Korver’s late heroics lifts Philly past Utah
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Kyle Korver’s jumper with 5.1 seconds
remaining proved to be the game winner as Philadelphia edged Utah, 89-88, at
the Wachovia Center.
With the Sixers trailing by a point, Samuel Dalembert freed Korver on what
looked like an illegal screen but the whistles remained silent and Korver
found himself wide open for an 18-foot jumper from the left baseline.
The shot was true and the Sixers were on top 89-88 with 5.1 ticks left.
Deron Williams tried to win it with a long three from the left wing but his
shot was long and the Sixers held on for the exciting victory.
Andre Iguodala scored 23 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had four steals
for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game skid and have won eight of their past
10 games. Dalembert added 17 points and seven boards, while Andre Miller
finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Williams tallied 18 points and 16 assists for the Northwest Division-leading
Jazz, who have dropped three straight contests. Mehmet Okur had 15 points, 10
boards and six assists, while Carlos Boozer and Matt Harpring netted 14 points
The Sixers took an 11-point edge into the fourth quarter but the Jazz quickly
got back into the game. Williams drained a three to cap a 9-0 run and even
things at 73 with 7:15 left.
Things remained tight from there as the game headed toward the stretch. Korver
drained a jumper from the deep left corner with 1:08 left to give the Sixers a
precarious 87-86 lead.
Utah went back in front when Boozer found a soft spot in the Sixers zone and
got loose for an easy lay-in to make it 88-87 with under 20 seconds to go.
The Sixers took a slim 24-21 advantage after the opening frame and extended
their lead to six, 45-39, at intermission.
Philadelphia kept inching away in the third quarter and took a 68-57 lead into
the final frame.
The Sixers are now 17-16 at the Wachovia Center…Korver has made 43 straight
free throws…The Sixers snapped a three-game skid against Utah in