NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Philadelphia
(Sunday, March 5th)
Final Score: Indiana 94, Philadelphia 93
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson had 15 points, including the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds remaining, to lift the Indiana Pacers over the Philadelphia 76ers, 94-93, at the Wachovia Center.
Jackson also had seven assists and three steals while Anthony Johnson poured in 18 points for Indiana, which has won three of its last four overall. Peja Stojakovic and David Harrison donated 13 points apiece in the win.
Allen Iverson had 33 points and nine assists and Chris Webber finished with 17 points and five rebounds for the Sixers, who lost for just the second time since the All-Star break.
The Pacers outscored Philly 32-25 in the third stanza to assume a 77-71 advantage, but the Sixers scored the first six points of the fourth - led by a pair of Samuel Dalembert dunks - to pull within one.
The game remained close down the stretch, with Indiana holding a three-point lead with 3:19 left after a pair of Harrison free throws.
Andre Iguodala responded with a left-handed scoop to make it 90-89, and Iverson followed with a fadeaway jumper that gave Philadelphia its first lead of the fourth quarter with 2:26 remaining.
Then, following a Johnson jump shot, Webber was fouled at the other end and made both free throws with under a minute to play to put the Sixers back up by one.
Jackson's three-point attempt with 31 ticks left rimmed out but Philadelphia's ensuing possession ended with a shot clock violation, giving Indiana the ball and a chance to win with 4.9 seconds remaining.
"To fight like we fought the majority of the game and then for that to happen to us with 4.9 seconds on the clock is just devastating," Iverson said.
Jackson received the in-bounds pass, cut to the hole as Kyle Korver stumbled, and then finished an uncontested lay-in that put the Pacers ahead, 94-93.
"It's no buzzer beater, but we did win the game," Jackson said. "I'm glad I made it because I didn't make a shot all night."
Webber had a look at a three to win it, but it rimmed out as time expired.
"That one hurts," Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks said. "It hurts because we fought our game. We were fighting up hill all game and we finally get it and we are up one, ball out on the side and we gave up a lay-up. I don't mind getting beat, shooting a jump shot, but we gave up a lay-up."
Iverson and Webber had 13 points apiece in the opening 24 minutes to help give Philadelphia a 46-45 halftime edge.
The Sixers trailed 20-18 after the first quarter and were again down two in the waning moments of the second, but Webber scored the final three points before intermission - including a slam off a drive and dish by Iverson with four seconds left - to put his team in front.
Iverson failed to become the third player in NBA history to record 40 points and 10 assists in three consecutive games. He would have joined Michael Jordan and Nate Archibald...Korver had 12 points in the loss...Philly is 19-12 as the host...The Pacers have a 12-17 mark as the guest this season.
03/05 18:33:05 ET