Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Tuesday, November 9th
76ers88Final
Knicks96
Game 2: Friday, December 17th
Knicks113Final
OT
76ers107
Game 3: Monday, February 14th
Knicks105Final
76ers106
Game 4: Thursday, February 24th
76ers101Final
Knicks113

Knicks 113

(12-11, 5-8 away)

76ers 107

(9-13, 7-5 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, December 17, 2004

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
NY 24 26 21 29 13113
PHI 31 30 25 14 7107

Top Performers

NY: S. Marbury 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

Phi: A. Iverson 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

Houston's jumper forces OT; Thomas comes up big

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allan Houston would rather be taking the clutch shots than thinking about them. After missing most of the season coming back from an injury, Houston made one of the biggest baskets yet for New York.

"Sitting around watching, you picture yourself making big shots," he said.

Houston hit the tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation, Kurt Thomas scored six points in overtime, and the New York Knicks rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-107 on Friday night.

"Allan Houston's shot is money. That's why we got him the ball," Thomas said.

Thomas opened overtime with a basket, and the Sixers never led again. Jerome Williams had a three-point play, and Thomas and Jamaal Crawford sealed the win with four free throws in the final 22 seconds.

Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 27 points, Houston had 15, Williams 13, and Thomas 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kenny Thomas scored a season-high 26 points, and Allen Iverson had 24 for Philadelphia, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"We just collapsed. It's as simple as that," Iverson said.

After playing only six minutes in the first three quarters, Jerome Williams played the entire fourth quarter and scored eight points. Stephon Marbury scored 10 points in the fourth and made some clutch baskets down the stretch, giving Houston a chance.

Houston, who shot an airball on a three-miss possession on the Knicks' previous trip, delivered with a 3-pointer from the right side with time running out, tying the score 100-all.

"It's a situation I love to be in," said Houston, who spent the first five weeks of the season on the injured list rehabilitating a left knee injury.

With a three-point lead, the Sixers never tried fouling and Andre Iguodala got caught up underneath on a screen, giving Houston some space. New York coach Lenny Wilkens said he was surprised how open Houston was.

"To have a lead and to have it dissipate hurts as much as it can," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "It's not a good feeling, I can assure you of that."

The Sixers had erased an 18-point second-half deficit in a win against Denver on Tuesday.

The Sixers led 90-71 early in the fourth before the Knicks scored 10 straight points to start their run.

Williams made a twisting layup through the lane, and Marbury had a basket to make it 92-85.

Philadelphia clung to a 99-93 lead on Kyle Korver's running jumper with 1:38 left in regulation.

Marbury, though, beat Willie Green on a crossover, spun around another defender and scored on a nice underhand layup. He also made two free throws with 52 seconds left that made it 99-97.

"I would credit Marbury's aggressiveness," O'Brien said. "When he gets in the paint, you have to be ready to step up. You need to keep Marbury in front of you and we did not."

Green made one of two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, giving the Knicks just enough time to get off one last shot.

Houston, still being slowly worked into the rotation, had enough time to get off the 3-pointer. He went 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

Marbury and Williams combined to go 14-for-26 from the floor, and the Knicks shot 42 percent overall. The Knicks made 34 of 36 free throws; the Sixers were just 17-for-27.

Green finished with 14 points for the Sixers, Marc Jackson added 13, and Andre Iguodala had 11.

The Sixers -- who went ahead in the second quarter -- didn't trail again until the first basket of overtime.

Game notes


Temple women's basketball coach and Olympian Dawn Staley was honored by the 76ers as an everyday hero in the community. ... Kurt Thomas and Crawford were whistled for technicals. ... Sixers G John Salmons left in the second quarter with bronchitis. He didn't return. ... Iverson went down briefly midway through the third, grabbing his right thigh, but stayed in the game. ... Philadelphia activated G Kevin Ollie and placed F Josh Davis on the injured list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NY
PHI
Points 113 107
FGM-FGA 37-88 (.420) 44-92 (.478)
3PM-3PA 5-21 (.238) 2-14 (.143)
FTM-FTA 34-36 (.944) 17-27 (.630)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-46 17-47
Assists 22 20
Turnovers 16 19
Steals 14 9
Blocks 5 1
Fast Break Points 14 20
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 27 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 19

Top Performers

New York
Philadelphia
Stephon Marbury Marbury
Points: 27
Reb: 2
Ast: 7
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 24
Reb: 7
Ast: 8
Stl: 3
Blk: 0