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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 34 22 15 19 90 PHILADELPHIA 26 27 30 24 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 20, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 17, MIKE BIBBY 15 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 20, TONI KUKOC 20, GEORGE LYNCH 19

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 10, MATT GEIGER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 10, BRENT PRICE 3 PHI - TONI KUKOC 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 20,086


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (90) AT PHILADELPHIA (107)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 6-10 5-7 2 4 6 1 5 2 4 17 HARRINGTON F 36 9-18 2-3 2 6 8 2 5 0 2 20 REEVES C 15 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 0 1 2 DICKERSON G 35 6-15 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 1 2 13 BIBBY G 37 6-10 1-2 0 4 4 10 1 0 5 15 LONG 29 2-4 4-7 2 4 6 2 1 2 2 8 WEST 20 2-5 2-2 1 5 6 2 3 0 2 6 LOPEZ 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 PRICE 11 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 3 3 PARKS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EKEZIE 2 1-1 4-5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 6

TOTALS 240 33-69 20-28 9 31 40 24 27 6 23 90 (.478) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 25(28 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 35 6-9 7-8 4 6 10 0 4 3 1 19 RATLIFF F 24 6-10 4-4 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 16 GEIGER C 24 5-11 3-6 2 4 6 1 1 0 3 13 IVERSON G 38 9-19 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 1 3 20 SNOW G 34 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 2 1 6 KUKOC 35 6-12 6-6 2 3 5 8 2 2 1 20 MACCULLOCH 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 MCKIE 22 2-5 2-3 0 3 3 3 3 4 0 7 OLLIE 14 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 2 BOWMAN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES 3 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 MOHAMMED 2 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 39-80 25-31 11 24 35 21 24 16 13 107 (.488) (.806) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

VANCOUVER 34 22 15 19 - 90 PHILADELPHIA 26 27 30 24 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM, LONG. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 6, LYNCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 4-6 (.667), DICKERSON 1-2, BIBBY 2-3, PRICE 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 4-9 (.444), IVERSON 1-3, KUKOC 2-4, MCKIE 1-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, ED F RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 20,086. T - 2:12.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 37 6-10 5-7 2-6 1 5 17 Harrington 36 9-18 2-3 2-8 2 5 20 Reeves 15 0-2 2-2 1-2 2 4 2 Dickerson 35 6-15 0-0 1-5 2 2 13 Bibby 37 6-10 1-2 0-4 10 1 15 Long 29 2-4 4-7 2-6 2 1 8 West 20 2-5 2-2 1-6 2 3 6 Lopez 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Price 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 2 3 Parks 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ekezie 2 1-1 4-5 0-2 0 0 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 20-28 9-40 24 27 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Dickerson 1-2, Bibby 2-3, Price 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Abdur-rahim, Long). Turnovers: 25 (Bibby 5, Abdur-rahim 4, Price 3, Dickerson 2, Harrington 2, Long 2, West 2, Lopez, Reeves, Scott). Steals: 6 (Abdur-rahim 2, Long 2, Dickerson, Lopez).

PHILADELPHIA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 35 6-9 7-8 4-10 0 4 19 Ratliff 24 6-10 4-4 0-4 0 4 16 Geiger 24 5-11 3-6 2-6 1 1 13 Iverson 38 9-19 1-2 0-1 3 2 20 Snow 34 2-4 2-2 0-1 3 3 6 Kukoc 35 6-12 6-6 2-5 8 2 20 Macculloch 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Mckie 22 2-5 2-3 0-3 3 3 7 Ollie 14 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 Bowman 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 3 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Mohammed 2 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 25-31 11-35 21 24 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Iverson 1-3, Kukoc 2-4, Mckie 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 6, Lynch). Turnovers: 13 (Geiger 3, Iverson 3, Kukoc, Lynch, Macculloch, Mohammed, Ollie, Ratliff, Snow). Steals: 16 (Mckie 4, Lynch 3, Kukoc 2, Ollie 2, Snow 2, Iverson, Jones, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 34 22 15 19 - 90 Philadelphia 26 27 30 24 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Abdur-rahim, 3:18 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,086. T: 2:12. Officials: Jim Capers, Ed F Rush, Tom Washington.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The starters for the Philadelphia 76ers began the second half much better than the first.

