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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 18 27 24 16 85 PHILADELPHIA 17 19 22 22 80 FINAL


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CLEVELAND (85) AT PHILADELPHIA (80)

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

HENDERSON F 26 2-8 5-6 0 1 1 2 3 2 2 9 KEMP F 33 4-10 9-10 2 8 10 2 5 3 1 17 DECLERCQ C 23 1-2 3-5 1 4 5 2 4 0 1 5 KNIGHT G 24 3-6 2-4 1 6 7 3 4 1 3 8 PERSON G 35 7-14 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 16 ANDERSON 20 4-10 3-3 0 2 2 3 1 2 3 12 BLOUNT 20 1-3 3-7 2 4 6 0 2 5 1 5 BUTLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FERRY 19 1-6 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 NEWMAN 21 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 8 SURA 18 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 6 2 2 1 0 BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-68 27-37 7 26 33 21 28 16 15 85 (.397) (.730) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

HILL F 30 3-4 1-2 5 8 13 1 5 1 2 7 LYNCH F 28 5-7 0-0 2 6 8 2 3 1 3 10 RATLIFF C 30 4-7 7-10 2 6 8 1 4 0 4 15 IVERSON G 12 0-7 5-6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 SNOW G 34 6-11 4-5 2 2 4 6 5 2 3 16 GEIGER 22 3-10 5-6 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 11 GRANT 22 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 HONEYCUTT 10 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 4 HUGHES 34 4-13 0-0 2 7 9 2 3 3 5 8 MCKIE 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 OVERTON 12 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-73 23-31 15 34 49 16 29 9 23 80 (.384) (.742) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(26 PTS)

CLEVELAND 18 27 24 16 - 85 PHILADELPHIA 17 19 22 22 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - PERSON 2, BLOUNT, KEMP. PHILADELPHIA - HUGHES 2, RATLIFF 2, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-11 (.364), PERSON 2-6, ANDERSON 1-2, FERRY 1-2, SURA 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 1-7 (.143), IVERSON 0-2, GRANT 0-1, HONEYCUTT 1-2, HUGHES 0-2. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - FERRY, PHILADELPHIA - GRANT. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, BILL KENNEDY, BERNIE FRYER. A - 18,126. T - 2:24.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 2-8 5-6 0-1 2 3 9 Kemp 33 4-10 9-10 2-10 2 5 17 Declercq 23 1-2 3-5 1-5 2 4 5 Knight 24 3-6 2-4 1-7 3 4 8 Person 35 7-14 0-0 0-1 0 2 16 Anderson 20 4-10 3-3 0-2 3 1 12 Blount 20 1-3 3-7 2-6 0 2 5 Butler 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ferry 19 1-6 2-2 1-1 1 2 5 Newman 21 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 3 8 Sura 18 0-2 0-0 0-0 6 2 0 Boykins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-68 27-37 7-33 21 28 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.730. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Person 2-6, Anderson 1-2, Ferry 1-2, Sura 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Person 2, Blount, Kemp). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 3, Knight 3, Person 3, Henderson 2, Blount, Declercq, Kemp, Sura). Steals: 16 (Blount 5, Kemp 3, Anderson 2, Henderson 2, Sura 2, Knight, Newman).

PHILADELPHIA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 3-4 1-2 5-13 1 5 7 Lynch 28 5-7 0-0 2-8 2 3 10 Ratliff 30 4-7 7-10 2-8 1 4 15 Iverson 12 0-7 5-6 0-0 0 1 5 Snow 34 6-11 4-5 2-4 6 5 16 Geiger 22 3-10 5-6 1-2 0 0 11 Grant 22 0-5 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 Honeycutt 10 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 1 4 Hughes 34 4-13 0-0 2-9 2 3 8 Mckie 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Overton 12 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 2 4 Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 23-31 15-49 16 29 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Iverson 0-2, Grant 0-1, Honeycutt 1-2, Hughes 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Hughes 2, Ratliff 2, Hill). Turnovers: 23 (Hughes 5, Ratliff 4, Grant 3, Lynch 3, Snow 3, Hill 2, Honeycutt 2, Geiger). Steals: 9 (Hughes 3, Snow 2, Hill, Honeycutt, Iverson, Lynch). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 18 27 24 16 - 85 Philadelphia 17 19 22 22 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ferry, 0:39 2nd). Philadelphia 1 (Grant, 0:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,126. T: 2:24. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy, Bernie Fryer.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have to figure out a way to stop Allen Iverson. His coach did it for them.

