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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 20 12 19 19 15 85 HOUSTON 16 16 27 11 14 84 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 32, THEO RATLIFF 14, AARON MCKIE 10 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 24, CUTTINO MOBLEY 22, SHANDON ANDERSON 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 19, GEORGE LYNCH 12 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 11, KENNY THOMAS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 5, STEVE FRANCIS 4

ATT: 14,051


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (85) AT HOUSTON (84) - FINAL IN OT

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

HILL F 41 2-5 2-4 3 16 19 0 2 1 1 6 LYNCH F 45 4-11 1-2 3 9 12 1 3 1 4 9 RATLIFF C 41 6-9 2-4 4 5 9 0 3 0 1 14 IVERSON G 50 9-28 12-15 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 32 MCKIE G 39 3-16 4-6 0 6 6 3 5 1 4 10 KUKOC 27 4-9 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 2 1 8 OLLIE 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 4 JONES 5 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 BUFORD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 31-85 21-31 11 46 57 11 20 8 17 85 (.365) (.677) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

ANDERSON F 49 6-13 3-3 3 8 11 5 2 4 4 16 THOMAS F 42 2-7 0-0 1 9 10 0 1 1 1 5 TAYLOR C 39 4-18 1-2 4 5 9 1 5 0 4 9 FRANCIS G 47 10-24 2-2 1 4 5 4 5 1 5 24 MOBLEY G 47 8-20 4-5 2 5 7 3 5 1 2 22 NORRIS 12 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 2 0 2 0 6 OLAJUWON 18 1-4 0-2 1 6 7 0 3 2 0 2 WILLIAMS 4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BULLARD 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 LANGHI 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-100 10-14 13 41 54 15 24 11 16 84 (.340) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(11 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 20 12 19 19 15 - 85 HOUSTON 16 16 27 11 14 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, IVERSON, LYNCH, HILL, MCKIE. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, MOBLEY 2, TAYLOR 2, ANDERSON 2, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-16 (.125), LYNCH 0-2, IVERSON 2-8, MCKIE 0-3, KUKOC 0-2, JONES 0-1. HOUSTON 6-24 (.250), ANDERSON 1-3, THOMAS 1-4, FRANCIS 2-10, MOBLEY 2-3, NORRIS 0-1, WILLIAMS 0-1, BULLARD 0-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - WILLIAMS (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON. A - 14,051. T - 2:37.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 2-5 2-4 3-19 0 2 6 Lynch 45 4-11 1-2 3-12 1 3 9 Ratliff 41 6-9 2-4 4-9 0 3 14 Iverson 50 9-28 12-15 0-3 3 3 32 Mckie 39 3-16 4-6 0-6 3 5 10 Kukoc 27 4-9 0-0 1-5 1 2 8 Ollie 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Jones 5 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Buford DNP - sprained left ankle Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 31-85 21-31 11-57 11 20 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Lynch 0-2, Iverson 2-8, Mckie 0-3, Kukoc 0-2, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Ratliff 5, Iverson, Lynch, Hill, Mckie). Turnovers: 19 (Lynch 4, Mckie 4, Iverson 3, Ollie 2, Hill, Jones, Kukoc, Ratliff). Steals: 8 (Iverson 3, Kukoc 2, Hill, Lynch, Mckie).

HOUSTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 49 6-13 3-3 3-11 5 2 16 Thomas 42 2-7 0-0 1-10 0 1 5 Taylor 39 4-18 1-2 4-9 1 5 9 Francis 47 10-24 2-2 1-5 4 5 24 Mobley 47 8-20 4-5 2-7 3 5 22 Norris 12 3-8 0-0 1-5 2 0 6 Olajuwon 18 1-4 0-2 1-7 0 3 2 Williams 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bullard 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Langhi 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Collier DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 26534-100 10-14 13-54 15 24 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.340, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Anderson 1-3, Thomas 1-4, Francis 2-10, Mobley 2-3, Norris 0-1, Williams 0-1, Bullard 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Olajuwon 3, Mobley 2, Taylor 2, Anderson 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Francis 5, Anderson 4, Taylor 4, Mobley 2, Thomas). Steals: 11 (Anderson 4, Norris 2, Olajuwon 2, Francis, Mobley, Thomas). _________________________________________________ Philadelphia 20 12 19 19 15 - 85 Houston 16 16 27 11 14 - 84 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Williams (ejected), 11:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,051. T: 2:37. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- In a game that featured 111 rebounds, Tyrone Hill grabbed the biggest one.

