NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Orleans
(Monday, January 26th)
Final Score: New Orleans 101, Philadelphia 86
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Peja Stojakovic hit five of his six three- pointers in the fourth quarter en route to 26 points, and Chris Paul recorded his fifth triple-double of the season, as the New Orleans Hornets, minus a pair of starters, upended the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-86.
Paul put together an otherworldly performance of 27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals for New Orleans, which has won four of five and were without the services of David West (back) and Tyson Chandler (ankle).
James Posey and Rasual Butler logged 13 points apiece for the Hornets, who made 14-of-31 from three-point range.
Thaddeus Young deposited 22 points, while Andre Miller contributed 19 points and four assists for the Sixers, who had won eight of nine coming in.
Andre Iguodala finished with 17 points, seven assists and five boards for Philadelphia, which shot a woeful 2-for-14 from behind the arc. Elton Brand, in his second game back after a 16-game absence due to a dislocated shoulder, was held scoreless in 18 1/2 minutes of play.
New Orleans erased its seven-point halftime deficit by quickly rattling off 10 consecutive points to open the third quarter.
Stojakovic and Butler started it with a three-pointer each, Paul chipped in a pair of free throws and Hilton Armstrong, with a little help from Philly's Samuel Dalembert, tipped in his own miss for a 50-47 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the half.
The difference increased to 69-63 heading to the fourth thanks to a pair of three-point plays late in the third by Paul.
"It just took a little bit of screaming and yelling at halftime to get our guys' attention to come out aggressive in the third and fourth quarter," Hornets head coach Byron Scott said. "It wasn't so much about making any game adjustments, it was more about being more aggressive. I thought we were being too soft."
The final stanza belonged to Stojakovic, who hit from downtown on five occasions in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the frame. His third came off a long rebound, and his fourth and fifth resulted from good ball movement, as the Hornets suddenly led 84-68.
The Sixers then stepped up their defensive effort, forcing three straight turnovers at one point during a 14-5 run to pull within seven with less than three minutes to play.
Paul then capitalized on a turnover by Lou Williams by hitting a deep jumper at the 1:51 mark, and Posey nailed a back-breaking three-ball with a minute left to polish off a well-deserved win.
"We let one slip away but we did not lay down. We fought back," Sixers head coach Tony DiLeo said. "We did a great job of chipping away but they did a better job of closing it out."
The Hornets went without a point in the final three minutes of the first frame and trailed 23-20 after 12 minutes of play and 47-40 at the break.
Brand came off the bench and was 0-for-3 from the field while grabbing three rebounds...Dalembert had 12 boards and eight points, while Williams ended with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss...Philly committed 22 turnovers, compared to New Orleans' 18...The Sixers hit 53.7 percent from the field, but just 12-of-20 from the foul line, where the Hornets sunk 19 of their 21 attempts.
01/27 00:25:24 ET