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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 24 25 14 25 88 MIAMI 21 18 21 24 84 FINAL


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PHILADELPHIA (88) AT MIAMI (84)

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

HILL F 30 2-6 0-4 3 4 7 2 6 0 1 4 LYNCH F 27 5-10 2-2 2 1 3 3 1 1 4 13 RATLIFF C 22 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 2 0 2 IVERSON G 42 7-18 10-13 2 2 4 3 1 3 1 24 SNOW G 31 1-6 2-2 0 2 2 6 4 0 4 4 GEIGER 33 10-21 5-5 4 6 10 1 4 3 1 25 GRANT 23 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 2 HUGHES 21 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 8 MCKIE 5 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 MOHAMMED 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 OVERTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 21-28 15 25 40 18 23 9 14 88 (.429) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

BROWN F 36 7-10 1-2 2 5 7 1 5 0 3 15 MAJERLE F 26 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 2 2 3 MOURNING C 40 8-14 4-7 4 4 8 1 5 1 2 20 HARDAWAY G 41 5-19 6-8 0 4 4 7 2 1 0 19 WALTERS G 23 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 MASHBURN 25 7-13 3-4 2 4 6 3 2 0 4 18 PORTER 29 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 2 1 5 STRICKLAND 8 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 2 WEATHERSPOON 12 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 16-23 11 25 36 17 22 6 17 84 (.437) (.696) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 24 25 14 25 - 88 MIAMI 21 18 21 24 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, MOHAMMED, LYNCH. MIAMI - MOURNING 6, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-6 (.167), LYNCH 1-2, IVERSON 0-2, SNOW 0-1, HUGHES 0-1. MIAMI 6-16 (.375), MAJERLE 1-1, HARDAWAY 3-8, WALTERS 0-3, MASHBURN 1-1, PORTER 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, HUE HOLLINS, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 15,200. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 2-6 0-4 3-7 2 6 4 Lynch 27 5-10 2-2 2-3 3 1 13 Ratliff 22 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 Iverson 42 7-18 10-13 2-4 3 1 24 Snow 31 1-6 2-2 0-2 6 4 4 Geiger 33 10-21 5-5 4-10 1 4 25 Grant 23 1-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 Hughes 21 4-8 0-0 1-4 1 2 8 Mckie 5 1-1 2-2 0-0 2 0 4 Mohammed 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Overton 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 21-28 15-40 18 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Lynch 1-2, Iverson 0-2, Snow 0-1, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Mohammed, Lynch). Turnovers: 14 (Lynch 4, Snow 4, Grant 2, Geiger, Hill, Iverson, Mckie). Steals: 9 (Geiger 3, Iverson 3, Ratliff 2, Lynch).

MIAMI (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 36 7-10 1-2 2-7 1 5 15 Majerle 26 1-1 0-0 1-3 3 1 3 Mourning 40 8-14 4-7 4-8 1 5 20 Hardaway 41 5-19 6-8 0-4 7 2 19 Walters 23 1-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Mashburn 25 7-13 3-4 2-6 3 2 18 Porter 29 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 3 5 Strickland 8 0-1 2-2 1-3 0 2 2 Weatherspoon 12 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Edwards DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 16-23 11-36 17 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Majerle 1-1, Hardaway 3-8, Walters 0-3, Mashburn 1-1, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Mourning 6, Brown). Turnovers: 18 (Mashburn 4, Brown 3, Majerle 2, Mourning 2, Strickland 2, Walters 2, Porter, Weatherspoon). Steals: 6 (Majerle 2, Porter 2, Hardaway, Mourning). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 24 25 14 25 - 88 Miami 21 18 21 24 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:23. Officials: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, (michael Smith.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Matt Geiger showed the Miami Heat that the Philadelphia 76ers are not a one-man team.

Geiger scored 13 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the 76ers snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Heat with an 88-84 victory, giving coach Larry Brown his 900th career win.

All season, the 76ers have relied on Allen Iverson, who leads the NBA in scoring at 28.4 points per game. Iverson scored 24 tonight but it was Geiger who carried Philadelphia down the stretch.