Hill rebounded Allen Iverson's second consecutive missed free throw and put in a layup in the final minute that lifted the Philadelphia 76ers to their franchise-record 12th straight road victory, an 85-84 overtime triumph over the Houston Rockets.

"We got a win and we have to be very thankful," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "It was a hell of a road trip for us. I've been proud of this team all year. I think we've truly become a team and this is a terrific accomplishment. We beat some good teams to do this."

After missing Tuesday's win in Dallas with the flu, Hill pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds but none bigger than his grab with 56 seconds to go. Houston's Shandon Anderson hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 79-76 and Iverson was fouled. An 82 percent foul shooter, Iverson left both shots short.

The second one bounced to the right of the rim and Hill jumped out of the pack in the lane, grabbed it and put it home for just his second basket of the game and an 81-76 lead.

"That's a play we worked on all year," Hill said. "We call it `X' and what happens is if a guy misses a free throw, we set a pick and I go over to the other side. Tonight it worked but we've been running it all year."

"That was just great coaching," Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley said. "They caught us off guard with that. They set a pick on (Maurice) Taylor and Hill went over and got the ball. They hadn't run that all game and then they ran it in overtime and it surprised us."

After Steve Francis scored on a drive, Philadelphia committed a shot-clock violation with 23 seconds to go, giving Houston a chance to tie. Cuttino Mobley missed a layup and again Hill pulled down the rebound.

"Right now, I'm totally drained but in the heat of battle, you don't think about that," said Hill, who scored six points. "I didn't know if I could play but I felt better this afternoon and I decided to give it a try. But right now, I'm totally spent."

Aaron McKie made four free throws in the final 8.7 seconds to offset a pair of 3-pointers by Mobley and the Sixers broke the club record of 11 straight road wins set October 15-November 26, 1980.

"That's an accomplishment for us," McKie said. "Every little step we make is a building block for us. I know how far we've come because I remember how bad we were when I got here."

"It's always hard to win on the road whether it's one win or 12," Iverson said. "It says a lot about this coaching staff and this team."

Iverson scored 32 points and won his duel with Francis, who had 24. But the anticipated matchup of two of the NBA's electric players was short-circuited by poor shooting and sloppy play, allowing Hill to emerge.

The teams combined to miss 120 shots, going just 8-of-40 from 3-point range, and commit 36 turnovers. Philadelphia managed two points over the final seven-plus minutes of the second quarter and Houston went without a basket for nearly six minutes in the fourth period.

"It was an ugly win but it was an ugly game for both teams," Hill said. "It was an ugly game, win or lose. I'm glad we got out of here with a `W.'"

Theo Ratliff had 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks and George Lynch had nine points and 12 boards for the Sixers, who have won two in a row, seven of eight and 14 of 16, improving the NBA's best record to 32-10.

Mobley scored 22 points and Shandon Anderson added 16 and 11 rebounds for Houston, who have lost three in a row.

"I'm proud of how we played," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It was a fantastic defensive game. It might have been a bit boring to the fans but we hung in there with the best team in the league right down to the last play of the game. We get a play here or there and it's a different outcome."

A basket by Taylor, who made just 4-of-18 shots, gave Houston a 65-57 lead with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia scored 11 of the next 12 points, with Iverson's driving bank shot providing a 67-66 lead with 2:07 to go.

Lynch made a free throw but Mobley tied it with a reverse layup with 55 seconds to go. Ratliff threw in a jump hook and Mobley hit a pull-up jumper with 23 seconds left, forcing overtime at 70-70.

The Sixers never trailed in overtime. Lynch made a follow shot and Iverson -- who made just 9-of-28 shots -- hit a 3-pointer for a 75-73 lead. Francis answered with a 3-pointer, but McKie -- who shot just 3-of-16 -- sank a jumper and so did Iverson for a 79-73 advantage midway through the extra seassion.

"It was ugly but it was a win," Iverson said. "I'll take a win any way we can get it."

The Rockets had a season-high 54 rebounds but were done in by turnovers. They had eight through three quarters but seven in the fourth period and four in overtime.

"Our offense didn't play well," Francis said. "It's a matter of execution. We want to win but when it comes down to crunch time, we're making mistakes. But we're young and we'll learn from this."

Philadelphia, which shot just 36.5 percent (31-of-85), opened a 30-18 lead with just under eight minutes left in the second quarter. Houston, which shot 34 percent (34-of-100), went on a 24-4 run that carried into the third quarter and provided a 42-34 lead.

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