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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 27 28 20 18 93 TORONTO 24 21 21 24 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 30, THEO RATLIFF 17, GEORGE LYNCH 12 TOR - VINCE CARTER 27, DOUG CHRISTIE 19, DELL CURRY 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 TOR - VINCE CARTER 11, ANTONIO DAVIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 11, ALLEN IVERSON 6 TOR - VINCE CARTER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,661


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (93) AT TORONTO (90)

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

LYNCH F 36 5-12 1-1 3 3 6 1 5 1 0 12 OWENS F 33 4-8 0-0 3 3 6 3 1 2 4 8 RATLIFF C 32 7-15 3-4 6 2 8 0 3 2 1 17 IVERSON G 43 12-25 2-3 1 6 7 6 1 2 4 30 SNOW G 37 3-4 2-4 0 7 7 11 3 2 2 8 HUGHES 22 2-6 2-4 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 6 ROBERTS 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 MCKIE 16 2-7 3-4 1 2 3 1 2 0 4 7 MACCULLOCH 7 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 BOWEN 7 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 14-22 15 27 42 22 24 10 19 93 (.440) (.636) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

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

CARTER F 42 8-21 10-12 4 7 11 5 2 1 3 27 OAKLEY F 23 0-3 0-0 2 4 6 3 3 0 1 0 DAVIS C 32 2-9 2-2 3 4 7 1 3 1 3 6 CHRISTIE G 43 8-12 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 2 19 A WILLIAMS G 17 2-7 3-4 2 3 5 2 3 2 4 7 MCGRADY 20 2-6 4-6 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 8 K WILLIS 21 1-5 5-6 2 4 6 1 3 2 3 7 BOGUES 22 1-3 1-1 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 3 CURRY 20 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 13 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-78 27-33 15 28 43 19 25 7 18 90 (.372) (.818) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 27 28 20 18 - 93 TORONTO 24 21 21 24 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, OWENS, LYNCH, RATLIFF. TORONTO - MCGRADY 5, CARTER 3, K WILLIS 2, DAVIS 2, CURRY 2, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 5-8 (.625), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 4-5, SNOW 0-1, ROBERTS 0-1. TORONTO 5-11 (.455), CARTER 1-1, CHRISTIE 1-2, A WILLIAMS 0-1, MCGRADY 0-1, CURRY 3-6. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, LYNCH, TORONTO - DAVIS. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, TOM WASHINGTON, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,661. T - 2:26.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 36 5-12 1-1 3-6 1 5 12 Owens 33 4-8 0-0 3-6 3 1 8 Ratliff 32 7-15 3-4 6-8 0 3 17 Iverson 43 12-25 2-3 1-7 6 1 30 Snow 37 3-4 2-4 0-7 11 3 8 Hughes 22 2-6 2-4 0-2 0 2 6 Roberts 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Mckie 16 2-7 3-4 1-3 1 2 7 Macculloch 7 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Bowen 7 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 14-22 15-42 22 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 4-5, Snow 0-1, Roberts 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Iverson, Owens, Lynch, Ratliff). Turnovers: 19 (Iverson 4, Mckie 4, Owens 4, Hughes 3, Snow 2, Ratliff, Roberts). Steals: 10 (Iverson 2, Owens 2, Ratliff 2, Snow 2, Hughes, Lynch).

TORONTO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 42 8-21 10-12 4-11 5 2 27 Oakley 23 0-3 0-0 2-6 3 3 0 Davis 32 2-9 2-2 3-7 1 3 6 Christie 43 8-12 2-2 0-3 3 3 19 A Williams 17 2-7 3-4 2-5 2 3 7 Mcgrady 20 2-6 4-6 1-2 2 5 8 K Willis 21 1-5 5-6 2-6 1 3 7 Bogues 22 1-3 1-1 1-3 2 2 3 Curry 20 5-12 0-0 0-0 0 1 13 Marks DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-78 27-33 15-43 19 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Carter 1-1, Christie 1-2, A Williams 0-1, Mcgrady 0-1, Curry 3-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 15 (Mcgrady 5, Carter 3, K Willis 2, Davis 2, Curry 2, Oakley). Turnovers: 18 (A Williams 4, Carter 3, Davis 3, K Willis 3, Bogues 2, Christie 2, Oakley). Steals: 7 (A Williams 2, K Willis 2, Carter, Christie, Davis). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 27 28 20 18 - 93 Toronto 24 21 21 24 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Iverson, 6:40 3rd; Lynch, 4:55 4th). Toronto 1 (Davis, 4:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,661. T: 2:26. Officials: Joe Forte, Tom Washington, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- It didn't take long for Theo Ratliff to make his presence felt for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sidelined with a stress fracture in his left ankle for the first six games of the season, Ratliff returned with 17 points, eight rebounds and a key blocked shot as the 76ers held off the Toronto Raptors, 93-90.

