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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 27 31 18 18 94 PHILADELPHIA 22 27 24 26 99 FINAL


BOSTON (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (99)

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

WALKER F 46 13-23 5-6 3 11 14 5 3 1 6 32 MCCARTY F 33 5-10 4-4 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 14 DECLERCQ C 23 1-2 0-1 1 5 6 1 4 2 0 2 MERCER G 41 8-18 2-2 1 1 2 5 3 2 4 18 BARROS G 27 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 0 1 5 KNIGHT 19 1-7 1-1 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 3 MINOR 27 4-7 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 9 EDNEY 20 5-8 1-2 0 0 0 7 2 3 0 11 TABAK 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - BRUISED BONE HANSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-81 14-18 9 27 36 24 29 10 14 94 (.481) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 21 4-6 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 9 COLEMAN F 42 11-17 12-18 1 11 12 5 3 3 2 34 SMITH C 25 4-9 4-5 2 3 5 0 5 1 2 12 MCKIE G 23 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 3 1 0 IVERSON G 43 5-13 9-12 1 4 5 7 1 1 3 20 SHAW 27 3-8 1-1 3 4 7 6 1 0 3 7 S WILLIAMS 27 4-9 2-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 10 SNOW 25 3-7 1-2 2 1 3 3 4 1 0 7 PARKER 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 BENJAMIN 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION RATLIFF DNP - SYNOVITIS RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-74 30-44 13 30 43 27 22 9 15 99 (.459) (.682) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

BOSTON 27 31 18 18 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 22 27 24 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MCCARTY 3, DECLERCQ 2, MINOR 2, WALKER, KNIGHT, TABAK. PHILADELPHIA - S WILLIAMS 2, COLEMAN, IVERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-10 (.200), WALKER 1-3, MCCARTY 0-4, BARROS 1-3. PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), THOMAS 0-1, IVERSON 1-2, SHAW 0-2, S WILLIAMS 0-1, SNOW 0-1, PARKER 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON. A - 20,644. T - 2:19.


BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 46 13-23 5-6 3-14 5 3 32 Mccarty 33 5-10 4-4 2-6 0 4 14 Declercq 23 1-2 0-1 1-6 1 4 2 Mercer 41 8-18 2-2 1-2 5 3 18 Barros 27 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 5 5 Knight 19 1-7 1-1 2-5 1 3 3 Minor 27 4-7 1-2 0-2 1 4 9 Edney 20 5-8 1-2 0-0 7 2 11 Tabak 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Anderson DNP - bruised bone Hansen DNP - coach's decision D Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 14-18 9-36 24 29 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Walker 1-3, Mccarty 0-4, Barros 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (Mccarty 3, Declercq 2, Minor 2, Walker, Knight, Tabak). Turnovers: 15 (Walker 6, Mercer 4, Barros, Knight, Mccarty, Minor). Steals: 10 (Edney 3, Declercq 2, Mercer 2, Mccarty, Minor, Walker).

PHILADELPHIA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 21 4-6 1-2 1-2 0 2 9 Coleman 42 11-17 12-18 1-12 5 3 34 Smith 25 4-9 4-5 2-5 0 5 12 Mckie 23 0-3 0-0 1-3 4 3 0 Iverson 43 5-13 9-12 1-5 7 1 20 Shaw 27 3-8 1-1 3-7 6 1 7 S Williams 27 4-9 2-4 1-4 1 3 10 Snow 25 3-7 1-2 2-3 3 4 7 Parker 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Benjamin 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Davis DNP - coach's decision Ratliff DNP - synovitis right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 30-44 13-43 27 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Thomas 0-1, Iverson 1-2, Shaw 0-2, S Williams 0-1, Snow 0-1, Parker 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (S Williams 2, Coleman, Iverson). Turnovers: 18 (Iverson 3, Shaw 3, Thomas 3, Coleman 2, Smith 2, Mckie, Parker). Steals: 9 (Coleman 3, Mckie 3, Iverson, Smith, Snow). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 31 18 18 - 94 Philadelphia 22 27 24 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 5:56 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,644. T: 2:19. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Steve Javie, Gary Benson.


