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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 32 18 23 25 98 NEW JERSEY 19 23 23 24 89 FINAL


PHILADELPHIA (98) AT NEW JERSEY (89)

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

COLEMAN F 40 6-14 11-13 1 8 9 0 3 0 2 24 THOMAS F 32 5-13 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 0 3 12 RATLIFF C 22 2-7 1-4 2 4 6 0 6 0 1 5 IVERSON G 45 10-18 7-10 3 4 7 12 4 3 5 27 MCKIE G 40 5-13 5-7 0 5 5 1 0 2 1 15 S WILLIAMS 19 2-2 4-4 3 3 6 0 2 0 0 8 SMITH 17 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 SNOW 21 1-2 1-4 3 2 5 2 3 4 0 3 DAVIS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 SHAW DNP - NOT WITH TEAM FOLLOWING TRADE STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 29-42 15 29 44 15 24 9 14 98 (.446) (.690) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(6 PTS)

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

GILL F 35 4-12 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 10 VAN HORN F 35 3-17 2-2 1 5 6 0 5 0 2 9 J WILLIAMS C 42 2-10 1-4 12 12 24 1 2 0 4 5 KITTLES G 45 8-19 8-9 2 3 5 6 3 0 5 24 CASSELL G 28 9-12 4-6 1 1 2 6 5 0 3 22 HARRIS 22 3-5 1-4 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 8 MACLEAN 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 GATLING 16 4-7 1-1 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 9 CAGE 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 EVANS 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 DOUGLAS DNP - SORE RIGHT WRIST SEIKALY DNP - BONE CONTUSION RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 34-86 19-28 21 25 46 17 25 2 16 89 (.395) (.679) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 32 18 23 25 - 98 NEW JERSEY 19 23 23 24 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, MCKIE, IVERSON, S WILLIAMS. NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN, J WILLIAMS, CAGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-7 (.429), COLEMAN 1-1, THOMAS 2-5, MCKIE 0-1. NEW JERSEY 2-9 (.222), VAN HORN 1-3, KITTLES 0-3, HARRIS 1-2, MACLEAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, THOMAS, NEW JERSEY - CASSELL, HEAD COACH CALIPARI. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, RONNIE NUNN, GARY BENSON. A - 20,049. T - 2:22.


PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 40 6-14 11-13 1-9 0 3 24 Thomas 32 5-13 0-0 3-4 0 1 12 Ratliff 22 2-7 1-4 2-6 0 6 5 Iverson 45 10-18 7-10 3-7 12 4 27 Mckie 40 5-13 5-7 0-5 1 0 15 S Williams 19 2-2 4-4 3-6 0 2 8 Smith 17 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Snow 21 1-2 1-4 3-5 2 3 3 Davis 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Shaw DNP - not with team following trade Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 29-42 15-44 15 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Coleman 1-1, Thomas 2-5, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 3, Mckie, Iverson, S Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Iverson 5, Thomas 3, Coleman 2, Davis, Mckie, Ratliff, Smith). Steals: 9 (Snow 4, Iverson 3, Mckie 2).

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 4-12 2-2 1-2 2 4 10 Van Horn 35 3-17 2-2 1-6 0 5 9 J Williams 42 2-10 1-4 12-24 1 2 5 Kittles 45 8-19 8-9 2-5 6 3 24 Cassell 28 9-12 4-6 1-2 6 5 22 Harris 22 3-5 1-4 0-0 1 3 8 Maclean 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Gatling 16 4-7 1-1 1-3 1 0 9 Cage 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Evans 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Douglas DNP - sore right wrist Seikaly DNP - bone contusion right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-86 19-28 21-46 17 25 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Van Horn 1-3, Kittles 0-3, Harris 1-2, Maclean 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 3 (Van Horn, J Williams, Cage). Turnovers: 16 (Kittles 5, J Williams 4, Cassell 3, Van Horn 2, Cage, Gill). Steals: 2 (Gatling, Gill). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 32 18 23 25 - 98 New Jersey 19 23 23 24 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Illegal Defense, 5:05 2nd; Thomas, 1:35 3rd). New Jersey 2 (Cassell, 2:44 1st; Head Coach Calipari, 9:14 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:22. Officials: David Jones, Ronnie Nunn, Gary Benson.


GAME RECAP

Allen Iverson had 27 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds and sank a clutch jumper down the stretch as the Philadelphia 76ers grabbed an early lead and held on for a 98-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets, who have lost three straight games.

