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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 25 16 21 9 71 PHILADELPHIA 17 22 21 20 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - DEREK ANDERSON 17, ANDREW DECLERCQ 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 31, THEO RATLIFF 14, ERIC SNOW 9

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDREW DECLERCQ 11, CEDRIC HENDERSON 7 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 11, MATT GEIGER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - WESLEY PERSON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 PHI - ERIC SNOW 6, ALLEN IVERSON 5

ATT: 17,822


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (71) AT PHILADELPHIA (80)

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

FERRY F 39 5-15 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 3 0 13 HENDERSON F 37 2-10 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 0 4 4 DECLERCQ C 40 5-11 4-8 3 8 11 0 5 2 0 14 ANDERSON G 35 5-13 7-9 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 17 PERSON G 41 5-12 1-1 3 2 5 5 1 1 3 13 NEWMAN 15 1-3 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 5 STACK 13 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 SURA 20 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 2 5 BLOUNT DNP - INFLAMATION LEFT KNEE BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION KEMP DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT MIDFOOT

TOTALS 240 25-71 16-22 12 26 38 17 25 7 13 71 (.352) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 18 3-8 0-1 3 0 3 0 3 1 1 6 RATLIFF F 36 4-8 6-8 2 9 11 0 2 1 1 14 GEIGER C 27 2-5 0-0 1 9 10 2 2 1 1 4 IVERSON G 46 11-22 6-8 2 1 3 5 3 3 1 31 SNOW G 38 4-10 1-2 2 2 4 6 2 1 4 9 GRANT 5 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 HILL 26 0-1 3-6 2 7 9 1 4 0 2 3 HUGHES 17 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 8 MCKIE 27 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 4 HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 17-27 14 31 45 16 21 8 13 80 (.417) (.630) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(7 PTS)

CLEVELAND 25 16 21 9 - 71 PHILADELPHIA 17 22 21 20 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - PERSON, FERRY, SURA, DECLERCQ. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 5-18 (.278), FERRY 1-4, ANDERSON 0-5, PERSON 2-6, NEWMAN 1-1, SURA 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 3-9 (.333), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-6, SNOW 0-1, MCKIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ANDERSON. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, HUE HOLLINS, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 17,822. T - 2:18.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ferry 39 5-15 2-2 1-5 4 3 13 Henderson 37 2-10 0-0 2-7 2 3 4 Declercq 40 5-11 4-8 3-11 0 5 14 Anderson 35 5-13 7-9 0-1 4 3 17 Person 41 5-12 1-1 3-5 5 1 13 Newman 15 1-3 2-2 1-5 0 1 5 Stack 13 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 5 0 Sura 20 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 4 5 Blount DNP - inflamation left knee Boykins DNP - coach's decision Butler DNP - coach's decision Kemp DNP - sprained right midfoot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-71 16-22 12-38 17 25 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Ferry 1-4, Anderson 0-5, Person 2-6, Newman 1-1, Sura 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Person, Ferry, Sura, Declercq). Turnovers: 14 (Henderson 4, Person 3, Anderson 2, Newman 2, Sura 2). Steals: 7 (Ferry 3, Declercq 2, Newman, Person).

PHILADELPHIA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 18 3-8 0-1 3-3 0 3 6 Ratliff 36 4-8 6-8 2-11 0 2 14 Geiger 27 2-5 0-0 1-10 2 2 4 Iverson 46 11-22 6-8 2-3 5 3 31 Snow 38 4-10 1-2 2-4 6 2 9 Grant 5 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Hill 26 0-1 3-6 2-9 1 4 3 Hughes 17 4-8 0-0 2-3 1 2 8 Mckie 27 2-8 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision Mahorn DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 17-27 14-45 16 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-6, Snow 0-1, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Ratliff 2, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Snow 4, Hill 2, Hughes 2, Geiger, Iverson, Lynch, Mckie, Ratliff). Steals: 8 (Iverson 3, Geiger, Hughes, Lynch, Ratliff, Snow). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 25 16 21 9 - 71 Philadelphia 17 22 21 20 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Anderson, 3:47 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,822. T: 2:18. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Hue Hollins, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers clamped down defensively and recorded their fifth straight victory, 80-71 over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers.

Iverson's 20-footer with 10:29 to play put Philadelphia ahead for good, 63-61. He accounted for all of the Sixers' points in a 7-1 burst that extended the lead to 75-68 with 3:33 to go. Philadelphia held Cleveland to 3-of-16 shooting and nine points in the fourth quarter.

Theo Ratliff added 14 points for the 76ers, who have won 10 of their last 13 games and assured themselves of a winning season for the first time since 1990-91, when they went 44-38. That also was the last time they made the playoffs.

Philadelphia moved within two games of idle Atlanta for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it," Iverson said of the postseason. "I'm thinking about it but I'm not concentrating on it. If we could get a 10-game win streak going into the playoffs it would give us a lot of confidence, but we still have to win games in order to get there."

Derek Anderson had 17 points and Wesley Person scored all of his 13 in the first quarter for Cleveland, which again played without starting forward Shawn Kemp and guard Brevin Knight. Kemp is day-to-day with an inflamed bursa sac in his right elbow and Knight is out for the season with a broken hand.

The Cavaliers have dropped six in a row and fell three games behind the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the East.

"We gave a lot of effort," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "We laid it out but we came up short. We had a couple of guys who ran out of gas. Couple that with Philadelphia getting a terrific second half from Allen Iverson, plus they picked up their intensity. They were small things but they added up and before you know it, the game is over."

Person carried the Cavs in the first quarter, hitting 5-of-7 shots to build a 25-17 lead. He netted 11 points in a 5:06 span, keying a 13-4 tear he capped with a 3-pointer at the 3:13 mark for a 20-14 advantage. The Sixers made six of their first eight shots but missed their final 11 of the period.

Iverson missed his first eight shots as the Cavaliers often rotated the taller player onto him when the Sixers tried to run pick-and-rolls. He did not score until a driving lay-in with 5:09 to go in the first half that pulled Philadelphia within 32-27.

Anderson had a pair of free throws to give Cleveland a 36-29 lead with 3:29 to go, but a 3-pointer by Iverson triggered a 10-5 spurt to end the half as Philadelphia closed within 41-39.

"Cleveland did a great job in the first half," said Sixers coach Larry Brown. "Fratello controlled the tempo and they ran their stuff pretty well. We couldn't get them to turn the ball over in the first half so we could run our fast-break offense."

Cleveland pulled within three points on three occasions, the last time at 71-68 on a hook shot by Cedric Henderson with 5:05 to go. But Iverson curled off a screen and was fouled as he made a driving lay-in. He completed the three-point play, traded free throws with Andrew DeClerq and bounced off a pair of Cavalier players before sinking a nine-footer in traffic to give the Sixers a 77-69 lead at the 2:55 mark.

"I always try to play the same way regardless of how I start," said Iverson. "I missed my first seven or eight shots and it got frustrating. I made a couple of shots toward the end of the first half and that enabled me to get my game going in the second."

Ratliff also pulled down 11 rebounds and Matt Geiger had 10 for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (30-of-72) from the field but had 17 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds.

Person took only five more shots the rest of the game and the Cavs shot only 35 percent (25-of-71). Without Kemp, Cleveland tried to work from the outside in, but made only 5-of-18 from beyond the arc. Danny Ferry, starting in place of Kemp, had 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

"They switched more (after the first quarter)," said Person. "Even their big guy was stepping up when I was coming off picks. It seemed that everytime I touched the ball, they had three guys coming at me. It forced me to pass the ball more instead of taking bad shots."

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