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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 25 26 28 19 98 PHILADELPHIA 27 21 30 39 117 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 28, RUBEN PATTERSON 22, THREE PLAYERS WITH 11 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 37, LARRY HUGHES 27, AARON MCKIE 14

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RUBEN PATTERSON 9, BRENT BARRY 9 PHI - TODD MACCULLOCH 10, GEORGE LYNCH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - HORACE GRANT 5, GARY PAYTON 4 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 6, AARON MCKIE 6

ATT: 19,402


Extended Box

SEATTLE (98) AT PHILADELPHIA (117)

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

BAKER F 29 5-11 1-3 2 5 7 1 3 1 0 11 PATTERSON F 31 7-13 8-13 7 2 9 3 2 0 3 22 GRANT C 33 2-7 1-2 2 3 5 5 1 0 4 5 B BARRY G 40 4-10 1-1 2 7 9 3 3 3 0 11 PAYTON G 43 10-19 4-6 2 4 6 4 2 1 6 28 MAXWELL 26 4-15 2-4 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 11 MCCOY 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 LEWIS 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 STEPANIA 6 2-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 VINSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 17-31 15 25 40 21 20 5 16 98 (.446) (.548) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 35 3-10 0-0 3 7 10 6 4 3 2 6 MCKIE F 30 6-10 0-0 1 6 7 6 1 2 2 14 HILL C 14 1-3 0-0 4 0 4 0 4 0 1 2 HUGHES G 37 10-24 6-6 2 5 7 3 4 3 5 27 IVERSON G 40 14-29 6-7 4 5 9 3 1 3 1 37 OWENS 16 3-5 1-2 1 4 5 1 4 0 1 7 SNOW 26 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 6 MACCULLOCH 19 6-10 0-0 4 6 10 2 4 0 0 12 BOWEN 10 1-3 0-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 JONES 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 MOHAMMED 9 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 2 RHODES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 49-102 13-17 21 35 56 27 28 12 12 117 (.480) (.765) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

SEATTLE 25 26 28 19 - 98 PHILADELPHIA 27 21 30 39 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 2, PAYTON, GRANT. PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH 2, OWENS 2, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-22 (.318), B BARRY 2-7, PAYTON 4-8, MAXWELL 1-6, WILLIAMS 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 6-13 (.462), MCKIE 2-3, HUGHES 1-4, IVERSON 3-5, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON, PHILADELPHIA - HEAD COACH L BROWN, HUGHES. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TONY BROTHERS, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,402. T - 2:32.


Box Score

SEATTLE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 29 5-11 1-3 2-7 1 3 11 Patterson 31 7-13 8-13 7-9 3 2 22 Grant 33 2-7 1-2 2-5 5 1 5 B Barry 40 4-10 1-1 2-9 3 3 11 Payton 43 10-19 4-6 2-6 4 2 28 Maxwell 26 4-15 2-4 0-2 1 5 11 Mccoy 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Lewis 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Stepania 6 2-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 4 Williams 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Vinson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 17-31 15-40 21 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.548. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (B Barry 2-7, Payton 4-8, Maxwell 1-6, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Baker 2, Payton, Grant). Turnovers: 16 (Payton 6, Grant 4, Patterson 3, Lewis, Stepania, Williams). Steals: 5 (B Barry 3, Baker, Payton).

PHILADELPHIA (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 35 3-10 0-0 3-10 6 4 6 Mckie 30 6-10 0-0 1-7 6 1 14 Hill 14 1-3 0-0 4-4 0 4 2 Hughes 37 10-24 6-6 2-7 3 4 27 Iverson 40 14-29 6-7 4-9 3 1 37 Owens 16 3-5 1-2 1-5 1 4 7 Snow 26 3-3 0-0 0-0 3 2 6 Macculloch 19 6-10 0-0 4-10 2 4 12 Bowen 10 1-3 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 Jones 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Mohammed 9 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 Rhodes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24049-102 13-17 21-56 27 28 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Mckie 2-3, Hughes 1-4, Iverson 3-5, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Lynch 2, Owens 2, Macculloch). Turnovers: 12 (Hughes 5, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Hill, Iverson, Owens). Steals: 12 (Hughes 3, Iverson 3, Lynch 3, Mckie 2, Snow). ____________________________________________ Seattle 25 26 28 19 - 98 Philadelphia 27 21 30 39 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Payton, 1:34 4th). Philadelphia 2 (Head Coach L Brown, 4:40 3rd; Hughes, 1:34 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,402. T: 2:32. Officials: Ron Garretson, Tony Brothers, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- As the smallest player in a new small lineup, Allen Iverson finally had a big game.

