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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 26 26 25 24 101 ATLANTA 27 26 14 31 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 31, MATT GEIGER 22, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 35, JIMMY JACKSON 16, JASON TERRY 14

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 13, MATT GEIGER 9 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 16, ALAN HENDERSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 12, ALLEN IVERSON 5 ATL - JASON TERRY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,445


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (101) AT ATLANTA (98)

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

HILL F 40 5-13 3-4 6 7 13 0 2 2 3 13 LYNCH F 35 3-4 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 8 RATLIFF C 28 5-9 3-4 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 13 IVERSON G 40 12-28 6-10 0 0 0 5 4 1 1 31 SNOW G 34 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 12 4 3 0 2 GEIGER 28 9-14 4-4 3 6 9 1 3 1 1 22 OWENS 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 MCKIE 22 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 10 HUGHES 6 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-83 18-24 12 25 37 24 24 8 9 101 (.494) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 45 5-12 2-2 3 6 9 1 6 1 3 12 JACKSON F 38 5-13 3-4 2 4 6 1 2 0 1 16 MUTOMBO C 37 4-8 2-4 3 13 16 2 3 1 4 10 JOHNSON G 22 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 4 RIDER G 41 12-23 8-9 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 35 WRIGHT 12 1-1 1-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 3 TERRY 28 4-12 3-3 0 1 1 6 4 2 2 14 ELLIS 16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 BOWDLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 19-24 11 29 40 17 24 5 16 98 (.455) (.792) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(28 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 26 26 25 24 - 101 ATLANTA 27 26 14 31 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE, RATLIFF. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, HENDERSON 3, TERRY, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-3 (.333), IVERSON 1-3. ATLANTA 9-18 (.500), JACKSON 3-7, RIDER 3-4, TERRY 3-7. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,445. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 5-13 3-4 6-13 0 2 13 Lynch 35 3-4 2-2 2-5 1 3 8 Ratliff 28 5-9 3-4 1-6 0 4 13 Iverson 40 12-28 6-10 0-0 5 4 31 Snow 34 1-4 0-0 0-2 12 4 2 Geiger 28 9-14 4-4 3-9 1 3 22 Owens 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Mckie 22 5-8 0-0 0-0 2 2 10 Hughes 6 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-83 18-24 12-37 24 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-3, .333 (Iverson 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Mckie, Ratliff). Turnovers: 9 (Hill 3, Mckie 2, Geiger, Hughes, Iverson, Lynch). Steals: 8 (Snow 3, Hill 2, Geiger, Iverson, Owens).

ATLANTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 45 5-12 2-2 3-9 1 6 12 Jackson 38 5-13 3-4 2-6 1 2 16 Mutombo 37 4-8 2-4 3-16 2 3 10 Johnson 22 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 2 4 Rider 41 12-23 8-9 1-3 3 2 35 Wright 12 1-1 1-2 2-4 0 3 3 Terry 28 4-12 3-3 0-1 6 4 14 Ellis 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Bowdler 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Coles DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 19-24 11-40 17 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Jackson 3-7, Rider 3-4, Terry 3-7). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 3, Henderson 3, Terry, Johnson). Turnovers: 18 (Mutombo 4, Henderson 3, Johnson 2, Rider 2, Terry 2, Ellis, Jackson, Wright). Steals: 5 (Terry 2, Henderson, Mutombo, Rider). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 26 26 25 24 - 101 Atlanta 27 26 14 31 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 8:58 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,445. T: 2:18. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- For the first 45 minutes, Allen Iverson carried the Philadelphia 76ers. For the last three minutes, the 76ers covered for him.

Iverson scored 31 points and the 76ers overcame a handful of his mistakes down the stretch for a 101-98 victory over the Hawks, Philadelphia's first in Atlanta in nearly four years.

The NBA scoring leader, Iverson shot 12-of-28 from the field as he reached his average. He fueled a third-quarter surge that ultimately gave the 76ers the win. But in the final 3:20, he missed three free throws and a jumper and committed a silly foul to help Atlanta erase nearly all of a 10-point deficit.

"It eats me up when I miss any shot at any point in the game," said Iverson, who made 6-of-10 free throws.

For the second straight night, the Sixers won when an opponent's 3-pointer bounced away. After watching Darrell Armstrong of Orlando miss on Friday, Philadelphia won for the seventh time in nine games tonight when rookie Jason Terry missed a 3-pointer.

"We've done this all year, about six times," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "We could have iced the game."

Matt Geiger scored 22 points for the Sixers, who won in Atlanta for the first time since April 6, 1996, the season before they drafted Iverson first overall.

"They're all good, especially on the road," Brown said. "We had a lot of guys step up. Matt made some big plays for us."

Isaiah Rider scored 35 points for the Hawks, which had won 21 of the last 26 meetings with the Sixers but had dropped 11 of their last 14 overall.

"I challenged the guys not to give up," Rider said. "You never know what will happen. We definitely showed character. They answered the challenge. I was proud of the way we hung in there. We're not quitters."

Philadelphia opened its largest lead at 87-73 on George Lynch's slam with 7:20 left and still held a 95-85 advantage with 3:54 left on a follow slam by Theo Ratliff, who scored 13 points.

But that was the last basket for the Sixers. Iverson missed a pair from the line 34 seconds later and the Hawks began their rally. Two free throws each by Jim Jackson and Rider and a reverse layup by Rider cut the deficit to 95-91 with 2:27 to go.

Iverson answered with two free throws but fouled Terry as he missed a 3-pointer with 1:13 left. Terry made all three shots to cut the deficit to 97-94.

"I thought we defended that play well," Brown said. "I think Allen tried to make a good defensive play. They made shots. It wasn't as if they had layups."

Geiger made two free throws but Iverson missed between jumpers by Rider and LaPhonso Ellis as Atlanta closed to 99-98 with 13 seconds to go. The Hawks were called for an off-the-ball foul and Iverson made the free throw with nine seconds left. Then they fouled Iverson and the star guard gave Atlanta one more chance by splitting the pair with 7.5 seconds remaining.

"They were making shots," Iverson said. "(Rider) and the other guys hit shots with hands in their face."

Tyrone Hill had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Eric Snow added 12 assists without a turnover for the Sixers, who shot 49 percent (41-of-83) and had only nine giveaways.

"We really try to concentrate on that because we feel we're a defensive team, so if we get stops, we can't hurt ourselves," Snow said. "It's always big to win on the road. It definitely helps our cause."

Jackson scored 16 points, Terry added 14 and Dikembe Mutombo pulled down 16 rebounds for the Hawks, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) and held a 40-37 edge on the glass.

Iverson scored seven points in a 14-2 run that gave the Sixers a 73-62 lead with 3:58 left in the third quarter. They held a 77-67 bulge entering the final period.

"I believe for five or six minutes we tried to get the baskets from the outside," Mutombo said. "By the time we tried to recover, we were already down 12 and we had to fight back."

Iverson scored 13 points in the first quarter but Atlanta held a 27-26 edge. Early in the second quarter, Geiger dunked over the 7-2 Mutombo and wagged his finger in the shot-blocker's face, drawing a technical for taunting Mutombo with his own trademark.

"It was an emotional thing," Geiger said. "I got fired up. I was real happy."

Atlanta built a 48-38 lead with 3:35 to play in the first half before Iverson had four assists and a layup in a 14-2 burst that reclaimed the lead. Jackson's 3-pointer at the horn gave the Hawks a 53-52 edge.

"The key to the game was the second quarter," Brown said. "We got down 10 but got back pretty quickly."

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