Philadelphia wins series 4-2 (Game 6 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 107

(48-34, 23-18 away)

Hornets 103

(47-35, 29-12 home)

    8:30 PM ET, May 2, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 25 27 31 24107
    NO 31 24 32 16103

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 45 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    NO: J. Mashburn 36 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Iverson clutch down stretch to finish Hornets

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It turned out Allen Iverson didn't need as much help as coach Larry Brown thought.

    Keith Van Horn

    Keith Van Horn had 18 points and 18 rebounds Friday.

    Iverson capped a 45-point performance by scoring Philadelphia's final six points -- including a key straightaway bank shot with 10 seconds left -- as the 76ers eliminated the New Orleans Hornets with a 107-103 victory Friday night.

    Iverson's second-best offensive showing of the series came one game after coach Larry Brown said Iverson's teammates appeared too hesitant to shoot big shots and relieve some of the pressure on the Sixers' leading scorer.

    "After that first game I had 55 points and heard everybody talking about what they were doing against me, all I thought about is keep fighting and something positive will come out of it," said Iverson, who was held to 30 points or less in Games 2 through 5 -- two of which the Hornets won.

    "Obviously, I wasn't dead in the water. It's just not as easy as people think to score 55 points night in and night out."

    Several other Sixers had solid games as the Sixers won on the road for the second time in the series. Keith Van Horn had 18 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Coleman had 16 points and Kenny Thomas 10.

    Brown told his players to give Van Horn a standing ovation when he came into the locker room after the game.

    "I wasn't going to tell him because I've been on his case so badly," Brown said. "You play against a team like that's got so many athletic long guys that rebound the ball effectively, and he comes up with 18 rebounds in a game like this."

    Jamal Mashburn, playing his second game with a chipped bone in his right middle finger, scored 36 to lead New Orleans. The Hornets were hurt by 14-for-23 free throw shooting, missing five of eight in the final period.

    "It was a fun game to play in. They just had an exceptional player out there (in Iverson) -- a guy who can create his own shots," Mashburn said.

    Baron Davis added 21 points and 11 assists for New Orleans but missed substantial chunks of time because of foul trouble. David Wesley added 19 points, but fouled out while struggling to guard Iverson.

    "In the fourth quarter we couldn't get anything going. They stepped their defense up and we had missed layups, missed free throws, and you can't win like that, not against this team," Davis said. "Their guys stepped up and some of us didn't."

    Iverson had 15 points in the fourth quarter.

    With the game tied at 101 with 1:43 left, Snow found Iverson open in the corner for a jumper that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.

    At the other end, Robert Traylor rebounded Davis' miss close to the basket but couldn't convert the putback. Snow missed a jumper with 38 seconds left, and Van Horn grabbed his final rebound to allow Philadelphia to retain possession.

    Iverson, guarded closely by Davis, then knocked in a jumper off the glass for a 105-101 lead.

    "The shot Iverson hit at the end was a miraculous shot," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "A big-time player stepped up."

    Davis made a layup with 3 seconds left, but Philadelphia inbounded to Iverson, who was fouled and made both free throws to lock up the victory.

    The 76ers advanced to play the winner of the Orlando-Detroit series, which is tied 3-3 with Game 7 set for Sunday afternoon.

    The Hornets had the benefit of Philadelphia being over the foul limit with 10 minutes left, but couldn't take advantage.

    Philadelphia, which trailed by as many as 13 early on, didn't take its first lead until early in the third quarter. Coleman, who would score 11 in the period, started the second half with a pair of strong inside baskets to put the Sixers ahead 56-55.

    Then Mashburn got hot, scoring 21 third-quarter points, mostly on turnaround jumpers and fadeaways, to put the Hornets ahead 87-83 heading into the final period.

    Carrying momentum from their Game 5 victory and energized by a revved-up home crowd, the Hornets jumped out to a 15-2 lead by scoring on seven of their first eight possessions. Mashburn started the Hornets off with a short jumper and a straightaway 3 on the next possession.

    Iverson then drew Philadelphia to 27-22 with a pair of jumpers and three 3-pointers. He scored 14 in the quarter, which ended with the Hornets leading 31-25.

    New Orleans had the lead up to 53-41 in the second quarter after Jamaal Magliore hit a short running hook in the lane. Philadelphia responded with an 11-2 run to close the half, with Iverson ending it by stealing the ball from Mashburn and running the floor for an uncontested layup with less than a second left, leaving the score 55-52.

    Game notes
    Iverson has scored 20 or more points in 18 straight playoff appearances, including 11 with 30 or more. ... The standing-room-only crowd of 18,570 was the largest of the Hornets' first season in New Orleans. ... Magloire said he has yet to make up his mind about playing for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tourney this summer. Magloire, who started every game this season at center, is a restricted free agent. ... As they have throughout the playoffs, 76ers staff told reporters Friday to ask Iverson "basketball questions only," meaning no questions about either the recent shooting of his friend -- in which police say Iverson may have been a target -- or Thursday's hit-and-run involving Iverson's Mercedes-Benz.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 103
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 41-83 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 26-32 (.813) 14-23 (.609)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-44 11-39
    Assists 20 26
    Turnovers 10 9
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 27 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 45
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 36
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1