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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 16 24 12 18 70 PHILADELPHIA 20 15 27 23 85 FINAL


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CHARLOTTE (70) AT PHILADELPHIA (85)

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

BROWN F 34 6-14 0-1 2 7 9 3 3 1 1 12 PERSON F 30 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 5 SHACKLEFORD C 21 1-7 0-0 4 6 10 0 2 0 2 2 PHILLS G 39 7-17 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 3 5 18 WESLEY G 36 4-15 3-3 1 3 4 8 1 5 4 13 DAVIS 18 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 2 4 2 MILLER 25 6-11 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 2 3 14 RECASNER 27 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 0 1 2 WILLIAMS 10 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 2 CAMPBELL DNP - PENDING TRADE JONES DNP - PENDING TRADE COLEMAN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 29-86 6-8 14 26 40 23 17 14 22 70 (.337) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(30 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 39 2-10 2-2 1 10 11 2 3 3 4 7 RATLIFF F 36 6-9 5-6 8 5 13 2 3 1 0 17 GEIGER C 33 3-8 0-0 3 5 8 2 2 2 4 6 IVERSON G 39 10-26 3-6 1 5 6 7 3 5 6 25 SNOW G 35 3-9 3-4 2 3 5 5 3 6 3 9 GRANT 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 HUGHES 17 4-11 1-3 1 1 2 1 0 0 5 9 MCKIE 20 3-3 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 6 MOHAMMED 2 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 SHAW 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 8 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 16-25 16 38 54 19 16 17 23 85 (.418) (.640) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 23(18 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 16 24 12 18 - 70 PHILADELPHIA 20 15 27 23 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - PERSON 2, MILLER 2, DAVIS, SHACKLEFORD. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, GEIGER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 6-22 (.273), BROWN 0-1, PERSON 1-3, PHILLS 3-7, WESLEY 2-9, DAVIS 0-1, RECASNER 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 3-6 (.500), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 2-5. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - PERSON 2 (EJECTED), MILLER, PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, ED F RUSH, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 14,590. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 34 6-14 0-1 2-9 3 3 12 Person 30 2-7 0-0 0-3 3 2 5 Shackleford 21 1-7 0-0 4-10 0 2 2 Phills 39 7-17 1-2 1-3 1 1 18 Wesley 36 4-15 3-3 1-4 8 1 13 Davis 18 1-6 0-0 2-3 2 1 2 Miller 25 6-11 2-2 2-6 1 3 14 Recasner 27 1-6 0-0 1-1 5 2 2 Williams 10 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Campbell DNP - pending trade Jones DNP - pending trade Coleman DNP - sprained right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-86 6-8 14-40 23 17 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Brown 0-1, Person 1-3, Phills 3-7, Wesley 2-9, Davis 0-1, Recasner 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Person 2, Miller 2, Davis, Shackleford). Turnovers: 22 (Phills 5, Davis 4, Wesley 4, Miller 3, Person 2, Shackleford 2, Brown, Recasner). Steals: 14 (Wesley 5, Phills 3, Davis 2, Miller 2, Brown, Williams).

PHILADELPHIA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 39 2-10 2-2 1-11 2 3 7 Ratliff 36 6-9 5-6 8-13 2 3 17 Geiger 33 3-8 0-0 3-8 2 2 6 Iverson 39 10-26 3-6 1-6 7 3 25 Snow 35 3-9 3-4 2-5 5 3 9 Grant 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Hughes 17 4-11 1-3 1-2 1 0 9 Mckie 20 3-3 0-0 0-6 0 1 6 Mohammed 2 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Shaw 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 8 1-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 3 Mahorn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 16-25 16-54 19 16 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 2-5). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 5, Geiger). Turnovers: 23 (Iverson 6, Hughes 5, Geiger 4, Lynch 4, Snow 3, Grant). Steals: 17 (Snow 6, Iverson 5, Lynch 3, Geiger 2, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 16 24 12 18 - 70 Philadelphia 20 15 27 23 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 3 (Person 2 (ejected), 11:01 4th; Miller, 10:11 4th). Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,590. T: 2:04. Officials: Bill Spooner, Ed F Rush, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The player most responsible for the Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Charlotte Hornets didn't even take off his warmups.

