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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 18 20 16 22 76 SAN ANTONIO 23 14 20 32 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 28, LARRY HUGHES 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 20, TERRY PORTER 15, AVERY JOHNSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 10, TYRONE HILL 8 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 16, DAVID ROBINSON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 8, TERRY PORTER 5

ATT: 27,288


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (76) AT SAN ANTONIO (89)

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

LYNCH F 40 4-12 0-0 4 6 10 0 1 2 2 8 OWENS F 25 1-7 1-2 2 2 4 2 4 2 2 3 HILL C 30 3-11 2-2 2 6 8 2 5 0 2 8 IVERSON G 37 9-21 9-11 0 1 1 3 3 1 3 28 SNOW G 33 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 6 MACCULLOCH 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 HUGHES 26 4-10 2-2 4 0 4 1 1 0 1 10 MCKIE 23 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 4 MOHAMMED 14 1-3 1-4 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 3 BOWEN 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 JONES 2 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 RHODES DNP - PULLED HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 30-83 15-21 13 22 35 15 23 10 12 76 (.361) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

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

BROWN F 19 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 DUNCAN F 28 8-16 4-6 5 11 16 0 2 0 3 20 ROBINSON C 31 3-9 4-7 3 7 10 4 4 1 4 10 ELIE G 29 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 2 1 9 JOHNSON G 32 5-9 2-2 1 1 2 8 4 1 4 12 WALKER 16 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 JACKSON 27 1-6 0-1 3 2 5 0 2 0 3 3 PORTER 21 4-8 4-4 0 3 3 5 2 0 0 15 ROSE 21 3-6 2-3 3 2 5 1 3 0 2 8 J KERSEY 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 S KERR 7 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 DANIELS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 31-72 21-29 15 35 50 22 21 4 20 89 (.431) (.724) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 22(24 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 18 20 16 22 - 76 SAN ANTONIO 23 14 20 32 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL 2, LYNCH 2, MOHAMMED. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 5, DUNCAN 3, BROWN, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-4 (.250), OWENS 0-1, IVERSON 1-2, MCKIE 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 6-10 (.600), ELIE 1-1, JACKSON 1-3, PORTER 3-5, S KERR 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 4, IVERSON, SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TOM WASHINGTON, SCOTT WALL. A - 27,288. T - 2:24.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 40 4-12 0-0 4-10 0 1 8 Owens 25 1-7 1-2 2-4 2 4 3 Hill 30 3-11 2-2 2-8 2 5 8 Iverson 37 9-21 9-11 0-1 3 3 28 Snow 33 3-6 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 Macculloch 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Hughes 26 4-10 2-2 4-4 1 1 10 Mckie 23 2-7 0-0 0-1 4 2 4 Mohammed 14 1-3 1-4 0-3 0 1 3 Bowen 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Jones 2 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Rhodes DNP - pulled hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-83 15-21 13-35 15 23 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Owens 0-1, Iverson 1-2, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Hill 2, Lynch 2, Mohammed). Turnovers: 13 (Iverson 3, Hill 2, Lynch 2, Owens 2, Hughes, Mckie, Snow). Steals: 10 (Lynch 2, Owens 2, Bowen, Iverson, Macculloch, Mckie, Mohammed, Snow).

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 19 0-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Duncan 28 8-16 4-6 5-16 0 2 20 Robinson 31 3-9 4-7 3-10 4 4 10 Elie 29 4-8 0-0 0-5 2 2 9 Johnson 32 5-9 2-2 1-2 8 4 12 Walker 16 1-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 3 Jackson 27 1-6 0-1 3-5 0 2 3 Porter 21 4-8 4-4 0-3 5 2 15 Rose 21 3-6 2-3 3-5 1 3 8 J Kersey 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 S Kerr 7 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 5 Daniels 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 21-29 15-50 22 21 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Elie 1-1, Jackson 1-3, Porter 3-5, S Kerr 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (Robinson 5, Duncan 3, Brown, Walker). Turnovers: 22 (Johnson 4, Robinson 4, Duncan 3, Jackson 3, Rose 2, Brown, Daniels, Elie, Walker). Steals: 4 (Elie 2, Johnson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 18 20 16 22 - 76 San Antonio 23 14 20 32 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 5 (Illegal Defense 4, 3:17 1st, 8:33 2nd, 6:38 2nd, 10:21 4th; Iverson, 6:38 2nd). San Antonio 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:00 2nd, 1:17 3rd; Head Coach Popovich, 9:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 27,288. T: 2:24. Officials: Steve Javie, Tom Washington, Scott Wall.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- After receiving their NBA championship rings, the San Antonio Spurs can only hope that the voters are as decisive at the polls as they were on the court.

