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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 18 18 26 28 90 PHILADELPHIA 24 19 16 25 84 FINAL


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BOSTON (90) AT PHILADELPHIA (84)

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

PIERCE F 29 2-11 2-2 3 4 7 3 2 0 2 6 WALKER F 46 9-23 1-2 2 6 8 1 5 4 1 21 POTAPENKO C 35 5-6 2-2 3 6 9 1 5 1 0 12 ANDERSON G 26 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 3 8 MERCER G 45 8-21 2-2 1 2 3 6 1 5 1 18 BARROS 21 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 12 BATTIE 14 3-5 0-2 3 3 6 0 4 1 0 6 BOWEN 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 MINOR 19 1-4 5-6 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 7 SCHINTZIUS 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-86 14-18 16 25 41 16 21 13 9 90 (.419) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

HILL F 35 7-11 3-4 4 6 10 1 2 3 1 17 LYNCH F 33 2-7 3-4 4 3 7 4 3 1 3 7 RATLIFF C 38 8-11 3-6 4 6 10 3 1 1 3 19 HUGHES G 42 7-19 6-13 4 3 7 5 3 0 6 21 MCKIE G 43 2-10 0-0 1 8 9 6 3 3 3 5 GEIGER 21 2-7 3-4 2 2 4 2 2 0 2 7 GRANT 16 2-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 5 HONEYCUTT 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 3 IVERSON DNP - RIGHT QUADRICEP CONTUSION MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SNOW DNP - SORE LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 31-70 19-33 19 31 50 21 18 9 20 84 (.443) (.576) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(27 PTS)

BOSTON 18 18 26 28 - 90 PHILADELPHIA 24 19 16 25 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MERCER, POTAPENKO, MINOR. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, GEIGER, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-9 (.444), PIERCE 0-1, WALKER 2-5, BARROS 2-2, BOWEN 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 3-6 (.500), HUGHES 1-2, MCKIE 1-2, HONEYCUTT 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TIM DONAGHY, LEON WOOD. A - 20,627. T - 2:21.


Box Score

BOSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 29 2-11 2-2 3-7 3 2 6 Walker 46 9-23 1-2 2-8 1 5 21 Potapenko 35 5-6 2-2 3-9 1 5 12 Anderson 26 3-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 8 Mercer 45 8-21 2-2 1-3 6 1 18 Barros 21 5-7 0-0 0-0 3 1 12 Battie 14 3-5 0-2 3-6 0 4 6 Bowen 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Minor 19 1-4 5-6 3-6 0 1 7 Schintzius 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Garnett DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 14-18 16-41 16 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Pierce 0-1, Walker 2-5, Barros 2-2, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Mercer, Potapenko, Minor). Turnovers: 10 (Anderson 3, Barros 2, Pierce 2, Mercer, Walker). Steals: 13 (Mercer 5, Walker 4, Anderson, Battie, Bowen, Potapenko).

PHILADELPHIA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 35 7-11 3-4 4-10 1 2 17 Lynch 33 2-7 3-4 4-7 4 3 7 Ratliff 38 8-11 3-6 4-10 3 1 19 Hughes 42 7-19 6-13 4-7 5 3 21 Mckie 43 2-10 0-0 1-9 6 3 5 Geiger 21 2-7 3-4 2-4 2 2 7 Grant 16 2-2 1-2 0-2 0 3 5 Honeycutt 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Iverson DNP - right quadricep contusion Mahorn DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Snow DNP - sore left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 19-33 19-50 21 18 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.576. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Hughes 1-2, Mckie 1-2, Honeycutt 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Geiger, Grant). Turnovers: 20 (Hughes 6, Lynch 3, Mckie 3, Ratliff 3, Geiger 2, Honeycutt 2, Hill). Steals: 9 (Hill 3, Mckie 3, Grant, Lynch, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Boston 18 18 26 28 - 90 Philadelphia 24 19 16 25 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,627. T: 2:21. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tim Donaghy, Leon Wood.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The absence of Allen Iverson helped the Boston Celtics more than any pregame pep talk by coach Rick Pitino.

Without their starting backcourt of Iverson and Eric Snow, the Philadelphia 76ers committed 20 turnovers against Boston's pressure defense and fell to the Celtics, 90-84.

The Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak and won for only the second time in their last 12 games. After the team was booed at home in an embarrassing 86-67 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday, Boston caught a major break tonight when it was learned before the game that Iverson would not play due to a bruised right quadricep.

"It's been a while since we won," Pitino said. "We had to really work hard at it. We got a break tonight with Iverson out, but when you struggle the way we have, you take any win you can get."

Hoping to shake the Celtics out of the doldrums, Pitino had addressed his team with a motivational pregame speech before the ugly home loss to Minnesota.

Snow also was a late scratch due to a sore left hamstring, leaving the Sixers with rookie Larry Hughes and Aaron McKie as their starting backcourt. Although Hughes led Philadelphia with 21 points, he committed six turnovers. Meanwhile, McKie hit just 2-of-10 shots and finished with five points.

"I expected a little trouble with the turnovers," said 76ers coach Larry Brown. "We had a whole bunch in the second. But I'm proud of the effort."

Former Sixer Dana Barros came off the Celtics' bench and scored seven of his 12 points in a 13-0 third-quarter run that turned an eight-point deficit into a 62-57 lead.

"I just got lucky," Barros said. "I had some open shots and knocked them down. The press finally kicked in for us. We wore them down, got some turnovers, got some easy baskets and that got us back into the game."

Antoine Walker scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Ron Mercer added 18 for Boston. Walker missed 15 of his first 19 shots, but was 5-of-8 from the field in the fourth quarter.

"It was a big win for us," Walker said. "To come in here on the road and beat the Sixers, it's a huge boost for us. It puts us in a better frame of mind."

A 3-pointer and follow shot by Walker gave Boston its biggest lead at 74-65 with just over six minutes left.

After a pair of free throws by George Lynch brought the Sixers within 78-74 with 2:55 left, Barros hit a 3-pointer and Walker followed with a steal and basket to give Boston an 83-74 lead with 2:24 remaining.

Philadelphia responded with a 9-2 run and pulled within 85-83 after Hughes sank two free throws with 45 seconds left.

But Greg Minor converted two pairs of foul shots, around a turnover by the Sixers, to seal the win with 36 seconds remaining.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.6 points per game, originally suffered the quad injury when he lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 41 points in a 105-90 win last Friday. But he proceeded to play all three games on Philadelphia's West Coast trip. On Wednesday, he scored 34 points, including seven in overtime, to lead the 76ers to a 95-90 win at Vancouver.

But today, Iverson was noticeably limping at the team's shootaround and did not suit up. It was the first game he missed in nearly a year. He last sat on March 30 against Detroit when he was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Theo Ratliff had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Tyrone Hill added 17 and 10 for the Sixers. Hill had only two points in the second half.

The Celtics hit just 9-of-25 shots in the first quarter as the Sixers built a 24-18 lead.

A short jumper by Harvey Grant and a layup by Hill 1:06 into the second quarter gave Philadelphia its biggest lead at 28-18.

A jumper and layup by Mercer pulled Boston within 38-34 with 2:39 left in the quarter. A layup by Ratliff, a free throw by Hill and a jumper by Hughes gave the Sixers a 43-36 halftime advantage.

After 3-pointer by Hughes increased Philadelphia's lead to 57-49 with 4:21 left in the third, Barros ignited a 13-0 run for Boston with a 3-pointer and a pair of 20-foot jumpers.

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