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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 19 25 32 17 93 CHICAGO 24 18 13 34 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 20, TONI KUKOC 18, GEORGE LYNCH 16 CHI - ELTON BRAND 26, CHRIS ANSTEY 17, COREY BENJAMIN 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - MATT GEIGER 9, TYRONE HILL 8 CHI - ELTON BRAND 10, FRED HOIBERG 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 8, TONI KUKOC 6 CHI - MATT MALONEY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 22,325


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (93) AT CHICAGO (89)

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

HILL F 30 3-10 3-4 2 6 8 0 5 2 4 9 LYNCH F 40 7-16 0-4 3 4 7 1 3 2 3 16 RATLIFF C 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 MCKIE G 40 4-10 6-9 1 5 6 8 0 1 2 14 SNOW G 43 9-12 2-4 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 20 GEIGER 25 6-9 2-2 4 5 9 1 3 2 1 14 OLLIE 18 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 2 KUKOC 36 6-14 6-7 4 3 7 6 4 1 2 18 MOHAMMED 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BOWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 19-30 15 27 42 24 20 10 16 93 (.474) (.633) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

BRAND F 40 11-19 4-6 5 5 10 2 3 2 4 26 HOIBERG F 26 4-7 1-1 0 7 7 4 5 2 1 10 RUFFIN C 28 2-2 1-2 1 5 6 3 5 2 1 5 ARMSTRONG G 15 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 0 HAWKINS G 28 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 7 MALONEY 29 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 1 3 3 CARR 22 3-8 1-2 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 7 BROWN 8 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 ANSTEY 28 5-9 7-8 1 5 6 1 2 2 3 17 C BENJAMIN 16 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 4 5 0 1 12 PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMPKINS DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT ACHILLES

TOTALS 240 34-70 16-21 8 29 37 28 26 9 18 89 (.486) (.762) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 19 25 32 17 - 93 CHICAGO 24 18 13 34 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - NONE. CHICAGO - BRAND 3, RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-6 (.333), LYNCH 2-2, MCKIE 0-2, KUKOC 0-2. CHICAGO 5-16 (.313), HOIBERG 1-4, HAWKINS 1-2, MALONEY 1-5, CARR 0-2, C BENJAMIN 2-3. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, TONY BROTHERS, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 22,325. T - 2:14.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 3-10 3-4 2-8 0 5 9 Lynch 40 7-16 0-4 3-7 1 3 16 Ratliff 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Mckie 40 4-10 6-9 1-6 8 0 14 Snow 43 9-12 2-4 1-4 4 1 20 Geiger 25 6-9 2-2 4-9 1 3 14 Ollie 18 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 0 2 Kukoc 36 6-14 6-7 4-7 6 4 18 Mohammed 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bowman DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 19-30 15-42 24 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Lynch 2-2, Mckie 0-2, Kukoc 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 16 (Hill 4, Lynch 3, Kukoc 2, Mckie 2, Ollie 2, Snow 2, Geiger). Steals: 10 (Geiger 2, Hill 2, Lynch 2, Kukoc, Mckie, Ollie, Snow).

CHICAGO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 40 11-19 4-6 5-10 2 3 26 Hoiberg 26 4-7 1-1 0-7 4 5 10 Ruffin 28 2-2 1-2 1-6 3 5 5 Armstrong 15 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Hawkins 28 3-6 0-0 0-2 2 1 7 Maloney 29 1-7 0-0 0-1 7 1 3 Carr 22 3-8 1-2 1-1 2 2 7 Brown 8 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Anstey 28 5-9 7-8 1-6 1 2 17 C Benjamin 16 4-6 2-2 0-1 4 5 12 Perdue DNP - coach's decision Simpkins DNP - inflammed left achilles _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 16-21 8-37 28 26 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Hoiberg 1-4, Hawkins 1-2, Maloney 1-5, Carr 0-2, C Benjamin 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Brand 3, Ruffin). Turnovers: 19 (Brand 4, Anstey 3, Hawkins 3, Maloney 3, Armstrong 2, C Benjamin, Hoiberg, Ruffin). Steals: 9 (Anstey 2, Brand 2, Hoiberg 2, Ruffin 2, Maloney). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 19 25 32 17 - 93 Chicago 24 18 13 34 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 6:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,325. T: 2:14. Officials: Bob Delaney, Tony Brothers, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For one night, Eric Snow got to be Allen Iverson.

With Iverson on the injured list for the season finale, Snow scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Chicago Bulls, 93-89.

Sharing the backcourt with the high-scoring Iverson, Snow averages nearly as many assists (7.7) as points (7.8). But with Iverson sidelined with elbow and toe ailments, Snow took 12 shots, making nine.

The 6-3 defensive-minded guard did most of his damage in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his team's 17 points and preventing the 76ers from blowing a 25-point lead to the lowly Bulls.

"Eric Snow did a good job," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "He is not known as a guy who consistently makes the 18-foot shot."

Former Bull Toni Kukoc scored 18 points and George Lynch added 16 for the Sixers (49-33), who swept the four-game season series from Chicago but still await their playoff seeding. Philadelphia completed its best season since 1989-90, when it won the Atlantic Division.

"It's a tired bunch of guys, sick guys in there," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I'm thrilled that we won 49 games this year. ... Aaron (McKie) is sick, Eric is hurt, Theo (Ratliff) can't play and Iverson didn't even come."

The first team to complete its regular season, Philadelphia will face the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the playoffs. If Charlotte (48-33) loses to Miami on Wednesday, Philadelphia will have home-court advantage in the series.

"Charlotte beat us pretty bad during the season," said McKie, who had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds. "But like my college coach said, it's tough to beat someone that third time or in the pros, a fourth. We have a chance to turn it on them and make the best of a bad situation."

Rookie Elton Brand had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (17-64), who honored guard B.J. Armstrong before the game. A member of Chicago's championship teams from 1991-93, Armstrong started and played 15 minutes before getting hurt.

"B.J. meant a lot early in the season as far as teaching the offense to the younger players," Floyd said. "He was also important to the staff as far as communicating the needs of the team. We knew he passed up other opportunities to finish his career here."

Philadelphia trailed 24-19 after one quarter but Snow scored seven points in the seocnd period as the Sixers grabbed a 44-42 halftime lead.

Lynch scored 10 points in the third quarter, when the Sixers shot 55 percent (11-of-20) and opened a 76-55 advantage entering the final period. Baskets by Snow and Matt Geiger extended the margin to 80-55 with 11:07 to go before Chicago began its rally.

Snow and Kukoc were the only Sixers to score for the next 10-plus minutes. Snow sank a jumper with 2:30 to go to keep the lead at 88-76. After Chris Anstey dunked to cut the deficit to 88-84 with 57 seconds left, Snow hit another jumper 23 seconds later and Philadelphia held on.

"We played well until the last seven or eight minutes," Kukoc said. "We relaxed and let them in the game and they started to play well."

Geiger scored 14 points for the Sixers, who shot 47 percent (36-of-76) and held a 42-37 rebounding edge. Corey Benjamin scored 17 points for the Bulls, who shot 49 percent (34-of-70).

Brand said the game was a microccosm of the Bulls' season.

"Yeah, never give up," Brand said. "We were up 10, they were up 20, we came back, a few shots here, a few more rebounds and you never know what might have happened."

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