NEW ORLEANS, April 26 (Ticker) --
It wasn't until the fourth quarter
that Baron Davis
found his shot, and Jerome Moiso
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Davis scored 15 of his 28 points and Moiso added 10 in the final
period as New Orleans pulled away for a 99-85 victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of their Eastern Conference
After missing Game Two with a bruised knee, Davis looked a step
slow for most of the game, missing 10 straight shots during one
stretch. But he was unstoppable when it counted, making 6-of-10
in the final 12 minutes as New Orleans cut Philadelphia's lead
in the best-of-seven series to two games to one.
"My mode was to attack and get my teammates to get into that
attack mode," he said. "There's still some things I can't do. If
I can go out and play and be active like I was tonight, then
I'm happy. It's the playoffs. Play as hard as you can and worry
about it the next day."
The Hornets played without leading scorer Jamal Mashburn
, who is
sidelined with a dislocated finger. P.J.Brown
combined for 35 points to pick up the slack but did not
score in the fourth as Moiso took over.
"Those guys were down 2-0 and they've got an All-Star player
sitting over there on the side in street clothes," Philadelphia
guard Allen Iverson
said. "The love of the game just came out
for those guys. They just showed a lot of heart and a lot of
character by being able to just fight and being able to win a
game without somebody (like Mashburn)."
Moiso, who averaged just 4.0 points in 51 games during the
regular season, made his first five shots in the quarter as the
Hornets pulled away. He also had five of his seven rebounds and
blocked a layup by Iverson in the fourth.
"I got on the weak side and nobody paid attention to me a few
times," Moiso said. "I got in a good groove and it just came
"He came in with a lot of energy. It lets (the Sixers) know that
he's going to go and get everything," Davis added. "He did an
excellent job of coming in and being active and being ready. It
was a great performance."
The Hornets acquired Moiso in a trade with the Sixers on October
25, 2001. He never played a game with Philadelphia as he was
traded just three months after he was acquired from the Boston
"I was kind of wondering what was going on the first two games,"
said Moiso, who didn't play in Games One and Two. "I just had
to stay with it. The guys stayed on me and kept me in a good
mood. I'm just going to try to stay ready and do it all the
time. When they call my number, I just try to do the same
New Orleans had a 73-71 lead with just under 10 minutes left in
the game before reeling off 15 consecutive points. Moiso scored
four points during the burst and Davis had seven, capping it
with a layup for an 88-73 cushion with 6:07 left.
The Hornets keyed the run with defense as they had four steals
in a span of 89 seconds. The Sixers committed six of their 16
turnovers in the fourth quarter, leading to 11 points for New
The Hornets' run only ended when Moiso was called for
goaltending on a layup by Iverson. But he got the points back on
the other end, burying a turnaround jumper over Philadelphia's
Keith Van Horn
"As long as he continues to do what he does, we'll do very well
in this series," Davis said. "He's a force, offensively and
defensively. We need that."
Brown grabbed 12 rebounds, former Sixer George Lynch
had 11 and
Magloire added nine for the Hornets, who held an overwhelming
51-33 advantage on the boards. They collected 21 offensive
rebounds leading to 26 points.
"They just outhustled us tonight. That was it," Iverson said.
"You can't win if a team offensive rebounds the ball like that.
Those guys just outhustled us tonight. They just wanted it
Iverson scored 28 points despite 10-of-29 shooting and handed
out seven assists. After a dominant Game One performance, he has
returned to his streaky ways, making just 21-of-56 shots in the
last two games.
Keith Van Horn had 12 points and nine rebounds and Kenny Thomas
and Derrick Coleman
added 12 points each for the Sixers.
"This thing is a series now," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown
said. "We took care of our home court and then they came in here
and played like they did. We have to learn from this."
The teams traded the lead 11 times and were tied 15 times in the
first half before the Hornets took a 47-46 halftime lead on a
pair of free throws by Magloire.
Thomas had eight points and an assist in the opening 5 1/2
minutes of the second half as the Sixers matched their largest
lead at 60-54.
New Orleans reeled off eight straight points to take the lead
and, after a three-point play by Philadelphia's Aaron McKie
took the lead for good at 64-63 on a layup by Kenny Anderson
with 2:08 left.