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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 22 19 31 13 85 PHILADELPHIA 21 31 17 20 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - RON MERCER 26, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 16, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 18, TYRONE HILL 15, THEO RATLIFF 13

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - BO OUTLAW 21, BEN WALLACE 6 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 11, TYRONE HILL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 8, CHUCKY ATKINS 4 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 10, ERIC SNOW 7

ATT: 20,214


Extended Box

ORLANDO (85) AT PHILADELPHIA (89)

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

OUTLAW F 38 4-7 0-0 4 17 21 0 1 1 2 8 WALLACE F 28 2-3 3-3 2 4 6 0 3 0 6 7 AMAECHI C 20 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 2 5 0 2 6 D ARMSTRONG G 34 6-14 2-3 2 1 3 8 1 5 3 16 MERCER G 39 10-19 6-6 0 2 2 2 2 2 6 26 DOLEAC 20 4-11 0-0 1 1 2 0 6 0 0 8 STRONG 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 15 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 2 2 4 ATKINS 23 1-9 0-1 1 1 2 4 4 2 3 2 P GARRITY 16 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 2 8 JOHNSON 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MAGGETTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 11-13 13 34 47 16 28 14 26 85 (.432) (.846) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 28(33 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 37 4-8 2-2 4 7 11 1 1 1 1 10 HILL F 28 6-10 3-5 2 7 9 0 5 0 3 15 RATLIFF C 33 6-12 1-2 3 5 8 1 3 0 6 13 SNOW G 39 2-7 2-2 1 4 5 7 2 2 1 6 IVERSON G 42 8-22 2-6 0 3 3 10 1 9 2 18 GEIGER 15 3-6 4-4 0 1 1 0 4 0 4 10 KUKOC 24 4-7 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 9 MCKIE 20 3-6 2-3 0 1 1 3 1 1 3 8 MACCULLOCH 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 17-26 10 29 39 23 18 14 22 89 (.462) (.654) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(14 PTS)

ORLANDO 22 19 31 13 - 85 PHILADELPHIA 21 31 17 20 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE 2, OUTLAW, D ARMSTRONG. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, KUKOC 2, MCKIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-8 (.500), D ARMSTRONG 2-4, ATKINS 0-1, P GARRITY 2-2, JOHNSON 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 0-8 (.000), LYNCH 0-1, SNOW 0-1, IVERSON 0-2, KUKOC 0-3, MCKIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 20,214. T - 2:12.


Box Score

ORLANDO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 38 4-7 0-0 4-21 0 1 8 Wallace 28 2-3 3-3 2-6 0 3 7 Amaechi 20 3-6 0-0 1-4 2 5 6 D Armstrong 34 6-14 2-3 2-3 8 1 16 Mercer 39 10-19 6-6 0-2 2 2 26 Doleac 20 4-11 0-0 1-2 0 6 8 Strong 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 15 2-6 0-0 2-5 0 2 4 Atkins 23 1-9 0-1 1-2 4 4 2 P Garrity 16 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 8 Johnson 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Maggette DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 11-13 13-47 16 28 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (D Armstrong 2-4, Atkins 0-1, P Garrity 2-2, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 2, Outlaw, D Armstrong). Turnovers: 28 (Mercer 6, Wallace 6, Atkins 3, D Armstrong 3, Amaechi 2, Outlaw 2, P Garrity 2, Williams 2). Steals: 14 (D Armstrong 5, Atkins 2, Mercer 2, P Garrity 2, Williams 2, Outlaw).

PHILADELPHIA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 37 4-8 2-2 4-11 1 1 10 Hill 28 6-10 3-5 2-9 0 5 15 Ratliff 33 6-12 1-2 3-8 1 3 13 Snow 39 2-7 2-2 1-5 7 2 6 Iverson 42 8-22 2-6 0-3 10 1 18 Geiger 15 3-6 4-4 0-1 0 4 10 Kukoc 24 4-7 1-2 0-1 1 0 9 Mckie 20 3-6 2-3 0-1 3 1 8 Macculloch 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ollie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 17-26 10-39 23 18 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 0-8, .000 (Lynch 0-1, Snow 0-1, Iverson 0-2, Kukoc 0-3, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 3, Kukoc 2, Mckie). Turnovers: 23 (Ratliff 6, Geiger 4, Hill 3, Mckie 3, Iverson 2, Kukoc 2, Lynch, Snow). Steals: 14 (Iverson 9, Snow 2, Kukoc, Lynch, Mckie). ____________________________________________ Orlando 22 19 31 13 - 85 Philadelphia 21 31 17 20 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:55 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,214. T: 2:12. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Something about the Orlando Magic brings out the thief in Allen Iverson.

