EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- With Keith Van Horn making his return to Continental Airlines Arena, it was another former New Jersey Net that provided the second option for Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Iverson scored 10 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and Derrick Coleman added 15 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as the 76ers posted a 90-83 victory over the Nets for their first three-game winning streak in two months.
Iverson made 10-of-24 shots and 11-of-12 free throws to overcome a sub-par shooting effort from backcourt partner Eric Snow and a quiet game from Van Horn, who was traded by New Jersey in the offseason.
"I really feel we played Philadlephia 76ers basketball and it feels great," Van Horn said. "I think everyone on the team was excited about the game. Not because of the trade, but because we're starting to play at a high level and going up against a solid team like New Jersey. Hopefully it builds our confidence and puts us on a good streak."
Coleman, who was selected by the Nets with the first pick in the 1990 draft, had a key follow shot off a missed jumper by Greg Buckner to give the 76ers an 82-77 lead with 1:39 remaining.
"To me, it's just another aspect of the game," said Coleman, who had seven offensive rebounds. "Rebounding, especially offensive, is a chance to get the clock reset and to run your offense again. Any win is a good win, but it was good to see the effort and the hustle plays. Overall, it was a great win for us."
Van Horn, who received a mixed reaction from the crowd at the start of the game, had just nine points and three boards in 26 minutes. But his final basket was an important one.
After Kenyon Martin missed a driving layup, Van Horn sank a turnaround jumper over Jason Kidd to put Philadelphia ahead, 84-77, with 63 seconds to play.
Todd MacCulloch, who came to Philadelphia with Van Horn for center Dikembe Mutombo, remained sidelined with foot neuropathy.
The Sixers also were without guard Aaron McKie (shoulder sprain) and forward Monty Williams (bone bruise in knee). Mutombo has been sidelined since December after undergoing wrist surgery.
"This is the most satisfying win of the year by far, when you consider we don't have Aaron, Monty and Todd," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "We held them to 17 in the fourth quarter and two of those were late-second threes. You are not going to defend much better than that."
Kidd made pair of 3-pointers around a lane jumper by Snow before Iverson sank a pair from the line to give Philadelphia an 88-83 edge with 22 seconds left. The Nets got no closer.
Kidd scored 21 points and Martin added 17 as New Jersey fell to 23-3 at home. The Nets had been 15-0 at home against Eastern Conference foes.
"It wasn't indicated by the score, but that was a physical whipping today," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They were very aggressive from the start. They manhandled us at certain times and I didn't really feel that we responded real well to it. We started the game off in a let's-wait-and-see type of attitude and you can't do that with the 76ers. They are too agrressive, too physical and too talented."
Although he made 4-of-6 shots from behind the arc, Kidd had eight of New Jersey's 21 turnovers which led to 29 points for Philadelphia. The Sixers outscored the Nets in the fourth quarter, 28-17, getting eight points off six turnovers.
Philadelphia, the 2001 Eastern Conference champions, has won two of three from defending conference champ New Jersey this season.
"Any win is a quality win," Iverson said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing against right now. We just need wins and that's the most important thing. It's a good feeling knowing that the team we beat is at the top of the division. We feel if we can beat a team like this, we can get anybody in the division."
Richard Jefferson scored all 10 of his points in the first half, when New Jersey held a 47-44 edge. He missed five shots after the break and the Nets suffered their third loss in four games.
"It's not exectly the best timing for a slump, but we're going to come back," Jefferson said. "We struggled in the beginning of the season at one point, and then we won 10 in a row. We are still confident in our ability as a team. The more we get healthy and the more we get going we are going to be on a roll."
Iverson scored eight points during a 12-3 run, capping it with a 3-pointer to give the Sixers a 58-52 advantage with 5:07 left in the third quarter. New Jersey answered with a 14-3 run, which was capped by Aaron Williams 13-footer for a 66-60 lead with 37 seconds left.
Snow, who had 12 points and eight assists, made two free throws with 23 seconds left. Philadelphia used a 6-0 burst to grab a 70-68 lead when Van Horn hit a 17-footer with 8:31 to play. Kidd answered with a short jumper with 7:05 left for New Jersey's first basket in over four minutes.
Kidd had a chance to give the Nets the lead, but made an errant pass that Iverson stole and converted when Martin was called for goaltending with 6:32 to go. That basket gave the Sixers the lead for good, and Snow stole a pass from Kerry Kittles and completed the break with a layup to make it 74-70 with 6:13 left.