Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Friday, November 12th
Pacers104Final
OT
76ers106
Game 2: Wednesday, December 22nd
76ers102Final
Pacers90
Game 3: Monday, January 31st
Pacers88Final
76ers89
Game 4: Friday, April 15th
76ers90Final
Pacers86

Pacers 88

(20-23, 10-13 away)

76ers 89

(21-23, 11-7 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, January 31, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

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IND 24 21 23 2088
PHI 28 24 13 2489

Top Performers

Ind: J. O'Neal 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

Phi: A. Iverson 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

Korver hits decisive shot with 6.5 seconds left

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson has no problem passing up a potential winning shot when he knows the ball is going to Kyle Korver.

Korver made a go-ahead jumper with 6.5 seconds left, and Iverson returned from a three-game absence to score 27 points in the Philadelphia 76ers' 89-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

"You see a guy in his second year who's able to hit a big shot like that, it says a lot about him as a player," Iverson said. "It says a lot about his confidence and the confidence the coaching staff and we have in him."

Korver hit five 3-pointers and shot 6-for-9 overall to finish with 17 points. He has 126 3-pointers, fifth on the Sixers' single-season list. He sank at least four 3s for the 14th time this season.

"I sometimes feel like I'm in a real groove and that's how I felt tonight," Korver said. "I felt like I shouldn't have missed many shots."

Kenny Thomas scored 12 for the Sixers, who opened a four-game homestand.

Stephen Jackson scored 25 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their fifth straight.

The Sixers sure are getting used to these dramatic wins against the Pacers. In November, Iverson beat them with the first buzzer-beating shot of his nine-year career on a 14-footer in overtime.

"I was thinking maybe I could get another game-winner against that team," Iverson said.

Indiana led 88-87 when Thomas made a nice little hook pass to Samuel Dalembert under the basket. Dalembert, though, had his dunk blocked by O'Neal, the Pacers recovered and Jackson was fouled.

Jackson, playing his fourth game since returning from a 30-game suspension for his role in the brawl in Detroit, missed both free throws with 15.1 seconds left.

Iverson, who had missed three straight games with a shoulder injury, dribbled down the lane, ran into O'Neal and kicked it out to Korver, who was coming off a screen. With no one in front of him, the mop-topped guard sank a 20-footer from the left side and moved the Sixers (21-23) into first place by a half-game over Boston in the Atlantic Division.

"Our main goal is to win the Atlantic Division. We don't care about records," Iverson said.

Jackson's missed free throws were his only misses in seven attempts, leaving him inconsolable in the locker room.

"If I hit the free throws, we win the game. I take full blame," Jackson said. "If they say it wasn't my fault, they're wrong. I apologized to my teammates."

Each team had plenty of chances, but neither gave the other much room in the fourth. There were 17 lead changes and 11 ties in the game.

The Sixers' 81-78 lead was erased on a 3-pointer by Fred Jones with 4:48 left. Jones then gave the Pacers an 88-85 lead with 1:29 left when he made all three free throws after he was fouled by Iverson on a 3-point attempt.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, cut it to 88-87 on a couple of free throws, and the Pacers never scored again.

"Every game is important for every team fighting for the playoffs right now," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is just another missed opportunity."

Indiana closed the third with a 21-8 run to wipe out a 10-point deficit. Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer to tie the score and O'Neal put the Pacers ahead 63-62 on a 17-footer from the left side.

O'Neal also had three blocked shots and the Pacers finished with nine overall.

Game notes


Pacers PG Jamaal Tinsley left in the second quarter with a sprained left foot and did not return. ... Jones finished with 12 points. ... Sixers F Glenn Robinson, who has not played this season and made few appearances with the team, was in the locker room before the game. ... Actor Jamie Kennedy ("Malibu's Most Wanted") was at the game. ... The Sixers have played nine more road games than home games this season, but that starts to even out in February. They play eight of their 11 games at home and two of the road trips are to New York and New Jersey. ... Corliss Williamson, Iverson and O'Neal were whistled for technical fouls.

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