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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 27 27 23 16 93 PHILADELPHIA 22 23 15 28 88 FINAL


ATLANTA (93) AT PHILADELPHIA (88)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CORBIN F 32 5-10 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 2 1 10 LAETTNER F 36 8-13 4-4 4 5 9 5 4 2 4 20 MUTOMBO C 39 7-15 6-8 4 12 16 1 3 1 2 20 SMITH G 46 8-17 3-3 3 4 7 4 3 1 4 22 BLAYLOCK G 43 4-13 2-4 1 4 5 8 2 2 4 11 BROWN 18 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 HENDERSON 19 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 2 GRAY 7 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHITESIDE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 15-19 16 30 46 24 19 9 19 93 (.468) (.789) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(14 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

JACKSON F 35 3-11 1-1 1 3 4 4 2 1 2 7 COLEMAN F 35 3-11 3-4 2 4 6 1 2 0 4 9 MONTROSS C 16 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 STACKHOUSE G 26 8-11 0-1 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 17 IVERSON G 40 8-17 4-5 1 3 4 11 3 4 2 21 WEATHERSPOON 29 7-13 5-6 6 8 14 2 5 1 3 19 WILLIAMS 13 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 WALTERS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 19 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 DAVIS 16 2-2 0-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 4 OVERTON 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 CUMMINGS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 35-77 15-23 11 23 34 26 18 10 16 88 (.455) (.652) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

ATLANTA 27 27 23 16 - 93 PHILADELPHIA 22 23 15 28 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 8, LAETTNER 2, HENDERSON 2. PHILADELPHIA - JACKSON, MONTROSS, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 6-13 (.462), CORBIN 0-1, LAETTNER 0-1, SMITH 3-6, BLAYLOCK 1-3, GRAY 2-2. PHILADELPHIA 3-14 (.214), JACKSON 0-3, STACKHOUSE 1-3, IVERSON 1-5, THOMAS 1-3. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, ED MIDDLETON, DEE KANTNER. A - 13,624. T - 2:11.


ATLANTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 32 5-10 0-0 1-4 2 3 10 Laettner 36 8-13 4-4 4-9 5 4 20 Mutombo 39 7-15 6-8 4-16 1 3 20 Smith 46 8-17 3-3 3-7 4 3 22 Blaylock 43 4-13 2-4 1-5 8 2 11 Brown 18 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 1 0 Henderson 19 1-4 0-0 2-4 2 2 2 Gray 7 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 8 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Whiteside DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 15-19 16-46 24 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Corbin 0-1, Laettner 0-1, Smith 3-6, Blaylock 1-3, Gray 2-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 12 (Mutombo 8, Laettner 2, Henderson 2). Turnovers: 20 (Blaylock 4, Laettner 4, Smith 4, Brown 2, Henderson 2, Mutombo 2, Corbin). Steals: 9 (Blaylock 2, Corbin 2, Laettner 2, Henderson, Mutombo, Smith).

PHILADELPHIA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 35 3-11 1-1 1-4 4 2 7 Coleman 35 3-11 3-4 2-6 1 2 9 Montross 16 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Stackhouse 26 8-11 0-1 0-1 2 1 17 Iverson 40 8-17 4-5 1-4 11 3 21 Weatherspoon 29 7-13 5-6 6-14 2 5 19 Williams 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Walters 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 19 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 0 5 Davis 16 2-2 0-4 0-2 1 1 4 Overton 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Cummings 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 15-23 11-34 26 18 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Jackson 0-3, Stackhouse 1-3, Iverson 1-5, Thomas 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Jackson, Montross, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 17 (Coleman 4, Stackhouse 3, Weatherspoon 3, Iverson 2, Jackson 2, Montross, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Iverson 4, Davis, Jackson, Montross, Thomas, Weatherspoon, Williams). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 27 27 23 16 - 93 Philadelphia 22 23 15 28 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,624. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ed Middleton, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith scored 22 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 20, 16 rebounds and eight blocks as the unbeaten Atlanta Hawks continued their best start in 11 years with a 93-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in referee Dee Kantner's first game.

