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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 25 24 21 17 87 SEATTLE 20 20 14 23 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 22, MATT HARPRING 14, DERRICK COLEMAN 14 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 15, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 15, GARY PAYTON 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 10, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 8 SEA - ART LONG 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - SPEEDY CLAXTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, BRENT BARRY 3

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (87) AT SEATTLE (77)

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

COLEMAN F 30 6-13 2-3 2 8 10 1 0 3 1 14 HARPRING F 28 6-12 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 2 3 14 MUTOMBO C 31 2-2 5-8 0 8 8 1 3 0 4 9 IVERSON G 43 8-21 4-6 1 2 3 3 4 3 1 22 SNOW G 32 4-11 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 3 2 8 BLOUNT 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCKIE 30 4-9 2-2 0 5 5 4 0 2 1 12 CLAXTON 21 2-3 2-2 1 2 3 5 2 3 2 6 DALEMBERT 5 0-2 0-0 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 BELL 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 CUMMINGS 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 J SMITH 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 33-77 17-23 11 30 41 20 16 16 15 87 (.429) (.739) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

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

BAKER F 29 3-9 1-4 5 3 8 0 3 0 0 7 LEWIS F 32 7-14 0-0 2 6 8 0 4 0 3 15 LONG C 14 3-14 0-0 6 3 9 1 2 0 1 6 B BARRY G 22 2-6 2-4 0 3 3 3 4 2 4 7 PAYTON G 39 6-15 0-2 1 1 2 7 1 1 2 13 RADMANOVIC 26 3-7 0-0 0 8 8 1 1 0 4 8 MASON 32 3-9 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 2 3 6 WATSON 15 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 JAMES 11 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 S WILLIAMS 20 5-7 3-4 1 1 2 2 0 1 3 15 DROBNJAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-85 6-14 17 30 47 17 21 7 20 77 (.376) (.429) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 25 24 21 17 - 87 SEATTLE 20 20 14 23 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 5, COLEMAN 3. SEATTLE - JAMES 4, B BARRY, RADMANOVIC, PAYTON, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 4-11 (.364), HARPRING 0-2, IVERSON 2-4, MCKIE 2-4, CUMMINGS 0-1. SEATTLE 7-19 (.368), LEWIS 1-4, B BARRY 1-4, PAYTON 1-2, RADMANOVIC 2-5, MASON 0-1, S WILLIAMS 2-3. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM CLARK, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 17,072. T - 2:07.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 30 6-13 2-3 2-10 1 0 14 Harpring 28 6-12 2-2 2-3 1 2 14 Mutombo 31 2-2 5-8 0-8 1 3 9 Iverson 43 8-21 4-6 1-3 3 4 22 Snow 32 4-11 0-0 2-5 4 2 8 Blount 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mckie 30 4-9 2-2 0-5 4 0 12 Claxton 21 2-3 2-2 1-3 5 2 6 Dalembert 5 0-2 0-0 3-3 1 0 0 Bell 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Cummings 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 J Smith 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 17-23 11-41 20 16 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Harpring 0-2, Iverson 2-4, Mckie 2-4, Cummings 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 5, Coleman 3). Turnovers: 17 (Mutombo 4, Harpring 3, Claxton 2, Snow 2, Bell, Coleman, Iverson, Mckie). Steals: 16 (Claxton 3, Coleman 3, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Harpring 2, Mckie 2).

