Center Samuel Dalembert, who grew up in Montreal, added 18 rebounds and 11 points for Philadelphia.
Iguodala had five assists and was 9 for 10 from the field. He had 13 points as Philadelphia outscored Toronto 28-14 in the decisive third quarter. Toronto committed seven turnovers in the quarter, leading to fast-break dunks.
“It was the second game in row he had a magnificent game up here,” Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. “He, again, was instrumental in getting into the open court and getting easy baskets.”
Iguodala had four dunks as the Sixers started the period on a 21-4 run. Iverson made a spectacular bounce pass to Iguodala, whose tomahawk dunk gave Philadelphia a 61-48 lead. He also blew by Joey Graham for a jam.
“We made him look like an All-Star. He’s not that caliber of player right now,” Toronto’s Morris Peterson said. “It’s definitely embarrassing.”
Even Philadelphia reserve Shavlik Randolph got into the dunkathon, throwing down a reverse jam on a fast break in the fourth quarter.
Chris Bosh had 22 points for the Raptors, who dropped to 0-3 against Philadelphia this year. Jalen Rose had two points in 12 minutes off the bench.
“We are 4-20. We are not getting it down. It’s an embarrassment. We lost by 30 points at home,” Rose said.
• Hawks 110, Nuggets 107: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored on a layup with 42 seconds left in overtime to snap a tie, and Tyronn Lue hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds.
Atlanta (6-18) has won two straight and four of five. The Nuggets (12-13), who dressed only nine players due to injuries and played only seven, lost their third straight to match the longest losing streak of the season.
• Nets 118, Warriors 90: At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 24 points and 13 assists to lead New Jersey over Golden State.
Vince Carter scored 25 points for the Nets, who led 37-24 after their best first quarter of the season and never trailed. Nenad Krstic and ex-UA Wildcat Richard Jefferson each added 17 points.
• Hornets 89, Spurs 76: At Oklahoma City, P.J. Brown, involved in an altercation earlier in the game, sparked the decisive run for New Orleans in a victory over San Antonio.
Brown and the Hornets also held Tim Duncan to 11 points, matching his season low, before a Ford Center-record crowd of 19,267.
• Mavericks 102, Timberwolves 95: At Dallas, Josh Howard, ex-UAWildcat Jason Terry and Devin Harris sparked a fourth-quarter surge, carrying Dallas past Minnesota.
Howard scored seven of his 23 points in the final period. Terry opened the quarter with a 3-pointer, ending a stretch of eight straight misses, and scored 10 of his 14 points in the quarter, with several coming from the foul line to preserve the win.
• Rockets 76, Lakers 74: At Los Angeles, Tracy McGrady’s driving left-handed layup with 0.3 second left lifted Houston over Los Angeles.
The right-handed McGrady drove around Devean George at the top of the key and avoided Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown before laying the ball in just before time ran out.
McGrady led Houston with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists. David Wesley added 18 points, and rookie Luther Head scored 16 for the Rockets.
• Trail Blazers 97, Wizards 92: At Portland, Ore., Juan Dixon scored 20 points against his former team, and Portland held off Washington before just a couple thousand fans – at best – after a snow and ice storm hit the city earlier in the day.
Portland, which led by as many as 17 points, snapped a three-game losing streak.
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MAVERICKS: Guard Darrell Armstrong was so happy his beloved Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys that he grabbed a microphone before last night’s game against Minnesota and hollered, “How ’bout those Redskins!”
It’s going to cost him $1,000.
Dallas coach Avery Johnson announced the fine during his postgame news conference, and team owner Mark Cuban later verified it was legit, much to the chagrin of a disbelieving Armstrong.
The money will go to charity, with Johnson saying the Cowboys would decide the recipient.
The Redskins wrapped up a 35-7 victory over the Cowboys shortly before the Mavericks left the locker room to play the Timberwolves.
As part of the pregame ceremonies, guard Devin Harris wished the crowd a happy holiday. Then Armstrong, who wasn’t scheduled to speak, asked for the microphone.
He added his holiday wishes, then made his fine-inducing proclamation, a twist on a famous line by former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.
A mixture of laughter and boos followed, even from German import Dirk Nowitzki. Cuban laughed, too, and joked with Armstrong about it when he returned to the bench.
ROCKETS: All-Star Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets missed his first game of the season and the third of his NBA career last night because of a sore right big toe that will sideline him indefinitely.
“It’s not a one-game thing,” coach Jeff Van Gundy said before the Rockets met the Los Angeles Lakers in the finale of a six-game road trip. “It will probably be a multiple-game thing, whatever that is. We’ll know more after he sees the doctor.
“He doesn’t miss much. So when he misses, he’s hurt.”