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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 22 16 28 20 86 PHILADELPHIA 29 24 19 31 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - HORACE GRANT 18, NICK ANDERSON 18, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 18 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 38, MATT GEIGER 16, ERIC SNOW 14

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - HORACE GRANT 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 PHI - MATT GEIGER 9, THEO RATLIFF 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 8, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 8 PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, ALLEN IVERSON 7

ATT: 20,522


Extended Box

ORLANDO (86) AT PHILADELPHIA (103)

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

GRANT F 37 9-15 0-0 3 3 6 3 3 1 0 18 OUTLAW F 19 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 AUSTIN C 20 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 8 ANDERSON G 31 7-11 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 2 0 18 A HARDAWAY G 38 2-13 2-4 1 2 3 8 4 5 6 6 B ARMSTRONG 4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 D ARMSTRONG 36 7-13 4-5 1 3 4 8 1 0 4 18 DOLEAC 12 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 M HARPRING 17 2-3 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 3 8 SCHAYES 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 STRONG 16 0-1 2-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 3 2 D WILKINS 3 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 34-73 14-22 7 26 33 26 26 12 22 86 (.466) (.636) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(26 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 23 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 5 RATLIFF F 34 5-7 2-3 3 6 9 0 3 2 2 12 GEIGER C 34 7-12 2-3 4 5 9 3 1 1 3 16 IVERSON G 40 15-28 7-10 2 2 4 7 3 4 6 38 SNOW G 39 5-11 4-4 0 1 1 10 0 6 1 14 GRANT 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 HILL 23 3-5 3-8 4 4 8 1 3 2 3 9 HONEYCUTT 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HUGHES 11 0-3 3-3 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 3 MAHORN 2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 MCKIE 25 3-5 0-2 0 6 6 2 3 2 2 6 MOHAMMED 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 40-77 21-33 14 30 44 25 23 17 20 103 (.519) (.636) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(12 PTS)

ORLANDO 22 16 28 20 - 86 PHILADELPHIA 29 24 19 31 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - D ARMSTRONG, M HARPRING. PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, RATLIFF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-14 (.286), ANDERSON 4-7, A HARDAWAY 0-3, D ARMSTRONG 0-4. PHILADELPHIA 2-11 (.182), LYNCH 1-2, IVERSON 1-5, HONEYCUTT 0-1, HUGHES 0-1, MCKIE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, LEON WOOD, MARC DAVIS. A - 20,522. T - 2:26.


Box Score

ORLANDO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 37 9-15 0-0 3-6 3 3 18 Outlaw 19 0-0 0-2 0-0 1 2 0 Austin 20 4-8 0-0 0-4 1 4 8 Anderson 31 7-11 0-0 0-5 1 4 18 A Hardaway 38 2-13 2-4 1-3 8 4 6 B Armstrong 4 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 D Armstrong 36 7-13 4-5 1-4 8 1 18 Doleac 12 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 M Harpring 17 2-3 4-4 0-4 2 2 8 Schayes 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Strong 16 0-1 2-4 1-5 1 3 2 D Wilkins 3 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 14-22 7-33 26 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Anderson 4-7, A Hardaway 0-3, D Armstrong 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (D Armstrong, M Harpring). Turnovers: 22 (A Hardaway 6, D Armstrong 4, M Harpring 3, Strong 3, Austin 2, Outlaw 2, B Armstrong, Schayes). Steals: 12 (A Hardaway 5, Anderson 2, M Harpring 2, B Armstrong, Grant, Outlaw).

PHILADELPHIA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 23 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 5 Ratliff 34 5-7 2-3 3-9 0 3 12 Geiger 34 7-12 2-3 4-9 3 1 16 Iverson 40 15-28 7-10 2-4 7 3 38 Snow 39 5-11 4-4 0-1 10 0 14 Grant 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Hill 23 3-5 3-8 4-8 1 3 9 Honeycutt 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Hughes 11 0-3 3-3 0-1 0 5 3 Mahorn 2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Mckie 25 3-5 0-2 0-6 2 3 6 Mohammed 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-77 21-33 14-44 25 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Lynch 1-2, Iverson 1-5, Honeycutt 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Mckie 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Iverson, Ratliff). Turnovers: 20 (Iverson 6, Geiger 3, Hill 3, Mckie 2, Ratliff 2, Hughes, Lynch, Mohammed, Snow). Steals: 17 (Snow 6, Iverson 4, Hill 2, Mckie 2, Ratliff 2, Geiger). ____________________________________________ Orlando 22 16 28 20 - 86 Philadelphia 29 24 19 31 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Orlando 1 (Austin, 1:06 2nd). A: 20,522. T: 2:26. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Leon Wood, Marc Davis.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson is back and that is the best possible news for the Philadelphia 76ers, who can smell their first playoff berth in eight years.

