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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 19 13 22 27 81 MIAMI 19 23 13 28 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 41, TYRONE HILL 9, ERIC SNOW 8 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 20, ANTHONY MASON 16, BRIAN GRANT 14

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12, TYRONE HILL 11 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 16, ANTHONY MASON 16

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, AARON MCKIE 2 MIA - DAN MAJERLE 5, TIM HARDAWAY 5

ATT: 20,098


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (81) AT MIAMI (83)

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

HILL F 33 4-7 1-1 4 7 11 0 4 1 2 9 LYNCH F 26 1-6 2-3 1 6 7 0 1 0 0 4 MUTOMBO C 41 2-6 1-3 3 9 12 1 4 0 0 5 IVERSON G 45 14-28 9-10 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 41 SNOW G 35 4-14 0-0 0 2 2 7 3 2 1 8 JONES 11 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 2 MCKIE 24 2-6 1-3 0 4 4 2 1 1 5 5 BUFORD 19 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 7 MACCULLOCH 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 OLLIE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION GEIGER DNP - RIGHT KNEE SWELLING

TOTALS 240 31-78 14-20 10 34 44 12 17 6 14 81 (.397) (.700) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 38 5-10 0-1 0 2 2 3 4 1 0 13 MASON F 41 7-20 2-4 4 12 16 3 3 1 4 16 GRANT C 27 6-11 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 14 HARDAWAY G 39 4-10 2-2 0 0 0 5 2 1 3 11 MAJERLE G 32 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 5 0 0 0 5 MOURNING 26 9-15 2-3 4 12 16 3 2 0 2 20 CARTER 21 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 3 2 4 JONES 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 GREEN 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 8-12 10 37 47 22 19 7 11 83 (.432) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 19 13 22 27 - 81 MIAMI 19 23 13 28 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, MAJERLE, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 5-11 (.455), IVERSON 4-6, SNOW 0-2, MCKIE 0-1, BUFORD 1-2. MIAMI 5-12 (.417), BOWEN 3-5, HARDAWAY 1-5, MAJERLE 1-1, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE CRAWFORD, NOLAN FINE. A - 20,098. T - 2:22.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 33 4-7 1-1 4-11 0 4 9 Lynch 26 1-6 2-3 1-7 0 1 4 Mutombo 41 2-6 1-3 3-12 1 4 5 Iverson 45 14-28 9-10 1-2 1 2 41 Snow 35 4-14 0-0 0-2 7 3 8 Jones 11 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 0 2 Mckie 24 2-6 1-3 0-4 2 1 5 Buford 19 3-8 0-0 0-1 0 1 7 Macculloch 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Ollie 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bell DNP - coach's decision Geiger DNP - right knee swelling _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 14-20 10-44 12 17 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Iverson 4-6, Snow 0-2, Mckie 0-1, Buford 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Mutombo). Turnovers: 14 (Mckie 5, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Buford, Jones, Macculloch, Ollie, Snow). Steals: 6 (Snow 2, Buford, Hill, Iverson, Mckie).

MIAMI (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 38 5-10 0-1 0-2 3 4 13 Mason 41 7-20 2-4 4-16 3 3 16 Grant 27 6-11 2-2 1-5 0 4 14 Hardaway 39 4-10 2-2 0-0 5 2 11 Majerle 32 2-4 0-0 0-4 5 0 5 Mourning 26 9-15 2-3 4-16 3 2 20 Carter 21 2-8 0-0 0-1 3 3 4 Jones 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Green 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 8-12 10-47 22 19 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Bowen 3-5, Hardaway 1-5, Majerle 1-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 2, Majerle, Bowen). Turnovers: 11 (Mason 4, Hardaway 3, Carter 2, Mourning 2). Steals: 7 (Carter 3, Bowen, Hardaway, Jones, Mason). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 19 13 22 27 - 81 Miami 19 23 13 28 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Hardaway, 9:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,098. T: 2:22. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Crawford, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning had his best game. Allen Iverson had another 40-point game. But Tim Hardaway had the shot of the game.

Hardaway's leaning 22-footer over Eric Snow with 5.6 seconds to play gave the Miami Heat an 83-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, who wasted 41 points from Iverson.

