76ers defeat Hornets
Published: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 1:07 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA - Aaron McKie hit a pair of jumpers in the final 1:35 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 85-82 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Allen Iverson returned to the Sixers' lineup after missing two games with a sprained finger and had 31 points and eight assists. Kenny Thomas added 13 points and 14 rebounds for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Samuel Dalembert and Glenn Robinson both finished with 11 points.
Jamal Mashburn, playing only his second game after missing the first 44 of the season following knee surgery, scored 20 points as the Hornets had their three-game winning streak snapped. Baron Davis added 19, Jamaal Magloire had 13 and P.J. Brown 12.
New Orleans held a six-point lead with 5:13 remaining but turned the ball over on its next four possessions. McKie's 19-foot jumper from the corner tied the game at 81.
The teams traded misses before Davis drove the lane and was fouled by Dalembert. Davis made the first free throw and missed the second, and Mashburn missed a short jumper after Brown grabbed the offensive rebound.
Thomas corralled Mashburn's miss and passed to Robinson, who found McKie open in the corner for an almost-identical 18-footer that gave the Sixers the lead with 7.1 seconds remaining.
Hughes scored seven points in a 15-0 run that tied the game, and his 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining put Washington ahead by four. Steve Blake scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds but also committed 25 turnovers and missed 19 free throws.
The Wizards improved to 2-2 on a seven-game homestand, their longest of the season. Phoenix is 1-3 on its East Coast swing, which ends Saturday at New York.
Vince Carter sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer and gave Toronto a three-point lead with 1:01 left in the extra period, but Hamilton followed with a driving layup and two free throws, giving Detroit a 90-89 lead with 23 seconds remaining.
Toronto's Alvin Williams and Chris Bosh both missed jumpers before Wallace blocked Morris Peterson's shot attempt with five seconds left. The Raptors won the ensuing jump ball, and Wallace blocked Carter's potential game-winning jumper just before the buzzer.
New York, which was swept by the Celtics the past two seasons, has won all three games against Boston this season. The Celtics lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Rafer Alston secured the victory on a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to put Miami ahead 91-83. The Heat took their first double-digit lead of the game 32 seconds later when Malik Allen hit a baseline jumper.
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