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IVERSON'S STEAL SAVES 76ERS IN OT

Allen Iverson knew the risks, took the chance and let his instincts take over.

Iverson stole an inbounds pass, drove down the court and made a layup at the buzzer, giving the Philadelphia 76ers a 116-114 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.

With 3.9 seconds left, the Wizards had the ball and were trying to set up a final shot. Iverson jumped in front of a pass by Jarvis Hayes that was intended for Gilbert Arenas, streaked down the right side ahead of Arenas and scored his basket with 0.2 seconds left.

"I figured they were trying to get the ball to Gilbert. It seemed like (Hayes) couldn't get the ball in, like he was panicky," Iverson said. "I just stayed as close as I could. I didn't want to go for it if I couldn't get it, and give up a wide-open shot. But once he threw it, my eyes just lit up."

It was Iverson's second game-winning basket this month, after going his entire nine-year career without one. He beat the Pacers in overtime with a jumper at the buzzer Nov. 12.

After he scored against the Wizards, Iverson ran toward the crowd and cupped his ear, imploring them to make more noise. Then he jumped into the stands and celebrated.

Iverson finished with 28 points and 13 assists, Kyle Korver scored 26 and Marc Jackson added 21 for the Sixers, who have won two straight.

Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Arenas scored 23 and Larry Hughes had 20.

Washington, which had won three in a row, was without coach Eddie Jordan, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg and is expected to miss one more game. Assistant Mike O'Koren coached the Wizards in Jordan's absence.

Hayes had sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, after Jackson missed two free throws that would have sealed the win for Philadelphia.

A three-pointer by Korver and a jumper by Jackson gave the Sixers a 110-109 lead with 2:10 left in OT. After Hayes missed a three-pointer, Jackson made a hook shot to put the Sixers ahead, 112-109.

Arenas answered with a driving layup, but John Salmons hit a 13-footer for Philadelphia. Hayes then hit another three to tie it at 114 with 26.5 seconds left.

"We had a couple of letdowns, but we stuck together as a team and pulled it out," Jackson said.

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