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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 23 18 18 21 80 PHOENIX 26 16 26 16 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - TYRONE HILL 14, ALLEN IVERSON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 PHO - JASON KIDD 22, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 18, SHAWN MARION 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 15, TYRONE HILL 8 PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHO - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (80) AT PHOENIX (84)

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

LYNCH F 39 4-7 2-2 7 8 15 3 5 5 5 10 MOHAMMED F 16 3-5 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 7 HILL C 29 5-8 4-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 1 14 IVERSON G 38 4-20 3-4 0 1 1 3 2 4 4 11 SNOW G 37 2-12 3-4 1 3 4 5 3 1 3 7 HUGHES 12 2-6 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 5 OWENS 27 1-8 5-6 2 1 3 2 6 1 1 8 MACCULLOCH 21 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 8 MCKIE 17 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 2 4 1 2 10 BOWEN 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION RHODES DNP - PULLED HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 29-80 21-26 16 24 40 17 30 15 17 80 (.363) (.808) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 31 0-6 5-8 4 6 10 2 4 0 3 5 MARION F 28 8-15 0-0 4 4 8 2 4 2 1 16 LONGLEY C 22 2-4 4-4 0 5 5 1 4 0 2 8 HARDAWAY G 44 5-14 7-8 2 1 3 3 1 1 3 18 KIDD G 40 8-15 6-8 2 6 8 3 2 3 7 22 ROBINSON 23 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 4 2 O MILLER 18 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 3 4 4 CHAPMAN 16 3-7 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 8 ROGERS 17 0-3 1-2 3 2 5 1 5 0 1 1 LIVINGSTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-73 24-31 17 32 49 17 24 9 25 84 (.397) (.774) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 26(20 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 23 18 18 21 - 80 PHOENIX 26 16 26 16 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MACCULLOCH 2, HILL, OWENS, MOHAMMED. PHOENIX - ROGERS 2, O MILLER, HARDAWAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-5 (.200), IVERSON 0-1, SNOW 0-2, OWENS 1-2. PHOENIX 2-10 (.200), HARDAWAY 1-3, KIDD 0-2, ROBINSON 0-2, CHAPMAN 1-2, ROGERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL, DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,023. T - 2:28.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 39 4-7 2-2 7-15 3 5 10 Mohammed 16 3-5 1-2 2-4 0 1 7 Hill 29 5-8 4-4 2-8 1 3 14 Iverson 38 4-20 3-4 0-1 3 2 11 Snow 37 2-12 3-4 1-4 5 3 7 Hughes 12 2-6 1-2 0-0 1 1 5 Owens 27 1-8 5-6 2-3 2 6 8 Macculloch 21 4-5 0-0 1-4 0 3 8 Mckie 17 4-7 2-2 1-1 2 4 10 Bowen 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Rhodes DNP - pulled hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-80 21-26 16-40 17 30 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Iverson 0-1, Snow 0-2, Owens 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Macculloch 2, Hill, Owens, Mohammed). Turnovers: 19 (Lynch 5, Iverson 4, Snow 3, Mckie 2, Hill, Mohammed, Owens). Steals: 15 (Lynch 5, Iverson 4, Hughes 2, Macculloch, Mckie, Owens, Snow).

PHOENIX (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 31 0-6 5-8 4-10 2 4 5 Marion 28 8-15 0-0 4-8 2 4 16 Longley 22 2-4 4-4 0-5 1 4 8 Hardaway 44 5-14 7-8 2-3 3 1 18 Kidd 40 8-15 6-8 2-8 3 2 22 Robinson 23 1-5 0-0 0-3 3 0 2 O Miller 18 2-4 0-0 1-5 2 2 4 Chapman 16 3-7 1-1 1-2 0 2 8 Rogers 17 0-3 1-2 3-5 1 5 1 Livingston 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Day DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-73 24-31 17-49 17 24 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Hardaway 1-3, Kidd 0-2, Robinson 0-2, Chapman 1-2, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Rogers 2, O Miller, Hardaway). Turnovers: 26 (Kidd 7, O Miller 4, Robinson 4, Gugliotta 3, Hardaway 3, Longley 2, Marion, Rogers). Steals: 9 (Kidd 3, O Miller 3, Marion 2, Hardaway). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 23 18 18 21 - 80 Phoenix 26 16 26 16 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Hill, 9:31 2nd; Delay Of Game, 0:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Phoenix 1 (Gugliotta, 7:26 4th). A: 19,023. T: 2:28. Officials: Don Vaden, Monty Mccutchen, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- With no one able to make a shot, Jason Kidd found alternative methods to lead his team to victory.