SEATTLE (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 29 3-9 1-4 5-8 0 3 7 Lewis 32 7-14 0-0 2-8 0 4 15 Long 14 3-14 0-0 6-9 1 2 6 B Barry 22 2-6 2-4 0-3 3 4 7 Payton 39 6-15 0-2 1-2 7 1 13 Radmanovic 26 3-7 0-0 0-8 1 1 8 Mason 32 3-9 0-0 2-4 1 1 6 Watson 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 James 11 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 S Williams 20 5-7 3-4 1-2 2 0 15 Drobnjak DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 6-14 17-47 17 21 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Lewis 1-4, B Barry 1-4, Payton 1-2, Radmanovic 2-5, Mason 0-1, S Williams 2-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (James 4, B Barry, Radmanovic, Payton, Baker). Turnovers: 20 (B Barry 4, Radmanovic 4, Lewis 3, Mason 3, S Williams 3, Payton 2, Long). Steals: 7 (B Barry 2, Mason 2, James, Payton, S Williams). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 25 24 21 17 - 87 Seattle 20 20 14 23 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Defensive Three 2, 1:22 1st, 1:50 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:07. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Maybe it was the rumors surrounding their coach. Maybe it was the headbands. But whatever it is, the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be back on track.

Allen Iverson scored 22 points and Dikembe Mutombo led a solid defensive effort as the 76ers pulled away for an 87-77 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, who had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.

On Christmas, the 76ers were 11-15 as they began a seven-game, 12-day road trip with a contest against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. They blew a huge lead in that game and lost two of the next three.

With their season at a make-or-break point, Philadelphia arrived in Phoenix amid rumors that coach Larry Brown was going to resign before the end of the trip. Brown refuted the rumors, the Sixers donned headbands and routed the Suns, 102-81.

Philadelphia dispatched Seattle in much the same fashion as it took a halftime lead and sealed matters with a smothering third quarter. As they did in Phoenix, the Sixers allowed just 14 points in the period and broke things open.

"We've been out here forever," said Brown, who briefly wore a headband at the outset of the game. "Winning three games against quality teams is significant."

"Obviously we're getting better; we're winning games," Iverson said. "Coming into tonight, we we are looking forward to getting to .500 on the trip. This is the first step."

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, fueled a balanced attack. Mutombo, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, patrolled the paint with five of Philadelphia's eight blocks.

"Dikembe did a great job blocking shots," Iverson said. "When he wasn't blocking shots, he was causing them to throw up wild shots."

Derrick Coleman added 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Sixers, who have won two of their last three visits to KeyArena after losing seven in a row here.

Rashard Lewis and Shammond Williams scored 15 points apiece for the SuperSonics, who were playing for the first time in six days and looked it. They shot under 38 percent (32-of-85) and had 20 turnovers.

"We looked as if we had been off," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "Our execution wasn't as sharp as it was before we took this break."

Led by rookie Speedy Claxton, the guards of the Sixers did a terrific job on Sonics All-Star guard Gary Payton, who scored just 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

"I thought Speedy and Aaron (McKie) were great," Brown said.

"I think Speedy Claxton did a great job on GP," Iverson said.

Philadelphia led virtually the entire game, taking the lead for good at 5-2 on Coleman's three-point play less than two minutes into the contest. He scored nine points in the first quarter, which ended with the Sixers holding a 25-20 lead.

Iverson scored eight points in the second period as the Sixers extended the lead to 49-40 at halftime before taking control in the third quarter.

"Deke started to get control defensively late in the first half," Brown said. "We didn't put them on the free throw line. We got them to shoot a lot of perimeter shots. In the third quarter, we got to run a little bit off their misses and we need to get cheap baskets."

A jumper by Rashard Lewis had Seattle within 62-53 with 4:49 to play before Mutombo had two free throws and a dunk to start an 8-1 surge. Claxton's runner made it 70-54 with 1:54 remaining.

Iverson's two baskets capped a 9-0 spree that gave the Sixers an 80-61 lead with 7:55 to play. Iverson, Claxton and Eric Snow had three steals each.

"We've just got to understand that we've got to get it done defensively," Iverson said. "I'm the most aggressive offensive player on our team but even I have to step up and be one of the best defensive players as well."

Matt Harpring scored 14 points and McKie had 12 for the Sixers, who shot 43 percent (33-of-77) and made 17-of-23 free throws.

Seattle made just 6-of-14 free throws.

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