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Golden State at Philadelphia

Azubuike's big three in OT seals Warriors comeback

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Kelenna Azubuike wiped out his poor shooting performance with one basket -- the game-winner.

Azubuike made a 3-pointer from the left corner with 6.1 seconds left in overtime, giving the Golden State Warriors a 100-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Azubuike was just 2-for-9 from the floor before making the 3 but point guard Baron Davis did not hesitate to pass the ball to him on the perimeter.

"We wanted to space the court and Baron was to create," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "It was up to Baron to find a shooter."

The 76ers had one last chance after Azubuike's basket, but Louis Williams lost his footing in the lane and turned the ball over.

Azubuike's basket came after Andre Iguodala gave Philadelphia a 98-97 lead on a runner in heavy traffic with 13.4 seconds left.

Azubuike finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Monta Ellis equaled his career high with 31, while Baron Davis came on strong in overtime and scored 22 for Golden State, which has won five of six games since an 0-6 start. Andris Biedrins grabbed 14 rebounds for the Warriors.

"We definitely needed to come out tonight playing hard and leave with a win," said Golden State's Stephen Jackson, who shot just 6-for-18 from the floor and committed eight turnovers, but also scored 18 points. "Fortunately we found a way, and that's what you have to do in this league, especially on the road."

Golden State wrapped up its five-game road trip with a 4-1 record, the first time the Warriors finished with a winning mark on a trip of five or more games since December 1980.

Iguodala led the 76ers with 26 points, Andre Miller added 23, and Williams scored 18 off the bench, but the 76ers lost their third straight and seventh in the last eight.

It was the second tough loss in two nights for the 76ers, who fell down the stretch Friday at Detroit.

"We just have to get a win, we have to do more than just compete," Iguodala said.

Neither team scored in the final 2:12 of regulation after Iguodala hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 90.

Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert missed a shot from the foul line with 33.6 seconds left, Stephen Jackson missed from the corner at the other end and Iguodala failed on a 17-foot jumper with a hand in his face and the clock winding down in regulation.

The 76ers took advantage of Golden State's sluggish start to build a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter. The Warriors missed 11 of their first 13 shots from the floor, while Dalembert's bucket capped an 8-0 run and put Philadelphia up 19-6.

Golden State shot just 14-for-43 in the first half (32.6 percent) but stayed close at 57-45 thanks to Ellis, who scored 16 points before the break.

"Ellis put us on his shoulders," Nelson said. "He was the only guy with any energy."

The Warriors opened the third quarter with a 15-2 run, capped by Baron Davis' three-point play that gave Golden State a 60-59 lead, their first of the night.

Iguodala restored the 76ers' lead with a three-point play on Philadelphia's next possession. The teams seesawed back-and-forth the remainder of the quarter as the 76ers went ahead 72-66 on Miller's free throw, but Golden State scored the next seven points and forged back ahead, 73-72, on a foul shot by Mickael Pietrus. Thaddeus Young's spin move put the 76ers back on top 76-75 heading into the final quarter.

"We laid an egg in the first half," Nelson said. "We didn't have much in the tank down the stretch, but we made some big shots."

Notes

  • Ellis scored the most points by a 76ers opponent this season
  • The Warriors last 4-1 road trip came in November 1973
  • Golden State's Jackson is averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in five contests since his return from a seven-game NBA suspension
  • The Warriors have won four straight and six of seven against the 76ers.
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Kelenna Azubuike rises over Willie Green to nail the game winner in OT for Golden State.  (Getty Images)
Kelenna Azubuike rises over Willie Green to nail the game winner in OT for Golden State. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Golden State (5-7) «2322301510100
Philadelphia (3-9) 30271914898
GS:M. Ellis 31 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 14 Reb
GS:B. Davis 6 Ast
PHI:A. Iguodala 26 Pts
PHI:A. Iguodala 11 Reb
PHI:W. Green 6 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaGolden State

A. Iguodala

M. Ellis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
261143173

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Golden State
B. Davis, PG459-193-576422
S. Jackson, SG446-185-1174118
A. Biedrins, C385-91-1141511
K. Azubuike, SF293-102-2101310
A. Harrington, PF221-60-03242
M. Ellis, SG4211-207-873331
M. Pietrus, SF371-83-45146
A. Croshere, PF40-00-01000
D. Mbenga, C30-00-00000
B. Wright, SF20-10-00010
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
M. Barnes, SFDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-9121-31541825100
 39.6%67.7% 
Philadelphia
A. Miller, PG489-155-834323
A. Iguodala, SF448-179-10114326
W. Green, SG344-130-22629
S. Dalembert, C333-63-710139
R. Evans, PF222-41-29235
L. Williams, SG345-125-613518
R. Carney, SF161-60-14152
T. Young, SF152-62-23126
J. Smith, PF120-20-03020
K. Ollie, PG80-00-01010
C. Booth, CDid Not Play
K. Korver, SFDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
L. Amundson, PFDid Not Play
H. Hill, PFDid Not Play
Totals 34-8125-3847222998
 42.0%65.8% 
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Cle 111
Chi 78 Final
NY 85
Mia 99 Final
Orl 120
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Char 95
Atl 94 Final
Min 87
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Mem 124
Den 81 Final
Hou 109
Dal 95 Final
Mil 97
NO 98 Final
LAC 89