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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 18 26 16 21 81 CHICAGO 24 22 18 27 91 FINAL


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PHILADELPHIA (81) AT CHICAGO (91)

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

HILL F 25 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 3 5 0 2 2 LYNCH F 30 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 1 1 5 RATLIFF C 32 4-8 1-3 3 6 9 1 4 0 1 9 IVERSON G 38 10-17 6-10 0 4 4 5 2 2 1 27 SNOW G 33 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 10 0 1 2 10 GEIGER 25 7-12 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 1 14 GRANT 28 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 8 HUGHES 9 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 MCKIE 18 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 2 MOHAMMED 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OVERTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 13-19 11 22 33 24 18 4 11 81 (.458) (.684) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 18 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 4 KUKOC F 36 11-19 3-4 1 4 5 7 2 1 3 26 SIMPKINS C 36 3-7 3-6 1 7 8 4 1 1 2 9 BARRY G 39 5-9 2-2 0 3 3 6 5 0 2 13 JONES G 35 5-10 3-4 1 2 3 4 3 0 0 15 BOOTH 29 8-11 0-4 2 7 9 6 2 3 1 16 CARR 13 1-7 2-2 1 2 3 4 1 0 0 4 DAVID 15 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 LARUE 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 WENNINGTON 10 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 C BENJAMIN DNP - TURF TOE BROWN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-71 13-22 6 30 36 32 21 6 11 91 (.521) (.591) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 18 26 16 21 - 81 CHICAGO 24 22 18 27 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 6, HILL. CHICAGO - BOOTH, BARRY, BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-4 (.500), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 1-3. CHICAGO 4-8 (.500), KUKOC 1-3, BARRY 1-2, JONES 2-3. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - GRANT, RATLIFF, GEIGER (EJECTED-FIGHTING), CHICAGO - BRYANT (EJECTED-FIGHTING). OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, DAN CRAWFORD, SCOTT WALL. A - 22,209. T - 2:07.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 25 0-3 2-2 0-3 3 5 2 Lynch 30 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 3 5 Ratliff 32 4-8 1-3 3-9 1 4 9 Iverson 38 10-17 6-10 0-4 5 2 27 Snow 33 4-9 2-2 0-1 10 0 10 Geiger 25 7-12 0-0 3-7 0 1 14 Grant 28 3-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 8 Hughes 9 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 Mckie 18 1-6 0-0 1-1 2 2 2 Mohammed 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Overton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 13-19 11-33 24 18 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 6, Hill). Turnovers: 11 (Hill 2, Mckie 2, Snow 2, Geiger, Iverson, Lynch, Overton, Ratliff). Steals: 4 (Iverson 2, Lynch, Snow).

CHICAGO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 18 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 5 4 Kukoc 36 11-19 3-4 1-5 7 2 26 Simpkins 36 3-7 3-6 1-8 4 1 9 Barry 39 5-9 2-2 0-3 6 5 13 Jones 35 5-10 3-4 1-3 4 3 15 Booth 29 8-11 0-4 2-9 6 2 16 Carr 13 1-7 2-2 1-3 4 1 4 David 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Larue 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Wennington 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 C Benjamin DNP - turf toe Brown DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 13-22 6-36 32 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Kukoc 1-3, Barry 1-2, Jones 2-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Booth, Barry, Bryant). Turnovers: 11 (Kukoc 3, Barry 2, David 2, Simpkins 2, Booth, Wennington). Steals: 6 (Booth 3, Kukoc, Larue, Simpkins). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 18 26 16 21 - 81 Chicago 24 22 18 27 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 3 (Grant, 0:26 1st; Ratliff, 7:34 3rd; Geiger (ejected-fighting), 6:03 4th). Chicago 1 (Bryant (ejected-fighting), 6:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Hill, 5:54 4th). A: 22,209. T: 2:07. Officials: Terry Durham, Dan Crawford, Scott Wall.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- By the time the Philadelphia 76ers showed any fight against Toni Kukoc and the Chicago Bulls, it was too late.

Kukoc returned from a back strain to collect 26 points and seven assists as the Bulls shot a season-high 52 percent and survived a fourth-quarter scuffle for a 91-81 victory over the slumping 76ers.

"It was nice to have Toni back," Bulls guard Brent Barry said. "He lightens the load for us."

"I had to keep him in there," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "We were going at it every time I took him out. He said he felt fine and could play and the trainer wanted him out. Toni felt he could play."

Winless in two games against Philadelphia this year and 7 1/2 games behind the 76ers in the Eastern Conference standings, the Bulls were in control throughout, handing the lethargic Sixers their fifth loss in six games.

"They beat us in every way tonight," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "They beat us off the dribble and they split the boards. It was their offense and a lack of defense that decided the game. Tonight we simply got outplayed."

Philadelphia trailed throughout most of the second half but cut the deficit to 75-70 with just under seven minutes to go. Less than a minute later, Sixers center Matt Geiger tangled with Bulls forward Mark Bryant and both were ejected. However, the incident sparked Chicago to a game-clinching run.

After missing three games with a strain in his lower back, Kukoc shot 11-of-19 from the field. Second-year swingman Keith Booth had the best game of his career with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Chicago, which made more than half of its shots for the first time this season.

"He is finally getting some important minutes," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "I hope he can continue to grow in our offense. He was in front of the press and did a nice job of containment."

Allen Iverson scored 27 points for Philadelphia (15-14), which fell into a tie with Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We played bad defense -- no, terrible defense," Iverson said. "We need to play better defense than we have the last four or five games. I don't know where it went. They shot well but it was because we played lousy defense."

The Bulls took the lead for good at 60-57 with 4:30 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by rookie Charles Jones, who scored 15 points and defended Iverson in his first start. Booth scored six points in the period, which ended with Chicago holding a 64-60 lead.

"I was just trying to play as much defense as possible and and make it hard on him," Jones said. "I was just trying not to hurt the team and to do my best. I think I did."

Booth opened the final quarter with two jumpers, triggering an 11-4 burst. A jumper by Kukoc gave the Bulls a 75-64 lead with 8:12 left.

Geiger scored Philadelphia's first eight points of the period and a drive by Iverson pulled the Sixers within 75-70 with 6:45 remaining. Bryant responded with a tough layup and hammered Geiger at the other end. Geiger threw an elbow and the two grabbed each other's jerseys and began shoving each other.

"He started grabbing me and he grabbed me from behind," Geiger said. "I turned around and let him know I wasn't going to take that. That's when things got out of control. There wasn't even any punches thrown. I think they could have just given us technicals."

"I wasn't happy about the circumstances surrounding that," said Bryant. "It was a physical game, I give him that. That's the style of play in the Eastern (Conference). It has always been the style."

Jones scored four points in another 11-4 run. A dunk by Dickey Simpkins capped the burst at 86-74 with 3:22 to go.

Barry scored 13 points for the Bulls, who made 37-of-71 shots, including 4-of-8 3-pointers.

Geiger scored 14 points and Eric Snow added 10 and 10 assists for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (33-of-72). Theo Ratliff had nine points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

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