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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 19 20 16 27 82 PHILADELPHIA 19 21 22 28 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 26, MARK JACKSON 14, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12 PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 18, SPEEDY CLAXTON 17, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9, KURT THOMAS 8, FELTON SPENCER 6 PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 10, ERIC SNOW 9, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, LATRELL SPREWELL 5, ALLAN HOUSTON 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, SPEEDY CLAXTON 4, DERRICK COLEMAN 2

ATT: 20,867


Extended Box

NEW YORK (82) AT PHILADELPHIA (90)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL F 45 9-21 5-6 1 3 4 5 3 2 2 26 C WEATHERSPOON F 45 6-14 0-0 2 7 9 2 2 0 0 12 K THOMAS C 25 3-8 2-2 4 4 8 0 4 1 0 8 M JACKSON G 33 6-11 0-0 1 4 5 8 1 0 3 14 A HOUSTON G 30 5-14 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 10 F SPENCER 15 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 2 S ANDERSON 24 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 5 H EISLEY 15 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 3 T KNIGHT 6 0-1 2-2 3 0 3 0 4 0 0 2 L POSTELL 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION O HARRINGTON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL

TOTALS 240 32-81 12-14 16 27 43 21 28 3 10 82 (.395) (.857) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 10 (14 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA

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

M HARPRING F 27 3-8 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 1 2 6 D COLEMAN F 37 6-14 5-6 4 6 10 2 0 1 0 18 D MUTOMBO C 39 3-9 10-14 2 5 7 1 2 0 4 16 E SNOW G 42 6-16 2-2 2 7 9 10 3 2 3 14 S CLAXTON G 38 7-11 3-3 1 4 5 4 4 1 2 17 A MCKIE 21 3-6 4-4 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 12 D MCKEY 12 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 C BLOUNT 17 1-4 1-2 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 3 R BELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 V CUMMINGS 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 A JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S DALEMBERT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 30-70 27-33 12 30 42 21 16 6 11 90 (.429) (.818) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS)

NEW YORK 19 20 16 27 - 82 PHILADELPHIA 19 21 22 28 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON, F SPENCER, T KNIGHT, S ANDERSON. PHILADELPHIA - D MUTOMBO 2, D COLEMAN 2, S CLAXTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-18 (.333), L SPREWELL 3-9, M JACKSON 2- 4, A HOUSTON 0-2, S ANDERSON 1-2, H EISLEY 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 3-9 (. 333), D COLEMAN 1-4, E SNOW 0-1, A MCKIE 2-3, V CUMMINGS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 20,867. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 45 9-21 5-6 1-4 5 3 26 C Weatherspoon 45 6-14 0-0 2-9 2 2 12 K Thomas 25 3-8 2-2 4-8 0 4 8 M Jackson 33 6-11 0-0 1-5 8 1 14 A Houston 30 5-14 0-0 2-3 3 3 10 F Spencer 15 1-4 0-0 1-6 0 4 2 S Anderson 24 1-4 2-2 1-2 2 4 5 H Eisley 15 1-3 1-2 1-3 1 3 3 T Knight 6 0-1 2-2 3-3 0 4 2 L Postell 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Ward DNP - COACH'S DECISION O Harrington DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 12-14 16-43 21 28 82 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (L Sprewell 3-9, M Jackson 2-4, A Houston 0-2, S Anderson 1-2, H Eisley 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:4 (C Weatherspoon, F Spencer, T Knight, S Anderson). Turnovers:10 (M Jackson 3, H Eisley 3, L Sprewell 2, F Spencer, A Houston). Steals: 3 (L Sprewell 2, K Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (90)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 27 3-8 0-0 1-6 1 2 6 D Coleman 37 6-14 5-6 4-10 2 0 18 D Mutombo 39 3-9 10-14 2-7 1 2 16 E Snow 42 6-16 2-2 2-9 10 3 14 S Claxton 38 7-11 3-3 1-5 4 4 17 A McKie 21 3-6 4-4 0-1 1 2 12 D McKey 12 1-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 C Blount 17 1-4 1-2 2-2 0 2 3 R Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 V Cummings 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 A Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Dalembert 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-70 27-33 12-42 21 16 90 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (D Coleman 1-4, E Snow 0-1, A McKie 2-3, V Cummings 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (D Mutombo 2, D Coleman 2, S Claxton). Turnovers:11 (D Mutombo 4, E Snow 3, M Harpring 2, S Claxton 2). Steals: 6 (E Snow 2, A McKie, D Coleman, M Harpring, S Claxton).

------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 19 20 16 27 - 82 PHILADELPHIA 19 21 22 28 - 90 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,867. T: 2:10.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers missed Allen Iverson. Fellow guards Speedy Claxton, Eric Snow and Aaron McKie made sure they didn't miss out on a win.

