Iverson leads 76ers past Hornets
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 24 points and dished
out nine assists in a limited amount of minutes, as Philadelphia cruised past
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 103-91, at the Wachovia Center.
Chris Webber posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for
Philadelphia, which halted a two-game losing streak.
All five starters scored in double figures, including Steven Hunter, who had
10 points and also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.
“Being 7-foot and athletic, I thought I should do a better job on the boards,”
said Hunter, “and tonight I wanted to start that.”
Reserve guard John Salmons played more than 26 minutes and finished with 19
points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Sixers. Iverson, with the game almost never
in doubt in the second half, was able to rest for much of the final two
Forward David West had a team-high 20 points with nine boards for the Hornets,
who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
J.R. Smith had 17 points, while rookie Chris Paul contributed nine points and
Philadelphia shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half and outdueled
the Hornets in the paint, 32-16, to take a 65-47 lead.
Iverson scored 24 points over the first two quarters and dished out seven
assists to build the Sixers advantage to as many as 19 points.
Paul broke an 0-for-8 Hornets field goal drought with just under five
minutes to play in the third quarter to make it 72-57, then made one of two
free throws the next trip down the floor to cut the lead to 14.
The lead would dwindle down to 13 but the Sixers finished the third quarter
strong. Andre Iguodala connected on a three-point try with about a minute left
in the frame and Hunter followed with a putback dunk to give Philadelphia an
83-63 lead after three quarters.
Smith’s three-pointer with just over four minutes remaining capped an 8-0
Hornet run that shrank Philadelphia’s lead to 99-83 and forced head coach
Maurice Cheeks to call a timeout.
Salmons answered with a driving layup to push Philadelphia over the century
mark, however, and the Hornets were never able to seriously threaten the
Sixers’ lead thereafter.
The Hornets are 2-3 as the visitor this season…The teams will play once more
this season. The Hornets are scheduled to host the Sixers on December 2…The
Sixers are 4-3 at home this season…The Hornets have dropped three straight
at Philadelphia…Philadelphia will hit the road for a pair of games against
Milwaukee on Wednesday and New York on November 26th…The Hornets return home
on Wednesday to host Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves.