Final / 3OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Wednesday, November 30th
Game 2: Friday, January 13th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 8th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Celtics 124

(14-22, 4-14 away)

76ers 125

(18-18, 12-6 home)

Coverage: CSN

8:00 PM ET, January 13, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT T
BOS 30 35 20 16 8 12 3124
PHI 34 23 18 26 8 12 4125

Top Performers

Bos: R. Davis 33 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

Phi: C. Webber 31 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Webber, Iverson helps Sixers past Celtics in 3 OTs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Korver stunned almost everyone with perhaps the most thrilling 3-pointer of his career.

Korver was mobbed by his wildly celebrating teammates. Boston players sat dazed on the bench. A third overtime was on deck.

Allen Iverson simply pumped his fist, his face expressionless as if he expected it.

"Kyle hit that big shot and I was thinking, 'If he hit that shot, we've got to win it," he said.

After Korver sent the game into a third overtime, Chris Webber delivered a clutch steal and secured the Philadelphia 76ers' 125-124 victory over the Celtics on Friday night.

"It was an amazing game," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Was it ever.

Webber had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Iverson scored 33 points with 10 assists, and Samuel Dalembert had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Sixers' longest game since a triple OT victory over Miami on Nov. 20, 1992.

Korver added 12 points -- including his biggest 3-pointer of the season -- as the Sixers avoided dropping two games under .500 for the first time since Dec. 9.

With the Sixers ahead 125-124 and only seconds left in the third overtime, Mark Blount grabbed a defensive rebound and looked down the court for an open man, only to have Webber reach around and strip the ball.

"I was very cognizant of the fact, don't touch him," Webber said. "I saw him hold it out there. He was looking at the ref. A lot of times they'll hold the ball close to their chest and he didn't do that today."

Iverson missed two free throws -- the second intentionally -- with 2 seconds left. Delonte West's heave was off the mark, ending the drama in the 395th game between the longtime, fierce rivals.

"That was a game-saving steal," Cheeks said.

Ricky Davis scored 33 points, Blount had 27 and Paul Pierce 18 for the Celtics.

"It's tough, but it's fun," Pierce said. "It's draining, but I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it."

Korver prolonged the drama when he buried a game-tying 3-pointer over a flailing West to end the second overtime tied at 121-all.

"I pulled up, and gave about all I had," Korver said. "It was on line, luckily."

While Iverson calmly pumped his fist, Brian Scalabrine mouthed "What are you going to do?" as the rest of the Celtics headed for the bench stunned.

Boston scored the first three points of the third overtime on a free throw and then a basket from Blount.

Over? No way.

Andre Iguodala added a driving layup and Webber gave the Sixers a 125-124 lead on two free throws. Each team only made one basket in the third overtime, fatigue perhaps finally playing a factor.

"You had guys that were exhausted out there," Cheeks said.

Davis played 57 minutes and Pierce 51 for Boston. Iverson checked in at 54 minutes, Andre Iguodala at 52 and Webber 50. The Celtics went 44-for-100 from the floor; the 76ers 41-for-99.

Each team had a chance to put away the game in the earlier overtimes.

Webber powered his way down the baseline for a layup and a 118-117 lead with 21 seconds left in the second overtime. Pierce lobbed a pass from the top of the 3-point arc to a streaking, wide-open Blount for an uncontested dunk that gave Boston a 119-118 lead with 17 seconds left in the second OT.

The Celtics appeared to have this game won until Korver did what he does best -- hit a clutch 3-pointer.

"I'd like to see the tape on that," West said. "I thought I was there. I forced him to take a tough one. That's what good shooters do."

Webber scored the first four points of the first overtime, and Davis scored six to finish the quarter tied at 109.

Oddly, the Sixers chose to play a clip from "Cheers," Boston's favorite bar, to get what was left of the sold-out crowd pumped for the second overtime.

Both Davis and Webber picked up offensively where they left off in the first OT, with Davis' three-point play matched by Webber's 3-pointer from the top of the arc.

Pierce lobbed a pass from the top of the 3-point arc to a streaking, wide-open Blount for an uncontested dunk that gave Boston a 119-118 lead with 17 seconds left in the second OT.

West -- the former Saint Joseph's star who received a warm ovation during pregame introductions -- heard nothing but boos when his 14-footer over Iverson from the right side tied the score 101-all with 51 seconds left.

Iverson missed the final shot of regulation as time expired.

Game notes

West had his Hawks shorts hanging in his locker and said he wore them under his pants to the game. West said he's received some good-natured ribbing from his former Saint Joe's backcourt mate, Orlando's Jameer Nelson. "I talked to him a couple of days ago and he was like, 'I already reached 30 (points) so you've got to step your game up," West said. ... The Sixers missed seven straight shots early in the second quarter and the Celtics used a 15-2 run near the end of the quarter to take a 65-57 halftime lead. It was Boston's season high for points in a half.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 124 125
FGM-FGA 44-100 (.440) 41-99 (.414)
3PM-3PA 11-26 (.423) 9-21 (.429)
FTM-FTA 25-33 (.758) 34-45 (.756)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-56 14-55
Assists 26 25
Turnovers 26 20
Steals 10 10
Blocks 6 10
Fast Break Points 14 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 35 (0/0) 30 (1/0)
Largest Lead 16 8

Top Performers

Ricky Davis Davis
Points: 33
Reb: 5
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Chris Webber Webber
Points: 31
Reb: 13
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 2