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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 25 25 13 23 86 PHILADELPHIA 25 22 26 19 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - HERSEY HAWKINS 30, FRED HOIBERG 14, ELTON BRAND 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 35, GEORGE LYNCH 15, TODD MACCULLOCH 10

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - DICKEY SIMPKINS 7, ELTON BRAND 6 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 7, AARON MCKIE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - HERSEY HAWKINS 7, RANDY BROWN 4 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 6, AARON MCKIE 5

ATT: 18,120


Extended Box

CHICAGO (86) AT PHILADELPHIA (92)

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

ARTEST F 26 2-8 4-4 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 8 BRAND F 33 6-10 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 1 7 13 PERDUE C 12 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 3 0 HAWKINS G 37 11-16 5-5 0 2 2 7 5 4 2 30 BROWN G 29 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 4 4 1 3 9 HOIBERG 28 6-12 1-1 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 14 SIMPKINS 20 0-2 0-0 2 5 7 2 2 0 2 0 DAVID 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 2 RUFFIN 17 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 0 2 WILLOUGHBY 19 1-10 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 4 ANSTEY 14 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 4 KUKOC DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 34-79 13-14 7 26 33 27 26 14 20 86 (.430) (.929) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(28 PTS)

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

HUGHES F 18 4-7 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 1 2 8 LYNCH F 38 6-8 3-4 2 2 4 1 2 4 3 15 MACCULLOCH C 30 5-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 10 IVERSON G 42 9-24 16-23 2 5 7 6 3 3 6 35 SNOW G 34 2-5 3-4 1 2 3 3 1 4 3 7 OWENS 25 3-6 1-1 2 3 5 0 4 0 4 7 ROBERTS 12 1-2 0-1 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 2 MCKIE 27 4-10 0-0 0 7 7 5 3 1 2 8 BOWEN 14 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-69 23-33 10 30 40 18 21 14 23 92 (.493) (.697) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(25 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 25 13 23 - 86 PHILADELPHIA 25 22 26 19 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND 3, RUFFIN 2, BROWN. PHILADELPHIA - MACCULLOCH 3, MCKIE, OWENS, ROBERTS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-15 (.333), ARTEST 0-1, HAWKINS 3-4, BROWN 1-2, HOIBERG 1-5, WILLOUGHBY 0-3. PHILADELPHIA 1-4 (.250), IVERSON 1-3, MCKIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 18,120. T - 2:17.


Box Score

CHICAGO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 26 2-8 4-4 1-3 3 2 8 Brand 33 6-10 1-2 2-6 0 3 13 Perdue 12 0-3 0-0 1-3 2 0 0 Hawkins 37 11-16 5-5 0-2 7 5 30 Brown 29 4-10 0-0 0-0 4 4 9 Hoiberg 28 6-12 1-1 0-3 1 2 14 Simpkins 20 0-2 0-0 2-7 2 2 0 David 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Ruffin 17 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 Willoughby 19 1-10 2-2 0-4 3 1 4 Anstey 14 2-4 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 Kukoc DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 13-14 7-33 27 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Artest 0-1, Hawkins 3-4, Brown 1-2, Hoiberg 1-5, Willoughby 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Brand 3, Ruffin 2, Brown). Turnovers: 21 (Brand 7, Brown 3, Perdue 3, Hawkins 2, Simpkins 2, Artest, Hoiberg, Willoughby). Steals: 14 (Hawkins 4, Artest 2, David 2, Anstey, Brand, Brown, Hoiberg, Perdue, Willoughby).

PHILADELPHIA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hughes 18 4-7 0-0 2-6 2 2 8 Lynch 38 6-8 3-4 2-4 1 2 15 Macculloch 30 5-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 10 Iverson 42 9-24 16-23 2-7 6 3 35 Snow 34 2-5 3-4 1-3 3 1 7 Owens 25 3-6 1-1 2-5 0 4 7 Roberts 12 1-2 0-1 1-3 0 3 2 Mckie 27 4-10 0-0 0-7 5 3 8 Bowen 14 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-69 23-33 10-40 18 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Iverson 1-3, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Macculloch 3, Mckie, Owens, Roberts). Turnovers: 23 (Iverson 6, Owens 4, Lynch 3, Snow 3, Hughes 2, Macculloch 2, Mckie 2, Roberts). Steals: 14 (Lynch 4, Snow 4, Iverson 3, Hughes, Mckie, Roberts). ____________________________________________ Chicago 25 25 13 23 - 86 Philadelphia 25 22 26 19 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,120. T: 2:17. Officials: Joe Crawford, Violet Palmer, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson was back under 40 points and the Philadelphia 76ers were back in the win column.

