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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 23 22 27 97 PHILADELPHIA 29 26 27 30 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 29, KOBE BRYANT 18, BRIAN SHAW 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 40, NAZR MOHAMMED 12, TYRONE HILL 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11, KOBE BRYANT 7 PHI - TYRONE HILL 7, TODD MACCULLOCH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, BRIAN SHAW 6 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 9, ERIC SNOW 7

ATT: 21,005


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (97) AT PHILADELPHIA (112)

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

FOX F 36 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 10 GRANT F 24 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 ONEAL C 36 13-20 3-6 3 8 11 0 3 0 2 29 BRYANT G 41 7-13 3-4 1 6 7 7 3 1 6 18 SHAW G 36 5-11 2-2 1 5 6 6 3 1 3 13 FOSTER 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 RIDER 17 3-11 3-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 10 HORRY 15 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 LUE 16 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 2 2 10 MADSEN 12 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 GEORGE 4 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 HARPER DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 39-81 13-18 6 30 36 20 25 7 17 97 (.481) (.722) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 34 5-10 2-3 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 12 LYNCH F 33 3-6 5-6 1 4 5 3 2 1 4 11 MOHAMMED C 18 6-10 0-1 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 12 IVERSON G 40 14-29 10-11 0 4 4 9 5 3 2 40 SNOW G 32 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 7 2 1 1 9 MACCULLOCH 15 4-5 0-0 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 8 MCKIE 26 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 4 KUKOC 24 2-6 3-6 2 3 5 5 0 3 2 8 JONES 16 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 6 OLLIE 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 BUFORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEIGER DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA

TOTALS 240 43-86 22-29 10 33 43 29 21 11 11 112 (.500) (.759) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 23 22 27 - 97 PHILADELPHIA 29 26 27 30 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, GRANT 2, SHAW, RIDER. PHILADELPHIA - MOHAMMED. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-14 (.429), FOX 2-4, BRYANT 1-2, SHAW 1-3, RIDER 1-1, HORRY 0-1, LUE 0-1, GEORGE 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 4-9 (.444), IVERSON 2-4, SNOW 1-1, MCKIE 0-2, KUKOC 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MIKE CALLAHAN, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 21,005. T - 2:20.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 36 3-7 2-2 1-3 2 2 10 Grant 24 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Oneal 36 13-20 3-6 3-11 0 3 29 Bryant 41 7-13 3-4 1-7 7 3 18 Shaw 36 5-11 2-2 1-6 6 3 13 Foster 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Rider 17 3-11 3-4 0-2 1 1 10 Horry 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 4 0 Lue 16 5-7 0-0 0-1 0 6 10 Madsen 12 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 George 4 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Harper DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 13-18 6-36 20 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Fox 2-4, Bryant 1-2, Shaw 1-3, Rider 1-1, Horry 0-1, Lue 0-1, George 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 2, Grant 2, Shaw, Rider). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 6, Shaw 3, Fox 2, Lue 2, Oneal 2, George, Madsen). Steals: 7 (Lue 2, Bryant, Fox, George, Rider, Shaw).

PHILADELPHIA (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 34 5-10 2-3 2-7 1 4 12 Lynch 33 3-6 5-6 1-5 3 2 11 Mohammed 18 6-10 0-1 1-3 1 2 12 Iverson 40 14-29 10-11 0-4 9 5 40 Snow 32 4-7 0-0 1-4 7 2 9 Macculloch 15 4-5 0-0 1-7 0 4 8 Mckie 26 2-8 0-0 1-4 3 1 4 Kukoc 24 2-6 3-6 2-5 5 0 8 Jones 16 3-5 0-0 1-4 0 0 6 Ollie 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Buford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Geiger DNP - suspended by nba _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-86 22-29 10-43 29 21 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Iverson 2-4, Snow 1-1, Mckie 0-2, Kukoc 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Mohammed). Turnovers: 11 (Lynch 4, Iverson 2, Kukoc 2, Hill, Mckie, Snow). Steals: 11 (Iverson 3, Kukoc 3, Hill, Jones, Lynch, Mckie, Snow). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 25 23 22 27 - 97 Philadelphia 29 26 27 30 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,005. T: 2:20. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The league-leading Philadelphia 76ers did not need their All-Star center or his backup to show the defending NBA champions they are capable of usurping their title.