In a game featuring playoff-like intensity, the 76ers pulled into the sixth and final tie of the fourth quarter when Dikembe Mutombo rebounded a miss by Snow and threw in a hook shot as he was fouled with 17 seconds to go. But Mutombo missed the free throw, leaving the score 81-81.

Hardaway, who had his dribble poked away from him by Snow in the final seconds of a loss on November 4, dribbled to the left of the arc and stepped on the circle as he leaned forward. Snow had a hand in his face, but Hardaway made the shot.

"The shot was a little quick but we probably wouldn't have gotten a better shot than that," Hardaway said.

"He made a good shot," Snow said. "He's made so many in his time. He kind of pushed off and made a great shot with a hand in his face."

The Sixers could not inbound to Iverson, who made 14-of-28 shots in his 17th 40-point game of the season. Instead, Snow passed to Aaron McKie, who passed to Jumaine Jones and took a return handoff before coming up short on a 3-pointer from the left sideline.

"The way Iverson was playing I would have liked to get him the ball," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "They did a good job of keeping the ball out of his hands but we got a pretty good look."

Mourning played his best game since his return from a kidney ailment two weeks ago. Perhaps motivated by playing against fellow Georgetown alumnus Mutombo, Mourning had season highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds in 26 minutes and was on the floor down the stretch.

"I don't care how many minutes I play as long as we get the `W,'" Mourning said. "I know we have a huge window of opportunity to get to that championship level. If we just stay the course, the sky is the limit."

"Adrenaline had a lot to do with it," said Iverson, another Georgetown alumnus. "He hadn't been playing as well as he did tonight but Alonzo is a special basketball player. He's an All-Star in every sense of the word."

It was a big win for the Heat (47-30), who blew an 11-point lead and had to rally in the fourth quarter. They moved one game in front of New York in the race for the third seed in the Eastern Conference -- and the chance to avoid Philadelphia, the East's top team, until the conference finals.

"Tonight had a playoff feel to it," Riley said.

"It wasn't a playoff game. I know that feeling already," Iverson said. "To me, this wasn't a playoff atmosphere. The way they were jumping around at the end of the game showed me that they really wanted this game."

Anthony Mason had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Miami, which beat Philadelphis for the first time in four games this season and has won four in a row overall.

The Heat also welcomed back Eddie Jones, who missed 15 games over the last five weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. He played just nine minutes, missed three shots and did not score.

"I felt great out there," said Jones, who could not complete an alley-oop pass in the second quarter. "I might have looked like trash but it felt great."

Mutombo grabbed 12 rebounds and Tyrone Hill added 11 for the Sixers, who had no double-figures scorers other than Iverson. Philadelphia (54-24) fell two games behind San Antonio in the race for the NBA's best record.

"We clinched the conference title last night and did not get in until five in the morning," Brown said. "We got down early and played terrific to get back in it."

Iverson scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. On consecutive possessions, he drew a foul from Anthony Carter while sinking a 3-pointer and then shook off a shot from Carter and made another 3-pointer for a 71-65 lead with 7:15 left.

"A couple of those threes he hits, especially the one where he looked like he was staggering around, I don't know if that was real," Riley said. "He staggered to half-court, didn't get the call, smiled at the official, mocked the official and drilled the three."

In between, Mourning went around the 7-2 Mutombo for a dunk for the second time in the game.

"He was going to the basket strong and finishing above the rim," Riley said.

Mason's inside basket tied it, 75-75, with 3:31 left. The teams traded misses before McKie leaked out for a layup. But his free throw was no good and Mourning tied it with a 15-foot banker at the other end.

"He's all the way back," Hardaway said. "He needs a little more time to get his wind together, but his legs are back. His timing is coming back beuatifully."

Iverson penetrated for a short jumper and Mourning put back a miss to tie it again at 79-79 with 1:43 to go. Mason backed in for a short jumper with 1:16 left, giving Miami the lead.

Brian Grant scored 14 points, Bruce Bowen added 13 and Hardaway 11 for the Heat, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 47-44 rebounding edge.

Hill scored nine points and Snow added eight and seven assists for the Sixers, who shot below 40 percent (31-of-78).

Iverson scored 11 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 19-19 tie. Mourning powered an 11-0 surge that began the second quarter.

The Heat scored the last seven points of the second period to open a 42-32 halftime lead but went without a basket for the last five minutes of the third quarter as the Sixers closed to 55-54 entering the final period.

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