GAME RECAP

Derrick Coleman scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak and reached their highest victory total in six years with a 99-94 triumph over the Boston Celtics.

Coleman shot 11-of-17 from the field and finished one point shy of his season high, also pulling down 12 rebounds. He scored nine points in an 11-0 burst that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.

"I still put up good numbers," said Coleman, who is nursing a bad ankle. "Scoring is all it seems anybody cares about. I've always been a player who can score but I like to try and be a complete player -- passing the ball, rebounding and playing defense. But everybody looks at everybody and says `OK, if you can score you are a great player.' To me a player is defined not by position, but by how you play the game in all aspects."

Philadelphia coach Larry Brown, who also makes the final roster decisions for the club, wants to bring back Coleman, who has one year left on his contract at $13 million but can be bought out for $5.6 million.

"I've been saying that since my first talk with him -- how are we going to replace anybody like him?" Brown said. "If he can have a great summer and stay healthy, he can be back to where everybody recognized he was four to five years ago. Some people say he's not the athlete he was before, but I think he'll get back there if he builds on what he's done.

"Everybody in that room is pulling for him. I don't know how many times he's had that before. He can't be hurt by what he's done this season, whether he stays here or goes someplace else."

Allen Iverson added 20 points for the 76ers (26-45), who equaled their win total from the 1992-93 season. They have not won more than 26 games since going 35-47 in the 1991-92 campaign, their last with Charles Barkley.

Philadelphia overcame the absence of shot-blocking center Theo Ratliff by outscoring Boston 30-14 at the foul line and allowing just 36 second-half points. Ratliff sat out with synovitis of the right knee, which had limited him to a combined 34 minutes in the previous two games.

"We really stepped up on defense. We didn't have Theo back there being a shot-blocker," Coleman said. "Coach kept telling to take away guys drive to the basket or give them an open jump shot and get a hand in their face. It was a team effort on the defensive end of the court, trying to limit them to one shot and getting the rebound and getting out on the break. Once we got the rebound we had the opportunity to get out on the break a little."

Antoine Walker had 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who saw their dwindling playoff hopes take a crushing blow with their 10th loss in 13 games this month. Boston, which had won the last four meetings with Philadelphia, is 31-40, 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference.

A layup by Tyus Edney gave the Celtics their last lead at 80-78 with 9:09 left before Coleman took over. He made a 17-footer and two free throws before Eric Snow's layup pushed the lead to 84-80 with 6:50 to play.

Coleman added two free throws at the 6:18 mark, then one more 44 seconds later. His dunk completed the run at 89-80 with 4:49 to go.

The Celtics resorted to their pressure defense and pulled within 93-90 on a layup by Walker with 1:01 left. Coleman answered with two free throws with 40 seconds to go and, after a jumper by Boston's Greg Minor with 24 seconds remaining, Iverson made two free throws and a layup to seal the win.

"We started shooting a lot of jump shots and stoped attacking the basket," Walker said. "You've got to get them credit, they did a good job defensively. They caused a lot of turnovers and they picked up their intensity in the second half."

Joe Smith scored 12 points and Scott Williams added 10 for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (34-of-74) from the field and held a 43-36 rebounding edge. Philadelphia shot 44 free throws to 18 by Boston.

"We got to run a lot more stuff in the second half," Brown said. "We were much more patient on offense. We were able to pass the ball and get much more offense. We also got our defense together."

Ron Mercer scored 18 points and Walter McCarty added 14 for the Celtics, who shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and forced 18 turnovers, leading to 19 points. Edney had 11 points and seven assists.

"We played a terrific first half and didn't play a good second half," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "Give Philadelphia credit, they did. We played a power game in the second half."

Walker's 22 points gave Boston a 58-49 halftime advantage. His short hook kept the lead at 66-57 with 7:48 left in the third quarter before Philadelphia rattled off eight straight points.

Iverson fed Coleman and Smith for jumpers and Smith and Coleman each made two free throws, cutting the deficit to 66-65 with 5:53 remaining. The Sixers pulled within a point three more times but could not grab the lead, and two free throws by Walker gave the Celtics a 76-73 lead entering the final period.

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