"A lot of guys responded," said Brown. "You can't always rely on Allen Iverson. We've got to get other guys good shots and that's what happened."

"So much attention was paid to (Iverson) and Matt Geiger had a big game," Heat guard Tim Hardaway said. "We're definitely in a little funk right now."

Recently relegated to a reserve role, Geiger came off the bench to outplay Heat star center Alonzo Mourning. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had a thunderous dunk over Mourning with 1:04 to go, giving the Sixers an 82-79 lead.

Geiger's outburst marked the first time the Sixers had a bench player score 20 or more points since Derrick Coleman did it on March 20, 1998.

"Matt played a real good game," Iverson said. "The effort is always there but sometimes he tries too hard. He had a great game. He's the reason for our success tonight."

"This was a do-or-die game for us," Geiger said. "We really got focused for this game. It was a must win."

George Lynch added 13 points for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat the Heat for the first time since November 16, 1996. Philadelphia (16-14) is tied with Toronto for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Mourning scored 20 points and Tim Hardaway added 19 for Miami (19-10), which has lost five of its last six games.

"This is a tough one to take," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I don't see it changing unless we collectively decide to change. I expected a lot more out of our guys, particularly from a defensive standpoint, and we just simply didn't get it.

"They're going to hear from me until they're fed up with it -- fed up with losing, fed up with mistakes, fed up with each other, fed up with not pursuing loose balls, things like that. They want to win as much as anyone but you have to do it on the floor from the first minute to the 48th."

Heat forward Jamal Mashburn returned after missing 26 games with a severe bone bruise in his left knee. He scored 18 points but it was not enough to prevent Miami from losing three in a row for the first time since the final three games of last season.

"I got more minutes than I expected but I felt better than I expected," Mashburn said. "I'm looking forward to getting back in sync with these guys. I feel sore, but nothing is tender."

Geiger, who once played for the Heat, scored nine points and Iverson added six as Philadelphia opened the fourth quarter with a 17-7 burst. Iverson's basket gave the Sixers an 80-67 lead with 6:25 remaining.

The Heat sprung a trap on the Sixers and rattled off 12 straight points. Mashburn and Mourning scored four points apiece and a jumper by P.J. Brown cut the deficit to 80-79 with 2:09 to go.

Geiger made two free throws, as did Mourning. The Heat trapped again, but Gieger dribbled from mid-court all the way to the rim, where he dunked hard over Mourning for an 84-81 lead with 1:04 left.

Iverson missed two foul shots with 23 seconds left but Mashburn missed a layup and Lynch and Eric Snow each hit a pair from the line around a 3-pointer by Mashburn.

Larry Brown improved to 671-545 as an NBA coach. He was 229-107 in the old ABA for a pro record of 900-652. He also won 177 games as a college coach at UCLA and Kansas.

"Forget the 900," he said. "I'm proud of my team. We hung on. It wasn't pretty at the end, but we hung on."

P.J. Brown scored 15 points for the Heat, who shot slightly better than the Sixers at 44 percent (31-of-71). But Philadelphia held a 40-36 rebounding advantage and forced 18 turnovers that led to 22 points.

Mourning blocked six shots to become Miami's all-time leader in that category. He has 611 in 223 games, one more than Rony Seikaly had in 439 games.

"We didn't start the game off right and didn't set a tone," said Mourning. "You have to control the game from the beginning and defensively, we were breaking down."

Iverson scored 16 points in the first half as Philadelphia built a 49-39 lead. The Sixers still led 53-44 after a layup by Lynch with 9:53 left in the third quarter before the Heat went on a 16-2 burst featuring six points from Mourning and five from Hardaway.

Two free throws by Mark Strickland gave Miami a 60-55 lead with 3:17 left. But Philadelphia scored the final eight points of the period. Rookie Larry Hughes slammed Iverson's alley-oop pass for a 63-60 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"We were struggling and I kept pointing at the scoreboard to show them that we were still in the game," Brown said. "When it was 63-60, I told them to just keep playing. It's a great win against a good team on the road and it couldn't have come at a better time."

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