Smith had consecutive three-pointers to cap an 8-0 burst that ended the third quarter and gave Atlanta a 77-60 lead. Mutombo snuffed a late rally by the 76ers with a pair of baskets that rebuilt the lead to 10 points with just over two minutes to go.

Kantner is one of two female referees added to the NBA staff this season. Violet Palmer made her debut on opening night Friday at Vancouver.

"As for the female ref, she did her job," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I didn't even notice her. She might have missed a call or two, but everyone does that. I'm focusing on the game, not the refs. She did a really good job."

Christian Laettner added 20 points for the Hawks (4-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first five games of the 1986-87 season. Atlanta, which never trailed, has won 10 consecutive visits to Philadelphia.

The Hawks host Chicago on Friday. Last season, the Bulls beat Atlanta in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I'm glad we didn't look past this game," Smith said. "I'm glad we got this one over with. All week, everybody was talking Bulls, Bulls, Bulls."

Allen Iverson had 21 points and 11 assists for the 76ers (0-3), who have not beaten the Hawks at home since March 4th, 1992. Clarence Weatherspoon added 19 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

A three-pointer by Jerry Stackhouse -- who scored 17 points but was benched for the entire fourth quarter -- pulled the Sixers within 69-60 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.

"I thought Jimmy (Jackson) was doing a great job on Smith and we got back in the game and I thought, 'Heck, we're gonna stay with what got us back in the game.' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I'm not worried about a rotation. I'm just trying to figure out who can play."

"The unit that was in there was going well," Stackhouse said. "I think that was the main thing. I think we're trying to cconcentrate more on the big picture. We've got to continue to try to make sacrifices. Lots of things might look a little funny but it might pay big dividends in the end."

But Smith, who scored 15 points in the third quarter of Tuesday's home win against Detroit, buried two three-pointers to extend the advantage to 17 points entering the final period.

Philadelphia pecked away at the deficit. After a free throw by Mookie Blaylock gave Atlanta an 80-68 lead with 6:29 to play, the Sixers rattled off six straigt points, capped by a dunk by rookie Tim Thomas, to close to 80-74 with 3:54 remaining.

But Mutombo, whose blocked shots set a CoreStates Center record, answered with a jump hook and a tip-in, giving Atlanta an 84-74 lead with 2:05 to play. Philadelphia got no closer than the final margin.

"Although they made a hard charge and things became helter-skelter, we need to do a better job controlling the game," Laettner said.

Blaylock had 11 points and eight assists and Tyrone Corbin added 10 points for the Hawks, who had all five starters in double figures. Atlanta shot 47 percent (36-of-77) from the field and held a 46-34 rebounding advantage. It has outrebounded foes by an average of 15.1 per game.

Hawks forward Alan Henderson, who averaged 18.7 points through the first three games, was held to two points off the bench. But rookie Ed Gray chipped in eight points.

"I think the key tonight wad that we moved the ball well," Smith said. "Everybody got touches. Philly started unraveling but we got everyone the ball."

Derrick Coleman and Jim Jackson each went just 3-of-11 from the field for the Sixers, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77). Center Eric Montross, matched up against the 7-2 Mutombo, was scoreless in three minutes.

"We keep putting ourselves in a predicament," Iverson said. "We played better from behind but we can't keep doing that. We had better execution in the second half."

Smith and Laettner scored 12 points apiece and Mutombo added nine as the Hawks raced to a 54-45 halftime lead. Stackhouse and Iverson countered with eight apiece for the Sixers.

"It felt good to come out and start hitting my shots," said Laettner, who made his first four attempts.

Philadelphia reserve guard Doug Overton suffered a contusion to his left eye in the third quarter and did not return. He is not expected to play Thursday at Milwaukee.

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