Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Wednesday, November 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 21st
Game 3: Friday, January 30th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 17th

76ers 80

(28-41, 11-25 away)

Hornets 104

(36-32, 23-12 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, March 17, 2004

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 24 29 11 1680
    NO 26 25 22 31104

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    NO: J. Magloire 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    West goes 7-for-7 for career-high 15 points

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- David West rough time as a starter didn't shake his confidence when he came off the bench a night later.

    West hit all seven of his shots for a career-high 15 points and fueled a momentum-changing third-quarter surge in the New Orleans Hornets' 104-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    "You don't worry about numbers," said West, who was 2-of-6 for four points as a first-time starter in the Hornets' loss at Miami on Tuesday night. "I wasn't even stressing about it. ... Some nights you miss shots and guys on other teams are on roll, but you can make up for that with effort -- just playing hard."

    Baron Davis added 20 points, hitting a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer and two more early in the fourth as the Hornets pulled away. Jamaal Magloire had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Robert Traylor added 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

    Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 20 points but shot only 8-of-23. Aaron McKie added 15 and Kenny Thomas 11 as Philadelphia lost its third straight.

    The loss left the 76ers 3{ out of a playoff spot with 13 games left, and Iverson wasn't too optimistic about his team's postseason prospects.

    "I definitely think it's slipping away from us," he said. "We're not mathematically out of it. You've got to feel like you have a chance. We've just got to go out there, I guess, and fight even harder to get wins. I think our problem is getting leads and losing them."

    Philadelphia led 57-51 after Iverson's breakaway layup early in the second half, but New Orleans called timeout and the momentum swung after that.

    West, the 18th overall pick in last year's draft, made all four of his third-quarter shots and had seven rebounds in the period as the Hornets finished with a 22-7 run to take a 73-64 lead.

    West not only made all of his shots, including his only free throw, but also grabbed nine rebounds.

    "I missed a couple easy ones last night. You get those opportunities again, you don't miss those," he said.

    New Orleans finished with a 35-14 advantage on second-chance points while outrebounding the Sixers 45-30. The Hornets had 23 offensive rebounds.

    "They outhustled us. They banged us. We couldn't get the ball and that's what killed us, those second-chance shots," Iverson said. "In this league, when guys miss shots, you've got to get rebounds because if you give them another one, nine times out of 10 they're going to make it."

    Philadelphia also committed 20 turnovers to New Orleans' nine.

    "It was a combination of them pounding the offensive glass and us turning it over," Ford said. "They pounded us in the second half, every which way. They just took it to us."

    Davis, who was 2-of-9 in the first half, found his shot late in the third quarter, and his third 3 in a three-minute span gave New Orleans an 82-68 lead with 8:35 to go.

    Little went right for Philadelphia thereafter. When the Sixers forced Darrell Armstrong to heave an awkward shot at the shot-clock buzzer, the rebound took a funny bounce and Eric Snow's attempt to keep the ball in play deflected off McKie. New Orleans then inbounded and found David Wesley (13 points) for an open jumper.

    At the other end, Traylor blocked Iverson's floater and Armstrong pulled up for a 3 on the fast break, hitting it to put New Orleans ahead 91-75 with 4:38 left. The Sixers never got within double digits again.

    Game notes

    Iverson, who refused to play in Detroit last Sunday when he learned coach Chris Ford did not intend to start him, leaned over the scorer's table to talk to a fan holding up a taunting poster. The poster read: "Iverson, know your role," and had a drawing of a bench. Iverson smiled and said, "You're sitting on the bench. I'm in the game." ... With Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown out with minor injuries, the Hornets dressed only 10 players. ... Philadelphia has lost 12 of 14 road games. New Orleans, with seven straight road losses, has won three in a row at home.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 104
    FGM-FGA 31-66 (.470) 40-93 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 4-8 (.500) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 23-45
    Assists 24 30
    Turnovers 20 11
    Steals 5 11
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jamaal Magloire Magloire
    Points: 19
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0