NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Philadelphia
(Monday, March 2nd)
Final Score: New Orleans 98, Philadelphia 91
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul scored 16 points, dished out 12 assists and provided three thefts as New Orleans won its season-high fifth straight game with a 98-91 triumph over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.
David West posted 30 points and 10 rebounds while Rasual Butler and James Posey each struck for a trio of three-pointers en route to 16 points apiece. The Hornets drained 10-of-16 from beyond the arc.
"It's typical of how we've been playing the last three or four games. We're just holding on, making keys stops at key moments," Hornets head coach Byron Scott said. "We're making big time possessions on the offensive end, as far as someone making a shot or making a three, tip-ins, things like that. We'll take it and see if we can keep rolling."
Andre Iguodala notched a season-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting and Andre Miller scored 28 with seven assists and six boards for Philadelphia, which has lost six of eight since the All-Star break.
Iguodala's effort was only the second 30-point effort for a Philadelphia player this season. Miller also dropped 30 in a loss to Miami February 21.
"They did a good job of getting the ball in the places they wanted to get it to and did a good job defensively of trying to take stuff away from us," said Iguodala. Chris Paul is a great point guard and David West had it going tonight."
An Iguodala jumper early in the fourth brought Philadelphia within one, 74-73, but Posey answered with a three-ball that sparked a run of eight consecutive points for the Hornets.
A pair of three-pointers by Butler and a Paul jumper allowed New Orleans to take an 11-point advantage, 92-81, with just under 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Miller's reverse layup and an Iguodala triple started a stretch of eight straight points for the hosts and a pair of free throws from Philly's high- scorer with 1 1/2 minutes to go cut the deficit to 92-89.
Paul buried a clutch three-ball on the ensuing possession, though, and three consecutive free throws by Posey sealed the win.
The Hornets were up 21-14 after 12 minutes but the Sixers used a strong second-quarter showing to trail by one, 46-45, at the break. Philadelphia opened the frame on a 12-4 run that provided a one-point lead and closed with a 17-9 surge over the final five minutes. Thaddeus Young buried a three- pointer to start things off and Miller carried the run with eight points.
A 9-2 spurt by New Orleans to start the third was capped by a floating jumper from Paul for a 55-47 advantage. A Paul layup and three-pointer stretched the lead to nine a short time later before the Sixers pulled back to within four, 71-67, on a jumper and two free throws by Iguodala to polish off the frame.
The Hornets have dominated the Sixers recently winning the last four matchups between the two teams...New Orleans improved to 16-13 as the visitor on the year while Philadelphia fell to 17-14 in the City of Brotherly Love...Iguodala also logged four rebounds and as many assists...Young finished with 11 points and was the only other 76ers player in double figures...New Orleans' Tyson Chandler had nine points and as many rebounds...Philadelphia hit just 4-of-16 three-point attempts...The 76ers are also 0-3 at home since the All-Star break with just 23 points off the bench in their last two losses...New Orleans swept the season series for a second straight year.
03/03 02:03:35 ET