Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Friday, November 26th
Wizards114Final
OT
76ers116
Game 2: Wednesday, January 26th
76ers107Final
Wizards117
Game 3: Saturday, April 9th
76ers112Final
Wizards106

Wizards 114

(6-5, 3-3 away)

76ers 116

(6-6, 5-3 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    1:00 PM ET, November 26, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 21 23 28 31 11114
    PHI 22 30 26 25 13116

    Top Performers

    Washington: A. Jamison 27 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington's winning streak ends at 3

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson knew the risks, took the chance and let his instincts take over.

    Iverson stole an inbound pass, drove down the court and made a layup at the buzzer, giving the Philadelphia 76ers a 116-114 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.

    With 3.9 seconds left, the Wizards had the ball and were trying to set up a final shot. Iverson jumped in front of a pass by Jarvis Hayes that was intended for Gilbert Arenas, streaked down the right side ahead of Arenas and scored his basket with 0.2 seconds left.

    "I figured they were trying to get the ball to Gilbert. It seemed like (Hayes) couldn't get the ball in, like he was panicky," Iverson said. "I just stayed as close as I could. I didn't want to go for it if I couldn't get it, and give up a wide-open shot. But once he threw it, my eyes just lit up."

    It was Iverson's second game-winning basket this month, after going his entire nine-year career without one. He beat the Pacers in overtime with a jumper at the buzzer on Nov. 12.

    After he scored against the Wizards, Iverson ran toward the crowd and cupped his ear, imploring them to make more noise. Then he jumped into the stands and celebrated.

    "I hope I don't get fined or suspended for going into the stands. My reason was a good one," Iverson said, referring to the brawl between Pacers players and Detroit fans last week.

    Iverson finished with 28 points and 13 assists, Kyle Korver scored 26 and Marc Jackson added 21 for the Sixers, who have won two straight.

    Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Arenas scored 23 and Larry Hughes had 20 for the Wizards.

    Washington, which had won three in a row, was without coach Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg and is expected to miss one more game. Assistant Mike O'Koren coached the Wizards in Jordan's absence.

    "Allen's an all-NBA player. He made an all-NBA play," O'Koren said.

    Hayes had sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, after Jackson missed two free throws that would have sealed the win for Philadelphia.

    A 3-pointer by Korver and a long jumper by Jackson gave the Sixers a 110-109 lead with 2:10 left in overtime. After Hayes missed a 3-pointer, Jackson made a hook shot to put the Sixers ahead 112-109.

    Arenas answered with a driving layup, but John Salmons hit a 13-footer for Philadelphia. Hayes then hit another 3 to tie it at 114 with 26.5 seconds left.

    "We had a couple of letdowns, but we stuck together as a team and pulled it out," Jackson said.

    Hughes had 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer and jumper that capped an 8-0 run and pulled Washington within 91-90 with just under 5 minutes left.

    Iverson missed six of his first eight shots, finishing 9-for-26. He had no turnovers for the first time this season.

    Hughes, a former Sixers first-round pick, fell one assist short of a triple-double. Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Washington.

    "Larry had struggled, but this shows how much he's grown with us," O'Koren said.

    The Sixers closed out the second quarter with a 16-4 run to take a 52-44 halftime lead. Korver started it with a 3-pointer and Iverson and Salmons each also hit 3s during the spurt.

    Josh Davis started his second straight game at power forward for Philadelphia, replacing Kenny Thomas. Davis finished with three points in 24 minutes. Thomas didn't play after getting just three minutes Wednesday night. Thomas, in the second year of a $50 million, seven-year contract, was one of only 11 NBA players to average a double-double with 13.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last season.

    Game notes


    The Sixers activated guard Aaron McKie before the game and placed guard Kevin Ollie on the injured list with a lower back strain. McKie missed the last six games with a shoulder injury. ... Hayes scored 18 points off the bench. ... Washington was seeking its first four-game winning streak since the 2001-02 season. ... Korver's 26 points and eight rebounds were career highs.

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