The Philadelphia 76ers have been hovering around .500 all season. They hope their performance in their last outing helps change that trend.
The Sixers look to build off their triple-overtime win over Boston, and win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month when they visit the Washington Wizards.
Philadelphia trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter Friday, but outscored Boston 26-16 in the period to send the game to overtime. Kyle Korver hit a game-tying 3-pointer to end the second extra session and Chris Webber’s steal with seconds left in the third overtime secured the Sixers’ 125-124 win.
Philadelphia avoided dropping two games under .500 for the first time since Dec. 9, and will now be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 18-21.
“You hope it is (a season-changing win),” Korver said. “This is definitely a game that could be that, but we don’t want to talk about it too much like that because then you jinx it. It was definitely a huge win.”
Allen Iverson continued his strong play of late, scoring 33 points and adding 10 assists for the Sixers. He’s averaging 37.8 points and 8.8 assists over his last four games, and is second in the NBA in scoring behind Kobe Bryant with 33.7 points a contest.
“I was thinking the whole time, with all we’ve been going through, we can’t lose this one,” Iverson said. “Just try to play good enough defense to where they can’t leave out of here with that win, because we wanted it, and we wanted it as bad as they did.”
Washington tied its season-high winning streak at three games with a 114-106 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his 33 points in the extra period, and another lineup change by coach Eddie Jordan led the Wizards to their fourth victory in five games.
“We just wanted to establish a defensive mind-set,” Jordan said. “We’re showing each other that we’re willing to do anything it takes to get better and to win.”
Jamison forced overtime by floating an 8-foot runner in the lane with 18 seconds left in regulation, and finished with 23 points.
Philadelphia has won nine of the last 12 meetings in this series, but the teams have split the last six contests.