PHILADELPHIA, April 13 (Ticker) -- Jamal Mashburn and the New Orleans Hornets keep climbing. Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers keep falling.

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Mashburn scored 27 points, including a clutch jumper with 32 seconds left, as the surging Hornets rallied for a 94-89 victory over the shorthanded 76ers, whose late-season push may be over.

While the top four teams in the Eastern Conference all have stumbled of late, the Hornets (45-35) have won four of their last five games to assure themselves of no worse than fifth place - and possibly higher.

"I think we have as good a chance as anybody," said Hornets coach Paul Silas, whose team has had injury issues as well. "Now that we have gotten a chance to play together (and) got a good taste of winning, I think we'll get back to executing our offense better, playing solid defense and make a run at this thing."

New Orleans is just one game behind slumping fourth-place Indiana (46-34) and two in back of Philadelphia (47-33), which appears destined for the third seed.

A win at Boston on Thursday improved the 76ers to 22-7 since the All-Star break and gave them a chance to catch both New Jersey and Detroit for the best record in the East or the Atlantic Division title. But playing without injured 6-10 starters Keith Van Horn and Derrick Coleman, they lost at New York on Friday and again Sunday, wasting a 12-point halftime lead.

"I don't know if playing the eighth seed is the best thing in the world," Iverson said. "You always have that one Cinderella team that overcomes everything people say that they can't do. Whatever spot were in, we have to deal with it, and know we have to win the series. That's that. It's something we wanted to accomplish; we didn't, so we move on."

"I'm not going to worry about that now," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I don't know who we'll have. Let's hope that we'll have some of those guys back."

A 3-pointer by Baron Davis gave New Orleans the lead for good at 85-82 with 2:15 to play.

Mashburn kept it a three-point game with two free throws 38 seconds later. After Iverson missed a potential tying 3-pointer, the 6-8 Mashburn made his patented turnaround jumper from the post for an 89-84 bulge.

Eric Snow made a leaning 3-pointer and layup around a split pair of free throws by Davis, cutting the deficit to 90-89 with 11 seconds remaining. But fourth-quarter hero Stacey Augmon made two free throws, and Snow's long 3-pointer was an airball.

"When we're an unselfish ballclub, we are a hell of a team," Mashburn said. "I like playing with these guys when we're unselfish. When we're selfish, it's pretty ugly. Tonight we were able to pull this one out."

Davis scored 16 points for the Hornets, who won two of three from the Sixers this season and could catch them in the conference standings. New Orleans visits New Jersey and hosts Atlanta, while Philadelphia visits Chicago and hosts Washington.

Iverson had 30 points and 10 assists. But he made just 8-of-23 shots and did not have a basket in the fourth quarter.

With Van Horn and Coleman out, the Hornets used their size to their advantage. They held a 45-36 edge on the boards and a 24-10 margin in second-chance points.

"When you have big bodies like (New Orleans does), it always presents a problem," 76ers swingman Aaron McKie said. "They are one of the better rebounding teams in the league all-around. They did a pretty good job of giving themselves second opportunities."

Two free throws by Iverson gave Philadelphia an 80-76 lead with 5:04 to play before the defensive-oriented Augmon - who was guarding Iverson - emerged on offense. The 6-8 swingman made a banker, an inside hoop and a fast-break layup to give New Orleans its first lead at 82-80 with 3:15 left.

"Stacey Augmon took us out of the game on the defensive end as well as the offensive end," Brown said.

Snow, who scored seven of his 12 points in the final three minutes, tied it with a jumper before Davis gave the Hornets the lead for good.

In the first half, the Sixers got their transition game going behind Iverson, who scored 22 points. His 3-pointer just before halftime opened a 53-41 lead.

But New Orleans shut down the running game and got back into it in the third period. Philadelphia went scoreless for the first four minutes and stopped getting easy baskets as its lead was reduced to one on four occasions.

"We started the second half shooting bad shots," Iverson said. "The first four or five I took - not one of them was a good shot. It's important to come out at halftime with intensity and we just came out flat."

"(Coach) challenged us to perform," Davis said. "We had to come out and play better defensively."

Snow's three-point play closed the quarter and gave the Sixers a 71-67 lead.

Jamaal Magloire had 14 points and 10 rebounds, David Wesley scored 13 points and P.J. Brown swept 10 boards for the Hornets, who shot 44 percent (35-of-79), including 6-of-11 from the arc.

Greg Buckner scored 13 points, Brian Skinner added 12 and Kenny Thomas nine and 13 boards for the Sixers, who shot 40 percent (29-of-72) overall, 3-of-5 from the arc and 28-of-31 from the line.