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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 32 19 30 33 114 DALLAS 20 28 23 27 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 30, TONI KUKOC 25, GEORGE LYNCH 16 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 27, STEVE NASH 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 13, THEO RATLIFF 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 15, SHAWN BRADLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 11, ALLEN IVERSON 6 DAL - STEVE NASH 7, MICHAEL FINLEY 7

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (114) AT DALLAS (98)

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

KUKOC F 38 9-13 3-3 1 4 5 3 3 1 2 25 LYNCH F 41 8-16 0-1 6 7 13 2 4 4 1 16 RATLIFF C 40 6-10 1-5 1 9 10 1 2 0 0 13 IVERSON G 45 9-22 12-16 0 5 5 6 2 5 4 30 MCKIE G 40 6-7 0-0 0 6 6 11 4 3 5 12 MACCULLOCH 10 2-5 4-4 2 2 4 1 1 1 3 8 OLLIE 17 3-5 4-4 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 10 JONES 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 BUFORD DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN HILL DNP - LABRYNTHITIS MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-80 24-33 10 35 45 28 17 15 17 114 (.538) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 45 12-28 2-2 2 4 6 7 1 10 4 27 NOWITZKI F 42 4-12 5-8 4 11 15 3 5 1 2 15 LAETTNER C 15 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 2 1 EISLEY G 34 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 3 14 NASH G 39 9-18 2-2 1 6 7 7 5 0 4 20 BRADLEY 28 3-5 2-4 1 7 8 0 4 0 1 8 DAVIS 28 5-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 11 VAUGHT 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 TRENT 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 12-18 10 31 41 20 23 12 19 98 (.459) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 32 19 30 33 - 114 DALLAS 20 28 23 27 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, JONES 2, IVERSON. DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, DAVIS, NOWITZKI, LAETTNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 4-11 (.364), KUKOC 4-6, IVERSON 0-3, JONES 0-2. DALLAS 8-24 (.333), FINLEY 1-6, NOWITZKI 2-5, EISLEY 4-7, NASH 0-4, DAVIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TOM WASHINGTON, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 18,187. T - 2:09.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 38 9-13 3-3 1-5 3 3 25 Lynch 41 8-16 0-1 6-13 2 4 16 Ratliff 40 6-10 1-5 1-10 1 2 13 Iverson 45 9-22 12-16 0-5 6 2 30 Mckie 40 6-7 0-0 0-6 11 4 12 Macculloch 10 2-5 4-4 2-4 1 1 8 Ollie 17 3-5 4-4 0-0 4 1 10 Jones 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Buford DNP - left ankle sprain Hill DNP - labrynthitis Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 24-33 10-45 28 17 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Kukoc 4-6, Iverson 0-3, Jones 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 2, Jones 2, Iverson). Turnovers: 17 (Mckie 5, Iverson 4, Macculloch 3, Kukoc 2, Jones, Lynch, Ollie). Steals: 15 (Iverson 5, Lynch 4, Mckie 3, Kukoc, Macculloch, Ollie).

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 45 12-28 2-2 2-6 7 1 27 Nowitzki 42 4-12 5-8 4-15 3 5 15 Laettner 15 0-3 1-2 1-4 0 3 1 Eisley 34 5-8 0-0 0-0 2 3 14 Nash 39 9-18 2-2 1-7 7 5 20 Bradley 28 3-5 2-4 1-8 0 4 8 Davis 28 5-9 0-0 1-1 0 1 11 Vaught 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Trent 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Bryant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 12-18 10-41 20 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (Finley 1-6, Nowitzki 2-5, Eisley 4-7, Nash 0-4, Davis 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Bradley 5, Davis, Nowitzki, Laettner). Turnovers: 19 (Finley 4, Nash 4, Eisley 3, Davis 2, Laettner 2, Nowitzki 2, Bradley, Vaught). Steals: 12 (Finley 10, Eisley, Nowitzki). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 32 19 30 33 - 114 Dallas 20 28 23 27 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 4:41 2nd). Dallas 1 (Head Coach Nelson, 4:48 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:09. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tom Washington, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won 11 straight road games, Allen Iverson was 5 years old.

Iverson scored 30 points and pushed a frenetic pace as the 76ers tied a 21-year-old franchise record for consecutive road wins with a 114-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Philadelphia has not lost on the road since a 96-85 setback to the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on December 5. Its 18-4 road mark is the league's best and represents more wins than nine teams' totals for the entire season.

