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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 26 29 25 24 104 NEW JERSEY 20 24 21 22 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 22, TYRONE HILL 17, THEO RATLIFF 14 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 25, KENYON MARTIN 19, JOHNNY NEWMAN 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 13, THEO RATLIFF 12 NJN - KENYON MARTIN 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 7, ALLEN IVERSON 5 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,340


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (104) AT NEW JERSEY (87)

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

HILL F 35 6-11 5-7 6 7 13 0 3 0 2 17 LYNCH F 28 3-5 4-4 1 5 6 3 3 0 2 10 RATLIFF C 38 5-9 4-5 1 11 12 3 3 1 5 14 IVERSON G 41 6-14 10-12 0 3 3 5 3 1 2 22 MCKIE G 38 5-11 0-0 1 2 3 7 1 2 2 11 KUKOC 24 4-6 0-0 1 7 8 2 0 1 2 11 JONES 6 3-4 0-1 2 0 2 0 3 1 1 7 OLLIE 16 2-4 1-1 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 5 BUFORD 9 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 MACCULLOCH 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 MOHAMMED 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-72 25-32 13 37 50 24 19 8 16 104 (.514) (.781) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 42 9-14 1-4 6 6 12 1 3 2 1 19 VAN HORN F 38 4-10 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 10 WILLIAMS C 30 1-4 3-4 2 2 4 3 3 1 2 5 JACKSON G 25 1-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 1 2 4 S MARBURY G 38 9-23 6-6 0 3 3 8 2 3 1 25 HARRIS 15 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 8 STEPANIA 6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 NEWMAN 19 2-5 8-8 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 12 DOUGLAS 24 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 4 ESCHMEYER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 23-28 8 23 31 19 25 8 11 87 (.403) (.821) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(19 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 26 29 25 24 - 104 NEW JERSEY 20 24 21 22 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 8. NEW JERSEY - WILLIAMS 5, K MARTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 5-15 (.333), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 0-1, MCKIE 1-5, KUKOC 3-5, JONES 1-1, BUFORD 0-2. NEW JERSEY 2-13 (.154), VAN HORN 1-2, JACKSON 0-3, S MARBURY 1-5, NEWMAN 0-3. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, SEAN CORBIN, JIM KINSEY. A - 13,340. T - 2:07.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 35 6-11 5-7 6-13 0 3 17 Lynch 28 3-5 4-4 1-6 3 3 10 Ratliff 38 5-9 4-5 1-12 3 3 14 Iverson 41 6-14 10-12 0-3 5 3 22 Mckie 38 5-11 0-0 1-3 7 1 11 Kukoc 24 4-6 0-0 1-8 2 0 11 Jones 6 3-4 0-1 2-2 0 3 7 Ollie 16 2-4 1-1 0-1 3 1 5 Buford 9 1-5 1-2 0-1 0 1 3 Macculloch 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Mohammed 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 25-32 13-50 24 19 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 0-1, Mckie 1-5, Kukoc 3-5, Jones 1-1, Buford 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 8). Turnovers: 16 (Ratliff 5, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Kukoc 2, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Jones). Steals: 8 (Mckie 2, Buford, Iverson, Jones, Kukoc, Mohammed, Ratliff).

NEW JERSEY (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 42 9-14 1-4 6-12 1 3 19 Van Horn 38 4-10 1-2 0-4 0 2 10 Williams 30 1-4 3-4 2-4 3 3 5 Jackson 25 1-8 2-2 0-2 3 4 4 S Marbury 38 9-23 6-6 0-3 8 2 25 Harris 15 3-4 2-2 0-1 0 2 8 Stepania 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Newman 19 2-5 8-8 0-2 1 4 12 Douglas 24 2-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 Eschmeyer 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 23-28 8-31 19 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Van Horn 1-2, Jackson 0-3, S Marbury 1-5, Newman 0-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Williams 5, K Martin). Turnovers: 11 (Douglas 2, Jackson 2, Williams 2, Eschmeyer, Harris, K Martin, S Marbury, Van Horn). Steals: 8 (S Marbury 3, K Martin 2, Harris, Jackson, Williams). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 26 29 25 24 - 104 New Jersey 20 24 21 22 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:22 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,340. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Derosa, Sean Corbin, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Theo Ratliff is swatting his way to a starting spot in the All-Star Game.

