Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Monday, November 21st
Game 2: Friday, December 2nd

76ers 86

(8-9, 2-6 away)

Hornets 88

(8-7, 4-3 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2005

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 23 18 23 2286
NO 28 26 9 2588

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 34 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

NO/Oklahoma City : C. Paul 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

Hot Hornets beat slumping Sixers, climb over .500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- David West and the New Orleans Hornets got aggressive when it counted, and it helped them to their sixth win in eight games.

West scored 22 points, including a tiebreaking layup with 50.4 seconds left, to lift the Hornets to an 88-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

After struggling against Philadelphia's zone defense the entire second half, the Hornets scored the final nine points of the game to close out the win.

"We got stops down the stretch," West said. "We finally figured out a way to score some buckets and then we had them scrambling a little bit."

After a missed jumper by Speedy Claxton caromed off the rim and backboard, West grabbed the ball and put it back to give New Orleans an 88-86 lead.

Claxton drew a charging foul against Chris Webber on Philadelphia's next possession, but Desmond Mason's miss gave the Sixers one last chance. Andre Iguodala grabbed the rebound and passed to Allen Iverson, who rushed up the court and missed a 3-pointer from the left wing as the buzzer sounded.

"Honestly, it was a good look. It didn't get blocked or anything and I got it off in time, but I knew it wasn't good as soon as it left my hand," said Iverson, who matched his NBA-leading scoring average with 34 points.

The Hornets (8-7) have now won six of their past eight games, and the Sixers (8-9) have lost six of eight.

"We really don't have anything to lose," West said. "I think all of the pressure's on every team that plays us. We don't feel any pressure."

After averaging 12.9 points in New Orleans' first seven games, West is averaging 18.8 over the past eight.

"Teams feel like they have wins against us," West said. "Teams see us on the schedule and think, 'This is a win."

Webber said he thinks the difference in the Hornets this season is that Byron Scott -- in his second year as coach -- has had time to indoctrinate the team with his winning ways.

"The funny thing is they're not more talented than they were last year," said Webber, who had his ninth double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. "You just can't replace a Baron Davis and a big fella like what they had (with Jamaal Magloire). He was an All-Star.

"Hopefully, that should say a lot about their team. Hopefully, they'll take it that way. They're doing it with not the same talent that they had."

The 76ers had their biggest lead of the game at 82-74 after Iverson's two free throws with 4:59 left.

New Orleans started chipping away at the lead with J.R. Smith's 3-pointer from the left wing, and Chris Paul pulled the Hornets within 86-83 when he grabbed a loose ball and raced up court for a layup.

After Smith missed two potential game-tying 3-pointers, Mason took a pass from Claxton and was slammed hard to the floor as he dunked over Samuel Dalembert with 1:28 left. He stayed face down on the ground for a few moments before teammates huddled around to help him up.

His free throw tied the game at 86, and Webber missed a jumper on Philadelphia's following possession to set up West's game-winner.

West also scored six points during a 10-0 first-quarter run and his two-handed jam gave New Orleans an 18-14 lead.

New Orleans then scored the first five points of the second quarter and took a 33-23 lead on P.J. Brown's jumper from the right elbow.

The Hornets continued to extend their lead with back-to-back dunks by Mason and Smith, and Paul's 3-pointer from the left side made it 50-36.

The Sixers eliminated New Orleans' 13-point halftime lead with a 19-5 run to open the second half. Against Philadelphia's zone, the Hornets settled for outside shots and forced attempts late in the shot clock, going 2-for-13 to start the second half, including four missed 3-pointers.

After shooting 21 free throws in the first half, New Orleans got to the foul line only twice in the third quarter and Philadelphia took a 60-59 lead on Kyle Korver's 3-pointer from the right wing.

Game notes

The Hornets have more wins against Philadelphia (40) in their 17-year history than against any other team. The Hornets are 40-25 against the 76ers. New Orleans has 38 wins against Milwaukee and Washington. ... Mason, who played at Oklahoma State, made his first start in Oklahoma City as Bostjan Nachbar missed his second straight game with a sprained right knee.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 86 88
FGM-FGA 32-78 (.410) 32-74 (.432)
3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 3-14 (.214)
FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 21-31 (.677)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-39 12-44
Assists 14 19
Turnovers 10 15
Steals 6 6
Blocks 7 6
Fast Break Points 4 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 18 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 14

Top Performers

No/oklahoma City
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 34
Reb: 2
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Chris Paul Paul
Points: 16
Reb: 7
Ast: 9
Stl: 2
Blk: 0