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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 14 24 13 20 71 PHILADELPHIA 23 24 14 19 80 FINAL


NEW YORK (71) AT PHILADELPHIA (80)

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

MILLS F 37 3-9 0-0 2 2 4 2 5 0 3 7 JOHNSON F 43 7-13 0-0 3 3 6 1 0 0 1 14 OAKLEY C 34 3-9 0-0 2 7 9 1 6 2 1 6 HOUSTON G 42 8-18 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 1 3 18 WARD G 43 6-14 4-5 0 8 8 9 5 2 2 17 CUMMINGS 18 3-5 0-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 6 STARKS 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 0 3 3 THOMPSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 H WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILDS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-73 4-7 7 28 35 20 29 5 14 71 (.425) (.571) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

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

DAVIS F 20 1-5 2-2 3 1 4 1 1 0 2 4 COLEMAN F 41 8-18 6-7 3 8 11 1 4 1 2 22 RATLIFF C 39 2-7 6-8 3 9 12 0 3 0 1 10 MCKIE G 38 2-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 3 0 5 IVERSON G 43 9-16 4-7 0 6 6 7 2 1 4 22 SHAW 24 0-5 0-0 0 4 4 7 1 0 0 0 SMITH 22 5-9 5-6 0 4 4 0 5 2 2 15 SNOW 13 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - ACHILLES TENDINITIS S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-70 23-30 12 33 45 19 17 8 12 80 (.400) (.767) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

NEW YORK 14 24 13 20 - 71 PHILADELPHIA 23 24 14 19 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - JOHNSON 2, MILLS, WARD. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, IVERSON, SHAW, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-20 (.250), MILLS 1-5, HOUSTON 2-5, WARD 1-6, STARKS 1-4. PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), COLEMAN 0-3, MCKIE 1-2, IVERSON 0-2, SHAW 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,615. T - 2:18.


NEW YORK (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 37 3-9 0-0 2-4 2 5 7 Johnson 43 7-13 0-0 3-6 1 0 14 Oakley 34 3-9 0-0 2-9 1 6 6 Houston 42 8-18 0-0 0-4 3 3 18 Ward 43 6-14 4-5 0-8 9 5 17 Cummings 18 3-5 0-2 0-2 1 2 6 Starks 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 5 3 Thompson 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 H Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Childs DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 4-7 7-35 20 29 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Mills 1-5, Houston 2-5, Ward 1-6, Starks 1-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Johnson 2, Mills, Ward). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 3, Mills 3, Starks 3, Ward 2, Cummings, Johnson, Oakley). Steals: 5 (Oakley 2, Ward 2, Houston).

PHILADELPHIA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 20 1-5 2-2 3-4 1 1 4 Coleman 41 8-18 6-7 3-11 1 4 22 Ratliff 39 2-7 6-8 3-12 0 3 10 Mckie 38 2-8 0-0 2-3 2 1 5 Iverson 43 9-16 4-7 0-6 7 2 22 Shaw 24 0-5 0-0 0-4 7 1 0 Smith 22 5-9 5-6 0-4 0 5 15 Snow 13 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Parker DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - achilles tendinitis S Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 23-30 12-45 19 17 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Coleman 0-3, Mckie 1-2, Iverson 0-2, Shaw 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 4, Iverson, Shaw, Smith). Turnovers: 13 (Iverson 4, Coleman 2, Davis 2, Smith 2, Ratliff, Snow). Steals: 8 (Mckie 3, Smith 2, Coleman, Iverson, Snow). ____________________________________________ New York 14 24 13 20 - 71 Philadelphia 23 24 14 19 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Mills, 2:26 1st). A: 20,615. T: 2:18. Officials: Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Derrick Coleman scored four of his 22 points in a 9-0 run down the stretch as the Philadelphia 76ers led from start to finish and put forth their best defensive effort of the season in an 80-71 victory over the New York Knicks.

Coleman also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Allen Iverson contributed 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who posted back-to-back victories for the first time since January 17th-19th, and moved within one win of their 1996-97 total.

Allan Houston scored 18 points and Charlie Ward added 17, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their second straight game after a three-game winning streak and fell for the fourth time in their last 13 overall.

"Right now we're not shooting the ball well," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We need to play our best to win and right now -- there are a couple of guys out there who are not playing their best right now. Losing is frustrating, we have to play well or we're not going to go out and win, especially at this stage of the schedule. We have to get a total team effort and that's the bottom line."

Ward hit a 21-foot jumper with 3:31 left to cap a 14-2 run that pulled the Knicks within 69-67. Coleman traded baskets with Ward before Iverson started the 9-0 run with a 17-foot jumper at the 1:53 mark.

Coleman converted from 18 feet just 41 seconds later and Theo Ratliff, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds, added a free throw with 56 seconds left that boosted Philadelphia's lead to 76-69. Coleman made a pair of free throws with 27 seconds remaining and Brian Shaw capped the burst with a layup with eight seconds left.

"In the third quarter we struggled a bit offensively, so we had to match their defensive effort," Coleman said. "We were able to step up and deny them the ball. Defense is where your offense starts. We did a very good job, especially in the third quarter."

Iverson was 4-of-7 from the foul line, the same total for the Knicks as a team.

"We played a good defensive game," Iverson said. "We're playing better down the stretch defensively, we're tightening on defense at the end of games. D.C. played really well tonight and the guys off the bench gave us a big spark. The only thing I feel bad about was that this team was just assembled. I would like to see what this team could do from the start of the season."

Sixers coach Larry Brown, whose team led from wire-to-wire for the first time this season, agreed with Iverson.

"We played well defensively the whole game," he said. "D.C. made some big shots and so did Allen. We made stops and big plays down the stretch. This is a game we would have lost a month ago."

Joe Smith added 15 points for the 76ers, who shot just 40 percent (28-of-70) from the field, including 1-of-8 from three-point range. But they made up for it with a 45-35 rebounding edge.

Philadelphia, which went 23-of-30 from the line, had its opponent set CoreStates Center lows for free throws made and attempted. It was the second-lowest free throw total for the Knicks, who had only four against Atlanta on March 6th, 1974.

Philadelphia raced to a 23-14 lead after one quarter and held a 47-38 edge at halftime. The Sixers built the lead to 61-51 through a third quarter that was delayed due to a water leak on the court. They extended the advantage to 67-55 with 9:29 remaining before former Sixer Terry Cummings hit a 16-foot jumper to ignite a 14-2 run.

Larry Johnson added 14 points for the Knicks, who shot 43 percent (31-of-73) from the field.

"We didn't make many shots," Houston said. "We did a very good job with getting open. We defended decently. We just didn't make very many shots."

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