The Cavaliers cruised to an 85-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as Iverson apparently was benched for the final three quarters by Larry Brown following a sideline disagreement.

Iverson, who leads the league in scoring at 28.2 points per game, missed all seven shots he took in the first quarter. He began the second quarter on the bench and Brown was ready to re-insert him with 9:57 to go, with Philadelphia having missed its last 15 shots.

According to several reports, Iverson said to Brown, "It's about (bleeping) time." Brown responded by putting Iverson back on the bench, where he remained for the rest of the game.

"I'm the coach. I have the right to play a guy or not play a guy," said Brown, who intended to play Iverson in the second half until Iverson told him he was hurt.

"There was a misunderstanding, a miscommunication," Iverson said. "But there's no problem between me and the coach. Players and coaches have disagreements. Everything's not always peaches and cream. But I have no problem with it. If I was able, I would have played."

Iverson suffered a bruised right quadricep three weeks ago against the Los Angeles Lakers. He did not come out for the second-half warmups and did not join the team on the bench until after the third quarter began. He scored a season-low five points, ending his streak of double-figure games at 43.

"I ask a guy to go in the game, they go in," Brown said. "I ask a guy to come out, they come out. That's the way I coach. These guys are playing hurt. They know when they're hurt and they can't go anymore. That's the case right there. I chose not to play him because he was hurt."

"I'm going to sit this one out until I'm 100 percent," Iverson said. "I'm only hurting myself and my team. So whether it takes two weeks, three weeks, however long it takes to get this thing right, that's what's best for me and for the future."

Shawn Kemp had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Wesley Person added 16 points for the Cavaliers (15-15), who snapped a three-game losing streak and won in Philadelphia for the 13th time in their last 14 visits. Cleveland guard Brevin Knight turned away a pair of rallies by Philadelphia in the late stages.

"We were fortunate to hang on and win this game," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "We needed this one because they're ahead of us in the playoff race."

Without Iverson, the 76ers struggled on offense. Eric Snow scored a season-high 16 points and Theo Ratliff added 15 for Philadelphia (16-15), which has lost four of five and fell one-half game behind Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers visit Toronto on Sunday.

"Mature guys, guys who care about the team, step up," Brown said. "No matter what the circumstances are, they step up and take responsibility in a game like that. I don't think we realize that yet. I think Cleveland had every right to be tired after last night (a loss in new York) but they look at this as a chance to beat a team that's right there with them."

Two free throws by Iverson gave the Sixers a 12-4 lead with 6:07 left in the first quarter but they already were nearly three minutes into an 11-minute basket drought. The Cavs scored 19 of the next 26 points and never trailed again.

"They started out like it was going to be a 20-point lead for them at the half," Fratello said. "It was like a slap in the face for us. We got ourselves back into the game, made some stops, made some shots and built on it from there."

An 18-footer by Johnny Newman gave Cleveland its largest lead at 43-28 with two minutes left in the first half. The Cavs settled for a 45-36 advantage at intermission.

Iverson was nowhere to be found when the Sixers took the court prior to the third quarter. He sauntered to the bench early in the period and sat there with a towel over his new hairdo for the rest of the game.

"Allen said he was hurt, so I didn't have much choice," Brown said. "He said he was hurt and didn't play. I expected to start him in the second half but he said he was hurt and didn't play."

The Cavs led 69-58 entering the final period but a 3-pointer by Jerald Honeycutt capped a 7-0 burst and pulled the Sixers within 72-67 with 7:30 to play. Cleveland's Andrew DeClercq made a free throw before Knight hit a jumper for an eight-point lead.

A free throw by Ratliff cut the deficit to 79-74 with 1:01 left. Knight answered with a jumper, then countered two free throws by Snow with two of his own to seal it at 83-76 with 34 seconds to go.

Both teams shot under 40 percent. Philadelphia held a 49-33 rebounding advantage but committed 23 turnovers while forcing 16.

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