PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The way Baron Davis is shooting 3-pointers, he should stay outside the arc.
“Once I hit three in a row, I was going to keep taking them,” Davis said.
The former All-Star guard finished 13-for-26 from the field, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range. He is shooting 46.3 percent (19-for-41) from 3-point range this season, and just 37.1 percent (26-for-70) from inside the arc.
Reserve Steve Smith added 16 points for New Orleans in a rematch of first-round playoff opponents from last spring.
New Orleans is off to a 4-1 start under first-year coach Tim Floyd. The Sixers are 2-3 under Randy Ayers, also in his first season.
“We pressed too much early and tried to do too much from an individual standpoint,” Ayers said. “We had a 10-point lead. We’ve got to grind it out.”
Darrell Armstrong and Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap an 8-0 run that gave the Hornets a 97-89 lead midway through OT. Davis sealed it with his sixth 3-pointer.
The Hornets were 13-for-30 from beyond the arc, while the Sixers were just 4-for-17.
Snow hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run and tie it at 89 with 55.2 seconds left in regulation. Davis then missed a driving layup, Snow missed a jumper and Davis missed a 16-footer that would’ve won it at the buzzer.
The Hornets scored just two points in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, none after Davis scored with 3:46 remaining.
Using a stifling zone defense to shut down the Sixers, the Hornets went on an 11-0 run to break open a 71-71 tie early in the fourth quarter. Smith began the run with a driving layup and free throw and David Wesley finished it with two free throws.
Robinson cut it to 87-82 with his second straight 3-pointer, but Davis answered with a turnaround jumper.
Robinson, who sat out the home opener because of an NBA suspension, missed his first five shots. He hit his next three and finished 7-for-17.
“I still haven’t found my rhythm,” said Robinson, bothered by a sprained ankle.
New Orleans erased a 59-51 deficit in the third quarter by hitting four straight 3s. Davis and Smith hit two in a row to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 59-57. After a jumper by Derrick Coleman and a driving layup by Iverson, Davis hit two more 3s to tie it at 63. He made another 3 to cut it to 67-66 afterthree quarters.
Wesley fouled out with 1:57 left. He had 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. … Hornets F Stacey Augmon wasn’t with the team because of a death in his family. … Mashburn underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will miss six to eight weeks. Alexander has a torn Achilles’ tendon. … Robinson averaged 35 points in two games in Philadelphia for the Atlanta Hawks last season. … The Hornets are just one of three teams—Minnesota andOrlando are the others—to have a winning record (16-13) in Philadelphia.