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

"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

"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.