Philadelphia wins series 4-2 (Game 5 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

Hornets 93

(47-35, 18-23 away)

76ers 91

(48-34, 25-16 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    6:00 PM ET, April 30, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 26 21 24 2293
    PHI 29 21 24 1791

    Top Performers

    NO: J. Magloire 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Phi: A. Iverson 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Lynch scores 12 of his 16 points in fourth quarter

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Known mostly for his defense, George Lynch kept the New Orleans Hornets alive with impressive shooting, clutch rebounding and quick hands.

    George Lynch

    Lynch scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and had two key steals and offensive rebounds, helping the Hornets avoid elimination with a 93-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    The Sixers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 is Friday night in New Orleans.

    "I was due,'' said Lynch, who was traded from the Sixers to the Hornets prior to last season in a deal for Derrick Coleman. "In the first four games, I couldn't throw it in the ocean.''

    Jamal Mashburn returned after missing two games with a broken right middle finger to score 21, and Jamaal Magloire had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

    "It's still hurting, but I told the guys I didn't want to go home. It's too early,'' Mashburn said. "I knew my presence would make a difference.''

    Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with 30 and Keith Van Horn added 21.

    A 3-pointer by Iverson tied it at 83 with 2:41 left, but Mashburn answered with a long jumper. Iverson then made a driving layup to tie it at 85.

    After a miss by Mashburn, Lynch got the rebound and laid it in to put the Hornets ahead 87-85. After Coleman drilled a long jumper, Lynch again got a rebound off a miss by Mashburn and put it in for an 89-87 lead with 1:02 left.

    Lynch then stripped Iverson, and Mashburn made one of two free throws for a 90-87 lead with 23 seconds left. Iverson's layup cut it to 90-89, and Mashburn made one of two free throws for a 91-89 lead with 13.6 seconds left.

    Lynch then stripped Van Horn, and Baron Davis iced it with two free throws.

    "We're still down 3-2,'' Davis said. "You don't see me celebrating. We're still down. We can't lose.''

    Philadelphia missed eight of its first nine shots in the fourth quarter as the Hornets scored 12 of the first 14 points to take an 83-76 lead. Lynch had two 3-pointers and a jumper during the stretch.

    "I'm probably the only coach in history that lets him shoot a 3,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "George is just a pleasure. We had our differences early on. He really came through. He kept us in the game.''

    Lynch averaged just 4.5 points in the regular season, but had a career-best 28 3-pointers in 79 attempts (35.4 percent).

    "I've been able to shoot about 50 percent on 3-pointers in practice,'' Lynch said. "I spent a lot of time in summers developing my shot.''

    Davis, coming off a 34-point performance Monday night, had nine points.

    Iverson shot 11-for-25. Since scoring 55 points in the series opener, Iverson has shot only 37.6 percent (41-for-109).

    "I took some bad shots, my teammates took bad shots and we got out of rhythm,'' Iverson said. "We just didn't get it done.''

    With the Hornets leading 83-78, Coleman made a defensive play that turned the momentum toward Philadelphia. Coleman made an incredible block, coming from way behind to swat away a fast-break layup by Davis, then hit a jumper to cut the deficit to 83-80 with 3:37 left.

    A 3-pointer by Van Horn and a three-point play by Iverson gave the Sixers their biggest lead, 60-50, early in the third. But the Hornets went on a 15-4 run, taking a 65-64 lead on a turnaround jumper by Davis. The Sixers led 74-71 after three quarters.

    Iverson capped a 13-5 run with a fallaway jumper that gave the Sixers their biggest lead of the first half, 50-44, with 1:36 left in the second. Thomas began the run with a layup and Coleman followed with a 3-pointer.

    Three free throws by Magloire cut it to 50-47 at halftime.

    "You have to give them credit,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We did a good job on their guards. We just didn't get it done.''

    Game notes

    The Sixers are 16-11 in home playoff games over the last five years. They are 4-1 in clinching situations during that span. ... Philadelphia made its first 14 free throws before Van Horn missed midway through the second. ... Davis airballed a free throw midway through the first. ... Mashburn made four of his first five shots and had 11 points in the opening quarter. ... Van Horn had 13 points in the first quarter, one in the second.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 91
    FGM-FGA 34-83 (.410) 31-73 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 19-29 (.655) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-39 13-43
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 21 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Jamaal Magloire Magloire
    Points: 17
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0