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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 24 13 29 35 101 PHILADELPHIA 31 28 21 29 109 FINAL


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (101) AT PHILADELPHIA (109)

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

RICE F 37 8-18 2-3 1 2 3 5 3 2 1 19 MASON F 39 4-6 7-7 2 6 8 1 2 0 0 15 GEIGER C 30 5-12 3-4 2 6 8 0 4 0 2 13 PHILLS G 35 3-9 0-1 2 2 4 4 4 1 3 6 WESLEY G 33 8-11 3-4 0 0 0 9 6 0 4 19 DIVAC 19 3-6 0-2 3 6 9 2 4 4 2 6 CURRY 6 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 ROYAL 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MAXWELL 7 0-1 4-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 REID 15 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 8 ARMSTRONG 13 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 9 BECK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 23-29 10 25 35 25 27 7 14 101 (.481) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 15 1-5 4-4 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 6 COLEMAN F 42 9-18 7-9 2 7 9 3 1 1 1 25 RATLIFF C 35 5-10 0-0 3 4 7 1 3 1 1 10 MCKIE G 29 4-5 1-3 0 3 3 2 3 1 1 10 IVERSON G 42 9-18 11-12 4 6 10 6 4 3 1 30 DAVIS 11 0-0 7-8 2 1 3 0 2 1 2 7 SNOW 27 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 9 3 0 0 6 S WILLIAMS 15 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 2 5 0 0 5 SMITH 20 5-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 10 PARKER 4 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 35-44 13 28 41 27 26 7 10 109 (.493) (.795) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 24 13 29 35 - 101 PHILADELPHIA 31 28 21 29 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - NONE. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, DAVIS 2, MCKIE, PARKER, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 2-11 (.182), RICE 1-4, PHILLS 0-3, CURRY 0-1, MAXWELL 0-1, ARMSTRONG 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 2-5 (.400), THOMAS 0-1, COLEMAN 0-1, MCKIE 1-1, IVERSON 1-1, PARKER 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - MASON, REID 2 (EJECTED), PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LUIS GRILLO, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,535. T - 2:21.


Agate Box Score

CHARLOTTE (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 37 8-18 2-3 1-3 5 3 19 Mason 39 4-6 7-7 2-8 1 2 15 Geiger 30 5-12 3-4 2-8 0 4 13 Phills 35 3-9 0-1 2-4 4 4 6 Wesley 33 8-11 3-4 0-0 9 6 19 Divac 19 3-6 0-2 3-9 2 4 6 Curry 6 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Royal 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Maxwell 7 0-1 4-4 0-1 0 0 4 Reid 15 4-7 0-0 0-1 0 3 8 Armstrong 13 3-5 2-2 0-1 3 1 9 Beck DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 23-29 10-35 25 27 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Rice 1-4, Phills 0-3, Curry 0-1, Maxwell 0-1, Armstrong 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Wesley 4, Phills 3, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Reid, Rice, Royal). Steals: 7 (Divac 4, Rice 2, Phills).

PHILADELPHIA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 15 1-5 4-4 1-1 2 0 6 Coleman 42 9-18 7-9 2-9 3 1 25 Ratliff 35 5-10 0-0 3-7 1 3 10 Mckie 29 4-5 1-3 0-3 2 3 10 Iverson 42 9-18 11-12 4-10 6 4 30 Davis 11 0-0 7-8 2-3 0 2 7 Snow 27 2-3 2-2 0-2 9 3 6 S Williams 15 1-3 3-4 0-3 2 5 5 Smith 20 5-10 0-0 1-3 1 3 10 Parker 4 0-1 0-2 0-0 1 2 0 Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 35-44 13-41 27 26 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.795. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Thomas 0-1, Coleman 0-1, Mckie 1-1, Iverson 1-1, Parker 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 2, Davis 2, Mckie, Parker, Smith). Turnovers: 12 (Thomas 3, Davis 2, Coleman, Iverson, Mckie, Ratliff, Smith). Steals: 7 (Iverson 3, Coleman, Davis, Mckie, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 24 13 29 35 - 101 Philadelphia 31 28 21 29 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 3 (Mason, 6:44 3rd; Reid 2 (ejected), 7:02 4th, 7:02 4th). Philadelphia 2 (Ratliff 2 (ejected), 7:02 4th, 7:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,535. T: 2:21. Officials: Terry Durham, Luis Grillo, Dee Kantner.


Game Recap

The Philadelphia 76ers reached 30 wins for the first time in six years as they limited the Charlotte Hornets to just two baskets in the second quarter and held on for a 109-101 victory.

