NBA Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 116, Washington 114 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson stole an inbounds pass and dropped in a layup with two-tenths of a second remaining in overtime to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 116-114 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Iverson finished with 28 points to lead five Sixers in double figures. The All-Star guard had 13 assists and no turnovers.
Kyle Korver netted a career-high 26 points with eight rebounds and Marc Jackson added 21, including key back-to-back baskets in overtime. John Salmons contributed 16 and Samuel Dalembert added 13 for the Sixers, who improved to 3-0 in overtime affairs this season.
Iverson, whose only steal came in the extra session, stepped in front of the inbounds pass by Jarvis Hayes and raced upcourt ahead of everyone to score and extend his streak to 31 games with a steal.
"Once (Hayes) threw it my eyes just lit up (because) I knew I had it," said Iverson.
Antawn Jamison scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Wizards, who played without head coach Eddie Jordan. Jordan was hospitalized Thursday with a blood clot in his left leg and will also miss Sunday's game in Toronto. Assistant Mike O'Koren took over for Jordan.
Gilbert Arenas had 23 points and Larry Hughes added 20 with 12 boards and nine assists. Hayes scored 18 points and hit two big three-pointers in the loss.
Washington trailed throughout most of the second half, but tied the game at 103-103 on a three-pointer by Hayes just before the horn sounded to end the fourth quarter.
"Allen came back (to the bench) and said 'we have to win this game,'" said Sixers head coach Jim O'Brien. "That's what leadership is about."
Hughes scored midway through the overtime session, as Washington matched its biggest lead of the game, 109-105, with three minutes remaining. The Sixers answered with seven straight point to take a 112-109 lead.
Hayes struck again, hitting a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to tie the game at 114-114 before Iverson won it.
The Wizards trailed by six after three quarters, but used a 13-2 run to take their first lead since the second quarter. Hughes capped the run with a field goal to give the Wizards a 95-93 advantage with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia answered with six straight points for a 99-95 advantage. The Wizards had a chance to retake the lead with 1:24 left, but Hughes missed an open three-point attempt and Korver buried a 17-foot jumper to give the Sixers a 101-98 lead.
Hughes hit a pair of free throws with 55.8 seconds left to cut the Sixers lead to 101-100. After each team failed on consecutive possessions, Iverson's two free throws with 14.2 seconds left gave Philadelphia a 103-100 lead.
Jackson had a chance to seal the win, but missed two free throws with nine seconds left before Hayes tied it. He atoned by giving the Sixers the lead for good in overtime.
The Sixers extended their eight-point halftime lead to 61-49 on a basket by Salmons early in the third quarter. Washington responded with a 12-4 run with Jamison leading the way with eight points to cut the Sixers advantage to 65-61 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
Arenas' three-pointer cut Washington's deficit to three, 69-66, but Philadelphia held on and took a 78-72 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Wizards had a four-point lead late in the second quarter of a very closely played game after a basket by Brendan Haywood, but Philadelphia closed strong to take a 52-44 halftime lead.
A basket by Korver cut the Wizards lead to 40-38 and started a 16-4 run. With the game tied at 44-44, Iverson and Salmons hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Philadelphia a six-point advantage with 35 seconds left in the second quarter. Up until that point, neither team had led by more than four points.
Iverson, who led all scorers with 16 first-half points, capped the run with a layup that gave the Sixers the eight-point halftime advantage.
Philadelphia made 6-of-9 shots from three-point range, including three by Korver.
The game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (et), with the Flyers scheduled to play Atlanta in the afternoon. With the NHL lockout in effect, the Sixers decided to play in the day, allowing them extra time before beginning a five-game road trip Saturday in Orlando...Philadelphia placed guard Kevin Ollie on the injured list and activated guard Aaron McKie. McKie played just four minutes and did not attempt a shot...Korver's eight boards were also a career best...The Wizards are now 1-1 in overtime this season.
11/26 16:31:15 ET