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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 20 16 20 73 PHILADELPHIA 16 22 17 28 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 18, CUTTINO MOBLEY 14, CARLOS ROGERS 13 PHI - AARON MCKIE 16, ERIC SNOW 16, TYRONE HILL 11

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - CARLOS ROGERS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 PHI - TYRONE HILL 11, GEORGE LYNCH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 6, GEORGE LYNCH 5

ATT: 19,109


Extended Box

HOUSTON (73) AT PHILADELPHIA (83)

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

BARKLEY F 8 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 WILLIAMS F 19 3-4 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 1 3 8 CATO C 25 2-6 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 5 ANDERSON G 20 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 3 0 FRANCIS G 34 6-15 5-6 2 1 3 7 3 0 4 18 HAMILTON 16 0-2 0-1 0 5 5 0 0 0 3 0 ROGERS 31 6-10 1-1 3 4 7 0 1 0 2 13 MOBLEY 32 3-10 7-9 2 1 3 2 3 4 6 14 THOMAS 25 3-10 1-2 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 8 DREW 19 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 2 3 7 BULLARD 11 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 MASSENBURG DNP - GROIN STRAIN

TOTALS 240 26-71 15-21 14 27 41 15 19 9 27 73 (.366) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 28(24 PTS)

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

HILL F 35 5-14 1-2 4 7 11 1 3 3 4 11 LYNCH F 34 5-7 0-0 3 7 10 5 2 3 3 10 GEIGER C 21 2-12 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 4 4 MCKIE G 35 6-14 4-5 2 1 3 4 1 4 3 16 SNOW G 37 7-13 1-2 0 1 1 6 1 1 1 16 MACCULLOCH 19 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 2 1 4 OLLIE 11 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 OWENS 22 5-7 0-0 3 3 6 3 1 0 4 10 HUGHES 17 2-11 4-4 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 8 BOWEN 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 RATLIFF DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-84 12-15 17 28 45 23 23 14 22 83 (.417) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 20 16 20 - 73 PHILADELPHIA 16 22 17 28 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 3, MOBLEY, FRANCIS, HAMILTON. PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE, BOWEN, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-19 (.316), WILLIAMS 2-2, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 1-5, MOBLEY 1-4, THOMAS 1-2, DREW 1-5. PHILADELPHIA 1-4 (.250), MCKIE 0-1, SNOW 1-2, HUGHES 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TOM WASHINGTON, DEREK COLLINS. A - 19,109. T - 2:13.


Box Score

HOUSTON (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 8 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Williams 19 3-4 0-0 1-6 0 3 8 Cato 25 2-6 1-2 1-2 0 2 5 Anderson 20 0-3 0-0 1-2 3 1 0 Francis 34 6-15 5-6 2-3 7 3 18 Hamilton 16 0-2 0-1 0-5 0 0 0 Rogers 31 6-10 1-1 3-7 0 1 13 Mobley 32 3-10 7-9 2-3 2 3 14 Thomas 25 3-10 1-2 3-6 0 2 8 Drew 19 3-8 0-0 0-4 3 2 7 Bullard 11 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Massenburg DNP - groin strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-71 15-21 14-41 15 19 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Williams 2-2, Anderson 0-1, Francis 1-5, Mobley 1-4, Thomas 1-2, Drew 1-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Cato 3, Mobley, Francis, Hamilton). Turnovers: 28 (Mobley 6, Francis 4, Anderson 3, Drew 3, Hamilton 3, Williams 3, Rogers 2, Thomas 2, Cato). Steals: 9 (Mobley 4, Drew 2, Barkley, Cato, Williams).

PHILADELPHIA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 35 5-14 1-2 4-11 1 3 11 Lynch 34 5-7 0-0 3-10 5 2 10 Geiger 21 2-12 0-0 2-6 0 3 4 Mckie 35 6-14 4-5 2-3 4 1 16 Snow 37 7-13 1-2 0-1 6 1 16 Macculloch 19 2-4 0-0 2-4 0 3 4 Ollie 11 0-1 2-2 1-2 2 1 2 Owens 22 5-7 0-0 3-6 3 1 10 Hughes 17 2-11 4-4 0-2 1 4 8 Bowen 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 4 2 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ratliff DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 12-15 17-45 23 23 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Mckie 0-1, Snow 1-2, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Mckie, Bowen, Macculloch). Turnovers: 22 (Geiger 4, Hill 4, Owens 4, Lynch 3, Mckie 3, Hughes, Jones, Macculloch, Snow). Steals: 14 (Mckie 4, Hill 3, Lynch 3, Macculloch 2, Hughes, Snow). ____________________________________________ Houston 17 20 16 20 - 73 Philadelphia 16 22 17 28 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Head Coach Tomjanovich, 2:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,109. T: 2:13. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tom Washington, Derek Collins.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Charles Barkley's last NBA game may have come a lot sooner then he expected.

