Philadelphia wins series 4-2 (Game 4 of 6)

Philadelphia wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, April 20th
Game 2: Wednesday, April 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, April 26th
Game 4: Monday, April 28th
Game 5: Wednesday, April 30th
Game 6: Friday, May 2nd

76ers 96

(48-34, 23-18 away)

Hornets 87

(47-35, 29-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 28, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 25 27 22 2296
    NO 20 25 21 2187

    Top Performers

    Phi: E. Snow 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 5 Stl

    NO: B. Davis 34 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Davis scores 34 points, but Hornets trail series 3-1

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers didn't need a heroic effort from Allen Iverson to regain command of their playoff series with the New Orleans Hornets.

    Allen Iverson

    Iverson's 22 points on 9-of-28 shooting Monday night were his lowest total in the series. But five other Sixers scored in double figures in a 96-87 victory that gave Philadelphia a 3-1 series lead, with Game 5 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

    "As bad as I was struggling out there, it makes me feel good to win game like this,'' Iverson said. "That I can play so badly and my teammates play so well, it gives me confidence that I know when I'm struggling we've still got a shot to win.''

    The balanced scoring and rebounding effort by the Sixers spoiled a 34-point performance by Baron Davis, who overcame an ailing left knee for a second straight game.

    Davis, visibly disgusted after the game, didn't single out anyone, but seemed most frustrated with the Hornets inside players losing the rebounding advantage they established in a Game 3 victory.

    "We got outhustled. We got outmuscled. We didn't come to play,'' he said.

    Philadelphia redeemed itself on the boards. Although Kenny Thomas' eight rebounds were a team high, the Sixers outrebounded the Hornets as a team 43-38, two nights after being embarrassed 51-33. The Sixers also improved their offensive rebounding total from six to 17.

    "We didn't do much different than we did in Game 3, but we rebounded better,'' 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "We didn't match their intensity in Game 3, but tonight we matched their effort. We made so many hustle plays late in the game. There were so many guys that I think as a coach you can say they made bigtime plays to help us win.''

    Eric Snow had 17 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, while Keith Van Horn scored 13 points for the Sixers, while Thomas, Derrick Coleman and Aaron McKie each scored 11.

    McKie's final bucket, a 3-pointer with 2:45 left, sealed the game, giving Philadelphia a 94-82 lead. Iverson found McKie wide open in the corner for the basket and started yelling, "Yeah, yeah,'' before the ball had even left McKie's hands.

    Although the Hornets were within striking distance well into the fourth quarter, Philadelphia always found a way to reverse the momentum. It never lost the lead after Iverson gave the Sixers a 19-18 lead with a one-handed floater off the glass.

    New Orleans had its deficit down to 81-80 after David Wesley followed P.J. Brown's jumper with a 3-pointer.

    But the Sixers came back with a 6-0 run on a jumper by Snow, a dunk by Coleman and a long jump shot by Iverson as he fell backward.

    "What you want to do during that time is make sure to get a good shot, which gives you a chance to rebound and a chance to get back on defense so they don't get an easy opportunity,'' Snow said. "That's playoff basketball. It becomes a possession game.''

    Wesley finished with 12 points for New Orleans, while P. J. Brown had 11 points and nine rebounds. Center Jamaal Magloire, who had 18 points and nine assists on Saturday, was limited to seven points and eight rebounds.

    Philadelphia scored six quick points to start the game, but by midway through the quarter the Sixers were 2-for-15 from the field as the Hornets ran to a 13-6 lead. Iverson missed his first five shots while Davis hit his first three.

    When the 76ers settled down, however, they couldn't miss. Iverson hit his next two shots and the Sixers their next seven as part of a 13-2 run that put Philadelphia back ahead 23-18.

    The Sixers opened a 51-37 lead in the second period, thanks in part to the Hornets being over the limit in team fouls with 4:24 to go in the half. McKie hit a jumper, a 3-pointer and a free throw in succession to close out a 10-0 run.

    The lead was trimmed to 52-45 at halftime only because Davis closed the period with a pair of free throws and a two 3s, giving him 24 points for the half.

    New Orleans coach Paul Silas said the Hornets would have been blown out without Davis, who has played the last two games with a bone bruise in his left knee that affects his lateral movement and leaping.

    "We're going to battle. Laying down is not in our vocabulary,'' Silas said. "I told the guys if you don't think we can win, then stay home. I expect us to play and play well at Philadelphia.''

    Game notes

    Silas said he expects All-Star Jamal Mashburn to miss the rest of the series with a broken finger. ... Magloire, a Canadian who still has family in the Toronto area, said Monday he is providing aid to Toronto and Scarborough Hospital as they deal with the SARS virus. ... After selling out Game 3 Saturday night, the Hornets fell short of a sellout for Game 4. Paid attendance was 16,243. A sellout at New Orleans Arena is 17,200.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 87
    FGM-FGA 34-80 (.425) 32-75 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 7-13 (.538) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 21-29 (.724) 14-17 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-43 12-38
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 16 20
    Steals 13 9
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 28 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Eric Snow Snow
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 34
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1