Iverson scored 14 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as the 76ers posted their fourth consecutive victory and moved closer to their first postseason appearance since 1991 with a 103-86 romp over the fading Orlando Magic.

"We're confident right now," Iverson said. "We're confident in what we can do on the basketball court and we understand if we play defense we can beat anybody. Once you have an identity, you'll play that way all the time and that's our identity -- a tough defensive team."

The flashy guard put on a show in front of a national television audience, going 15-of-28 from the field, including 7-of-10 in the final period. It was the Sixers' first national TV appearance at home in six years.

"Now people will see we're serious and for real," Iverson said. "If you come to this gym or we come to your gym, you won't have an easy win like you did against the Sixers of the past."

Philadelphia, which is tied for fifth in the cluttered Eastern Conference, opened a three-game cushion over ninth-place Charlotte with only six games left. The Sixers also remained 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Atlanta in the battle for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"This puts us one game closer to making the playoffs," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said.

Iverson fell just short in a bid to regain the NBA scoring lead, needing 39 points to pass Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers. With the game out of reach, Iverson was removed with just over two minutes remaining.

"This is as good a game as Allen has played," Brown said.

Iverson, who led the league for most of the season before his recent slump, raised his average to 26.2, one-tenth of a point behind O'Neal's pace. The crowd chanted "MVP" when he went to the bench.

"I want the world to see the support we have from our crowd," Iverson said. "All you hear about is how Philly fans boo, but they have always been there to support us. I knew the fans would be amped for this game. They are part of the reason we are successful."

Horace Grant, Nick Anderson and Darrell Armstrong had 18 points apiece for the Magic, who have dropped five straight and seven of their last eight games.

Orlando did not respond to a closed-door meeting following Friday's home loss to the Toronto Raptors and remained 1 1/2 games behind Miami in the race for the top seed in the East.

"We've gotten in a funk and we can't get out of it," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "We're in a spiral. You've got to figure out a way to win a game and right now we're struggling. We're running into teams that are contending for playoff spots."

The Magic, who owned the best record in the East prior to their slump, also are in danger of losing homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The loss sliced their lead over Philadelphia to just two games.

"We, as a team, have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we can do to make this a better ballclub and not be selfish," Grant said.

Philadelphia used an early 23-4 run to open a 25-8 lead on Matt Geiger's jumper with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter and never looked back.

"We didn't give them second shots, especially in the second half," Brown said. "I don't think you get steals by gambling. I think you get them by moving your feet and playing the right way."

Orlando scored the first five points of the second period to pull within 29-27, but the 76ers ripped off an 18-3 run, capped by Iverson's layup with 4:30 left in the half. Philadelphia made nine straight shots during a seven-minute stretch in the second period.

After scoring 19 points in the first half, Iverson was held to just five in the third quarter as the Magic closed to 72-66.

But Iverson made his first six shots in the final period, helping the 76ers blow it open. He hit three straight layups to give Philadelphia a 90-73 cushion with 5:55 remaining.

"We had a difficult time controlling Iverson," Daly said. "I thought that might be the case with this being their first national TV game in several years. Allen wants to display his wears and he certainly did. He's an All-Star.'

The 76ers built their biggest lead at 102-79 on two free throws by Eric Snow with two minutes to play.

"We're playing aggressive, playing hard defensively," Snow said. "All those intangibles have helped us get wins. We're trying to perform all those things for the full game."

Geiger added 18 points and Snow contributed 14 for the 76ers, who improved to 8-0 this season when scoring at least 100 points.

Philadelphia shot 52 percent (40-of-77) from the field and converted 22 turnovers into 26 points. The Magic shot 47 percent (34-of-73).

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