Dinos can't handle A.I.

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

The Raptors were dealing with more headaches off the court last night and one big one on the court. A relentless headache by the name of Allen Iverson.

The NBA's leading scorer, who is averaging better than 29 points per game this season, was up to his old tricks at the Air Canada Centre, scoring 30 as the Philadelphia 76ers slammed the Raptors 106-91 in front of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre.

The loss was Toronto's fourth in a row and dropped the troubled squad to 20-31, while the 76ers, Atlantic Division rivals, improved to 24-26.

Head coach Sam Mitchell was pleased with the work Morris Peterson and Rafer Alston did on Iverson and starting small forward Kyle Korver, who recorded only three points, but lamented that the team's lack of rebounding combined with a balanced Philly attack ultimately did them in.

"There were times when we played good defence, but Allen Iverson broke us down like he breaks everybody down," Mitchell said. "Mo and Rafer did about a good a job as you can do on Allen. The guys who hurt us were (Andre) Iguodala, (Samuel) Dalembert and Kenny Thomas."

Thomas, Philly's starting power forward, had 23 points and eight rebounds, rookie shooting guard Iguodala had 16 points, eight boards and four steals and centre Dalembert had 13 points and six rebounds.

The Raptors, supposedly a fast break team, managed exactly zero points on the fast break while the 76ers had 20. The Raps are definitely not a good rebounding squad and that was in evidence again as the 76ers pulled in 47 boards to Toronto's 33.

Philly shot 50% -- the fifth consecutive game that a Raptors opponent shot 50% or better from the field -- while the Raps shot 43%.

Jalen Rose was the major force for Toronto, picking up his first double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five assists. Morris Peterson, chipped in 22 points and five assists.

"It's an embarrassing game," Rose said. "There has been some controversy directly and indirectly surrounding our team, but at the end of the day, we are still pros and you have to get out there and compete. We have to do some things that will make our organization, our fans and our town proud of us.

"We have to turn it around and turn it around fast," he added. "It's not too late to turn it around, but I'm tired of talking about it. It's time for it to happen."


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