A halftime speech by bench veteran Rick Mahorn allowed the 76ers to shake off a lousy first half and wear down the shorthanded Charlotte Hornets, 85-70, to snap a three-game losing streak.

Allen Iverson scored eight of his 25 points in the third quarter, when the 76ers outscored the Hornets 27-12 to overcome a five-point halftime deficit. Philadelphia pulled away in the final period, when it led by as many as 18 points.

"We didn't take them lightly, we just didn't play well in the first half," Iverson said. "It shouldn't have taken that, but Rick gave a little pep talk and we were able to concentrate a bit more."

"It was tremendous," said Sixers forward Theo Ratliff, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds. "He knew that we weren't focused. Everyone was thinking that it was going to be an easy game. We had to recognize that the other team has pro players, too. Anybody is capable of beating you."

Signed during the season, the 40-year-old Mahorn went to high school in Hartford, Connecticut with Iverson's mother. He has championship experience with the Detroit Pistons in 1989.

"What I said was, `We are selling ourselves short,'" Mahorn said. "We weren't playing our kind of basketball, with defensive intensity. We were playing like Charlotte. You pick your spots, you try to be constructive."

The Sixers responded and shut down the Hornets for the second time in as many games this season. In the season opener, Philadelphia defeated Charlotte, 78-66.

Bobby Phills returned from a one-game absence to score 18 points for the Hornets, who were down to eight players by the final buzzer. Earlier today, Charlotte traded forwards Glen Rice and J.R. Reid and guard B.J. Armstrong to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Eddie Jones and forward-center Elden Campbell.

Jones is expected to join the team Friday and Campbell will come aboard Sunday after attending to an illness in his family. In addition, forward Derrick Coleman was sidelined with a sprained ankle and forward Chuck Person was ejected early in the fourth quarter.

"A lot has happened in the past couple of days," Phills said. "After a while, you get beaten down mentally. Hopefully the ticket booth to the circus is closed and we can get some continuity going. We'll miss the guys but we have to welcome the new additions. That's life in the NBA."

Charlotte fell to 1-1 under interim coach Paul Silas, who took over after Dave Cowens resigned on Sunday.

"Let's face it -- we did as well as we could and that's all I could ask for tonight," Silas said. "The Sixers just kept wearing us down. I gave our team credit; we came to play tonight."

An awful second quarter put the Sixers in a 40-35 halftime hole but they came out strong in the third quarter, holding the Hornets to 26 percent (5-of-19) from the field. Iverson had a 3-pointer and driving layup in a 10-2 run that gave Philadelphia the lead for good at 49-46 with 5:48 remaining.

Phills drove for a hoop and was fouled but missed the potential tying free throw. The Sixers scored the next eight points as Eric Snow had four of his career-high six steals in a stretch of 76 seconds. Iverson answered a dunk by rookie Brad Miller with a three-point play, giving Philadelphia a 60-50 lead with 2:32 left.

"We just played better," Iverson said. "We defended. When we do that, we have a good chance of winning."

Person was ejected for arguing in the first minute of the final period and Miller was whistled for a technical less than a minute later. Iverson, who had seven assists, fed rookie Larry Hughes for a dunk to give Philadelphia its largest lead at 74-56 with 8:39 to go.

Charlotte closed to 78-68 on a layup by David Wesley with 4:36 left, but Iverson made a 20-footer and George Lynch drilled a 3-pointer for an 83-68 bulge with 2:24 remaining.

Snow and Hughes scored nine points each and Lynch pulled down 11 boards for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79) from the field and held a 54-40 rebounding edge. Philadelphia forced 22 turnovers that led to 30 points.

Miller scored a season-high 14 points and Wesley added 13 for the Hornets, who shot 34 percent (29-of-86), including 6-of-22 from 3-point range.

Philadelphia overcame eight of its season-high 23 turnovers in the first period for a 20-16 lead as Ratliff scored 10 points. But the Sixers were not able to overcome 21 percent (5-of-24) shooting in the second period.

"With a young team, I get worried whenever I see guys thinking it's an easy win," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We played like we were on a schoolyard in the first half. "We shot so quickly we never got a chance to take advantage of mismatches."

Person, Phills and Wesley made 3-pointers in an 11-2 burst that gave the Hornets a 33-31 lead with just under four minutes to go. Another 3-pointer by Phills gave Charlotte a five-point lead at halftime.

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