PHILADELPHIA , Nov. 25 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers were in control. So they did not have to worry about a game-winning shot by David Wesley and the New Orleans Hornets.

Iverson scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures as Philadelphia remained unbeaten at home with a 108-87 victory over New Orleans.

On Tuesday, the Sixers nearly rallied from a 22-point first-quarter deficit but dropped a 99-98 loss at New Orleans when Wesley rebounded Jamal Mashburn's miss and flipped in the game-winner just before the buzzer.

"They remember (the last encounter), and rightfully so," Mashburn said. "It's all a part of the game. They were intense. We seemed to come out a little sluggish. We couldn't find any rhythm."

Wesley again was held to six points, making just 2-of-10 shots.

Philadelphia dominated this one at both ends of the court in the second half, holding the Hornets to 36 percent (13-of-36) shooting and outscoring them, 52-40, over the final 24 minutes.

Iverson finished 11-of-20 from the floor and had 18 points at halftime, helping the Sixers take a 56-47 lead into the locker room.

Todd MacCulloch added 15 points, while Keith Van Horn and Aaron McKie chipped in 14 apiece for Philadelphia, which had a 56-40 scoring edge in the paint.

"I think this was one of our best games overall as a team," Iverson said. "I thought we did a great job of looking out for our teammates, finding the open man, and this is the way we need to play. When we play like this, we're a tough team to beat."

The Hornets got within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but the Sixers used a 12-0 run to pull away.

Baron Davis' jumper made it 78-71 with 10:36 remaining, but it was New Orleans' last basket for nearly four minutes.

Iverson started the spurt with a layup, McKie hit a 3-pointer to restore the Sixers' double-digit lead and, after four straight free throws, he made another 3-pointer at 7:58.

As Philadelphia pulled away, the Hornets missed six straight baskets and committed three of their 16 turnovers.

"I think tonight was one of those nights where we did close the game out," McKie said. "We had a lot of opportunities earlier in the year with other games where we had opportunities to close teams out and we didn't do so.

"I think for the most part, every time they made a run at us we had a pretty comfortable lead. You almost have to expect that teams in this league are going to make runs at you. With this game, it's played in peaks and valleys. It's so up and down that you almost have that teams are going to make runs like that."

New Orleans' offensive woes began early as it fell behind by 13 points after one period and 51-33 on a fadeaway jumper by Iverson with 3:38 remaining in the first half.

But the Hornets battled back and closed the second quarter on a 14-5 run to get within single digits. Any momentum New Orleans had was lost early in the second half.

While the Sixers made their first five shots of the third quarter, the Hornets missed their first four and fell behind, 67-51. Iverson's only basket of the period was a jumper with 7:41 left that made it 69-51.

Iverson came within one of his fifth straight 30-point performance, made 7-of-9 free throws and contributed four of Philadelphia's 28 assists.

"I've just been working so hard on both ends of the floor and trying to stay consistent," he said. "Before, I concentrated so hard on getting a good shot and try to do everything on the offensive end. Now I'm just giving 110 percent on both ends of the court. Once you play good defense, it helps your offense."

The Sixers are 8-0 at home. Last season, they did not win their eighth home game until January 11.

Mashburn, who scored a season-high 37 points in Tuesday's win, was limited to 18, including two after halftime.