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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 17 18 24 28 87 WASHINGTON 21 23 19 21 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - TONI KUKOC 19, THEO RATLIFF 17, AARON MCKIE 16 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 16, TRACY MURRAY 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TONI KUKOC 11, THEO RATLIFF 11 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 7, AARON WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - TONI KUKOC 7, ERIC SNOW 5 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 5, CHRIS WHITNEY 5

ATT: 17,203


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (87) AT WASHINGTON (84)

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

GEIGER F 21 4-7 0-0 4 3 7 1 4 0 2 8 LYNCH F 35 4-14 0-2 3 3 6 2 2 1 2 8 RATLIFF C 43 4-7 9-10 4 7 11 2 4 1 3 17 IVERSON G 43 2-18 1-3 0 1 1 4 3 1 2 5 SNOW G 39 6-12 2-4 2 2 4 5 6 1 1 14 KUKOC 34 5-14 7-9 5 6 11 7 0 3 3 19 MCKIE 23 6-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 16 OLLIE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 19-28 18 24 42 22 20 9 13 87 (.383) (.679) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 32 5-11 2-2 2 4 6 2 5 1 3 12 KING F 25 3-9 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 0 0 8 J WHITE C 18 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 6 0 2 0 RICHMOND G 38 5-18 6-6 3 4 7 3 3 2 0 16 STRICKLAND G 20 3-9 1-2 4 0 4 5 2 1 2 7 C WHITNEY 28 4-9 1-2 0 3 3 5 2 0 2 12 T MURRAY 32 5-8 1-1 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 13 AUSTIN 19 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 5 4 A WILLIAMS 18 4-6 0-0 2 5 7 0 4 1 2 8 HAMILTON 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 15-17 15 28 43 20 30 7 18 84 (.405) (.882) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 17 18 24 28 - 87 WASHINGTON 21 23 19 21 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, MCKIE, GEIGER. WASHINGTON - AUSTIN 2, A WILLIAMS 2, T MURRAY, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 6-14 (.429), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 0-3, SNOW 0-1, KUKOC 2-4, MCKIE 4-5. WASHINGTON 5-11 (.455), RICHMOND 0-3, C WHITNEY 3-4, T MURRAY 2-3, HAMILTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, MARK WUNDERLICH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,203. T - 2:19.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Geiger 21 4-7 0-0 4-7 1 4 8 Lynch 35 4-14 0-2 3-6 2 2 8 Ratliff 43 4-7 9-10 4-11 2 4 17 Iverson 43 2-18 1-3 0-1 4 3 5 Snow 39 6-12 2-4 2-4 5 6 14 Kukoc 34 5-14 7-9 5-11 7 0 19 Mckie 23 6-8 0-0 0-2 1 1 16 Ollie 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowman DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 19-28 18-42 22 20 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 0-3, Snow 0-1, Kukoc 2-4, Mckie 4-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 5, Mckie, Geiger). Turnovers: 13 (Kukoc 3, Ratliff 3, Geiger 2, Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Snow). Steals: 9 (Kukoc 3, Mckie 2, Iverson, Lynch, Ratliff, Snow).

WASHINGTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 32 5-11 2-2 2-6 2 5 12 King 25 3-9 2-2 2-5 1 3 8 J White 18 0-3 0-0 1-6 0 6 0 Richmond 38 5-18 6-6 3-7 3 3 16 Strickland 20 3-9 1-2 4-4 5 2 7 C Whitney 28 4-9 1-2 0-3 5 2 12 T Murray 32 5-8 1-1 0-2 0 2 13 Austin 19 1-3 2-2 1-3 3 3 4 A Williams 18 4-6 0-0 2-7 0 4 8 Hamilton 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 15-17 15-43 20 30 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Richmond 0-3, C Whitney 3-4, T Murray 2-3, Hamilton 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Austin 2, A Williams 2, T Murray, Strickland). Turnovers: 18 (Austin 5, Howard 3, A Williams 2, C Whitney 2, J White 2, Strickland 2, Hamilton, T Murray). Steals: 7 (Richmond 2, T Murray 2, A Williams, Howard, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 17 18 24 28 - 87 Washington 21 23 19 21 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 7:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,203. T: 2:19. Officials: Hue Hollins, Mark Wunderlich, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- This is why the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Toni Kukoc.

