SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Allen Iverson came off a screen in the second half and, fading to his left, hit a three-pointer.
Running downcourt, 76ers coach Eddie Jordan yelled instructions at Iverson, who in response shook his head as if to say, I got this.
Wednesday night at Arco Arena, all the Sixers had it in a 116-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
"I guess it was just momentum of the game," Iverson said of his off-balance three-pointer, his first A.I.-like moment since returning to the Sixers at the beginning of December.
Iverson played more minutes (33) than the doctor recommended (28 to 30), but scored enough points (20) to give the Sixers their second win in as many games.
"That's one of the most frustrating things that I'm having to deal with, because I never had to deal with it in my career," Iverson said of the limited minutes. "It's something different and it's something I know I'm going to have to deal with, but hopefully if I can get through it mentally, then I won't have to deal with it at the latter part of the season."
The victory gave the Sixers (9-22) back-to-back wins for the first time since they beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30 and the New York Knicks on Oct. 31.
The Kings, without Chester native Tyreke Evans and his 20.3 points per game, were led by rookie Omri Casspi and Donte Greene, who scored 21 points apiece.
Sacramento slipped to 14-17.
"Guys are getting good looks and knocking them down," said Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala, who had 19 points, nine assists, and only one turnover. "I think if we continue to have the same type of success, then that's definitely the type of group we want to have - as far as getting everybody involved, guys staying in the flow of the game, high-assist, low-turnover type of game. The last two games, we're looking pretty good."
Iverson's 20 points - 13 in the second half - were second only to Lou Williams' 22. But it was reserve Rodney Carney's quartet of three pointers - three in the second half, two in the fourth quarter - that keyed a crucial early-fourth quarter run that put the Sixers ahead for good, 90-81.
"I thought we played very inspired basketball, like we normally do," Jordan said. "Guys came off the bench and played very well for us."
Carney finished with 14 points in 15 minutes, reserve power forward Elton Brand scored 14 points in 28 minutes, and Thaddeus Young finished with 11 points in 26 minutes.
After starting the game making only a third of their shots, the Sixers finished shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
"I think we're starting to become a little more fluid," Iguodala said. "I think we have a lot of guys who are threats out on the floor. . . . Guys are getting good looks and knocking them down."
Jordan called Iguodala's play "winning basketball."
"That's pretty much his role," the coach said. "He could be an all-star doing that. It helps us win; it's winning basketball. It's not just numbers, but it's winning basketball . . . he's looking out for his teammates, and he's scoring when the opportunities are there."
Jordan added: "Allen has given us another dimension, you know, and we're playing off him. . . . Our guys played well in their roles."