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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 27 17 17 18 79 DENVER 23 16 21 18 78 FINAL


PHILADELPHIA (79) AT DENVER (78)

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

THOMAS F 32 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 11 COLEMAN F 38 6-15 6-7 4 6 10 2 0 1 0 19 RATLIFF C 42 5-8 0-2 7 5 12 0 3 0 3 10 IVERSON G 43 7-19 4-6 0 3 3 6 1 4 3 18 SHAW G 29 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 3 6 1 1 6 SNOW 22 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 4 2 1 3 8 SMITH 14 1-12 3-3 5 1 6 0 3 0 0 5 PARKER 6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS 14 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 MCKIE DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 31-78 15-20 19 26 45 16 21 7 12 79 (.397) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 32 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 4 L ELLIS F 36 9-19 2-3 3 3 6 0 1 3 1 22 D GARRETT C 41 8-11 0-0 5 6 11 2 5 2 2 16 GOLDWIRE G 37 2-11 8-8 3 1 4 4 2 0 1 12 STITH G 38 4-13 7-8 2 4 6 5 1 1 3 15 WOLF 19 0-2 0-0 2 4 6 4 2 1 2 0 NEWMAN 7 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 WASHINGTON 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 FORTSON 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 K GARRIS 11 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 3 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-72 19-21 15 25 40 19 17 7 12 78 (.389) (.905) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 27 17 17 18 - 79 DENVER 23 16 21 18 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, COLEMAN 2. DENVER - D GARRETT 2, GOLDWIRE, STITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-7 (.286), THOMAS 1-1, COLEMAN 1-2, IVERSON 0-1, SHAW 0-1, SNOW 0-1, PARKER 0-1. DENVER 3-8 (.375), L ELLIS 2-4, GOLDWIRE 0-2, STITH 0-1, K GARRIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, WOODY MAYFIELD, TED BERNHARDT. A - 13,727. T - 2:03.


PHILADELPHIA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 32 5-7 0-0 1-4 1 3 11 Coleman 38 6-15 6-7 4-10 2 0 19 Ratliff 42 5-8 0-2 7-12 0 3 10 Iverson 43 7-19 4-6 0-3 6 1 18 Shaw 29 3-8 0-0 0-1 3 6 6 Snow 22 3-5 2-2 0-3 4 2 8 Smith 14 1-12 3-3 5-6 0 3 5 Parker 6 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 S Williams 14 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Mckie DNP - lower back spasms Stewart DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 15-20 19-45 16 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Thomas 1-1, Coleman 1-2, Iverson 0-1, Shaw 0-1, Snow 0-1, Parker 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 4, Coleman 2). Turnovers: 14 (Iverson 3, Ratliff 3, Snow 3, Thomas 2, Shaw). Steals: 7 (Iverson 4, Coleman, Shaw, Snow).

DENVER (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 32 2-8 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 L Ellis 36 9-19 2-3 3-6 0 1 22 D Garrett 41 8-11 0-0 5-11 2 5 16 Goldwire 37 2-11 8-8 3-4 4 2 12 Stith 38 4-13 7-8 2-6 5 1 15 Wolf 19 0-2 0-0 2-6 4 2 0 Newman 7 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Washington 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Fortson 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 K Garris 11 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 3 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-72 19-21 15-40 19 17 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (L Ellis 2-4, Goldwire 0-2, Stith 0-1, K Garris 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (D Garrett 2, Goldwire, Stith). Turnovers: 15 (Stith 3, Battie 2, D Garrett 2, Wolf 2, Goldwire, L Ellis, Washington). Steals: 7 (L Ellis 3, D Garrett 2, Stith, Wolf). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 27 17 17 18 - 79 Denver 23 16 21 18 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,727. T: 2:03. Officials: Steve Javie, Woody Mayfield, Ted Bernhardt.


GAME RECAP

Derrick Coleman scored 19 points and Allen Iverson had 18 and grabbed a key rebound with two seconds remaining, helping the Philadelphia 76ers send the Denver Nuggets to their 10th consecutive loss, 79-78.

The Sixers were clinging to a one-point lead when they were called for a 24-second violation, giving possession to Denver with 14 seconds left.

Anthony Goldwire drove the lane and let go a one-hander, but the shot hit the back of the rim. Dean Garrett got the rebound and tried a tip-in, but he was also off the mark. Iverson came up with the loose ball and tossed it down court as the clock expired.

"The shot felt real good leaving my hand and my heart sunk when it missed," Goldwire said. "The last couple of weeks that shot has hit over (Dikembe) Mutombo and others, but not tonight. It typifies the season. We got a wide open tip but it didn't fall."

Theo Ratliff pulled down 12 rebounds, Coleman had 10 and Iverson contributed four steals and six assists for Philadelphia, which had lost seven of its previous 10 road games. The Sixers improved to 5-0 in one-point games.

"Goldwire saw me look to see if there was a screen and he just blew by me," Iverson said of the final play. "It looked like the tip was going in. A lot of blame will be on me, I played bad defense on a couple of plays that hurt us. Denver's an NBA team, capable of winning on any night."

LaPhonso Ellis scored 22 points, Garrett had 16 and 11 rebounds and Bryant Stith added 15 points for the Nuggets, who lost their fifth consecutive home game. Denver dropped to 0-12 in games decided by four points or less.

"Goldy made a great play," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "He saw a hole. We had two point-blank shots and they didn't go in. Sometimes, it seems like the basket is one inch smaller than the ball. Dean had a real good look at that last tip, and it just didn't fall. It would've been a real spark to win this game."

The fourth quarter was a struggle for both teams, with the Nuggets missing 11-of-16 shots from the field and committing six turnovers and the Sixers missing 8-of-13 field goal attempts and turning the ball over four times.

Neither team could find the range for the game, with Philadelphia shooting just 40 percent (31-for-78) and Denver 39 percent (28-for-72). The Sixers did outrebound the Nuggets, 45-40.

One free throw by Ellis with 3:38 remaining gave Denver a 74-72 lead, but the Sixers answered with a 7-0 burst to move back ahead. Tim Thomas connected on a three-pointer at 3:24, Iverson followed with one free throw, Coleman hit a 16-footer and then a single free throw with 1:45 left to give the Sixers a 79-74 lead.

On Denver's next possession, Stith hit two free throws to make it 79-76. Eric Snow was then called for traveling, but Tony Battie missed a turnaround jumper for the Nuggets, just before Iverson missed on a jumper at the other end.

Goldwire's two free throws with 38 seconds left cut Philadelphia's lead to 79-78, but those were the last points of the game.

"Before the last play the last thing we said was keep everybody in front of you," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "Goldwire got by so fast and then Garrett got the tip. That's what happens when you're not doing good. Bill's got them playing hard and they're getting better."

The Sixers were up 59-49 with 4:38 left in the third quarter after a fastbreak layup by Thomas. But the Nuggets battled back to go ahead 60-59 following two free throws by Goldwire at the 1:13 mark. Scott Williams closed out the scoring in the quarter with a layup, putting the Sixers back top 61-60.

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