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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 21 15 34 23 93 PHILADELPHIA 18 25 35 28 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 26, TRACY MCGRADY 20, DOUG CHRISTIE 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 44, TYRONE HILL 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 9, KEVIN WILLIS 8 PHI - TYRONE HILL 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - DOUG CHRISTIE 8, TRACY MCGRADY 5 PHI - ERIC SNOW 14, ALLEN IVERSON 4

ATT: 20,753


Extended Box

TORONTO (93) AT PHILADELPHIA (106)

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

CARTER F 43 10-24 6-7 1 1 2 3 1 3 2 26 OAKLEY F 18 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 1 5 2 2 4 DAVIS C 27 3-8 1-2 4 5 9 0 3 0 2 7 CHRISTIE G 37 5-9 3-4 0 4 4 8 1 0 1 13 MCGRADY G 34 8-15 3-5 3 4 7 5 5 0 3 20 K WILLIS 26 3-9 2-4 4 4 8 1 3 0 0 8 STEWART 14 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 0 BOGUES 15 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 CURRY 12 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 A WILLIAMS 9 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 7 THOMAS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 WORKMAN 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-86 15-22 16 27 43 20 22 8 13 93 (.442) (.682) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

HILL F 37 9-12 2-4 3 9 12 0 3 0 2 20 LYNCH F 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RATLIFF C 35 3-9 0-0 2 3 5 1 0 1 1 6 IVERSON G 41 17-29 9-9 0 4 4 4 2 3 0 44 SNOW G 41 5-6 0-0 0 4 4 14 4 1 4 11 MCKIE 39 4-9 3-3 1 4 5 3 2 1 2 11 GEIGER 10 0-1 4-4 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 4 OLLIE 10 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 KUKOC 20 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 4 10 MACCULLOCH 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 JONES 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOHAMMED 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 41-74 20-22 6 30 36 25 17 7 15 106 (.554) (.909) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

TORONTO 21 15 34 23 - 93 PHILADELPHIA 18 25 35 28 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MCGRADY, STEWART, DAVIS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 2-10 (.200), CARTER 0-5, OAKLEY 0-1, MCGRADY 1-2, CURRY 0-1, A WILLIAMS 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 4-9 (.444), IVERSON 1-3, SNOW 1-1, MCKIE 0-2, KUKOC 2-3. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - HEAD COACH CARTER, K WILLIS. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, HUE HOLLINS, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,753. T - 2:09.


Box Score

TORONTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 43 10-24 6-7 1-2 3 1 26 Oakley 18 2-5 0-0 1-5 1 5 4 Davis 27 3-8 1-2 4-9 0 3 7 Christie 37 5-9 3-4 0-4 8 1 13 Mcgrady 34 8-15 3-5 3-7 5 5 20 K Willis 26 3-9 2-4 4-8 1 3 8 Stewart 14 0-0 0-0 2-3 1 3 0 Bogues 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Curry 12 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 A Williams 9 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 1 7 Thomas 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Workman 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 15-22 16-43 20 22 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Carter 0-5, Oakley 0-1, Mcgrady 1-2, Curry 0-1, A Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcgrady, Stewart, Davis). Turnovers: 14 (Mcgrady 3, Bogues 2, Carter 2, Davis 2, Oakley 2, Christie, Stewart). Steals: 8 (Carter 3, Oakley 2, Bogues, Stewart, Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 9-12 2-4 3-12 0 3 20 Lynch 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ratliff 35 3-9 0-0 2-5 1 0 6 Iverson 41 17-29 9-9 0-4 4 2 44 Snow 41 5-6 0-0 0-4 14 4 11 Mckie 39 4-9 3-3 1-5 3 2 11 Geiger 10 0-1 4-4 0-2 0 4 4 Ollie 10 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Kukoc 20 3-6 2-2 0-1 2 2 10 Macculloch 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Jones 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mohammed 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-74 20-22 6-36 25 17 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Iverson 1-3, Snow 1-1, Mckie 0-2, Kukoc 2-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 4). Turnovers: 15 (Kukoc 4, Snow 4, Hill 2, Mckie 2, Geiger, Ollie, Ratliff). Steals: 7 (Iverson 3, Kukoc, Mckie, Ratliff, Snow). ____________________________________________ Toronto 21 15 34 23 - 93 Philadelphia 18 25 35 28 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Head Coach Carter, 6:55 4th; K Willis, 6:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,753. T: 2:09. Officials: Bill Spooner, Hue Hollins, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson reminded all the Vince Carter fans that he can play a little, too.

Iverson scored 44 points to upstage an unspectacular Carter as the Philadelphia 76ers caught the Toronto Raptors for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 106-93 victory.

In reclaiming the league scoring lead, Iverson was phenomenal, particularly in the second half, when he scored 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting. In the fourth quarter, he scored 16 points and made his last six shots, almost all of them hanging jumpers or floating finger rolls.

"The little kid was amazing tonight," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We tried to get him isolated more in the middle of the floor, because people were running him down the sideline."

"Coach told me about that before the game, because the last game people were crowded up on the wing," Iverson said. "In the middle of the floor I have a lot more space to work with. That's why he called my name tonight in the middle of the floor."

Overall, Iverson made 17-of-29 shots and 9-of-9 free throws as he scored at least 40 points for the first time since February 9 against New Jersey and the seventh time this season. The 76ers improved to 4-3 in those games.