Iverson scored 14 of his 35 points in the decisive third quarter as the 76ers overcame a lackluster first half for a 92-86 victory over the shorthanded Chicago Bulls.

Iverson ended an early-season slump with 37 points in Monday's win over Seattle. He scored 46 points in a loss Wednesday at Orlando and picked his spots against the Bulls (0-5), the only winless team in the Eastern Conference.

The defending NBA scoring champion made just 9-of-24 shots but used his quickness to generate 23 free throws, making 16. In the third quarter, he scored nine points during a 15-2 run that closed the period and gave the Sixers a 73-63 lead.

"I was going to the basket a lot more than I had been in previous games," Iverson said. "At the end of the game, I had the ball a lot and they fouled me.

"I love it. I hope they continue to foul me and they call it. It only helps my game. It adds more confidence to my game that when I go to the rack they're gonna call it."

Playing without injured star forward Toni Kukoc, the Bulls fell behind by 18 points in the fourth quarter before cutting the deficit to 88-84 with 58 seconds left. Iverson made three free throws around a deflection by teammate Eric Snow to seal the win.

"We got up on them and stopped doing the things that it took to get the lead and they came back on us," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We stopped playing defense, we stopped hitting the shots we were hitting."

"It was by far the best we've played this year," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "We're not happy with the loss, but this is an ongoing process for our basketball team. It was our best sustained effort defensively. We played well off each other. We trusted the offense a bit."

George Lynch scored 15 points for Philadelphia (2-4), which again was without injured frontcourt players Theo Ratliff, Matt Geiger and Tyrone Hill.

"Next game we might have Theo back," Brown said. "I'm looking for the day when I can play our normal lineup. That's the only hope we have. Then we have to find a way to play with that lineup like we did last year."

Kukoc, one of only two players to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists last season, sat out with back spasms.

"There is no need for an MRI, which is a real positive," Floyd said. "His status is much improved. We're going to re-evaluate him tomorrow."

Philadelphia took the lead for good at 64-63 on an 18-footer by Iverson with 4:12 left in the third period. He added two free throws 26 seconds later, then made a steal and fed Billy Owens for a layup. He added a jumper and two free throws to end the quarter.

Aaron McKie opened the fourth period with a jumper and Iverson used a crossover dribble to draw a foul from Hersey Hawkins while making a foul-line jumper.

"When I had my turn with him, I was telling him, `Please slow down, my legs are hurting,'" the 33-year-old Hawkins said. "He would complain that it was too cold and he had to keep moving. He's a great player."

The Sixers took their largest lead at 83-65 with 9:22 left on an inside basket by Stanley Roberts, who was activated from the injured list earlier today after being signed as a free agent during training camp.

The Sixers went cold and the Bulls pecked away, moving within four points on back-to-back layups by rookie Elton Brand, who scored 13 points. But Iverson sealed the win with his free throws.

"From late in the third quarter to about six minutes (to go), we were about as good defensively as we've been," Brown said. "Then we got careless down the stretch and took some terrible shots."

Rookie Todd MacCulloch scored 10 points for the Sixers, who shot 49 percent (34-of-69) and held a 23-13 advantage in free throws made. Chicago attempted just two foul shots in the second half.

Hawkins, a former Sixer, scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls, who shot 43 percent (34-of-79) and were outrebounded, 40-33. Fred Hoiberg added 14 points.

"If there was such a thing as a moral victory, we almost had one," Hawkins said. "All the guys showed guts. We showed that we are going to stick together."

The Sixers raced to a 23-13 lead before the Bulls rallied behind Hoiberg for a 25-25 tie after one quarter. Hawkins scored 11 points in the second quarter, which ended with Chicago holding a 50-45 lead.

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