In a game that saw NBA scoring leader Allen Iverson held to five points, Kukoc picked up the slack and rallied the 76ers to an 87-84 victory over the Washington Wizards.

In his best game since joining the Sixers, Kukoc had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. He made two free throws with 30 seconds left to give Philadelphia an 85-84 lead, its first advantage since 10-9.

"I tried to do the other things -- rebound, find the open guys and involve more guys in the game. And it worked," Kukoc said. "I guess I was more aggressive. I was looking to take the ball off the dribble and get into my shots. And my teammates were actually looking for me more."

Coming off the best shooting game of his career, Iverson had one of his worst. He made 15-of-18 shots against Dallas on Tuesday but only 2-of-18 tonight. He nearly matched his career low of four against Detroit on March 23, 1998.

"I don't give a damn. We won," Iverson said. "I'll go out there and play another bad one as long as we win. I'm in a great mood. I don't know who told you I was going to be in a bad mood.

"Winning is what it's about, and that's what teammates are for. They knew I was struggling and they stepped up big on offense and defense. I knew I was having a bad game once I started missing layups.

The All-Star may have been bothered by a bruised right shoulder and certainly was hampered by Washington's defense, which repeatedly ran a second defender at the lightning-quick guard and held him to single digits for the first time in 65 games.

"It started to get mental after a while," he said. "Once I started missing some easy shots, I went back to my high school days and kind of got frustrated. I just couldn't throw a rock in the ocean tonight."

"You cannot expect a guy like Allen to play 82 games on the level he has been playing, averaging 30 points," Kukoc said. "He's going to have a bad night. That's why everybody else has to be involved in the game, which can make it easier for him to play."

Kukoc wasn't the only Sixer to cover for Iverson. Theo Ratliff had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, including a crucial one down the stretch. Aaron McKie made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points and Eric Snow added 14 before fouling out.

"We were out there searching," McKie said. "You're going to have games like this in this league, so we just had to find a way to win. We just kept swinging the ball around and I got some good open looks that worked out for me."

"Aaron and those guys came off the bench and did a hell of a job," Iverson said.

The Sixers outscored the Wizards 9-1 over the final 93 seconds and improved to 13-7 in games decided by three points or less. Philadelphia (32-25) overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit and its win total is its highest since the 1991-92 season.

Mitch Richmond scored 16 points and Tracy Murray added 13 for Washington (17-41), which has lost 10 of its last 12 games.

"This is a tough loss. We had the game all the way," Richmond said. "It shouldn't have come down to 30 seconds that we were losing the ballgame."

Juwan Howard's 13-footer gave Washington its biggest lead at 52-39 with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter and it appeared the Wizards would cruise to victory with Iverson struggling.

But McKie scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while the Wizards were shooting 31 percent from the field. His 3-pointer pulled Philadelphia within 65-62 with 10:20 left.

Reserve point guard Chris Whitney, who played the entire fourth quarter for starter Rod Strickland, gave Washington a 72-68 lead with a 3-pointer with 6:44 remaining. But the Wizards made only one more basket.

Snow hit a pair of free throws with 5:42 left to make it 75-74. After Howard's jumper with 1:47 to play, McKie drilled another 3-pointer with 1:33 left, pulling the Sixers within 83-81.

Whitney sank the first of two free throws with 1:16 to go before George Lynch hit a short turnaround jumper to make it 84-83 with 1:03 remaining. Ratliff came up with a big block of Gerard King with 43 seconds left and Kukoc followed with his free throws.

Richmond's tough jumper hit the side of the backboard and Kukoc made the second of two foul shots with 13.5 seconds to play. Whitney fired an airball on a 3-pointer and Ratliff made 1-of-2 from the line before Richmond's off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the back of the rim.

"It shouldn't have come down to that," Richmond said. "We played our hearts out tonight. We defended very well. We held Iverson to five points and their players steppped up in the fourth quarter."

The Sixers won despite shooting just 38 percent (31-of-81) and being outrebounded, 43-42. They forced 18 turnovers, including three steals by Kukoc.

"I won't say that I'm comfortable because I'm really not," Kukoc said. "I don't think I know the plays and everything yet, but each game I'm getting more and more comfortable."

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