CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been a long time since anyone has seen this version of Derrick Coleman.
Coleman, back in the playoffs after a five-year absence, scored eight of his 29 points in overtime, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 108-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to tie their playoff series Monday night.
The surly nine-year veteran, who has a reputation as a selfish malcontent, went through the Hornets' locker room after the game congratulating every player.
''It's playoff basketball, man. You can't help but be pumped,'' said Coleman.
Coleman was unstoppable in the extra period, hitting four straight baskets and helping the Hornets take the series to Philadelphia -- where he spent almost three years before signing with Charlotte -- for Game 3 on Friday night.
''D.C. just took over and brought us home,'' said Charlotte coach Paul Silas. ''He was just great during that stretch. He wanted the ball and he knew he was going to make it. They talk about cream rising to the top and that's exactly what happened.''
Allen Iverson, who scored a career playoff high 40 points in Game 1, tied his career playoff low with 13 points. It was the first time in Iverson's 10 playoff games he failed to lead the 76ers in scoring.
''People always want to know did a guy do anything differently when I have a bad shooting night,'' Iverson said. ''I just missed shots. I missed layups. I missed wide-open shots. I don't feel like anybody can stop me but myself. Tonight, I did a pretty good job of doing that.''
Charlotte went back to the basics in overtime, using its huge front line of Coleman, Anthony Mason and Elden Campbell to dominate the 76ers. The Hornets hit their first six shots and eight of nine in the extra period.
Jazz 101, SuperSonics 87
SALT LAKE CITY -- Twenty-three points were more than enough this time for Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.
Malone had fewer than half the 50 points he scored in Game 1, but the Jazz didn't need nearly that many Tuesday night in a 101-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Utah took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Game 3 is Saturday at Seattle, which trailed by 17 at halftime Tuesday and 27 at the end of three periods. Only 12 teams have rallied to win a series after trailing 2-0, and none since the Houston Rockets in 1995.
John Stockton had 21 points and 11 assists for the Jazz, who shot 56 percent and rested their starters in the fourth quarter. Bryon Russell added 19 points and substitute Howard Eisley had 15, including four 3-pointers.
Malone became the fourth player in NBA history with 4,000 points in the playoffs, joining Michael Jordan (5,987 points), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Jerry West (4,457).
He passed the 4,000-point mark on a layup with 4:32 left in the third period on an assist from -- who else? -- Stockton.
Gary Payton had 20 points for the Sonics, but also had seven turnovers and just one assist.
Rashard Lewis added 19 for Seattle, which never led.
Ahead 57-40 at halftime, the Jazz opened the second half with four straight baskets -- two by Malone -- to build their margin to 25 points. A no-look backward layup by Jeff Hornacek made it 73-47 with 6:35 left in the third period.
The Jazz led 86-59 entering the fourth quarter, and scored seven straight points, including a long 3-pointer by Eisley as the 24-second clock expired, to take a 93-59 lead.
The Jazz went 6-for-11 on 3-pointers in the first half, with Russell, Stockton and Eisley hitting two each, and Utah took a 17-point halftime lead. The Sonics were just 2-of-6 on 3-pointers in the half.
Stockton, who hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the half to give Utah its margin, and Russell each had 13 points in the first half. Payton had 13 for Seattle, but he had five turnovers and no assists in the half.
Utah opened the game with a 10-2 run that included consecutive 3-pointers by Russell, but Seattle responded with eight straight points to tie it. The Sonics tied the game again at 12, but trailed the rest of the game.
Notes: Seattle's Emanual Davis sat out his second straight game with an injured facial nerve. He missed the last 16 games of the regular season with the same problem. ... Adam Keefe missed his second straight game for Utah with a strained right hamstring. ... Hornacek had six points to push his career playoff total to 1,996. He could become the 31st player to reach the 2,000-point mark, though Kevin Johnson of the Phoenix Suns could beat him there. Johnson has 1,999 points. ... Payton, who played all 48 minutes in Game 1, played every minute of the first three quarters Tuesday, but sat out the final period.
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