Former Net Derrick Coleman added 24 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who have won two of three after dropping nine of 10. They knocked off the Nets for the first time in three meetings this season and beat an Eastern Conference team on the road for the first time in 16 games.

erry Kittles scored 24 points and Jayson Williams grabbed 24 rebounds for the Nets, who got off to a terrible start and never recovered. They have dropped two in a row at home and fell six games behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division.

The Sixers led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter but the Nets cut the deficit to 79-78 with 6:42 remaining on a jumper by Sam Cassell, who scored 22 points.

But Philadelphia made 10 straight free throws, including four by Iverson, to keep New Jersey at bay. Two free throws by Kendall Gill pulled the Nets within 87-84 with 2:28 to go, but Iverson, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, made a 14-footer that gave the 76ers a five-point lead with 1:53 to play.

Coleman added two free throws 32 seconds later and, after Cassell made a foul shot, Coleman made a jumper that built the lead to 93-85 with 53 seconds remaining. Philadelphia was 15-of-18 from the line in the final period.

"We're doing better," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We've had trouble finishing games. I think a lot of time before we would try to please a lot of guys. Now we don't have so many guys who command the ball; we have more role players."

"We've been in a lot of games, but we haven't been able to put it together at the end of ballgames," Iverson said. "It was important for us to finish this game tonight."

Iverson was 10-of-18 from the field and his rebounds were a season high. He also added eight steals.

"Allen is going to get better, he did some really good things," Brown said. "He pulled up on the break a couple of times. Even the shots he missed were really good shots."

KAaron McKie scored a season-high 15 points and Tim Thomas added 12 for the Sixers, who shot 45 percent (33-of-74) from the field and made 29-of-42 free throws.

"I try to go out in every game and get double-digit assists and it showed tonight," Iverson said. "We are trying to run the ball more and more. Our bench did a great job. We got a big boost from DC. He really executed well."

Coleman, the top overall pick by New Jersey in 1990 and traded in 1995, was booed by the sellout crowd at Continental Airlines Arena.

"It is good for us to get a good win on the road," he said. "The main thing is for us to do is for us to come out and execute well. We are just out there playing the game and trying to enjoy it. I don't care about who the crowd is cheering for."

Gill scored 10 points and Keith Van Horn and Chris Gatling added nine apiece for the Nets, who shot under 40 percent (34-of-86) and held a 46-44 edge on the glass. The Nets had a season-low two steals while committing 16 turnovers.

"Crisis brings about change and we are in a mini-crisis," Nets coach John calipari said. "We are a bad shooting team, bad, bad, bad. We've been a bad shooting team all year, one of the worst in the league. So how are where we are? We guard. So I think this was a good loss. We needed to lose to a team that we should have beat."

Van Horn shot just 3-of-17 from the field as he was shut down by Sixers forward-center Theo Ratliff. A week ago in Philadelphia, Ratliff limited Van Horn to 5-of-19 shooting.

"We've gotten away from the things that got us success," said Van Horn, who was held to single digits ffor just the third time in 38 games. "There hasn't been the same chemistry the last three games as there was previously. We have to get back to where we were playing well together."

The Sixers took the lead for good at 7-4 on a three-pointer by Thomas with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter. Another three-pointer by Thomas capped a 10-0 burst and extended the lead to 12-4 with 7:58 to go.

Iverson, who was limited to five points and three assists at New Jersey on December 5th, had six points and four assists in the opening period, which ended with Philadelphia holding a 32-19 lead. The Nets shot 26 percent (5-of-19), missed six foul shots and committed six turnovers.

"We're starting off slow and we just can't keep up," said Williams, who was 2-of-10 from the field. "We have to come out of the gate like madmen. We're overconfident right now. Everybody has a big head.

"We're still in the hunt to win the division. Every team goes through a period like this. We just have to figure out how to snap out of it."

A free throw by Eric Snow gave the Sixers their largest lead at 37-21 with 9:50 left in the second quarter before Lucious Harris scored seven points and Kittles six in a 19-6 burst. a jumper by Kittles cut the deficit to 43-40 with 3:10 to play, but two driving layups by Iverson closed the half and gave Philadelphia a 50-42 lead.

Coleman scored 10 points in the third quarter, when the Sixers' lead bounced between six and 14 points. Philadelphia took a 73-65 advantage into the final period.

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