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Philadelphia Sixers honor Allen Iverson, lose 13th straight game

The Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson’s number in an emotional halftime ceremony of their game against the Washington Wizards on March 1.

Wilt Chamberlain played in Philadelphia from 1959-68 but only 1965-68 with the Sixers. He is one of the top centers in NBA history and a basketball HOF'er.
Wilt Chamberlain played in Philadelphia from 1959-68 but only 1965-68 with the Sixers. He is one of the top centers in NBA history and a basketball HOF'er.
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Iverson, one of the top five players in franchise history, received a standing ovation from the 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center as his No. 3 jersey was being raised to the rafters along with the other Sixers’ greats.

"They all wanted me to talk about how much y'all loved me," Iverson said, "but trust me, the feeling was mutual."

Iverson, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010, officially retired in October. The Future Hall-of-Famer won four scoring titles for the Sixers and was the 2001 MVP when he led them to the NBA Finals.

The Sixers gave Iverson a boat named the “The Answer” as a retirement gift.

The Sixers, who were down 74-62, at the half, weren’t able to build off the electricity that Iverson’s ceremony created and fell to the Washington Wizards (31-28) 122-103. The loss is Philadelphia’s 13th straight.

Trevor Ariza scored 24 of his career-high 40 points in the first quarter to lead six Wizards in double figures. Ariza, who made all six of his three-point attempts in the opening quarter, finished 14-of-23 from the field including 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.

John Wall and Martell Webster each added 17 points for Washington while Trevor Booker added 14. Marcin Gortat contributed 13 points and 11 caroms and Bradley Beal chipped in 11 points.

Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 19 points and Thaddeus Young dropped in 17 points.

The Sixers wore special "Iverson Forever" patches on their jerseys and Iverson's 3 on their pregame warmup shirts.

Notes: The game was the Sixers’ first home sellout of the season. Washington’s 74 first half points is a Wells Fargo record. Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Maurice Cheeks, Billy Cunningham and Wilt Chamberlain also have their jerseys hanging from the rafters. Philadelphia lost their 14th straight on March 2, when they fell to the Orlando Magic 92-81.