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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 22 32 31 102 PHILADELPHIA 23 20 20 23 86 FINAL


HOUSTON (102) AT PHILADELPHIA (86)

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

ELIE F 34 2-6 8-8 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 12 BARKLEY F 36 5-11 4-4 5 10 15 6 2 3 3 14 WILLIS C 32 8-17 2-2 5 1 6 1 3 0 1 18 RHODES G 22 2-5 4-7 2 0 2 3 3 1 1 8 DREXLER G 32 5-13 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 7 10 PRICE 29 4-6 2-2 3 2 5 3 3 3 1 12 HARRINGTON 26 6-11 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 0 1 12 JOHNSON 25 6-9 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 16 DAVIS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 JONES 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BULLARD DNP - FLU MALONEY DNP - NECK MUSCLE STRAIN

TOTALS 240 38-78 22-25 18 22 40 19 18 10 18 102 (.487) (.880) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 25 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 2 4 0 0 9 COLEMAN F 34 8-15 2-2 5 7 12 3 3 1 3 18 RATLIFF C 33 4-6 1-3 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 9 JACKSON G 43 9-11 4-4 1 4 5 6 4 0 8 22 IVERSON G 35 3-14 4-6 0 0 0 5 0 3 4 10 DAVIS 10 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 SNOW 13 2-3 0-1 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 4 CUMMINGS 8 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 WEATHERSPOON 18 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 MCKIE 15 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4 WILLIAMS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PARKER 3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 37-74 11-16 13 19 32 25 18 8 19 86 (.500) (.688) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 22 32 31 - 102 PHILADELPHIA 23 20 20 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - DREXLER 2, BARKLEY. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, COLEMAN 3, IVERSON, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-15 (.267), ELIE 0-2, BARKLEY 0-1, DREXLER 0-4, PRICE 2-3, JOHNSON 2-5. PHILADELPHIA 1-11 (.091), THOMAS 1-3, COLEMAN 0-1, IVERSON 0-4, SNOW 0-1, PARKER 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, IVERSON, HEAD COACH L BROWN. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, BLANE REICHELT, VIOLET PALMER. A - 20,514. T - 2:00.


HOUSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elie 34 2-6 8-8 1-1 1 0 12 Barkley 36 5-11 4-4 5-15 6 2 14 Willis 32 8-17 2-2 5-6 1 3 18 Rhodes 22 2-5 4-7 2-2 3 3 8 Drexler 32 5-13 0-0 1-4 2 2 10 Price 29 4-6 2-2 3-5 3 3 12 Harrington 26 6-11 0-0 0-5 0 4 12 Johnson 25 6-9 2-2 1-2 3 1 16 Davis 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bullard DNP - flu Maloney DNP - neck muscle strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 22-25 18-40 19 18 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Elie 0-2, Barkley 0-1, Drexler 0-4, Price 2-3, Johnson 2-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Drexler 2, Barkley). Turnovers: 19 (Drexler 7, Barkley 3, Elie 2, Davis, Harrington, Johnson, Price, Rhodes, Willis). Steals: 10 (Barkley 3, Price 3, Elie 2, Drexler, Rhodes).

PHILADELPHIA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 25 4-7 0-0 2-5 2 4 9 Coleman 34 8-15 2-2 5-12 3 3 18 Ratliff 33 4-6 1-3 1-2 1 3 9 Jackson 43 9-11 4-4 1-5 6 4 22 Iverson 35 3-14 4-6 0-0 5 0 10 Davis 10 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Snow 13 2-3 0-1 0-0 3 3 4 Cummings 8 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 Weatherspoon 18 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 1 0 Mckie 15 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 Williams 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Parker 3 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 11-16 13-32 25 18 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (Thomas 1-3, Coleman 0-1, Iverson 0-4, Snow 0-1, Parker 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Ratliff 5, Coleman 3, Iverson, Davis). Turnovers: 19 (Jackson 8, Iverson 4, Coleman 3, Ratliff 2, Davis, Weatherspoon). Steals: 8 (Iverson 3, Snow 2, Coleman, Davis, Mckie). ____________________________________________ Houston 17 22 32 31 - 102 Philadelphia 23 20 20 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 4 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:41 3rd, 8:58 4th; Iverson, 6:33 4th; Head Coach L Brown, 4:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,514. T: 2:00. Officials: Bill Oakes, Blane Reichelt, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Willis scored 18 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Houston Rockets used a pair of second-half surges for a 102-86 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, who have lost five straight games.

