PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson scored half of his 24 points in the decisive third quarter Friday night as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 94-83, for their third win in four games.
Philadelphia had little trouble on its way to the NBA Finals in 2000-01 but has been inconsistent early this season. Iverson has been plagued by injuries that have kept him out of seven games, but the 76ers' chances at another division title are alive as long as he remains healthy.
Derrick Coleman and Aaron McKie combined for 22 points in the first half and the 76ers had a 56-51 advantage less than four minutes into the third when Iverson made a pair of three-pointers to spark a 17-1 run.
He made another three-pointer and a pair of free throws before finishing the burst with a layup to give Philadelphia a 73-52 cushion with 3:55 left. The 76ers led by double digits thereafter.
McKie finished with 17 points and Coleman added 16 as Philadelphia won for the second time in three meetings with Atlanta this season.
Jason Terry scored 22 points and Mark Strickland added a season-high 17 for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row and nine of their last 13 games.