Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/17

Game 1: Monday, January 17th
Game 2: Friday, January 28th

76ers 95

(19-23, 9-16 away)

Hornets 99

(8-34, 6-13 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2005

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    PHI 19 24 22 22 895
    NO 31 23 15 18 1299

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: K. Korver 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk

    New Orleans: D. Dickau 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 16 Ast, 3 Stl

    Korver's 3 with 0.4 left forces OT, but Philly runs out of gas

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Quiet forward P.J. Brown remained calm after Philadelphia's Kyle Korver made an unlikely 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

    Brown, known primarily for defense and rebounding, responded by scoring six of his season-high 20 points in the extra period, sending the New Orleans Hornets to a 99-95 victory over the 76ers on Friday night.

    "I was tired, I was ready to go home and I said, 'I'm going to make these shots," Brown recalled.

    Brown suspected he'd be left open and that guard Dan Dickau, who finished with a career-high 16 assists, would find him.

    "Dan did a great job and kicked it to me for nice rhythm shots," Brown said. "I'm kind of underrated because I don't score a lot of points. Scouting reports say if I'm open I can hit the shot but you're not going to pay a lot of attention to me."

    Dickau also scored 19 points, and Brown finished with a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the Hornets' fourth victory in five home games.

    The Sixers were playing without NBA-leading scorer Allen Iverson, who missed his second straight game with a strained left shoulder. Corliss Williamson led Philadelphia with 20 points, playing 39 minutes after Kenny Thomas hurt his nose late in the second quarter.

    "We've played several games without Allen this year, so that's something we can't worry about," Williamson said. "We knew two days ago that he wasn't going to be able to play tonight, so there's no excuse for us not being prepared. This is the NBA and sometimes superstars go down, sometimes you have two or three players out, but you should still be able to play through that regardless of who's out."

    The wild finish to the fourth quarter came after J.R. Smith's 3-pointer gave New Orleans an 82-76 lead with 2:37 to go.

    Andre Iguodala scored inside for the 76ers, sparking an 8-0 run that was capped by Willie Green's pull-up jumper, putting the Sixers up 84-82 with 19.3 seconds left.

    The Hornets committed their 23rd turnover and Chris Andersen missed two free throws during the Sixers' surge, and it appeared New Orleans was on the verge of a late collapse. But Dickau found Casey Jacobsen in the corner for a 3 with 5.7 seconds left, and after Green's missed jumper, Lee Nailon was fouled on the rebound and made both free throws with 0.4 seconds left.

    The New Orleans crowd, on its feet and primed to celebrate a victory, then stood stunned as Korver took an inbounds pass along the right sideline and put up a 3 in one motion that went through at the buzzer.

    The referees ruled it good but needed several minutes to review the video. Korver had released the ball in time and the call stood, sending the game to overtime tied at 87.

    Brown's jumpers started a 7-0 run in overtime that was capped by Jacobsen's second 3 to make it 96-89 with 1:01 to go.

    "Obviously, the dagger was Jacobsen's shot that put them up. That really hurt," 76ers coach Jim O'Brien said.

    Smith finished with 15 points for New Orleans and Nailon 14.

    Green had 18 points for the Sixers, while Korver had 16, including five 3s. Iguodala had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Samuel Dalembert scored 10 points.

    New Orleans shot 61 percent in the first half and led nearly all the first two periods, finishing the second quarter on a 6-0 run that started with Smith sneaking under the hoop to grab Dickau's airball and lay it in. Bostjan Nachbar hit a 3-pointer to give New Orleans a 54-43 lead at halftime.

    But New Orleans got sloppy to open the second half, committing five turnovers in the first 3:20 of the third period. The 76ers opened with a 10-0 run capped by Korver's fourth 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 54-53.

    Game notes

    The Sixers are 0-4 without Iverson. ... The Hornets placed G Baron Davis on the injured list for the second time this season, this time with a bruised right Achilles' tendon. Davis, who has missed 25 games, missed a 19-game stretch spanning part of November and December with an inflamed disc in his lower back. Placing Davis on the injured list allowed the Hornets to sign Junior Harrington to a 10-day contract. Harrington was in uniform and got into the game in the first half. ... Thomas left after getting hit so hard in the nose he crumpled to the floor near the Hornets' basket. X-rays were negative, but Thomas did not return.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 99
    FGM-FGA 34-86 (.395) 38-76 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 15-24 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-44 7-42
    Assists 21 28
    Turnovers 18 23
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 12 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Kyle Korver Korver
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Dan Dickau Dickau
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 16
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0