Allen Iverson scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half for Philadelphia, which built a 59-37 halftime cushion after Charlotte tied a CoreStates Center record-low with just two field goals in 15 attempts in the second period. The 76ers outscored the Hornets, 28-13, in the quarter and did not trail the rest of the way.

"The way we started off, to be able to get 30 wins is big," said Iverson. "Coach (Larry Brown) and the organization made great decisions, made some good trades that made us a better team. If we were together more, had time to gell, we could turn this 30 into 50 wins."

Charlotte battled back in the fourth quarter and pulled within 102-99 on a three-pointer by B.J. Armstrong with 1:14 to play. But Aaron McKie answered with a 17-footer, and after Glen Rice missed a three-pointer, Iverson sank two foul shots to make it 106-99 with 35 seconds left.

Derrick Coleman contributed 25 points and nine rebounds as Philadelphia improved to 30-47, posting its first 30-win campaign since going 35-47 in 1991-92. The Sixers won for the fourth time in five games and snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Hornets, dating back to November 10th, 1995.

"Based on the changes we had to make, the way we started out, I guess it's OK," said Brown of his team compiling 30 wins. "I'm more proud of the fact that we didn't pack it in and we tried to compete and play the game the way it should be played."

"It's a major jump for us," Coleman added. "We've gone through the ups and downs, through the injuries, but we've come together and played real exciting basketball. Whether we win or lose, we're gonna come to the court and play hard."

The 6-foot Iverson tied a career high with 10 rebounds, helping the Sixers to a 41-35 edge on the glass. He made 11-of-12 from the foul line, handed out six assists and did not commit a turnover in 42 minutes.

"Coach has been getting on me about the fact that I don't get to the paint and put a body on somebody," Iverson said of his rebounding. "I wish I hadn't started doing this so late, but it's a lesson I've learned about what I need to do to help take this team to another level."

David Wesley and Glen Rice each scored 19 points to pace struggling Charlotte, which has lost five of its last seven games since winning 15 of 16. The Hornets have dropped five in a row on the road and three straight overall, reducing their lead over fifth-place Atlanta to 1 1/2 games. The top four teams in the Eastern Conference receive homecourt advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

"We have to start getting ready for the playoffs now," Wesley said. "Maybe we got comfortable and we felt like, 'OK, we're in the playoffs and these games are easy.' Now, we have to realize how difficult it is and we've got to find out what's working for us."

Philadelphia led 31-24 after one quarter and opened the second with a 15-2 burst. Iverson buried two jumpers and Joe Smith added a pair of baskets in that run, including an 11-footer to cap it for a 46-26 lead with 6:52 left before halftime.

Charlotte failed to hit a bucket in the period until Matt Geiger made a fast-break jumper with 5:27 remaining. A pair of free throws by Geiger trimmed the deficit to 50-35 with 2:29 to go, but Philadelphia ended the quarter with a 9-2 spurt.

Smith made a short jumper and fed Iverson for a fast-break layup to spark that burst. Iverson followed with a three-pointer before finding Smith for a layup with 25 seconds left, opening a 22-point advantage, the Sixers' largest halftime lead this season.

"It's the intensity of the play, the softness of the play that's hurting us," said Hornets coach Dave Cowens. "It seems like we have to get down 20 points to realize we've got to change our approach."

Philadelphia made 12-of-21 shots in the second quarter and shot 56.5 percent (26-of-46) in the first half. Charlotte hit just 35 percent (13-of-37) over the opening 24 minutes, including an 0-for-6 effort from three-point range.

A three-pointer by Rice capped a 9-0 spurt midway through the third quarter to pull Charlotte within 68-56. The Hornets still trailed, 80-66, heading into the final period.

Anthony Mason reeled off seven straight points to get Charlotte within 94-89 with four minutes to play, but the Hornets were unable to go in front and suffered just their fourth loss in the last 13 trips to Philadelphia.

"We're playing with a little more maturity," Brown concluded. "We had forgotten how we got that lead and we've done that in the past. But we executed down the stretch and it's a sign of how we've matured."

Smith, McKie and Theo Ratliff chipped in 10 points apiece for Philadelphia, which shot 49 percent (36-of-73) overall and made a CoreStates Center-record 35 free throws in 44 attempts.

The Sixers took the lead for good with a 15-4 burst late in the first quarter. After Rice drained a short jumper to give the Hornets a 16-12 edge, Ratliff responded with back-to-baskets to tie it. Coleman scored seven points during the rest of the run and capped it with a three-point play for a 27-20 lead with 1:12 left in the quarter.

Mason had 15 points and eight rebounds while Geiger added 13 and eight for Charlotte, which shot 48 percent (36-of-79) from the floor but just 2-of-11 from behind the arc. Wesley added nine assists but committed four of his team's 14 turnovers.

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