"I wanted to get to a point where I was healthy enough to make a contribution," Ratliff said. "Tonight I felt great. Everything is going well. I enjoyed being out there.

"Theo was a presence the whole game," 76ers coach Larry Brown said.

The 6-10 forward started at center and triggered a 12-2 burst in the fourth quarter that was fueled by Allen Iverson, who scored eight of his 30 points in the pivotal stretch. Iverson has scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games, with the Sixers (3-4) winning three.

"Theo back gave us confidence, especially being on the road," Iverson said. "We feel with Theo, we can't be beat at home or on the road."

Toronto's Vince Carter scored a season-high 27 points but had a layup blocked by Ratliff and missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds. The cold-shooting Raptors trailed by 19 points in the third quarter and had a four-game winning streak snapped.

"It was a fight from start to finish and they won," Carter said. "We were missing shots early and they were getting fast breaks and making their layups and jump shots. We still fought hard to come back. But we ran out of gas at the end. We just have to bounce back."

Losers of its first four road games, Philadelphia took a 75-66 lead into the fourth quarter but had six turnovers in the first four minutes of the period. A jumper by Carter completed a 9-1 surge and pulled the Raptors within 76-75 with 8:08 to go.

Ratliff took an alley-oop pass from Iverson and dunked to start the decisive run. Iverson and Toronto's Dell Curry traded baskets before Philadelphia's Eric Snow scored with 6:46 left. Iverson made a four-point play and a fast-break layup to widen the lead to 88-77 with 5:48 remaining.

"I thought we played great, except for seven or eight minutes," Brown said. "We took bad shots and had turnovers. We knew Toronto was going to make a run at us and we got upset. But we made some big shots."

Two 3-pointers by Curry, who scored 13 points, helped Toronto peck away at the deficit. Ratliff's layup with 1:26 left gave Philadelphia a 92-87 lead and Carter answered with a pair of free throws.

Carter and Snow traded a free throw apiece before Carter had his drive blocked by Ratliff, who was third in the league in blocks last season. Snow lost the deflection out of bounds with 7.5 seconds left but Carter and Alvin Williams missed 3-pointers before the horn sounded.

"We knew they'd try to get a quick basket and I was patrolling the lane," Ratliff said.

"Theo is a very good player when he's healthy," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "He gives them a presence in the middle that they haven't had."

George Lynch scored 12 points and Snow added eight, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84) from the field. Iverson made 4-of-5 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and six assists.

Doug Christie scored 19 points for the Raptors, who shot just 37 percent (29-of-78), negating a 27-14 edge in made foul shots.

Iverson scored 12 points and Ratliff and Lynch 10 apiece as the Sixers grabbed a 55-45 halftime lead. Iverson framed a 9-0 run to open the third quarter with a 3-pointer and jumper, pushing Philadelphia's lead to 64-45 with 8:25 remaining.

"We played solid defense," Iverson said. "It was important to get an early lead. It gave us confidence."

"They got the lead early and it gave them confidence," said Raptors forward Charles Oakley, who was held scoreless. "Being down by 19 is a lot at home. We just didn't get the job done. We really haven't done anything yet. We have a good team but we have to be consistent if we want to be an elite team in this league."

Consecutive baskets by Christie closed the period and capped a 9-2 burst that cut Toronto's deficit to nine points.

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