"It's hard on the road," Iverson said. "You've got to concentrate a lot more on the road. It's the toughest environment to play in. So you have to be focused and I think we've been real focused on the road. We understand everything is not going to go our way. We understand that we've got to keep playing for 48 minutes."

The 76ers tied a club record set from October 15-November 26, 1980, when the stars were Julius Erving, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks, now an assistant coach with the club. They can break the mark Wednesday in Houston, which has a losing record at home.

"Coming into here, you know they beat us in Philly, and we were kind of shorthanded, not having (Rodney) Buford and Tyrone (Hill) to go with our other injuries," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "It's been that way all year. We just find ways to win games and have guys step up and make valuable contributions."

"It's pretty good," forward Toni Kukoc said. "I think when you can win 11 games in a row on the road it tells you how good of a team we are. If we can keep our home court a little safer than what we've been doing, it would be nice."

Toni Kukoc scored a season-high 25 points for Philadelphia as he repeatedly knocked down open perimeter jumpers. He started for the flu-ridden Tyrone Hill and made 4-of-6 3-pointers.

"I was looking to pass the ball more than I was looking for my shot, then later on, I felt pretty comfortable shooting the ball," Kukoc said. "I had to find the good places and get open, especially when they started doubling. I spaced the court and my teammates found me and I hit the shots."

George Lynch added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers, who had six players in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field as they avenged a 112-94 home loss to Dallas on December 15.

In that game, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting. But the German sensation was held to 15 on 4-of-12 this time as Dallas had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"We just defended much better than we did in Philly but it didn't matter, I mean they were on fire in Philly," Brown said. "It wasn't just Dirk. I thought everybody on their team had a terrific game and made open shots. Today we stayed at home a little bit more. We didn't gamble quite as much or look to double-team as much."

"I didn't really get any open looks today," Nowitzki said. "Somebody was always standing by me. They did a great job defensively and you've got to give them credit."

Michael Finley had 27 points and a franchise-record 10 steals for the Mavs, who have lost five of the last six meetings with the Sixers.

"Gary (Mavs forward Gary Trent) talked to a couple of the Sixers yesterday that he's good friends with," Finley said. "That's all they kept saying was how we embarrassed them in Philadelphia. That was on their minds and it showed. They didn't give up. They came out and defended us."

Coming off a 51-point game against Toronto on Sunday, Iverson came out flying and never slowed down. He made 12-of-16 free throws and five steals as he cheated the passing lanes on defense and went hard to the basket on offense, forcing the tempo.

"He's one of the best players in the league," Finley said. "The way he handles the ball and as many times as he has the ball, he's always a threat. He's been playing well. He's been carrying this team."

Iverson scored 17 points in the first half, when Philadelphia led by as many as 13 before settling for a 51-48 halftime edge. Dallas tied it, 57-57, on a jumper by Steve Nash with 9:10 to go in the third quarter before the Sixers took control.

Iverson fed Lynch for a layup and made a pair of buckets. A 3-pointer by Kukoc and a jumper by Aaron McKie completed the 11-0 surge and gave Philadelphia a 68-57 lead with 6:32 left.

The Mavs got no closer than six points thereafter. They got within 77-71 late in the period but Kukoc made a 3-pointer. They closed to 71-75 early in the fourth quarter but a layup by Ratliff and a jumper by Kukoc rebuilt the lead to 10 points.

And when a free throw by former Sixer Shawn Bradley made it 85-79 with 8:41 remaining, Philadelphia sealed it with a 17-5 surge. Kukoc had another 3-pointer and capped it with a jumper for a 102-84 lead with 3:13 to go.

"Kukoc played well tonight," Finley said. "Toni was definitely the X factor that put them over the hump. If he plays like that, that team will easily be in the Eastern Conference finals."

McKie had 12 points and 11 assists and Ratliff had 13 and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who made 24-of-33 free throws and had 15 steals.

Nash scored 20 points in his first game back from a sore left hamstring. He missed six games and the Mavs went 3-3 without their starting point guard.

Dallas shot 46 percent (39-of-85) but just 8-of-24 from behind the arc. Finley broke Fat Lever's club record for steals set against Washington on February 10, 1994.

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