The high-scoring All-Star guard recorded a regular-season career-high nine steals to go with 18 points and 10 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the resilient Magic, 89-85.

Iverson set an NBA postseason record with 10 steals in Game Three of last season's first-round series against Orlando and succeeded in burglarizing the Magic again tonight.

His seven first-half steals established a club record and helped Philadelphia to a 52-41 lead at intermission. Not showing any consistency with his jump shot, the 6-foot scoring machine began finding his teammates in the clear for easy baskets.

"My teammates did a great job of knocking balls loose," Iverson said. "Some of those steals just fell into my lap. It would have been a great honor (to become the first player in team history to get a triple-double with steals) but hopefully I've got a big career ahead of me and one day I can accomplish that."

"Iverson made some incredible athletic plays," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown added. "He made some great passes."

Iverson slipped three-hundredths of a point behind Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal for the league scoring lead at 29.98 points per game.

Orlando set a franchise mark with 18 turnovers over the first 24 minutes. But as they have done all season, the Magic refused to go quietly.

Point guard Darrell Armstrong, who left in the first half after taking an elbow to the head from 76ers center Matt Geiger, came back with a vengeance, helping his team erase a 13-point third-quarter deficit.

Armstrong scored seven straight Magic points, including a 26-footer that put Orlando in front, 70-69, with 1:45 left in the period.

Philadelphia was down 80-76 with 7:22 to play, but Iverson and his teammates turned up the defensive intensity, limiting Orlando to one basket the rest of the way. Tyrone Hill grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled while putting in his follow shot. His free throw put the Sixers ahead for good, 83-80, with 5:07 left.

"We made some terrific defensive plays down the stretch," Brown said. "Theo (Ratliff) and Ty have upped their games tremendously on the blocks."

Pat Garrity's 3-pointer pulled the Magic within 87-85, but Ron Mercer missed a potential tying shot with six seconds to go and Aaron McKie capped the scoring with two free throws.

"I got a good look at it," Mercer said. "(McKie) backed off me, I had plenty of room. It felt good when it left, but it was off the mark. It bounced straight up off the rim, it just didn't fall. I would give any of those baskets in the third quarter for that last one, but it doesn't work that way."

Hill had 15 points and nine rebounds and Ratliff added 13 points for Philadelphia, which remained two games behind Toronto for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and posted its sixth straight home win -- including the playoffs -- against Orlando.

Mercer scored 26 points and Armstrong finished with 16 and eight assists in 34 minutes for the Magic, which remained tied with Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Both teams are one-half game ahead of idle Boston.

"We fought all the way, especially in the second half," Mercer said. "But turnovers killed us. We had several opportunities down the stretch and we just couldn't get it done."

Iverson was 8-of-22 from the field, but most of his baskets came on driving layups. He managed only two points in the fourth quarter but was part of the Sixers' smothering defense that limited Orlando to a measly 5-of-16 shooting performance over the final 12 minutes.

George Lynch and Geiger had 10 points apiece for Philadelphia, which shot 46 percent (36-of-78) and overcame 23 turnovers by forcing a season-high 28.

The Magic shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 47-39 rebouding edge. Orlando surrendered a whopping 33 points off turnovers, while collecting only 14 off Philadelphia giveaways.

"The turnovers killed us," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "They played good defense, but not that good. Armstrong getting hurt hurt us a little, but it's a team game and when a guy goes down, you have to pick it up. I'd say we're officially in the playoff race and every turnover and every loose ball counts now."

Iverson's thievery was in full effect in the first quarter when he collected seven, also a club record. Mercer knocked down 4-of-6 shots in the quarter as the Magic took a 22-21 lead into the second.

Iverson found his scoring touch in the second period, beating the defense to the hoop for 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting as Philadelphia benefited from the prolonged absence of Armstrong to run out to an 11-point lead at halftime.

Armstrong rallied the Magic in the third quarter, making a layup, a breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer before Ben Wallace's layup gave Orlando a 72-69 lead entering the fourth.

Wallace had eight points and a career-high 21 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost three in a row and four straight on the road.

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