With Theo Ratliff on the injured list and Matt Geiger suspended, Allen Iverson outplayed Kobe Bryant and the 76ers used a platoon of reserve centers to deal with Shaquille O'Neal en route to an impressive 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We knew we were outmatched. We didn't have two of our big men, but we just knew we had to come out and play some ball," Iverson said after scoring 40 points and handing out nine assists in 40 minutes.

Iverson hit 14-of-29 shots and 10-of-11 free throws to reach 40 points for the seventh time in his last 11 games and the 11th time this season. Bryant managed just 18 points while committing six turnovers in 41 minutes.

"I don't approach the game like it's Kobe, and I want to have a big game against him," Iverson said. "I want to play a good game against everybody. When you play well against another great player, it's only natural for you to feel good about the win. But that's not the most important thing for me."

Ratliff likely is out until April with a broken wrist, but the Sixers appeared to get some help in the paint when Geiger returned from a 1 1/2-month layoff in Tuesday's 107-104 win at Milwaukee. But Geiger received a two-game suspension for violating the league's steroids policy earlier Wednesday, leaving rookie Nazr Mohammed and second-year centers Todd MacCulloch and Jumaine Jones to deal with O'Neal in the middle.

The trio combined for 26 points and 14 rebounds, helping offset O'Neal's 29 points and 11 boards.

"I was thrilled, considering the news I got on the way to the game that Matt wasn't playing against the Lakers with Shaq," Brown said of his center by committee rotation. "I had to put two young kids (Mohammed and MacCullough) in a tough situation. You look at Jumaine, Nazr and Todd's contribution, it was amazing."

Tyrone Hill scored 12 points and Mohammed established a season-high with 12 on 6-of-10 shooting and registered the Sixers' lone block of the night. Ratliff leads the NBA with 187 blocks.

George Lynch scored 11 points for Philadelphia, which made half of its 86 shots, held a 43-36 rebounding advantage and forced 17 turnovers while committing 11.

Brian Shaw scored 13 points and Isaiah Rider and Tyronn Lue added 10 apiece for the Lakers, who shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and were outscored, 22-13, at the line.

"It was a big game for them," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I haven't seen Larry Brown that animated on the court in a long time. They were keyed for our ballclub."

A season-high 21,005 fans packed the First Union Center to see the Sixers avenge a 96-85 loss to the defending champions on December 5. The game featured six lead changes and three ties and turned in Philadelphia's favor late in the first half.

"This was a gift to those people," Iverson said. "The defending champions come in here and we knock them off. Hopefully, they enjoyed it and had a good time. Hopefully, it's something they can cherish."

Mohammed scored off a feed from Iverson, Lynch hit a free throw and Jones followed with a basket, giving the Sixers a 55-48 halftime advantage.

The Lakers closed within four points three times in the third quarter but the Sixers pulled away late in the period when Iverson made a 14-footer, Snow drilled a 3-pointer and McCullough scored to make it 82-70 entering the final period.

Iverson's two layups, sandwiched around a basket by Toni Kukoc, gave Philadelphia an 89-72 cushion with 10:10 to play.

"They got all the loose balls, grabbed most of the rebounds and they made their shots," O'Neal said. "Even though Iverson got his points, the other guys contributed as well. We made a lot of mistakes, we didn't take care of the ball and we didn't go after loose balls like we should have. They just beat us."

Shaw's 3-pointer and a free throw by O'Neal shaved the deficit to 10 midway through the period but Lynch made two free throws and Iverson reeled off six straight points to make it 102-84 with 4:15 remaining.

"It's all about being a team," Iverson said. "We fight so hard for each other. We pat each other on the back if someone messes up. We are a team. We win together and lose together and that is the most special thing about this team. There's no egos. We are trying to win a championship."

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