76ers 102, Hornets 96

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PHILADELPHIA – Kyle Korver scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers held on for a 102-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Sixers got double-figure scoring from five players and opened their second half with a victory after going 11-30 over the first 41 games.

Andre Miller packaged 17 points and 11 assists, Rodney Carney, who got the start after Willie Green was a late scratch for Philadelphia, chipped in with 13 points, and Samuel Dalembert added 10 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia.

Devin Brown led the way for the Hornets with 24 points and David West added 23 in his third game back after missing 30 following shoulder surgery. Desmond Mason scored 17 for the Hornets, who had won four of five coming in.

It was the Hornets who looked the team with the next-to-worst record in the league through most of this one. Hurt by poor shooting and ballhandling, New Orleans fell 19 points behind at one point in the first half. The Hornets had 11 turnovers in the first half.

New Orleans closed within eight points in the third quarter before fading again and falling 20 points behind midway through the fourth. But New Orleans went on a late 18-4, closing to 96-90. West hit a 3-pointer with just over seven seconds, pulling New Orleans within four, before the Sixers put the game away.

New Orleans slipped to 1-10 in its last 11 road games while the Sixers, who had lost four of five, improved to 4-13 against Western Conference teams.

Korver and Miller helped the Sixers build a 14-point halftime lead.

Miller scored six points and Korver added four as the Sixers stretched a three-point lead to 13. The Sixers went on to extend the lead to 19 points with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Korver had 13 first-half points, and Miller added 10 points and six assists.

The Hornets missed 19 of their first 29 shots and were slowed by 14-for-35 shooting and 11 turnovers in the first two periods. Mason led New Orleans with 12 first-half points, and West had 10.

Notes: Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said Green aggravated his right knee in the team’s last game. That cleared the way for Carney to start his 16th game of the season. … Members of the Phillies drew a loud cheer when the participated in a halftime shooting contest. Slugger Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand tied in the competition. Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels also competed. … Philadelphia is 7-12 since trading Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets. … New Orleans’ Rasual Butler and Marc Jackson had a homecoming of sorts. Butler played his college ball at La Salle (1998-2002), and Jackson, who played two seasons with the Sixers, played at Temple.

AP-ES-01-23-07 2142EST

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