Iverson ended his slump with 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 117-98 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in their home opener.

Iverson, the NBA scoring champion, had averaged just 20.0 points on 33 percent shooting in the first three games, all losses on the road. But the 6-foot guard made 14-of-29 shots and grabbed nine rebounds as the 76ers snapped a 12-game losing streak vs. the SuperSonics.

Missing injured big men Theo Ratliff and Matt Geiger, the Sixers averaged a league-low 79.0 points before tonight. Coach Larry Brown went with a lineup that featured 6-10 forward Tyrone Hill, 6-8 forward George Lynch and guards Iverson, Larry Hughes and Aaron McKie as starting point guard Eric Snow was benched.

"They went small and I thought if we're going to start Larry and Allen, I felt we needed Aaron McKie to run the offense a little and take the pressure off them," 76ers coach Larry Brown said.

"It makes it tough on coach. He knows what's best for this team," Iverson said. "Snow showed he's a professional. He didn't pout or whine about it. He came off the bench and played his role and acted like a captain out there tonight."

The lineup should get smaller in the future as Hill ruptured a tendon in his right ring finger in the third quarter and will miss 7-10 days.

"Who am I going to play now?" Brown said. "We don't have Tyrone so I have to figure out something until we get some people back."

Hughes scored a career-high 27 points and McKie collected a season-high 14 as Philadelphia scored 69 points in the second half and pulled away down the stretch. Even with the smaller lineup, the Sixers held a 56-40 edge in rebounds as Lynch and rookie Todd MacCulloch pulled down 10 apiece.

Gary Payton scored 28 points for the Sonics (3-1), who absorbed their first loss of the season and first to Philadelphia since December 9, 1992. Payton and Hughes engaged in shoving and shouting matches in the final minute, when the deficit grew to 21 points.

Iverson scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. He had two free throws, a jumper and a layup in a 12-3 burst that widened a two-point lead to 97-86 with 7:16 remaining. The Sonics still were within striking distance when Iverson made consecutive 3-pointers to build the advantage to 108-91 with 4:06 to go.

Hughes was 10-of-24 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. He had scored just 22 points in the first three games as he struggled to find a niche in the offense.

"This was the first game our guards rebounded all year," Brown said. "Our guards were more active on both ends."

MacCulloch also scored 12 points for the Sixers, who shot 48 percent (49-of-102) from the field, including 6-of-13 from behind the arc. McKie had seven rebounds and six assists.

Ruben Patterson scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Seattle, which shot 45 percent (37-of-83) and missed 14 free throws. The Sonics opened a four-game road trip.

"The Sixers were due to shoot the ball. I wish they waited one more game," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "The things we need to do against them was to take care of the ball and do a good job on the boards. We didn't do either one of those things. We also missed free throws."

A pregame fireworks display filled the First Union Center with smoke. Play began when the smoke cleared but was stopped when Brown complained about debris on the court. The banner for former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent was briefly on fire and the game was delayed nine minutes.

"The floor was terrible," Iverson said. "There was no way we could have played on that floor. I don't even know how we started. All the players went to the officials and said, `We can't play on this.' But they cleaned it up very well."

"It caused a delay and a couple of other things," Westphal said. "These firework things are ridiculous. Save them for the Fourth of July. Let's play basketball."

Iverson scored 13 points and Hughes eight in the first quarter, helping Philadelphia grab a 27-25 lead. The small lineup hurt the Sixers in the second quarter, as Patterson got loose for a handful of offensive rebounds and 12 points. In the final 75 seconds of the half, Patterson had two dunks and a layup as the Sonics opened a 51-48 lead.

Payton, who has throttled Iverson throughout his career, scored 16 points in the third quarter, making four 3-pointers without a miss. But he didn't get much help and MacCulloch's eight points helped the Sixers cut the deficit to 79-78 entering the final period.

"I can't believe that Philly will cheer for a white center," joked Brown. "I love him. He's got great hands. He made some big plays."

A jumper by McKie opened the fourth quarter and gave the Sixers the lead for good.

"It would have been nice to get this one," Payton said. "We played well until the fourth quarter and we let it go."

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