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NBA TORONTO AT PHILADELPHIA NOTE: FINAL BOX RE-SENT TO CHANGE TORONTOS'POINTS OFF TURNOVERS, PHILADELPHIAS' POINTS OFF TURNOVERS, AND TIME OF GAME.


Extended Box

TORONTO (96) AT PHILADELPHIA (103)

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

OAKLEY F 36 3-10 1-2 2 5 7 6 6 1 3 7 WALLACE F 34 6-13 3-6 1 7 8 4 2 1 1 15 THOMAS C 26 5-7 1-1 2 2 4 1 3 0 2 11 CARTER G 14 1-1 4-4 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 6 CHRISTIE G 33 10-18 5-5 0 1 1 5 0 1 1 27 BROWN 28 4-9 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 11 MCGRADY 31 3-9 0-0 2 4 6 4 4 2 4 6 A WILLIAMS 15 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 4 K WILLIS 23 2-3 5-6 0 4 4 1 5 0 3 9 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SLATER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 21-26 10 24 34 26 27 7 19 96 (.486) (.808) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 20 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 RATLIFF F 27 4-6 4-4 2 3 5 1 5 2 1 12 GEIGER C 38 11-19 4-4 3 5 8 2 2 0 5 26 IVERSON G 45 11-21 8-10 2 3 5 9 1 2 2 31 SNOW G 37 2-5 6-6 0 3 3 8 5 3 0 10 GRANT 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 HILL 19 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 2 HUGHES 18 4-11 2-2 5 3 8 1 1 0 1 10 MAHORN 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 MCKIE 26 1-11 4-4 2 6 8 5 1 3 0 7 HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 29-32 15 25 40 31 22 11 12 103 (.456) (.906) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

TORONTO 27 28 23 18 - 96 PHILADELPHIA 27 30 16 30 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY, CARTER. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 5-14 (.357), CHRISTIE 2-6, BROWN 3-8. PHILADELPHIA 2-9 (.222), IVERSON 1-3, SNOW 0-2, HUGHES 0-1, MCKIE 1-3. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - OAKLEY, PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, JIM KINSEY, BERNIE FRYER. A - 20,550. T - 2:22.


Box Score

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 36 3-10 1-2 2-7 6 6 7 Wallace 34 6-13 3-6 1-8 4 2 15 Thomas 26 5-7 1-1 2-4 1 3 11 Carter 14 1-1 4-4 0-1 2 2 6 Christie 33 10-18 5-5 0-1 5 0 27 Brown 28 4-9 0-0 2-2 0 2 11 Mcgrady 31 3-9 0-0 2-6 4 4 6 A Williams 15 1-2 2-2 1-1 3 3 4 K Willis 23 2-3 5-6 0-4 1 5 9 Knight DNP - coach's decision Slater DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 21-26 10-34 26 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Christie 2-6, Brown 3-8). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcgrady, Carter). Turnovers: 20 (Mcgrady 4, Carter 3, K Willis 3, Oakley 3, Brown 2, Thomas 2, Christie, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Carter 2, Mcgrady 2, Christie, Oakley, Wallace).

PHILADELPHIA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 20 0-1 1-2 0-1 2 4 1 Ratliff 27 4-6 4-4 2-5 1 5 12 Geiger 38 11-19 4-4 3-8 2 2 26 Iverson 45 11-21 8-10 2-5 9 1 31 Snow 37 2-5 6-6 0-3 8 5 10 Grant 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Hill 19 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Hughes 18 4-11 2-2 5-8 1 1 10 Mahorn 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Mckie 26 1-11 4-4 2-8 5 1 7 Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 29-32 15-40 31 22 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.906. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Iverson 1-3, Snow 0-2, Hughes 0-1, Mckie 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Ratliff 2). Turnovers: 13 (Geiger 5, Iverson 2, Grant, Hill, Hughes, Lynch, Ratliff). Steals: 11 (Mckie 3, Snow 3, Iverson 2, Ratliff 2, Lynch). ____________________________________________ Toronto 27 28 23 18 - 96 Philadelphia 27 30 16 30 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Oakley, 2:25 2nd). Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 2:25 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,550. T: 2:22. Officials: Hugh Evans, Jim Kinsey, Bernie Fryer.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The last time the Philadelphia 76ers were in the playoffs, George Bush was in the White House, Larry Brown was in San Antonio and Allen Iverson was in high school.

