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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 29 21 23 24 97 BOSTON 23 28 15 25 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 19, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 18, GEORGE LYNCH 18 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 24, ANTOINE WALKER 21, BRYANT STITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 22, JUMAINE JONES 7 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 7, ANTOINE WALKER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, AARON MCKIE 3 BOS - MILT PALACIO 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (97) AT BOSTON (91)

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

LYNCH F 39 8-13 2-4 1 4 5 2 1 1 3 18 HILL F 34 4-10 4-5 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 12 MUTOMBO C 40 5-6 8-9 9 13 22 2 3 1 8 18 IVERSON G 15 4-10 3-3 1 3 4 2 3 3 1 11 SNOW G 37 7-14 5-7 0 1 1 10 5 2 5 19 MCKIE 26 3-7 3-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 3 9 JONES 17 0-2 0-0 0 7 7 1 3 1 0 0 OLLIE 14 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 MACCULLOCH 5 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 BUFORD 13 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 6 GEIGER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 27-34 13 35 48 22 27 10 23 97 (.473) (.794) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 24(30 PTS)

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

WALKER F 44 7-19 6-10 2 4 6 3 4 3 8 21 PIERCE F 39 9-21 2-4 0 4 4 3 4 2 3 24 BLOUNT C 18 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 2 4 1 1 4 BROWN G 22 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 STITH G 34 6-9 1-2 1 4 5 3 2 0 0 16 PALACIO 25 4-8 6-6 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 14 POTAPENKO 27 4-8 0-0 0 7 7 1 4 5 1 8 E WILLIAMS 26 0-2 4-8 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 4 GRIFFIN 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCCARTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 HERREN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 21-32 4 25 29 19 26 12 18 91 (.437) (.656) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 29 21 23 24 - 97 BOSTON 23 28 15 25 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 4, HILL, MCKIE. BOSTON - PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 0-1 (.000), IVERSON 0-1. BOSTON 8-19 (.421), WALKER 1-6, PIERCE 4-6, STITH 3-4, PALACIO 0-1, E WILLIAMS 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HEAD COACH L BROWN. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,624. T - 2:22.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 39 8-13 2-4 1-5 2 1 18 Hill 34 4-10 4-5 1-4 0 2 12 Mutombo 40 5-6 8-9 9-22 2 3 18 Iverson 15 4-10 3-3 1-4 2 3 11 Snow 37 7-14 5-7 0-1 10 5 19 Mckie 26 3-7 3-4 0-3 3 3 9 Jones 17 0-2 0-0 0-7 1 3 0 Ollie 14 1-4 2-2 0-0 1 2 4 Macculloch 5 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Buford 13 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 5 6 Geiger DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 27-34 13-48 22 27 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 0-1, .000 (Iverson 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 4, Hill, Mckie). Turnovers: 24 (Mutombo 8, Snow 5, Lynch 3, Mckie 3, Hill, Iverson, Macculloch, Ollie). Steals: 10 (Iverson 3, Snow 2, Hill, Jones, Lynch, Mckie, Mutombo).

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 44 7-19 6-10 2-6 3 4 21 Pierce 39 9-21 2-4 0-4 3 4 24 Blount 18 1-1 2-2 1-3 2 4 4 Brown 22 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Stith 34 6-9 1-2 1-5 3 2 16 Palacio 25 4-8 6-6 0-1 4 2 14 Potapenko 27 4-8 0-0 0-7 1 4 8 E Williams 26 0-2 4-8 0-2 1 2 4 Griffin 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mccarty 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Herren DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 21-32 4-29 19 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Walker 1-6, Pierce 4-6, Stith 3-4, Palacio 0-1, E Williams 0-1, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Pierce). Turnovers: 18 (Walker 8, Palacio 3, Pierce 3, E Williams 2, Blount, Potapenko). Steals: 12 (Potapenko 5, Walker 3, Pierce 2, Blount, Brown). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 29 21 23 24 - 97 Boston 23 28 15 25 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Head Coach L Brown, 0:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:22. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Scott Wall.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- On the day they clinched a playoff berth, the Philadelphia 76ers showed why they are the NBA's best team.

With All-Star guard Allen Iverson sidelined with a bruised hip, the 76ers used a balanced attack and terrific fourth-quarter defense for a 97-91 victory over the Boston Celtics.

"When he went down, that's just something you have to deal with," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "(Our) team plays with such emotion."

The win was the fifth in a row for Philadelphia (47-16), which became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. The 76ers have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons under Brown.

Brown always has preached unselfishness and hard work to the Sixers, who had both of those traits on display Sunday. With the NBA's leading scorer in Iverson sitting out the second half and guard Aaron McKie missing most of the fourth quarter after being poked in the eye, Philadelphia turned to its role players.

Eric Snow stepped forward with 19 points and 10 assists. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as he played through foul trouble.

Dikembe Mutombo totaled 18 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks. He backed a defense that allowed just one basket over the last six minutes until a meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds.

"I feel great," Mutombo said. "It's something every player dreams about, going to the big dance. We just want to finish up strong and get home-court advantage."

"How many people can get 22 rebounds in one game?" wondered Brown.

George Lynch scored 18 points and fellow forward Tyrone Hill added 12 for the Sixers, who are becoming the Celtics' nemesis. They have beaten Boston six straight times.

"They did what was necessary to beat us," Celtics interim coach Jim O'Brien said.

Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Antoine Walker added 21 for Boston, which was outrebounded, 48-29, and lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

The Celtics (27-36) remained one game behind the Indiana Pacers in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. In all likelihood, the survivor would play Philadelphia in the first round.

Iverson apparently hurt himself diving for a loose ball in the first quarter. He stayed in the game and scored 11 points but exited with his third foul midway through the second period and did not return.

"That's when I did it: diving out of bounds," he said. "I tried to come in again and play, but when I sat down, it stiffened up. I told coach about it. He told me to go back in when I was ready. It just hurt too much."

"Allen's got a real bad bruise," Brown added.

Without Iverson in the third quarter, the Sixers built a 73-66 lead entering the final period. The Celts scored 10 of the next 12 points and took a 76-75 lead on Pierce's 3-pointer with 9:31 to go and it was tight thereafter.

McKie, who scored nine points, was jabbed in the eye by Vitaly Potapenko and sat down for good with 8:09 left. He was joined at the 5:43 mark by Snow, who picked up his fifth foul.

With their top three guards out, Philadelphia took the lead for good. Mutombo's two free throws tied it and Kevin Ollie's only basket of the game made it 86-84 with 4:19 to play.

Walker missed two free throws and Snow made a jumper before Mutombo stuffed a drive by Pierce, leading to a fast break and Lynch's follow shot for a 90-84 lead with 2:41 to go.

Boston's Bryant Stith had a follow dunk and the Celtics had a chance to get closer. But Pierce traveled and Walker missed a layup on consecutive possessions and Lynch corraled a miss by Snow. His free throw made it 91-84 with 59 seconds left.

After Pierce made two foul shots, Lynch grabbed a miss by Ollie and found Snow, who made four from the line in the final 16 seconds to seal it.

Philadelphia shot 47 percent (35-of-74) from the field and made 27-of-34 free throws to overcome 24 turnovers that led to 30 points for Boston.

"Very, very painful loss," O'Brien said. "We put ourselves in a position to win and we didn't. We did a good job turning them over, creating 24, but we had 18 ourselves."

Stith scored 16 points and Milt Palacio added a season-high 14 for the Celtics, who shot 44 percent (31-of-71) and hurt themselves by going just 21-of-32 from the line.

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