Ratliff scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added eight blocked shots to his NBA-best total as the league-leading Philadelphia 76ers swamped the overmatched New Jersey Nets, 104-87, for their seventh straight victory.

Ratliff is the second-leading vote-getter at center for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. That makes him the prime candidate to start on February 11 in Washington since Miami center and leading vote-getter Alonzo Mourning is out for the season with a kidney ailment. NBA commissioner David Stern will make the final decision.

"I told Theo to let us worry about (the All-Star Game), let us get you to the All-Star Game, you just keep playing the way you're playing," Sixers guard Aaron McKie said. "If Theo doesn't make the All-Star team, there's something wrong. He's the glue to our team."

"I let them be the judge of that," Ratliff said of a possible All-Star start. "I don't really concentrate on the All-Star Game. It's an honor to go from where I've been as a player, it's nice to be recognized always."

The 6-11, 225-pound Ratliff is the most intimidating defensive presence on basketball's best team and added to that reputation against the Nets. He blocked four shots in the first half as Philadelphia built a 55-44 lead and swatted aside four more after intermission, when the Sixers laid waste to New Jersey.

"If you're going to keep coming, you'd better come with some power. Because I'm going after you," Ratliff said. "Everybody's been aggressive, getting back to that same old attitude we had at the beginning of the season, when we started 11-0."

Ratliff has 132 blocks this season and is averaging better than 12 points and eight rebounds per game. He had 12 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks against Cleveland on Saturday but was overshadowed by Allen Iverson's NBA season-high 54 points.

"I just try to come out, play aggressive, play hard on the defensive side," Ratliff said. "Most of the time, I'm going to challenge the shot or make them change their shot."

"He's been playing at such a high level," Sixers coach Larry Brown added. "He's been incredible at both ends. He's getting better every day."

Iverson scored 22 points to pace six players in double figures for the Sixers, who have not lost since a 91-71 home setback to New York on December 22. Philadelphia has won nine in a row on the road -- two shy of the franchise record.

Stephon Marbury scored 25 points for the Nets, who did not lead after rookie Kenyon Martin opened the scoring and were outrebounded, 50-31, in their latest embarrassing effort.

"They made a commitment to surround players that can play with Iverson and who know that he's going to take most of the shots," Marbury said of the Sixers. "Guys are going to go out and play hard no matter what. As long as they get the `W,' that's all that matters. That's pretty much how Chicago did it with Michael Jordan. I just want to win, I don't care how we do it."

Ratliff set the tone early, rejecting Aaron Williams on a stuff attempt just over a minute into play. With the Sixers clinging to a 17-15 lead later in the first quarter, he sent back a pair of layup tries by Marbury and stuffed the Nets' point guard again as Philadelphia took a 26-20 lead into the second period.

Keith Van Horn felt Ratliff's wrath with 8:25 to play, watching helplessly as his layup attempt sailed out to the arc after the Sixers' pivot rose to meet it.

Ratliff finished strongly before taking a seat on the bench after blocking a six-footer by Williams and smacking away his attempt at a follow shot.

Tyrone Hill had 17 points and 13 boards and McKie and Toni Kukoc added 11 points apiece for the Sixers, who shot 51 percent (37-of-72) and scored 19 points off turnovers.

George Lynch chipped in 10 points for Philadelphia, which has not lost on the road since a 96-85 setback against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on December 5.

Martin scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 40 percent (31-of-77) and lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

"That is a very good team over there," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "They just handed us a royal butt-kicking. They played the game the way it's supposed to be played -- just blue-collar workers."

This was the first of four meetings between the teams.

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