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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 27 19 21 88 PHILADELPHIA 25 27 23 21 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 16, ANDRE MILLER 15, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 14 PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 27, ERIC SNOW 15, JUMAINE JONES 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12, ROBERT TRAYLOR 5 PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 13, TYRONE HILL 12

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 PHI - KEVIN OLLIE 10, JUMAINE JONES 4

ATT: 20,767


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT PHILADELPHIA (96)

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

HARPRING F 23 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 5 WEATHERSPOON F 40 6-12 2-5 2 10 12 2 3 0 1 14 MIHM C 14 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 4 MILLER G 39 6-14 3-3 0 4 4 10 3 1 1 15 PERSON G 22 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 4 GATLING 20 3-9 3-4 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 9 MURRAY 28 6-13 2-2 2 1 3 2 0 2 3 16 A JOHNSON 9 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 7 LANGDON 26 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 10 TRAYLOR 14 2-5 0-0 5 0 5 2 4 2 3 4 BROWN 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 10-14 14 23 37 22 21 10 12 88 (.434) (.714) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

HILL F 28 2-12 3-5 5 7 12 0 2 0 0 7 LYNCH F 39 4-10 2-2 4 6 10 3 3 2 2 10 MUTOMBO C 39 11-21 5-10 8 5 13 1 1 1 2 27 OLLIE G 39 4-9 1-2 2 8 10 10 2 2 0 9 SNOW G 37 6-13 2-2 1 4 5 2 4 1 4 15 BUFORD 23 5-11 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 4 11 GEIGER 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 JONES 26 4-5 5-6 3 0 3 4 1 0 0 13 BELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MACCULLOCH 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 IVERSON DNP - TAILBONE CONTUSION MCKIE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT MCL

TOTALS 240 38-85 18-27 24 31 55 20 17 7 13 96 (.447) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 27 19 21 - 88 PHILADELPHIA 25 27 23 21 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, MIHM 2, TRAYLOR, PERSON. PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 5, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 6-12 (.500), HARPRING 1-2, MILLER 0-1, MURRAY 2-3, A JOHNSON 1-1, LANGDON 2-5. PHILADELPHIA 2-3 (.667), SNOW 1-1, BUFORD 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, GEORGE TOLIVER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 20,767. T - 2:05.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 23 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 5 Weatherspoon 40 6-12 2-5 2-12 2 3 14 Mihm 14 2-5 0-0 1-4 1 4 4 Miller 39 6-14 3-3 0-4 10 3 15 Person 22 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Gatling 20 3-9 3-4 2-3 1 2 9 Murray 28 6-13 2-2 2-3 2 0 16 A Johnson 9 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 2 7 Langdon 26 4-9 0-0 0-0 1 1 10 Traylor 14 2-5 0-0 5-5 2 4 4 Brown 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Coles DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 10-14 14-37 22 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Harpring 1-2, Miller 0-1, Murray 2-3, A Johnson 1-1, Langdon 2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Weatherspoon 2, Mihm 2, Traylor, Person). Turnovers: 12 (Murray 3, Traylor 3, Gatling 2, A Johnson, Harpring, Miller, Weatherspoon). Steals: 10 (Langdon 2, Murray 2, Traylor 2, A Johnson, Harpring, Miller, Person).

PHILADELPHIA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 28 2-12 3-5 5-12 0 2 7 Lynch 39 4-10 2-2 4-10 3 3 10 Mutombo 39 11-21 5-10 8-13 1 1 27 Ollie 39 4-9 1-2 2-10 10 2 9 Snow 37 6-13 2-2 1-5 2 4 15 Buford 23 5-11 0-0 1-2 0 3 11 Geiger 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Jones 26 4-5 5-6 3-3 4 1 13 Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Iverson DNP - tailbone contusion Mckie DNP - sprained right mcl _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-85 18-27 24-55 20 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-3, .667 (Snow 1-1, Buford 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 5, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Buford 4, Snow 4, Lynch 2, Mutombo 2, Bell). Steals: 7 (Lynch 2, Ollie 2, Geiger, Mutombo, Snow). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 27 19 21 - 88 Philadelphia 25 27 23 21 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,767. T: 2:05. Officials: Joe Derosa, George Toliver, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- All season, the Philadelphia 76ers have overcome injuries and adversity. On the night they clinched their first Atlantic Division title in 11 years, it was no different.

With Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie again sitting out, the 76ers received an unlikely offensive outburst from Dikembe Mutombo and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-88.

The win improved the Sixers to 53-23 -- the best record in the Eastern Conference -- and gave them their first Atlantic Division crown since 1990, when they were powered by Charles Barkley.

"I feel great," 76ers owner Pat Croce said. "This is my first chance to have a hat that signifies a winner."

"The progress we have made has been pretty darn good," said Sixers coach Larry Brown, who took over a 22-60 team four years ago." "It's a terrific feeling. We accomplished a lot. A lot of people have contributed to this. I am really happy for Pat. We have had a lot of obstacles this year, but we managed to hold things together."

Iverson has been the star of this unit, leading the league in scoring and steals while strongly stating his case for NBA Most Valuable Player. But he sat out his second straight game with tailbone and hip ailments and his less-heralded teammates picked up the slack.

"That's how it's been all season -- different lineups, guys out, not knowing who's gonna play, where we were gonna get our offense from," 76ers guard Eric Snow said. "But some way, we just gutted it out. That's what we've been about all season long."

In this one it was Mutombo, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year who was acquired at the trading deadline to give the Sixers a chance at an NBA championship. Showing uncommon range on his awkward jump hook, Mutombo scored a season-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds and five blocks.

Eric Snow scored 15 points and improving Jumaine Jones added 13 for Philadelphia, which had five players in double figures in scoring, four in double digits in rebounding and swept the four-game season series from Cleveland for the second straight season.

The Sixers also were without McKie, who sat out with a sprained knee and lost center Matt Geiger for the second half to a swollen knee. But it did not matter as guard Kevin Ollie -- who was not with the team when the season began -- nearly had his first career triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

"I started (the season) in New Jersey and to come here to be on a championship team, to win the Atlantic Division and on our way to winning the conference, it feels great," Ollie said.

"It's a great accomplishment, something that this organization has not done in a long time," Iverson said. "I am proud of my teammates and my coaching staff, but we have to keep working hard for bigger and better things."

Over their final six games, the Sixers will try to claim the best record in the East and the NBA. Philadelphia holds a 4 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the East but is one-half game behind San Antonio (53-22), which leads the Western Conference.

"It's a great experience," Mutombo said. "My hope is to go out and finish the season strong and get the best record in the league. That would be a great accomplishment, more than anything else."

Lamond Murray scored 16 points and Andre Miller added 15 and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who were outrebounded 55-37 and lost their sixth straight game.

"My hat's off to them," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "Because of the way Larry's got them playing, you know they're going to come out with that heart."

Cleveland took its only lead of the second half at 58-57 on two free throws by Miller with 6:54 left. Philadelphia responded with a 13-2 burst that Mutombo started with a reverse dunk and Jones capped with a soaring alley-oop dunk for a 70-60 lead with 2:20 remaining.

The Sixers led 75-67 entering the final period and the Cavs got no closer. Snow scored eight points in the quarter and Mutombo exited to a standing ovation.

Mutombo hit 11-of-21 as he eclipsed his previous season high of 22 with Atlanta. He scored 21 points in his Philadelphia debut against Detroit on February 23.

"He made some terrific offensive plays today," Brown said.

Rodney Buford scored 11 points, George Lynch added 10 and 10 rebounds and Tyrone Hill swept 12 boards for the Sixers, who shot 45 percent (38-of-85).

"First division title," said Hill, an 11-year veteran. "Never came close before. Not even near. The closest I came was fourth place."

Mutombo had 20 points and nine rebounds in the first half as Philadelphia opened a 52-48 lead.

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