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3-pointer spurt in overtime propels New Orleans

11/6/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The way Baron Davis is shooting 3-pointers,
he should stay outside the arc.

Davis scored 18 of his 37 points on 3s to lead the New Orleans
Hornets to a 106-99 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on
Wednesday night.

"Once I hit three in a row, I was going to keep taking them,"
Davis said.

The former All-Star guard finished 13-for-26 from the field,
including 6-for-11 from 3-point range. He is shooting 46.3 percent
(19-for-41) from 3-point range this season, and just 37.1 percent
(26-for-70) from inside the arc.

Reserve Steve Smith added 16 points for New Orleans in a rematch
of first-round playoff opponents from last spring.

Allen Iverson scored 29 and Glenn Robinson added 20 in his home
debut for the Sixers, who beat the Hornets in six games to advance
to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

New Orleans is off to a 4-1 start under first-year coach Tim
Floyd. The Sixers are 2-3 under Randy Ayers, also in his first
season.

"We pressed too much early and tried to do too much from an
individual standpoint," Ayers said. "We had a 10-point lead.
We've got to grind it out."

Darrell Armstrong and Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap an
8-0 run that gave the Hornets a 97-89 lead midway through OT. Davis
sealed it with his sixth 3-pointer.

The Hornets were 13-for-30 from beyond the arc, while the Sixers
were just 4-for-17.

"That was a big-time game," said Smith, who signed with the
Hornets last week after injuries to Jamal Mashburn and Courtney
Alexander. "Both teams really wanted it. We had more energy."

Kenny Thomas had 15 points and 16 rebounds and Eric Snow had 11
points and 12 assists for the Sixers, who returned from a
three-game road trip against the Western Conference.

Snow hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run and tie it at 89 with 55.2
seconds left in regulation. Davis then missed a driving layup, Snow
missed a jumper and Davis missed a 16-footer that would've won it
at the buzzer.

The Hornets scored just two points in the final six minutes of
the fourth quarter, none after Davis scored with 3:46 remaining.

Using a stifling zone defense to shut down the Sixers, the
Hornets went on an 11-0 run to break open a 71-71 tie early in the
fourth quarter. Smith began the run with a driving layup and free
throw and David Wesley finished it with two free throws.

Robinson cut it to 87-82 with his second straight 3-pointer, but
Davis answered with a turnaround jumper.

Robinson, who sat out the home opener because of an NBA
suspension, missed his first five shots. He hit his next three and
finished 7-for-17.

"I still haven't found my rhythm," said Robinson, bothered by
a sprained ankle.

New Orleans erased a 59-51 deficit in the third quarter by
hitting four straight 3s. Davis and Smith hit two in a row to cut
Philadelphia's lead to 59-57. After a jumper by Derrick Coleman and
a driving layup by Iverson, Davis hit two more 3s to tie it at 63.
He made another 3 to cut it to 67-66 after three quarters.

Game notes
Wesley fouled out with 1:57 left. He had 12 points on
4-for-16 shooting. ... Hornets F Stacey Augmon wasn't with the team
because of a death in his family. ... Mashburn underwent
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will miss six to
eight weeks. Alexander has a torn Achilles' tendon. ... Robinson
averaged 35 points in two games in Philadelphia for the Atlanta
Hawks last season. ... The Hornets are just one of three teams --
Minnesota and Orlando are the others -- to have a winning record
(16-13) in Philadelphia.