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Philadelphia snaps three-game skid

1/21/2004

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Glenn Robinson says his adjustment period
with the Philadelphia 76ers is coming to an end, and it showed
against the New Orleans Hornets.

Robinson scored 23 points and Allen Iverson had 22 in the 76ers'
92-86 victory over undermanned New Orleans on Wednesday night.

"I'm just starting to get back in form like I like to," said
Robinson, acquired in the offseason from Atlanta.

Robinson has been averaging just over 17 points this season,
about three points below his average last season. Increasingly,
however, his teammates are showing signs of finding him in the
spots where he likes to shoot.

Iverson, who hopes to have some scoring pressure taken off him,
was pleased with Robinson's assessment.

"That's important. That's what we need," Iverson said. "He
started off kind of slow, but now I think he's found his rhythm and
that's big for us because it's going to help us in the long run."

John Salmons added 12 points, and Samuel Dalembert had 10
rebounds to help the Sixers snap a three-game losing streak and
extend New Orleans' losing streak to two.

New Orleans' regular starting guards Baron Davis (sprained left
ankle) and David Wesley (sprained big left toe) were out, forcing
Hornets coach Tim Floyd to start Darrell Armstrong and Steve Smith.

Armstrong had 29 points and five steals to lead New Orleans, and
Smith added 12 points. Both were instrumental in helping New
Orleans to an early lead, but combined to miss six 3-pointers in
the fourth quarter as the Hornets tried to rally.

New Orleans shot 4-of-20 form 3-point range for the game and
only 30 percent from the floor in the second half.

Robert Traylor, playing a bigger role off the bench in the past
eight games, continued his solid play with 13 points and 10
rebounds for New Orleans. Jamaal Magloire had 17 points.

The Sixers beat the Hornets in nearly every phase of the game,
including 42-30 on points inside and 16-10 on fast-break points.

Philadelphia had a 44-36 rebounding advantage and a 20-14 edge
in second-chance points.

"We got beaten up in the third quarter on the defensive board.
They had several second-chance opportunities," Floyd said. "Glenn
got into his rhythm and was a big difference maker tonight."

The Hornets had a 55-46 lead early in the third quarter, but
Philadelphia then switched to a zone defense and started getting
fast-break baskets off of turnovers and quick outlet passes after
rebounds. The Sixers went on to score on 11 of 14 possessions and
outscored the Hornets 27-10 the rest of the quarter to take a 73-65
lead.

"Obviously, they were undermanned, but it was still a good
win," Philadelphia coach Randy Ayers said. "The zone defense
changed the tempo of the game. We didn't have to defend all their
cuts. We were able to rebound and get out in the open court."

Game notes
The Hornets had only nine players in uniform and played
only eight because of injuries to Davis, Wesley, David West
(bruised right knee) and Jamal Mashburn, who isn't expected back
from minor knee surgery until next week. Reserve center Sean Rooks
dressed despite a sprained right ankle. He did not play. ...
Philadelphia's Eric Snow (eight points) has been in a scoring slump
in the past four games, during which he has a total of 25 points on
7-of-27 shooting.