PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson
stole the spotlight from
Iverson stole Hayes' inbounds pass and drove for a layup with
just two-tenths of a second left in overtime, giving the
Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-114 victory over the Washington
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Before his second game-winning shot this month, Iverson cut in
front of Gilbert Arenas
, stole the ball and beat him downcourt
for the go-ahead hoop.
"I kind of figured that they were trying to give Gilbert the
ball, so they could get some kind of penetration from him,"
Iverson said. "It seemed like Hayes couldn't get the ball in and
he (got) kind of panicky. I just stayed as close (to Arenas)
as I could. Once Hayes threw it, my eyes lit up. I knew I had
Despite his share of shooting difficulties after a 16-point
first half, Iverson produced 28 points on 9-of-26 shooting and
13 assists without a turnover.
"I'm happy that I didn't get any turnovers," Iverson said. "I
know with the game that I play, I'm going to get turnovers. I
play so aggressive. If I turn it over, so be it. I just don't
want it over five turnovers a game."
A three-time steals champion, Iverson also extended his streak
to 31 straight games with a steal on the crucial final play,
helping Philadelphia improve to 3-0 in overtime this season.
"Iverson is an all-NBA player and he made an all-NBA play," said
Wizards assistant Mike O'Koren, who assumed the coaching duties
after coach Eddie Jordan
was hospitalized for a blood clot in
his left leg Thursday. "It would have been tough to get a foul
unless it's really a hack. It just bad execution on our part,
but he (Iverson) makes those type of plays."
Iverson's steal and layup upstaged the clutch efforts of Hayes,
who drilled a 3-pointer in traffic at the regulation horn to tie
the score at 103-103.
afforded Hayes and the Wizards the chance to tie
the score, missing two free throws that could have given
Philadelphia a five-point margin with 9.6 seconds left in
"It was two seconds on the clock when I got the ball," Hayes
said. "I got the ball, and I knew I had time for one more
dribble. I tried to jump and get squared. When I got in the
air, I put it up."
Trailing 114-111 with time winding down in overtime, the Wizards
found Hayes near the top of the key and he buried another
3-pointer to pull Washington even with 26 seconds left.
Moments later, however, Iverson stole the ball -- and the show --
from Hayes as the 76ers won their second straight game on the
heels of a three-game slide.
scored a career-high 26 points and drained six
3-pointers for the 76ers, who improved to 16-4 in their last 20
meetings with the Wizards.
Korver, who averaged 4.5 points in 74 games as a rookie last
season, has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight
"I am a lot more confident," Korver said. "I feel like I have
improved quite a bit. Last year, I was just labeled as a
shooter. That is still my strong point, but scouts can't say
that I am just a shooter anymore. They have to say, 'He can
drive a little bit, defend' and other things."
Despite his two critical missed free throws, Jackson scored 21
points, including four in the extra session.
"They picked me up," Jackson said. "I missed those two foul
shots, but it is part of the game. They came with that big-time
shot to force overtime. It hurts, but we had to move on."
, who led Philadelphia's bench with a season-high 16
points, hit a jumper from the foul line with 8:33 left in the
second quarter to give the club its largest lead at 61-49.
The Sixers remained in front until Arenas, who scored 23 points,
hit a 3-pointer with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter to tie it
at 93-93. Hayes scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds
off the bench for Washington, which was in search of a four-game
winning streak for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
, who scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds,
was one of three Wizards with a double-double. Former 76er
scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter
and added 12 rebounds nine assists.
Jordan, who is expected to remain hospitalized for the next few
days, is also slated to miss Sunday's game at Toronto before
returning to the Wizards' bench Monday against New Jersey.
"I spoke to Eddie this morning and he's doing a lot better,"
O'Koren said. "He's coming along. It's going to take some time
for him to get rid of this thing."