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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 22 24 23 18 87 NEW YORK 18 19 24 19 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 31, AARON MCKIE 16, TYRONE HILL 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 27, LATRELL SPREWELL 21, MARCUS CAMBY 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 13, GEORGE LYNCH 9 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 9, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 8, AARON MCKIE 8 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, CHARLIE WARD 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (87) AT NEW YORK (80)

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

HILL F 37 5-9 2-2 2 3 5 0 5 0 2 12 LYNCH F 38 2-5 0-0 2 7 9 2 3 0 0 4 RATLIFF C 43 2-8 5-5 4 9 13 1 0 0 2 9 IVERSON G 48 11-30 6-7 1 4 5 8 2 2 7 31 MCKIE G 40 6-12 2-2 1 3 4 8 3 1 3 16 MACCULLOCH 8 2-2 1-1 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 5 OLLIE 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 BUFORD 17 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 8 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KUKOC DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 16-17 12 32 44 20 17 4 15 87 (.429) (.941) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 41 3-11 1-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 8 SPREWELL F 40 7-19 7-10 2 7 9 5 2 1 2 21 CAMBY C 34 5-7 2-3 3 6 9 0 3 2 2 12 HOUSTON G 41 11-23 2-2 0 4 4 2 0 4 2 27 WARD G 29 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 4 3 2 0 4 LONGLEY 8 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 CHILDS 19 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 0 3 2 RICE 15 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 HARRINGTON 13 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - KNEE BRUISE/ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 32-77 12-17 8 27 35 18 16 10 11 80 (.416) (.706) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 22 24 23 18 - 87 NEW YORK 18 19 24 19 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH 2, RATLIFF. NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, RICE, SPREWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 5-10 (.500), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-4, MCKIE 2-4, BUFORD 0-1. NEW YORK 4-15 (.267), L JOHNSON 1-3, SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 3-9, WARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAN CRAWFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 5-9 2-2 2-5 0 5 12 Lynch 38 2-5 0-0 2-9 2 3 4 Ratliff 43 2-8 5-5 4-13 1 0 9 Iverson 48 11-30 6-7 1-5 8 2 31 Mckie 40 6-12 2-2 1-4 8 3 16 Macculloch 8 2-2 1-1 1-3 1 0 5 Ollie 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Buford 17 4-9 0-0 1-4 0 3 8 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kukoc DNP - lower back strain Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 16-17 12-44 20 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-4, Mckie 2-4, Buford 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Lynch 2, Ratliff). Turnovers: 18 (Iverson 7, Mckie 3, Hill 2, Ratliff 2, Ollie). Steals: 4 (Iverson 2, Buford, Mckie).

NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 41 3-11 1-2 0-3 2 0 8 Sprewell 40 7-19 7-10 2-9 5 2 21 Camby 34 5-7 2-3 3-9 0 3 12 Houston 41 11-23 2-2 0-4 2 0 27 Ward 29 2-6 0-0 2-3 4 3 4 Longley 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Childs 19 1-3 0-0 0-2 3 4 2 Rice 15 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Harrington 13 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - knee bruise/ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 12-17 8-35 18 16 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (L Johnson 1-3, Sprewell 0-2, Houston 3-9, Ward 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Camby 4, Rice, Sprewell). Turnovers: 12 (Childs 3, Camby 2, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Sprewell 2). Steals: 10 (Houston 4, Camby 2, Ward 2, Harrington, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 22 24 23 18 - 87 New York 18 19 24 19 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 0:07 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Mike Mathis, Dan Crawford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks kept coming but Allen Iverson never left.

Playing all 48 minutes, Iverson scored 31 points, including two huge jumpers down the stretch, to give the Philadelphia 76ers an 87-80 victory over the Knicks in a battle of the Atlantic Division's top two teams.

Leading the NBA in minutes played at 42.3 per game, Iverson went all the way for the first time this season. He battled through a tough shooting first half and finished 11-of-30 from the field, adding eight assists.

"I tried to take him out a couple times," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "He gets mad at me when I take him out anyway. But I wanted to rest him a lot. I've been doing a poor job. He's a resilient kid who wants to be out there."