Claxton scored 17 points, Snow added 14 and McKie 12 as they compensated for the absence of the NBA's scoring leader and led the 76ers to a 90-82 victory over the New York Knicks.

Iverson, the superstar guard who also leads the league in steals and minutes per game, suffered a broken left hand in Friday's win at Boston and is expected to be out at least four weeks. Prior to Sunday's game, he said he would not opt for surgery and urged his teammates to band together.

"It is a time for (everyone) to come together and help each other," Iverson said. "That is what we will find out in these last 14 games -- what everybody is all about."

The 76ers had been 0-8 without Iverson this season, but the trio of guards changed all that and solidified their standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"Allen missed games this year, when a lot of these guys were out," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "A couple of years ago when I was coaching, he missed games and we had Larry Hughes, Aaron and Eric. They kind of held the fort until he came back. Hopefully, with all these guys back, we can the hold the fort 'til Allen gets back." Claxton started for Iverson and tried to duplicate his quickness. The rookie made 7-of-11 shots, many in transition.

"We need more scoring from everybody, not just me," Claxton said. "AI is like a 40-points-a-night scorer. I know one man will not be able to fulfill that. It's going to have to be a team effort. We were playing with a lot more energy. Now we really believe in ourselves and that we can win. It shows we are capable of winning without him. Don't get me wrong -- we do need him and we want him. But we know we are still capable of winning " "Earlier in the season, when Allen, Eric and Aaron were out, he was our scorer and he did some good things," Brown added. "Then he kind of hit a snag, where offensively he was deferring too much to people. Defensively, he's been terrific since day one. Now, and in the Boston game when Allen was out, he was phenomenal in the second half, on both ends."

Snow threatened a triple-double for the second straight game, collecting 10 assists and nine rebounds.

"It's going to happen sooner or later. I've been close," Snow said. "We won the game, that's the most important thing. I just try to play hard all the time and be aggressive. The shots will come, but I can always help get the rebounds." McKie, who missed 23 of the previous 26 games with a severe high ankle sprain, came off the bench to lead a surge late in the third quarter. He added a 3-pointer down the stretch.

"Aaron was planning on coming back on Wednesday, but as soon as Allen got hurt, he decided to play," Brown said. "I think the bottom line is this is a bunch of guys who want to do the right thing."

"It was a decision I made," McKie said. "Today was a day that I could go out there and give it a try. It would have been better if I could have waited, but hey, it worked out. I felt good, and we got a win." Derrick Coleman had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dikembe Mutombo scored 16 points for the Sixers (37-32), who snapped a three-game home losing streak and pulled into a tie with Orlando for fifth place in the East.

Latrell Sprewell scored 26 points for the Knicks, who went 1-3 against the Sixers this season. New York shot 14 free throws while Philadelphia attempted 33.

"There were a lot of calls out there tonight that you believe could have been no calls," Knicks forward Kurt Thomas said. "But it's part of the game. It was an ugly game, but we hung right in there until down the stretch."

The Knicks lost shooting guard Allan Houston to a sprained left ankle with 10:24 to play. A jumper and transition layup by Claxton gave the Sixers their largest lead at 74-62 with 6:03 left before Sprewell rallied the Knicks. He scored eight points in the next two minutes, cutting the deficit to 76-72 with 4:04 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Mark Jackson had the Knicks within 80-75 with 2:33 to go, but McKie answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner.

Thomas made a jump hook and Sprewell drilled another 3-pointer, making it 83-80 with 1:13 left. But Mutombo, who was 10-of-14 from the line, sank two foul shots. After Sprewell missed a 3-pointer, Snow made a leaner in the lane with 32 seconds to go and Claxton got loose for a three-point play to seal it.

"I know I might still look fast to some people, but I know personally I am missing a step," said Claxton, who sat out all of last season with a torn ACL.

Philadelphia shot 43 percent (30-of-7) and held New York under 40 percent (32-of-81). Jackson had 14 points and eight assists for the Knicks.

The Sixers missed 24-of-35 shots in the first half -- including 11 in a row in the second quarter -- but grabbed a 40-39 halftime edge by staying busy at the line, where they made 18-of-24.

"I thought it was a little one-sided in terms of the fouls, no question about that,"

Knicks coach Don Chaney said.

A 3-pointer by Coleman gave Philadelphia the lead for good at 49-47 with 6:13 left in the third quarter. New York still was within 55-53 before McKie made a short jumper and a 3-pointer around a layup by Claxton, opening a 62-55 advantage heading into the final period.

"(I feel) better than I did a month ago," McKie said. "It was progress going out there and being able to play some."

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