Thaddeus Young Leads 76ers Past Hornets 101-94

NEW ORLEANS — Thaddeus Young made his first seven shots and finished with 19 points, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-94 win over the short-handed New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Andre Iguodala scored 14 points, Rodney Carney had 13 and Samuel Dalembert added 16 rebounds for the Sixers, who stretched their winning streak to a season-high three games.

Peja Stojakovic had 23 points and Darren Collison scored 17 for New Orleans, which has lost four straight at home for the first time since January 2007.

The Hornets were without their starting backcourt of All-Star point guard Chris Paul and Marcus Thornton. Paul had arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday and will be out four-to-six weeks. Thornton, who had team highs of 25 and 22 points in the last two games, has a lower-back contusion.

Already ahead by six, Philadelphia sealed the victory with a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter that Young capped with a transition layup for an 89-75 lead.

Young, benched after starting the first 41 games, shot 6-for-23 in the Sixers' last three games. He found his rhythm by taking the ball to the basket, getting all but one of his buckets in the lane and finishing 8-for-9 from the floor.

His biggest play came at the end of the third quarter. After the Hornets pulled to 74-70 with a 6-0 run, he converted an acrobatic tip-in with 4.6 seconds left. The Sixers led by at least six until Collison's 3-pointer in the final minute pulled the Hornets within 5.

Neither team led by more than 3 until reserves Royal Ivey and Carney hit back-to-back 3s to start a 16-3 run that gave Philadelphia a 51-40 advantage with 2:54 left in the first half. Carney, who had failed to score in six of the Sixers' previous 10 games, had 10 points in the second quarter.

Philadelphia's reserves scored 30 points in the first half and accounted for 50 of the Sixers' 101 points.

The Hornets were out of synch all night. During one play, David West and James Posey fought for the same rebound with no Philadelphia player around them, knocking the ball out of bounds.

Since scoring 13 points in the first quarter of New Orleans' loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, West has totaled 13 in the next seven.

Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson missed his second consecutive game due to the illness of one of his children. With Paul and Thornton out, the Hornets signed journeyman guard Jason Hart to a 10-day contract Friday. He played eight minutes and had two assists. Philadelphia has won seven of its last 10 road games. The Hornets debuted commemorative purple, green and gold Mardi Gras uniforms they will wear for four consecutive games. The loudest cheer of the night came when the Hornets' mascot jumped through a paper logo of the Indianapolis Colts and dunked during a timeout.

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