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A.I.'s return to Philly a success, except...

In a way, it was business as usual for Allen Iverson. In his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to Denver in late 2006, the Wachovia Center was full, Iverson was greeted with a long, loud standing ovation in the pregame introductions, and he led all scorers with 32 points. Oh, and his team lost.

Iverson missed a shot in the last few seconds, two Denver offensive rebounds went for naught and the 76ers held on for a 115-113 win. It is truly ironic (as well as a statement of how much better the West is than the East) that if the season ended today, the Sixers would be in the playoffs and Iverson's Nuggets would be headed to the golf course.

Iverson was gracious talking to the media after the game, praising the fans and his former teammates. He also talked about how he was "embarrassed" by some of his past behavior (such as that "we're talkin' bout practice" rant, maybe?); with four children and a fifth on the way, he said that it'll be as if he's the coach of his team, and as a role model for his kids he can't act the way he did before: "I'm too old for that." -- Joe Guckin