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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

76ers drop 10th straight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The A.I. Show took center stage again in Philly.

And the early returns have Philadelphia 76ers fans in love with the revival as much as the original.

All Allen Iverson needs to do now is help the Sixers win. Iverson scored 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting and had six assists in Philadelphia's 10th straight loss, 93-83 to Denver on Monday night.

"I had chill-bumps running all through my body the whole game," Iverson said. "It just felt good to be back."

Chauncey Billups scored 31 points to lead the Nuggets in the win.

Iverson took a familiar route to the Wachovia Center for his first game since returning to the Sixers last week. He pulled in to the player's parking lot at 5:55 p.m., waving to fans who waited in the cold for a glimpse of one of the most polarizing athletes in Philadelphia's deep sports history.

He hit the court for warmups to the sound of fans screaming his name and holding "Welcome Home" signs. He took passes from his former 76ers backcourt teammate Aaron McKie, now an assistant coach.

He sank shot after shot to the delight of the crowd and broke out in a wide smile as they erupted in cheers.

"That was the best part of the night, just hearing these people's voices all over again," Iverson said.

Iverson was edited out of highlights and banished from the team in the week leading up to his acrimonious 2006 trade to Denver. But he got his own greatest hits montage on Monday and a sellout crowd of 20,664 stood and roared in approval.

Jazz 104, Spurs 101

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams recovered after missing his first six shots and scored 17 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left.

Knicks 93, Trail Blazers 84

In New York, Larry Hughes scored 21 points, David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks won their season-high third straight.

Thunder 104, Warriors 88

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 28 points, rookie James Harden added a career-high 26 for the hosts.



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