Brown was hamstrung by a short bench made even shorter by Aaron McKie's chest cold. Philadelphia's reserves played just 34 minutes, forcing Iverson to go the distance.

"He told me that he was gonna start resting me," Iverson said. "During the game, he was gonna take me out but Aaron had something wrong with him and then he had to put me back in. He told me he was gonna take me out in a minute, but I never came back out."

"He's a very energetic player," Sixers forward George Lynch said. "He doesn't want to come out of the game. It's hard to take him off the floor when he's competing like he is. I think he's one of the few players who can play 48 minutes every night."

Despite taking a handful of hard hits to his 165-pound frame, Iverson stayed on the floor and the Sixers stayed in the lead. They nearly blew a 15-point second-quarter advantage but never let the Knicks catch them, holding on for their 14th win in their last 15 road games.

"They did a very good job on Allen," Brown said. "I thought he got bumped an awful lot going to the goal but he managed to keep his head in the game and make big plays."

The Knicks trailed 69-61 entering the fourth quarter and pulled within one point on three occasions, the last time at 79-78 with 3:05 left on a basket by Marcus Camby, who had 12 points and nine rebounds in his first game back from a five-game suspension.

Iverson, who scored 23 points in the second half, answered with a jumper from the top of the circle. After a miss by Latrell Sprewell, Iverson again worked free from almost the same spot, launching another jumper over Sprewell's outstretched arm for an 83-78 lead with 1:52 to go.

"You have to give Iverson credit," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He made the big shot -- two big shots. One was poorly defended and the other was very well-defended."

"The little kid made some big plays," Brown said.

Sprewell scored at the other end and blocked Iverson's jumper with about a minute to go. But he missed a lane jumper and a potential tying 3-pointer on New York's next two possessions and Theo Ratliff rebounded and was fouled. His two free throws sealed it at 85-80 with 12.8 seconds left.

"It's time for us to learn how to close out games, tough games in other people's buildings," Iverson said.

McKie had 16 points and eight assists, Tyrone Hill scored 12 points and Ratliff grabbed 13 rebounds for the Sixers (35-11), who have won five of six overall and moved 7 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Knicks in the Atlantic.

Philadelphia went 2-0 in Madison Square Garden this season after taking just two of their previous 22 visits. It improved to 21-5 on the road, one more win than it compiled away from home last season.

"We wanted this game because we know that they're a tough team," Iverson said. "They've given us problems in the past. We won in their house but they won in our house."

Allan Houston scored 27 points and Sprewell added 21 for the Knicks, who have lost four of their last five games. New York never led after the first eight minutes.

"The whole difference is Philly is a consistent team and we're inconsistent," Van Gundy said. "We're inconsistent from game to game, from quarter to quarter, from possession to possession."

It has been an eventful week for Iverson, who was caught by television microphones yelling an obscenity at a fan in Indiana on Sunday and was named NBA Player of the Month for January hours before tip-off.

"The whole thing with the fan was blown totally out of proportion," Iverson said. "I've been criticized or called names in arenas, it's always been, `Jailbird, jailbird, jailbird.' If you put those cameras in front of every player in this league, you'll hear things way worse than what I said. Because it's Allen Iverson, it's bigger news."

Iverson shot just 4-of-16 in the first half but that did not stop the Sixers from opening a 38-23 lead midway through the second quarter. They got a big boost from reserves Rodney Buford and Todd MacCulloch before settling for a 46-37 halftime advantage.

"He doesn't get discouraged," Brown said. "He has tremendous confidence. He was pretty upset at halftime. He shot 16 times with no free throws."

Houston had a pair of jumpers in an 8-2 spurt that opened the second half and pulled New York within 48-45. Iverson finally heated up with 3-pointers on three straight possessions, rebuilding the lead to 57-47 with 7:10 left in the third quarter. He scored 13 points in the period.

Philadelphia shot 43 percent (33-of-77) and held a 44-35 edge on the glass. New York shot 42 percent (32-of-77) and forced 18 turnovers, including seven by Iverson.

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