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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 17 28 18 17 80 PHILADELPHIA 31 28 16 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 28, GEORGE MCCLOUD 13, KEVIN WILLIS 11 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 37, TYRONE HILL 11, AARON MCKIE 11

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, KEVIN WILLIS 7 PHI - JUMAINE JONES 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - JAMES POSEY 5, NICK VAN EXEL 5 PHI - AARON MCKIE 10, PEPE SANCHEZ 6

ATT: 18,726


Extended Box

DENVER (80) AT PHILADELPHIA (99)

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

MCDYESS F 39 12-22 4-7 2 11 13 2 3 1 4 28 POSEY F 39 1-6 0-0 2 2 4 5 4 3 2 3 LAFRENTZ C 23 2-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 5 LENARD G 23 4-11 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 10 VAN EXEL G 35 3-12 1-1 0 3 3 5 6 1 4 8 WILLIS 25 5-11 0-1 3 4 7 1 5 2 1 11 MCCLOUD 28 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 13 GOLDWIRE 16 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 2 1 0 STRICKLAND 9 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 BOWEN 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-84 6-11 12 29 41 24 23 10 17 80 (.405) (.545) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

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

HILL F 26 4-7 3-7 1 5 6 1 5 0 1 11 LYNCH F 31 3-5 0-0 2 4 6 4 2 3 2 6 RATLIFF C 38 4-11 1-2 3 5 8 3 3 0 0 9 IVERSON G 44 14-24 8-12 0 6 6 5 2 3 5 37 MCKIE G 39 5-8 0-0 1 7 8 10 1 2 5 11 JONES 22 5-9 0-1 2 7 9 0 0 1 2 10 MACCULLOCH 9 2-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 SANCHEZ 16 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 2 0 0 BUFORD 13 3-6 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 MOHAMMED 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 KUKOC DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN OLLIE DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 41-75 15-28 9 37 46 30 14 11 15 99 (.547) (.536) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(10 PTS)

DENVER 17 28 18 17 - 80 PHILADELPHIA 31 28 16 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - POSEY, MCDYESS, LENARD. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-20 (.300), POSEY 1-4, LAFRENTZ 0-2, LENARD 2-6, VAN EXEL 1-2, WILLIS 1-1, MCCLOUD 1-4, GOLDWIRE 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 2-5 (.400), IVERSON 1-4, MCKIE 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, LEROY RICHARDSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,726. T - 2:01.


Box Score

DENVER (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 39 12-22 4-7 2-13 2 3 28 Posey 39 1-6 0-0 2-4 5 4 3 Lafrentz 23 2-7 1-2 1-4 1 2 5 Lenard 23 4-11 0-0 2-2 1 1 10 Van Exel 35 3-12 1-1 0-3 5 6 8 Willis 25 5-11 0-1 3-7 1 5 11 Mccloud 28 6-11 0-0 0-2 4 1 13 Goldwire 16 0-1 0-0 1-2 4 0 0 Strickland 9 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 Bowen 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 6-11 12-41 24 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Posey 1-4, Lafrentz 0-2, Lenard 2-6, Van Exel 1-2, Willis 1-1, Mccloud 1-4, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Posey, Mcdyess, Lenard). Turnovers: 17 (Mcdyess 4, Van Exel 4, Lenard 2, Posey 2, Bowen, Goldwire, Mccloud, Strickland, Willis). Steals: 10 (Posey 3, Goldwire 2, Willis 2, Bowen, Mcdyess, Van Exel).

PHILADELPHIA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 26 4-7 3-7 1-6 1 5 11 Lynch 31 3-5 0-0 2-6 4 2 6 Ratliff 38 4-11 1-2 3-8 3 3 9 Iverson 44 14-24 8-12 0-6 5 2 37 Mckie 39 5-8 0-0 1-8 10 1 11 Jones 22 5-9 0-1 2-9 0 0 10 Macculloch 9 2-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 4 Sanchez 16 0-1 0-0 0-2 6 1 0 Buford 13 3-6 3-4 0-0 1 0 9 Mohammed 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Kukoc DNP - lower back strain Ollie DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-75 15-28 9-46 30 14 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.547, FT-.536. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Iverson 1-4, Mckie 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 4, Jones). Turnovers: 16 (Iverson 5, Mckie 5, Jones 2, Lynch 2, Hill). Steals: 11 (Iverson 3, Lynch 3, Mckie 2, Sanchez 2, Jones). ____________________________________________ Denver 17 28 18 17 - 80 Philadelphia 31 28 16 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Hill, 9:49 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,726. T: 2:01. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson scored 37 points and Aaron McKie added 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers rebounded from bad loss, and posted a 99-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Iverson hit 14-of-24 shots from the field and made 8-of-12 free throws as the 76ers rebounded from a 96-89 loss to the New Jersey Nets and avoided losing three straight games for the first time this season.

"We got off to a good start at both ends of the court," Iverson said. "We just kept playing basketball. This game was so tough because, the previous games we lost leads in the fourth quarter. I told my teammates `We've been in these situations before and came out on the short end.' Tonight we learned from our mistakes and the team responded well tonight."

McKie connected on 5-of-8 shots and fell two rebounds short of his third triple-double of the season. Tyrone Hill contributed 11 points and Jumaine Jones added 10 and nine boards off the bench, helping Philadelphia to a 46-41 edge in rebounds.

Iverson, McKie and forward George Lynch all arrived late due to inclement weather in the Philadlephia area. League officials pushed the start of the game back an hour to 8:00.

"The funniest thing was that Aaron was going to pick up Allen," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "How bad is that? Aaron came in like 20 (minutes) to 8:00."

Antonio McDyess recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 36th double-double for the Nuggets, who shot 40.5 percent (34-of-84). Reserves George McCloud and Kevin Willis added 13 and 11 as Denver fell to 7-16 on the road.

"The second half we came out and played a lot better defensively, but they had control from the start," McDyess said. "Everytime we got to where we wanted to be they scored a basket or made a good defensive play."

Nick Van Exel and Voshon Lenard, Denver's starting guards, combined to shoot just 7-of-23 and committed six turnovers. The pair combined for 36 points in the Nuggets' 105-98 win over the Sixers in Denver on December 4.

Iverson scored Philadelphia's first seven points and Theo Ratliff followed with a dunk for a 9-6 lead with 7:43 to go. Van Exel, who had eight points, nailed a 3-pointer 21 seconds later.

The Sixers went ahead for good when Iverson grabbed a rebound of a miss by Jones and hit a short jumper to make it 13-11 with 6:11 remaining in the first. That basket triggered a 16-2 run that Iverson capped with a jumper for a 27-13 advantage with 2:26 left in the first. Iverson scored seven points in the run and finished with 16 in the first quarter as Philadelphia built a 31-17 lead.

"We came out so soft defensively to start the game," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "That's why we got behind 14 points. Had we played defense the whole game, like we played in the second half, we would have been in pretty good shape. You know Allen is going to come up big. Thirty-seven points is a great effort for him. You expect him to get his points, but we let other people score who shouldn't have been scoring."

Iverson scored 22 points in the first half when the Sixers shot 57 percent (25-of-44) and built a 59-45 lead.

Philadelphia did not let the margin fall below double digits until McCloud hit an 18-footer to cap a 6-0 surge and pull Denver within 77-69 with 9:17 left in the fourth. But the Nuggets got no closer as McKie answered with a layup.

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