PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson knew the risks, took the
chance and let his instincts take over.
With 3.9 seconds left, the Wizards had the ball and were trying
to set up a final shot. Iverson jumped in front of a pass by Jarvis
Hayes that was intended for Gilbert Arenas, streaked down the right
side ahead of Arenas and scored his basket with 0.2 seconds left.
"I figured they were trying to get the ball to Gilbert. It
seemed like (Hayes) couldn't get the ball in, like he was
panicky," Iverson said. "I just stayed as close as I could. I
didn't want to go for it if I couldn't get it, and give up a
wide-open shot. But once he threw it, my eyes just lit up."
It was Iverson's second game-winning basket this month, after
going his entire nine-year career without one. He beat the Pacers
in overtime with a jumper at the buzzer on Nov. 12.
After he scored against the Wizards, Iverson ran toward the
crowd and cupped his ear, imploring them to make more noise. Then
he jumped into the stands and celebrated.
"I hope I don't get fined or suspended for going into the
stands. My reason was a good one," Iverson said, referring to the
brawl between Pacers players and Detroit fans last week.
Washington, which had won three in a row, was without coach
Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left
leg and is expected to miss one more game. Assistant Mike O'Koren
coached the Wizards in Jordan's absence.
"Allen's an all-NBA player. He made an all-NBA play," O'Koren
Hayes had sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the
buzzer in regulation, after Jackson missed two free throws that
would have sealed the win for Philadelphia.
A 3-pointer by Korver and a long jumper by Jackson gave the
Sixers a 110-109 lead with 2:10 left in overtime. After Hayes
missed a 3-pointer, Jackson made a hook shot to put the Sixers
Arenas answered with a driving layup, but John Salmons hit a
13-footer for Philadelphia. Hayes then hit another 3 to tie it at
114 with 26.5 seconds left.
"We had a couple of letdowns, but we stuck together as a team
and pulled it out," Jackson said.
Hughes had 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a
3-pointer and jumper that capped an 8-0 run and pulled Washington
within 91-90 with just under 5 minutes left.
Iverson missed six of his first eight shots, finishing 9-for-26.
He had no turnovers for the first time this season.
Hughes, a former Sixers first-round pick, fell one assist short
of a triple-double. Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 14 rebounds
"Larry had struggled, but this shows how much he's grown with
us," O'Koren said.
The Sixers closed out the second quarter with a 16-4 run to take
a 52-44 halftime lead. Korver started it with a 3-pointer and
Iverson and Salmons each also hit 3s during the spurt.
Josh Davis started his second straight game at power forward for
Philadelphia, replacing Kenny Thomas. Davis finished with three
points in 24 minutes. Thomas didn't play after getting just three
minutes Wednesday night. Thomas, in the second year of a $50
million, seven-year contract, was one of only 11 NBA players to
average a double-double with 13.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last
The Sixers activated guard Aaron McKie before the game and
placed guard Kevin Ollie on the injured list with a lower back
strain. McKie missed the last six games with a shoulder injury. ...
Hayes scored 18 points off the bench. ... Washington was seeking
its first four-game winning streak since the 2001-02 season. ...
Korver's 26 points and eight rebounds were career highs.