Allen Iverson fueled a huge burst that opened the third quarter as the 76ers erased an early 16-point deficit and rolled to their fourth straight win, 107-90 over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Iverson, the NBA's scoring leader, was the only starter not to take an early seat as Philadelphia came out flat and trailed 32-16 late in the first quarter. But he scored seven of his 20 points in a 22-4 burst that opened the third period and gave the Sixers the lead for good.

"At halftime I kind of got on our team a little bit because I sometimes think the guys are worrying about the wrong thing," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "This team is about George (Lynch) and Eric Snow and Aaron McKie and Theo (Ratliff) and what we do defensively night in and night out. That was so apparent in the second half. They changed the whole game."

Philadelphia got a big boost from Toni Kukoc, who came off the bench and contributed 20 points and eight assists. Former Grizzlie Lynch added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won eight straight from Vancouver, their longest current streak against any opponent.

"We didn't start the game well. That's all I can say about the bad part," Kukoc said. "But we did pick up our defense in the second and third quarters. That's what keyed our run. The guys are just playing great defense."

"Coach Brown challenged us a little bit to have us play better as a team," Lynch said. "We did a great job of stepping up and trying to distance ourselves against Vancouver."

The Sixers (34-25) matched their longest winning streak of the season as they held their ninth straight foe to 90 points or less. They are 1 1/2 games behind second-place New York in the Atlantic Division and host the Knicks on Friday.

"If you're going to be successful in this league, you've got to win games you're supposed to win," Brown said. "You hope you show up against the better teams and you hope you get a split. We've done that recently. We had a heartbreaker against them the last time (an 89-88 loss at New York on February 27). ... We have another chance on Friday."

The Grizzlies (18-43) have lost six in a row in their quest for a club record-tying 19th victory. They went 19-63 in the 1997-98 season.

Othella Harrington scored 20 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 for the Grizzlies, who scored just 34 points in the second half and fell to 9-23 on the road. Vancouver never has won in Philadelphia.

"I have a little better taste than I did after our last game (a 111-86 loss in New York on Tuesday)," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "We came out and got aggressive in the first half and played well. We still didn't do a great job of covering but we took it to Philadelphia. The second half, we started to stand around and they picked up their intensity and we started holding the ball, trying to go 1-on-1 too much. Then we started making turnovers."

The Grizzlies led 56-53 at halftime but Iverson had a layup and 3-pointer to give the Sixers the lead for good at 61-58 with 8:52 left in the third quarter. After a jumper by Vancouver's Michael Dickerson, Philadelphia rattled off 14 straight points.

In the spurt, Iverson made a runner before Lynch and Kukoc had four points apiece, extending the advantage to 75-60 with 5:31 to play. Vancouver went 7:28 without a basket until Dickerson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 81-69 with 1:11 left.

Harrington opened the fourth quarter with a basket to make it 83-73 but the Grizzlies got no closer. The Sixers opened their largest lead at 107-84 on a jumper by Jumaine Jones with 2:13 left.

Theo Ratliff had 16 points and a season-high six blocks and Matt Geiger scored 13 points for Philadelphia, which shot 49 percent (39-of-80) from the field and collected 13 steals.

Mike Bibby had 15 points and 10 assists and Dickerson scored 13 points for the Grizzlies, who also shot 48 percent (33-of-69) but just 40 percent after the first quarter. Vancouver also committed 25 turnovers that Philadelphia converted into 28 points.

Philadelphia got off to a slow start as Bibby sparked Vancouver. Working against Iverson, he had nine points and seven assists and the Grizzlies had runs of 8-0 and 9-0, opening a 32-16 lead on Dickerson's jumper with 1:51 left in the first quarter.

Behind their bench, the Sixers closed to 34-26 after one quarter and continued the surge in the second period behind Kukoc and Lynch. Kukoc had consecutive drives and Lynch scored eight points, including a layup that tied it, 47-47, with 4:01 left in the first half.

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