Iverson triggered a fourth-quarter rally and scored 31 points as the 76ers ended eight years of frustration and clinched a playoff berth with a 103-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"It's something I've always wanted," Iverson said. "I'm kind of beside myself right now. I'm so proud of my teammates.

"Before the season, all the magazines and on TV, they didn't have us in the top eight. It's a great feeling."

The 76ers had not made the playoffs since 1991 but have turned it around with Iverson, who has emerged as a superstar under the watchful eye of the nomadic Brown, who has won wherever he has coached. The two have had their differences but have worked together to bring a winning team back to Philadelphia.

"You guys have got to remember my track record," Brown said. "I'm used to this situation. When I was with the Clippers, we had never been to the playoffs. When I was with New Jersey, we had never been to the playoffs. The Pacers had never been past the first round until I got there. We turned the Denver Nuggets around."

"I can't explain the feeling," Sixers guard Aaron McKie said. "Being from Philly, I've seen the hard times and now this is just too sweet. I feel this a little bit more than the rest of them."

The Sixers (27-20) won for the sixth time in seven games and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with Detroit. The teams play twice in the final three games.

Philadelphia also ended the flickering playoff hopes of Toronto (22-26), which came up just short in a bid for a landmark season of its own. In their fourth season, the Raptors were greatly improved with sensational rookie Vince Carter, who sat out the second half with an ankle sprain.

"It was a shortened season. We could've taken advantage of it, but we didn't," Raptors forward Charles Oakley said. "We played well in stretches. This is the time of the year that teams step it up or teams go home. We could've taken care of our own business and stop hoping for other teams to beat somebody. We had our own opportunity. We can't blame nobody but ourselves. We've got to all be men and realize as a team and as individuals that we have to look in the mirror."

Without Carter, the Raptors turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 78-69 lead late in the third quarter. But the Sixers scored the final four points of the period and Iverson took charge in the fourth quarter.

He made two spectacular reverse layups in transition, then threw a behind-the-back pass to Eric Snow, who was fouled and made both free throws to pull the Sixers within 84-83 with 7:35 left. Iverson buried a 21-footer to give Philadelphia the lead for good at 89-88 with 5:09 to go.

Snow's drive widened the advantage to 93-88 with 3:14 to play and the speedy Iverson ran down a loose ball going out of bounds near the time line. He saved it to McKie, who fed Theo Ratliff for a jumper and a 95-90 lead with 2:12 remaining.

Matt Geiger's tip-in of a lob pass from McKie kept the lead at five points with 57 seconds left and Ratliff and Snow each made two foul shots, running Philadelphia's string to 24 in a row.

Iverson left to an ovation in the final seconds and the sellout crowd of 20,550 stood and roared as the buzzer sounded, ending Philadelphia's seventh straight home win. Toronto went 5 1/2 minutes without a basket down the stretch.

"The last six minutes we played as good a defense as we can play," Brown said. "Toronto played great, they shot well, but we hung in there. The last six minutes was what the team has been doing all year -- lots of energy and acting like they care. That's why we have an opportunity to continue playing."

Geiger scored a season-high 26 points and Ratliff added 12 for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) from the field and made 29-of-32 free throws. Iverson had nine assists and Snow eight.

"The last five or six games they've been leaving me open and I've been trying to do my part," Geiger said. "We need to take some of the pressure off of Allen."

Doug Christie scored 27 points and John Wallace added 15 for the Raptors, who shot 49 percent (35-of-72). Toronto committed 20 turnovers leading to 33 points and was outrebounded, 40-34.

"The Sixers did the little things tonight that put them over the top," Christie said. "They hustled, got loose balls and played great defense when they needed it most."

Carter was injured late in the second quarter when his left leg got caught between Snow's legs in a post battle. He had to be helped off the court and finished with six points.

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