Barkley suffered a career-threatening knee injury and the Houston Rockets looked lost without him in the fourth quarter of an 83-73 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Having already announced this would be his last season and making his final visit to the city where he started his career in 1984, Barkley suffered a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left knee in the first quarter -- an injury described as definitely season-ending and possibly career-threatening.

The flamboyant Barkley, who spent his first eight seasons with the Sixers, came down awkwardly on his left leg after contesting a shot by forward Tyrone Hill with 4:15 left in the opening quarter. He sat on the court until a timeout was called six seconds later, then had to be helped off by two teammates.

One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, the 36-year-old Barkley refused to go to a hospital and returned to the bench in the second quarter on crutches and wearing a cast on his left leg.

"I knew it was over when I saw it. I knew it when it first happened," Barkley said. "I'm not sure what happened, but the way my kneecap was bulging through my leg, I knew. I said, `Well, it's been fun.' I knew immediately that it was over. I knew there was something dead seriously wrong and I wasn't going to play anymore."

After the final horn sounded, Sixers coach Larry Brown and assistant Maurice Cheeks -- a teammate of Barkley's in his rookie season -- acknowledged Barkley before he left for the locker room to a standing ovation.

"It was supposed to happen like this. It was supposed to end in Philadelphia," Barkley said. "I really believe that in my heart. I might be stubborn and think about coming back but I think if I look at reality, (it's done).

"God always sends us little subliminal messages that we don't want to listen to. I do think in my heart, he wanted it to end in Philadelphia where it started. I really believe that. I said it was definitely over at the beginning of the season, this kinds of seals it. I have 16 years of great memories."

One of only three players with 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists, Barkley has career averages of 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in 1,072 regular season games. He was selected fifth overall in 1984 by Philadelphia and spent his first eight seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to the Phoenix Suns.

"You've seen me go from a boy to a man, do some good things, some great things, some stupid things and everbody does those things," Barkley said. "I'm proud to have been a great player in the NBA for a long time. I helped the league grow and now it's time for the young guys to grow, mature and step up."

Houston coach Rudy Tojanovich talked about what Barkley meant to the game.

"He was one of my favorites," he said. "I loved his enjoyment of the game. Just as a player he was great. He's been very good for the game. He added a lot of color and excitement."

The Rockets already are without Hakeem Olajuwon, also one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, for at least another four weeks after he underwent hernia surgery.

Eric Snow and Aaron McKie scored 16 points apiece to lead the Sixers, who took control with a decisive 15-3 run in the fourth quarter. They stopped a seven-game home losing streak against Houston that dated to January 8, 1992.

Rookie Steve Francis scored 18 points and Cuttino Mobley added 14 for Houston, which had its season-high three-game winning streak snapped.

Even without Barkley, the Rockets were able to hang around and tied it, 55-55, early in the fourth quarter after Mobley sank a pair of free throws.

Larry Hughes and Eric Snow made consecutive layups to put the Sixers ahead for good before rookie Kenny Thomas hit one of two foul shots for Houston. Hughes made two free throws, Snow converted a layup and Billy Owens sank a jumper, making it 65-56 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

After Thomas hit a 3-pointer, Snow answered with a shot from beyond the arc and Owens made a layup to push the lead to 70-59 with 5:59 left. The Sixers led by at least eight points thereafter.

"We wanted to go out and make it tough for them," Snow said. "At the same time, we wanted to go out and make our plays and not turn the ball over. The last game, we had no energy toward the end, so we wanted to come out and play better."

Owens finished with 10 points for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (35-of-84) and forced the mistake-prone Rockets into 27 turnovers that were converted into 28 points.

Hill and George Lynch added 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for Philadelphia, which also held a 45-41 edge on the boards.

Paced by Francis' nine points in the first half, the Rockets were able to hang around and trailed just 38-37 at the break.

Houston shot 37 percent (26-of-71).

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