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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 25 17 17 19 78 PHILADELPHIA 19 26 30 15 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 20, RAY ALLEN 18, GLENN ROBINSON 18 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 36, AARON MCKIE 20, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 10, GLENN ROBINSON 8 PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, TYRONE HILL 15

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 5, RAY ALLEN 4 PHI - ERIC SNOW 13, AARON MCKIE 3

ATT: 20,561


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (78) AT PHILADELPHIA (90)

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

POPE F 17 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 ROBINSON F 28 8-16 1-1 2 6 8 1 0 0 5 18 JOHNSON C 29 3-4 0-0 4 6 10 1 3 1 0 6 ALLEN G 37 7-18 2-4 2 2 4 4 1 1 3 18 CASSELL G 30 7-16 6-6 0 4 4 5 3 1 6 20 THOMAS 25 1-6 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 3 4 4 HUNTER 24 2-8 1-2 1 0 1 0 2 2 3 6 CAFFEY 23 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 6 1 1 0 HAM 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ALSTON 13 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 6 PRZYBILLA 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 30-74 14-17 12 29 41 14 25 9 24 78 (.405) (.824) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 25(25 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 2-6 1-6 6 9 15 1 1 1 0 5 LYNCH F 33 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 2 2 8 MUTOMBO C 35 4-11 4-4 11 6 17 1 2 0 1 12 IVERSON G 43 15-35 5-5 0 3 3 2 0 6 4 36 SNOW G 32 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 13 2 2 2 6 MCKIE 27 7-13 6-9 1 2 3 3 2 2 5 20 JONES 12 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 GEIGER 11 0-5 1-2 2 2 4 1 5 0 0 1 OLLIE 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUFORD 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SANCHEZ 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-93 17-26 21 28 49 23 17 15 14 90 (.387) (.654) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(6 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 25 17 17 19 - 78 PHILADELPHIA 19 26 30 15 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 2, THOMAS. PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 4-21 (.190), ROBINSON 1-3, ALLEN 2-7, CASSELL 0-2, THOMAS 0-1, HUNTER 1-7, ALSTON 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), IVERSON 1-6, SNOW 0-1, MCKIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, LUIS GRILLO, JIM CAPERS. A - 20,561. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pope 17 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 Robinson 28 8-16 1-1 2-8 1 0 18 Johnson 29 3-4 0-0 4-10 1 3 6 Allen 37 7-18 2-4 2-4 4 1 18 Cassell 30 7-16 6-6 0-4 5 3 20 Thomas 25 1-6 2-2 0-4 1 2 4 Hunter 24 2-8 1-2 1-1 0 2 6 Caffey 23 0-2 0-0 2-5 1 6 0 Ham 12 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Alston 13 2-3 2-2 1-1 1 2 6 Przybilla 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 S Williams DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 14-17 12-41 14 25 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Robinson 1-3, Allen 2-7, Cassell 0-2, Thomas 0-1, Hunter 1-7, Alston 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Johnson 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 25 (Cassell 6, Robinson 5, Thomas 4, Allen 3, Hunter 3, Alston, Caffey, Przybilla). Steals: 9 (Thomas 3, Hunter 2, Allen, Caffey, Cassell, Johnson).

PHILADELPHIA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 2-6 1-6 6-15 1 1 5 Lynch 33 4-9 0-0 0-3 2 4 8 Mutombo 35 4-11 4-4 11-17 1 2 12 Iverson 43 15-35 5-5 0-3 2 0 36 Snow 32 3-7 0-0 1-3 13 2 6 Mckie 27 7-13 6-9 1-3 3 2 20 Jones 12 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Geiger 11 0-5 1-2 2-4 1 5 1 Ollie 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buford 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sanchez 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-93 17-26 21-49 23 17 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Iverson 1-6, Snow 0-1, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Mutombo, Macculloch). Turnovers: 14 (Mckie 5, Iverson 4, Lynch 2, Snow 2, Mutombo). Steals: 15 (Iverson 6, Jones 2, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Snow 2, Hill). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 25 17 17 19 - 78 Philadelphia 19 26 30 15 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 5:44 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,561. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Jim Capers.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers found the answer to their recent woes.

Allen Iverson returned to the lineup and scored 36 points as the 76ers stopped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 90-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

Nicknamed "The Answer," Iverson missed four games with a hip pointer and the Sixers looked more like a lottery team than a club boasting the best record in the East.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, had plenty of energy in his return, making 15-of-35 shots from the field and going 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in 43 minutes. He scored 11 points in the third quarter, when Philadelphia outscored Milwaukee, 30-17, to open a 75-59 advantage.

"My teammates made it a lot easier on me. They helped me out with a lot of the plays showing me what spots on the floor to go on different plays," Iverson said. "Eric Snow got me the ball in the spots that I needed. With the team struggling, it made me feel good to come back and help get a win. It made me feel real good inside."

"He takes pressure off a lot of guys because he can make a shot," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Dikembe (Mutombo) and Tyrone (Hill) figured it out. Allen took a lot of shots and they went to the boards. Now the big question is how he'll feel Tuesday."

Even with their superstar back in the lineup, the Sixers looked lost early, missing 16 of their first 17 shots. But the Bucks could not take advantage.

Aaron McKie added 20 points and Mutombo had 12 and 17 rebounds for the Sixers, who matched last season's win total (49) and have a five-game lead over Milwaukee for the conference's best record.

"This was like a playoff game in my mind," Brown said. "They're right behind us (in the standings) and they had beaten us the last two times so this is a major win."

Sam Cassell netted 20 points for the Bucks, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

"I was highly disappointed in our approach to the game more than anything else," Bucks coach George Karl said. "I didn't think that we played a playoff game against a team that was going to come after us. They did what they do very well and that is rebound and defend and we didn't react well to it."

A key reserve, McKie triggered a 9-0 burst to close the third quarter that gave the Sixers control. The 6-5 guard scored seven straight points and Iverson capped the spurt with a basket that provided a 16-point bulge entering the final peroiod.

McKie was the main threat off the Philadelphia bench, making 7-of-13 shots. Six other reserves combined for just three points on 1-of-12 shooting.

After shooting just 32 percent (18-of-56) in the first half, the Sixers warmed up considerably in the third quarter, when they made 12-of-20 shots from the field. They shot 39 percent (26-of-93) overall.

Iverson seemed well on his way to his 33rd career 40-point game but was held to just four points in the fourth quarter before departing to a standing ovation from a sellout crowd of 20,561 at the First Union Center with 1:50 remaining.

Philadelphia did not really need the services of its best player in the fourth quarter, leading by double digits throughout the period and by as many as 15 points.

Returning home after a four-game road trip, the Sixers were futile in the opening quarter, making just one shot from the field over the first 6 1/2 minutes. They made just 7-of-29 shots in the quarter and trailed, 25-19.

"We weren't concerned because we were taking good shots," Sixers forward George Lynch said. "The big thing was to keep playing well defensively, be aggressive in the passing lanes and not let get too comfortable shooting the ball like they did in the last two games."

The Bucks were still in front, 36-29, with 4:24 left before halftime on a jumper by Ray Allen. But the Sixers used a 12-4 spurt, capped by a jumper from McKie, to take their first lead 1:36 before the break. Philadelphia held a 45-42 advantage at halftime.

Allen and Glenn Robinson each added 18 points for Milwaukee, which shot 40.5 percent (30-of-74).

"They're a good team. You can't expect to keep a team like that down for the whole game," Robinson said. "We knew that it could go down until the end. We just didn't have it tonight."

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