76ers 92, Nets 90
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Larry Hughes’ tip-in at the buzzer gave the Philadelphia 76ers an improbable 92-90 comeback victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
The Sixers came back from a 21-point first-half deficit, then capped a frantic finish after Stephon Marbury got called for a 10-second violation with the score tied at 90-all in the final seconds.
Keith Van Horn gave New Jersey a 90-87 lead with a 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds left. But Allen Iverson, who had 41 points, answered with a double-clutch 3-pointer of his own to set up the confusing finish.
Marbury walked the ball up for a chance at the win, but didn’t get to halfcourt in 10 seconds. Sixers point guard Eric Snow smiled and clapped when he realized why the whistle had blown, and the Nets went to their huddle in disarray.
Iverson, who scored 40 for the third time in four games, drove for a hanging jumper that missed. Theo Ratliff missed a tap-in, but Hughes soared in and tipped it in as time expired.
The Nets, whose reputation for blowing leads continues to grow, had a two-game winning streak snapped after losing seven straight. The Sixers recovered from their worst loss of the season, 100-84 Monday night in Indiana, in incredible fashion.
Iverson shot 15-for-28 and made all 10 of his free throws, and Snow had 12 points and 14 assists. Hughes, whom the Sixers have been trying to trade for weeks, made only two of eight shots for four points.
Marbury had 17 points and nine assists, but played only 35 minutes due to foul trouble. Kendall Gill led New Jersey with 21 points.