NBA Game Summary - New York at Philadelphia
(Friday, December 17th)
Final Score: New York 113, Philadelphia 107 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allan Houston drained a three-pointer with under a second left in regulation and Jerome Williams gave the Knicks the lead for good in overtime, as New York stole a 113-107 decision against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Stephon Marbury scored 10 of his game-high 27 points during a key fourth- quarter that saw the Knicks overcome a 19-point deficit to win for the third time in four outings.
Williams added eight points during the fourth and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, giving New York a second life off the bench. Houston ended with 15 points, as the Knicks reserves outscored their Philadelphia counterparts 42-26.
Allen Iverson, playing with a fractured right index finger, ended with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Iverson, who suffered the injury in Philadelphia's last game against Denver, missed a three-pointer down the stretch of the extra session that would have tied the game.
Kenny Thomas had a team-high 26 points and seven points for Philadelphia, which began to fall apart in the early stages of the fourth.
After trailing by as many as 19 points, the Knicks began to mount a comeback. Down 90-71 early in the fourth, New York scored 10 straight points and Kurt Thomas later capped an 18-3 run that drew the Knicks within 93-89 with 5:26 to play.
Philadelphia extended to a 97-89 lead, but New York scored eight of the next 10 points to make it a 99-97 game following a pair of Marbury free throws with 52 seconds left.
Iverson then missed a short jumper that would have made it a four-point game with 35 seconds remaining. However, with 12 seconds left Kurt Thomas missed a three-pointer and then had his jumper from the elbow bounce out six seconds later.
Willie Green came down with the board and the Knicks had to foul him. Green made 1-of-2 at the line with four seconds left, giving the Knicks one last chance to tie it with 2.8 left. Coming out of a timeout, Williams found Houston open in the corner on the inbounds play and Houston drained three with .4 on the clock to force overtime.
"It's a situation I love to be in," said Houston.
In overtime, the Knicks jumped ahead 107-104 three minutes into the stanza courtesy of a Williams dunk and free throw to complete a three-point play.
New York continued to lead by three points, 109-106, with 39.2 seconds left after two Kurt Thomas free throws. Kyle Korver then missed a long three with 31 seconds left and Iverson missed another from behind the arc with 24 seconds on the clock, but Kenny Thomas grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Kenny Thomas hit 1-of-2 from the line with Kurt Thomas grabbing the rebound on the second and getting fouled right away. The forward hit both free throws to make it a four-point contest, 111-107.
Green then missed a three-pointer with 20 seconds left and that would basically do it.
"That one really stings," said Sixers head coach Jim O'Brien. "It was a really significant game. We turned the ball over too much. We kept them down for three quarters, but couldn't put them away."
New York hit 34-of-36 free throw attempts in the contest, while Philadelphia struggled to a 17-of-27 effort. The Sixers did hit 48 percent of their shots from the field, with the Knicks going for 42 percent.
Kurt Thomas ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have won both contests against the Sixers this season and seven of eight dating back to the 2002-03 season.
The Sixers built a 31-24 lead after one quarter and extended that to 61-50 heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Philadelphia increased its cushion to 75-56 at the 7:11 mark after an Andre Iguodala three-pointer capped a 12-2 run. From there, the Sixers cruised into the fourth with an 86-71 lead.
The Sixers activated guard Kevin Ollie off the injured list before the game and placed forward Josh Davis on the injured list with left elbow bursitis. Ollie was on the IL with a strained lower back...Jamal Crawford had 14 points for the Knicks...Iguodala had 11 points and Marc Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers.
12/17 23:06:07 ET