76ers hold off Wizards' charge
Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 1:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON - Allen Iverson scored 26 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late rally led by Michael Jordan to beat the Washington Wizards 88-80 Saturday night.
Eric Snow matched his season-high with 19 points, and Keith Van Horn had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who won for only the second time in nine games.
Jordan scored 25 points on 10-for-25 shooting, and he had seven points and two assists among constant double teams in the final five minutes as the Wizards cut a 12-point deficit to two. He dribbled out of a double team and hit a baseline jumper to close Philadelphia' lead to 82-80 with 1:26 to play.
Jason Terry missed a 3-pointer with a couple of seconds left that would've tied it.
Othella Harrington had all 12 of his points in the second half for New York, which won for only the second time in five games.
Officials reviewed the replay of O'Neal's shot for about 15 minutes before ruling it was good.
Officials Joe DeRosa, Jess Kersey and Courtney Kirkland studied the replay, talked with the coaches and then headed to midcourt for more discussion before making their decision.
The NBA added instant replay this year, permitting officials to review plays in the final few seconds of any quarter.
The Pacers inbounded the ball with 24.1 seconds left and television replays seemed to indicate the ball left O'Neal's hands with four-tenths of a second left. The game clock read 0.0, however.
O'Neal raised his hands in triumph when the decision was announced to the crowd.
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