Kidd had three clutch free throws and an offensive rebound in a frenetic final minute as the Phoenix Suns held off the Philadelphia 76ers, 84-80, to win their home opener.

The Suns won despite going the first 5:45 and the last 4:09 of the final period without a basket. The 76ers were even worse, going scoreless for practically the final six minutes.

"I didn't recognize the team in the fourth quarter," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "The fourth quarter looked a lot like our Denver game (a loss Tuesday). It is very discouraging that we couldn't maintain our intensity level and they kicked our tails on the boards."

Kidd had 22 points and eight rebounds and also helped shut down Sixers guard Allen Iverson. The NBA scoring champion went more than 32 minutes without a basket and scored 11 points on just 4-of-20 shooting. Backcourt mate Eric Snow was 2-of-12.

"Allen was 4-for-20, Eric is 2-for-12 and Billy Owen is 1-for-8," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "It's a miracle (we were that close). The guys played their hearts out. We didn't get it done."

Tyrone Hill scored 14 points to lead Philadelphia (0-2), which is missing injured big men Theo Ratliff and Matt Geiger and is one of only two teams yet to break 80 points. Iverson failed to lead the Sixers in scoring for the first time since April 19.

"I was hoping they would have left him at the hotel but he really is unstoppable," Kidd said. "He just missed shots tonight. Those are shots that he normally hits."

"We just couldn't hit shots at the end," Iverson said. "I couldn't hit shots at the end. I don't blame myself because when I have a good game and lose, I don't blame my teammates. We just couldn't get it done at the end."

Trailing by as many as nine points late in the third quarter, the Sixers held the Suns without a basket for 7:48. Iverson opened the fourth quarter with a tip-in -- his first hoop since the 8:07 mark of the first quarter -- and added a layup. He fed George Lynch for a layup that gave Philadelphia 77-72 lead with 6:04 to go.

But the Sixers went cold and the Suns rallied behind Kidd. He made a jumper and two free throws before a jumper by rookie Shawn Marion -- Phoenix's last basket -- gave the Suns the lead for good with 4:09 to play.

The Suns (1-1) held the ball for more than a minute, scoring just one point. Tom Gugliotta missed two free throws but Phoenix ran down three offensive rebounds until Rodney Rogers was fouled. He made 1-of-2 for a two-point lead with 2:30 to play.

"We played to protect the lead again and settled for outside shots and didn't rebound the ball," Ainge said. "We took six minutes off, we really flirted with fire. Fortunately with four minutes to go, we got every rebound and our intensity picked up."

"We didn't come up with rebounds late in the game because we don't have a lot of size," Brown said.

Kidd sank two foul shots for an 81-77 edge with 51 seconds to go. Iverson threw away a pass and Penny Hardaway misfired on a 3-pointer but Kidd corraled the rebound and was fouled. He added another foul shot for an 82-77 bulge with 18 seconds left.

Lynch, who had 10 points, 15 rebounds and five steals, scored inside with 7.1 seconds left. But Gugliotta and Hardaway each made free throws to seal the win.

Hardaway, playing his first game with the Suns after serving a one-game suspension for a preseason fight, scored 18 points. He was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with Orlando, receiving $86 million for seven years.

"It was awesome out there being with Jason," Hardaway said. "It felt real comfortable."

Marion scored 16 points and Gugliotta grabbed 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which shot under 40 percent (29-of-73) and committed 26 turnovers but held a 49-40 rebounding edge.

"In the fourth quarter we got down but we have a lot of veterans here and we knew we had plenty of time," Hardaway said. "We knew that if we settled down and just made some baskets we'd be OK. We realize how blessed we are to win after the way we shot."

Aaron McKie scored 10 points for Philadelphia, which shot just 36 percent (29-of-80). The Sixers (0-2) have lost 12 of their last 13 visits to Phoenix.

"They won the game but we were playing so hard," Hill said. "We really wanted this game, especially after we got the lead. We know what it takes and eventually those shots are definitely going to fall."

Marion had a pair of soaring dunks in the first quarter, which was capped by Rex Chapman's 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 26-23 lead. Chapman also missed the opener due to suspension.

Although Iverson did not score in the final 20 minutes of the half, the Sixers stayed in it with defense. They forced 17 turnovers and got a big boost from McKie to trail just 42-41 at halftime.

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