Reserve Eddie Johnson scored 16 points and former Sixer Charles Barkley added 14 and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who won for just the fourth time in 14 games. However, Houston has won six straight visits to Philadelphia, last losing on January 8th, 1992, when Barkley was on the 76ers.

"It is really fun coming home, because I get together with my friends and I get excited about playing here with them in the stands," said Barkley, who received polite applause from the sellout crowd. "If I am fortunate enough to make the Hall of Fame, I'll go in as a 76er, without a doubt."

"When Charles Barkley plays in Philly, you play a more spirited game," Willis said. "We feel like he's our floor general and leader out there and he really gets excited for these games."

The Rockets used an 18-6 surge in the third quarter to take the lead for good and opened the fourth period with a 12-0 burst that extended their lead to 20 points and put away the game.

"We have had trouble in the third quarter in the past but we put it together tonight," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We played aggressive basketball and we knocked down our free throws. Our defense was shaky at first, but we played better as the game went on."

Jimmy Jackson scored 22 points and Derrick Coleman added 18 and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who surprised the Rockets 114-110 in Houston on November 12th.

"I didn't think our team played with much emotion at all," said Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "You can't expect DC and Theo (Ratliff) to erase every mistake we make at the defensive end. As a team, we have to have a defensive and unselfish mind-set. We've lost some tough games and that's bound to take something out of you. But we had a full house tonight and didn't come out with a lot of energy."

Allen Iverson played another poor game with just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Since being named NBA Player of the Week, Iverson has shot 30 percent (18-of-60) and averaged 11 points in five games, all losses.

"He's not a jump-shooter," Brown said. "When was the last time you saw him take a pick-and-roll and get to the rim?"

The losing streak dropped Philadelphia to 7-8 in January as it squandered a chance for its first winning month since January 1994, when it went 8-7. The Sixers have had 25 straight losing months.

"The last four or five games have been very frustrating because we've come out and played well but didn't finish," Jackson said. "If you turn the ball over like we've been doing, you don't have a chance to win."

Philadelphia reserve forward Mark Davis was taken to Methodist Hospital for X-rays after suffering a right wrist injury in the second quarter. The X-rays were negative as he was diagnosed with a sprain.

Two free throws by Iverson gave Philadelphia a 53-51 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter before a hook by Willis started the first run. Barkley had two free throws, a steal and layup to give Houston the lead for good and Mario Elie added five foul shots before a layup by Clyde Drexler capped the burst at 69-59 with 1:59 left in the period. The Sixers helped the Rockets by committing five turnovers.

"We just wanted to play good team defense and cut the turnovers down," Willis said. "Our defense kept us in the game. Anytime you play good team defense like that, it turns the game around."

Philadelphia trailed 71-63 entering the fourth quarter, but had any ideas of a comeback quickly scuttled as Houston scored the first 12 points of the period. Othella Harrington had a pair of layups and Brent Price added a jumper and three-pointer as the Rockets extended to an 83-63 advantage with 8:02 remaining.

Houston's largest lead came at 100-78 on a layup by Drexler with 2:02 to go. Johnson scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and Price added 10 of his 12.

Harrington and Elie scored 12 points each and Drexler added 10 for the Rockets, who shot 49 percent (38-of-78) from the field and held a 40-32 rebounding advantage. Houston also was 22-of-25 from the line.

"Our bench played a tremendous game," Tomjanovich said. "This was a good win for us and really helped our morale. Charles Barkley made some fantastic plays and really helped us out tonight. I think we're heading in the right direction now."

Rookie Tim Thomas and Theo Ratliff scored nine points apiece for the Sixers, who shot 50 percent (37-of-74) but just 1-of-9 from three-point range. Iverson was 0-of-4 from behind the arc.

Jackson scored 12 points and Coleman 10 in the first half as Philadelphia grabbed a 43-39 lead. Willis kept Houston close with 12 points.

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