Carter scored 26 points but made only 10-of-24 shots and showed very little of his flair for the acrobatic or dramatic. For one of the few times this season, he was not the most exciting player on the floor.

Carter's popularity has exploded since he won the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend with a variety of creative dunks. He also started for the Eastern Conference All-Stars and has shown he is far more than a dunker. But it was Iverson who led the East with 26 points and nine assists in the All-Star Game and who dominated tonight.

"When you have that type of quality player come in here, I want to step my game up and help my teams as much as he wants to help his team," Iverson said. "You add a little extra when you think that this is my house and he's coming into my house. Plus, I always want to play a good game in front of my fans. I just didn't want him leaving my house with a win."

"There's not many teams that can stop him, so we just got added to that list," Carter said. "Sometimes you hope everybody else is not on. ... He impresses people every night. To have any success against the Sixers, you have to contain him. Yeah, he's going to get his 40 points, but you still have to do a better job as a team on him."

Sixers reserve guard Aaron McKie replaced an injured George Lynch in the second minute and did a credible job on Carter, limiting him to 2-of-11 shooting in the first half. Lynch suffered a sprained right MCL and did not return.

"That was my focus heading into the game," McKie said. "I'm not going to let this guy get off by getting an athletic play. I just wanted to keep in front of me all night."

"He didn't do anything," Carter said. "I couldn't hit shots. He would have a hand up to challenge my shots. I just wasn't hitting them. Yeah, he was a pest, no doubt. I just couldn't get my shot to go."

Tyrone Hill had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers (39-28), who matched a season high with their fourth straight win and completed a sweep of the three-game season series with Toronto.

If the teams finish tied, Philadelphia receives the higher seed. If the season ended right now, the teams would meet in the first round of the playoffs.

"We've got to find a way to play these guys," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "Allen played good tonight. He was in the lane too much. The teams who can get a better grip on him and stop him from scoring have a better chance of winning against Philadelphia. We didn't do that tonight."

Tracy McGrady scored 20 points for the Raptors (39-28), who have lost two in a row since winning 11 of 12. In Tuesday's home loss to New Jersey, Carter made only 5-of-18 shots.

Carter teased the sellout crowd of 20,753 at the First Union Center by hitting his first two shots of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 80-74. But the Sixers responded with a 9-0 burst.

Eric Snow, who had 11 points and 14 assists, drove for a hoop and Iverson hit a jumper. Toni Kukoc made a 3-pointer and two free throws to extend the advantage to 87-74 with 6:55 to go.

Iverson took over from there, repeatedly beating Toronto's guards off the dribble for pull-up jumpers or daring drives. His floater in the lane with 4:27 remaining gave him 40 points and he added another jumper and finger roll before departing to an ovation.

"He made shots tonight that I don't think you see very often," Brown said. "He did so many of them, big shots, important shots and he didn't settle for outside jumpers. When he took a jump shot it was a 12-foot jump shot. He was great."

"I was give the ball to Allen and let him take over," McGrady said. "He did his job. He came out, put the ball in the hole, he scored when he wanted to score and we couldn't find anybody to stop him. Even when we tried to dohble-team, he'd find a way to score. When you face a guy who is that athletic and can score when he wants to, it's going to be a tough night."

McKie scored 11 points and Kukoc added 10 for the Sixers, who shot 55 percent (41-of-74) and made their first 20 free throws before finishing 20-of-22 from the line.

"It's something we work on every day at practice," Iverson said. "Something that we've been giving a concentrated effort to. We understand if people are going to give us free shots, we better knock them down. Tonight we were able to knock them down."

Unable to stop Iverson, Doug Christie contributed 13 points and eight assists for the Raptors, who shot 44 percent (38-of-86).

The Sixers started with defensive demon Lynch on Carter but that lasted less than two minutes. Antonio Davis crashed into the right knee of Lynch, knocking him to the floor. Lynch left with an MCL sprain and McKie drew defensive duties on Carter.

"I don't think you can over look how valuable he is to the team," Brown said of Lynch. "He gives us toughness, he gives us flexibility. He's a great defender, he doesn't command the ball. He's never missed a practice. He's the most professional guy you could ever expect."

Carter had a rough start, missing six of his first seven shots before throwing in a long jumper at the horn that gave Toronto a 20-18 lead. Iverson also was just 2-of-8 from the field in the first quarter.

While Carter was scoreless in the second period, Iverson heated up. His 3-pointer triggered a 13-2 burst that included a pair of breakaway layups and gave Philadelphia a 37-30 lead with 1:59 remaining in the first half.

"Aaron did a terrific job on Vince," Brown said. "He was 2-of-11 the first half and didn't get a lot of easy shots. With George going down, that matchup was something that was really troublesome. I'm really proud of my team, they did great."

Carter hit his first three shots in the third quarter as Toronto crept within 55-54 with 6:52 left. Iverson responded with two free throws, an 18-foot jumper and a three-point play. Two free throws each by McKie and Matt Geiger completed an 11-0 spree and gave Philadelphia a 66-54 lead with 3:42 to go.

Iverson scored 15 points in the third quarter, including a drive that pushed the advantage to 71-57 with 2:25 remaining. Toronto closed to 78-70 entering the final period.

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