Led by "Twin Towers" Tim Duncan and David Robinson, the Spurs took control in the fourth quarter and pulled away for an 89-76 victory over the undermanned and undersized Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener for both teams.

Residents of Bexar County are voting on a referendum calling for an increase in hotel and rental car taxes that would fund a new arena for the Spurs. Owner Peter Holt has said he will move the team if the referendum does not pass and Duncan, a free agent at the end of the season, has said he will not play for a team that cannot remain financially competitive.

With just under 26 percent of the votes counted, the referendum leads, 62,641-42,523. Holt declared the early returns a victory.

"It was a great night in a lot of ways," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We got a ring, we got a win. I am glad the Spurs are going to be in San Antonio. The voting was not a distraction or factor."

"I am glad we got all that behind us and we can play basketball," said Spurs guard Avery Johnson, who had 12 points and eight assists.

Duncan and Robinson took advantage of the absence of 76ers big men Theo Ratliff and Matt Geiger, both sidelined by injuries. Duncan had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Robinson triggered a 17-0 run with a basket early in the fourth quarter.

The size of Duncan and Robinson helped San Antonio hold a 50-35 rebounding advantage and block 12 shots.

League scoring champion Allen Iverson did all he could to keep the Sixers in the game. The 6-1 guard scored 28 points in the first three quarters and Philadelphia trailed just 57-54 going into the final period. But Iverson took a rest and the Spurs took advantage.

NBA commissioner David Stern presented the Spurs with their rings prior to the game. A championship banner was raised in the Alamodome, whih had 27,288 on hand.

"I didn't get a good look at it (the ring), but it looked good and I am going to look at it right now," Johnson said. "I might sleep with the ring on."

"The banner going up meant a lot to me and knowing that it is hanging up for a long time has a lot of significance," said Robinson, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

It was the third time in the last four seasons that the Sixers watched an opponent receive its championship rings. They were in Chicago in 1997 and 1998 when the Bulls received their rings for winning the title the previous season.

"I set out to watch the ring ceremony so that I could get a feel for how it is," said Iverson, who shot 9-of-21 from the field. "It felt good to watch the whole thing. They are world champions, they are a great team. They got to the Finals and handled their business."

There were eight technical fouls, including six for illegal defenses. Iverson and Popovich each drew one for arguing.

Wearing a black headband with the No. 13 for late Sixers great Wilt Chamberlain, Iverson scored 17 points in the first half as Philadelphia grabbed a 38-37 lead. He added 11 more in the third quarter but did not get much help.

With Iverson on the bench, two free throws by Tyrone Hill cut the deficit to 60-58 early in the fourth quarter. But Terry Porter, signed by the Spurs during the offseason, fueled the decisive burst.

After Robinson made a jumper, Porter hit a 3-pointer and fed Johnson for a three-point play that pushed the lead to 68-58 with 8:26 remaining. Robinson made a free throw and Mario Elie scored before Porter hit another 3-pointer and passed to Malik Rose for a three-point play and a 77-58 bulge with 6:28 to go.

"We just wanted to come in here and play well against the world champions," said Sixers forward George Lynch, who was matched up with Duncan for much of the game and had eight points and 10 rebounds. "We did that for three quarters and then we gambled with some shots that didn't fall for us. If you take those shots and they don't go down, that can hurt you against a team like San Antonio."

The Spurs shot 43 percent (31-of-72) from the field while holding Philadelphia to 36 percent (30-of-83). Reserve guard Larry Hughes scored 10 points for the Sixers.

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