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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 22 27 21 23 93 PHILADELPHIA 17 26 20 24 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 27, CLIFF ROBINSON 19, TOM GUGLIOTTA 17 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 18, THEO RATLIFF 14, LARRY HUGHES 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JASON KIDD 13, OLIVER MILLER 8 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 13, LARRY HUGHES 10

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 8, CLIFF ROBINSON 5 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 7, ERIC SNOW 6

ATT: 19,450


Extended Box

PHOENIX (93) AT PHILADELPHIA (87)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 30 7-11 3-3 0 5 5 1 6 1 2 17 ROBINSON F 41 6-14 5-10 1 3 4 5 1 1 4 19 LONGLEY C 13 1-2 2-2 0 5 5 1 4 0 3 4 HARDAWAY G 40 12-21 2-2 2 1 3 4 3 1 2 27 KIDD G 42 1-11 3-3 3 10 13 8 2 2 2 5 ROGERS 15 2-5 0-0 3 2 5 1 6 0 0 6 O MILLER 35 1-5 0-0 3 5 8 4 2 1 3 2 CHAPMAN 17 1-3 5-6 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 8 DAY 7 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 20-26 12 34 46 26 26 6 17 93 (.429) (.769) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

HILL F 28 2-3 3-10 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 7 LYNCH F 25 4-8 2-2 4 3 7 4 2 1 0 11 RATLIFF C 36 6-13 2-2 5 8 13 0 3 0 2 14 IVERSON G 41 7-28 4-8 1 3 4 7 3 4 2 18 SNOW G 34 2-9 3-4 1 3 4 6 2 1 2 7 OWENS 11 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 MCKIE 21 3-6 1-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 8 GEIGER 23 3-10 3-5 5 3 8 0 2 0 1 9 HUGHES 20 6-13 1-2 4 6 10 1 2 2 0 13 BOWEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-90 19-35 22 31 53 21 21 8 12 87 (.367) (.543) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

PHOENIX 22 27 21 23 - 93 PHILADELPHIA 17 26 20 24 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - O MILLER 3, ROBINSON 2, HARDAWAY 2, ROGERS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, OWENS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-18 (.389), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, ROBINSON 2-4, HARDAWAY 1-5, KIDD 0-2, ROGERS 2-2, CHAPMAN 1-2, DAY 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 2-11 (.182), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 0-6, SNOW 0-1, MCKIE 1-2, HUGHES 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA, PHILADELPHIA - HILL. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JIM CLARK, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,450. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PHOENIX (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 30 7-11 3-3 0-5 1 6 17 Robinson 41 6-14 5-10 1-4 5 1 19 Longley 13 1-2 2-2 0-5 1 4 4 Hardaway 40 12-21 2-2 2-3 4 3 27 Kidd 42 1-11 3-3 3-13 8 2 5 Rogers 15 2-5 0-0 3-5 1 6 6 O Miller 35 1-5 0-0 3-8 4 2 2 Chapman 17 1-3 5-6 0-1 2 1 8 Day 7 2-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 5 Bailey DNP - coach's decision Blount DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 20-26 12-46 26 26 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Gugliotta 0-1, Robinson 2-4, Hardaway 1-5, Kidd 0-2, Rogers 2-2, Chapman 1-2, Day 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (O Miller 3, Robinson 2, Hardaway 2, Rogers). Turnovers: 17 (Robinson 4, Longley 3, O Miller 3, Gugliotta 2, Hardaway 2, Kidd 2, Chapman). Steals: 6 (Kidd 2, Gugliotta, Hardaway, O Miller, Robinson).

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 28 2-3 3-10 1-2 0 3 7 Lynch 25 4-8 2-2 4-7 4 2 11 Ratliff 36 6-13 2-2 5-13 0 3 14 Iverson 41 7-28 4-8 1-4 7 3 18 Snow 34 2-9 3-4 1-4 6 2 7 Owens 11 0-0 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Mckie 21 3-6 1-2 1-2 1 3 8 Geiger 23 3-10 3-5 5-8 0 2 9 Hughes 20 6-13 1-2 4-10 1 2 13 Bowen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-90 19-35 22-53 21 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.543. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 0-6, Snow 0-1, Mckie 1-2, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 3, Owens). Turnovers: 12 (Hill 2, Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Ratliff 2, Snow 2, Geiger, Owens). Steals: 8 (Iverson 4, Hughes 2, Lynch, Snow). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 22 27 21 23 - 93 Philadelphia 17 26 20 24 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Gugliotta, 3:00 4th). Philadelphia 1 (Hill, 3:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,450. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Jim Clark, Mike Smith.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- For three quarters, Penny Hardaway was too big. In the fourth quarter, Clifford Robinson was too much.

Hardaway used his height to score a season-high 27 points and Robinson scored nine of his 19 points in the final period as the Phoenix Suns held on for a 93-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Remarkably, the Suns held NBA scoring leader Allen Iverson to 18 points, none in the final quarter. Averaging 31.3 points per game, Iverson often was funneled toward Phoenix's big men and made only 7-of-28 shots. He was 0-of-6 from 3-point range and had his shot blocked three times.

"I missed shots I usually make," said Iverson, who had seven assists. "I was getting by them. I just wasn't making my shots."

Defended by Jason Kidd, the lightning-quick Iverson was 0-of-7 in the final period as he was held to his lowest total since managing just 11 against Charlotte on December 11. Phoenix also limited Iverson to 11 on November 4.

"I just made him work," Kidd said. "I was gonna make it tough for him. He still played a great game. He had his looks. It just didn't fall for him."

"He just followed him all over the court," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "In the first game Iverson was 4-for-20. You've just got to make him work for his shots. You know he's gonna get his shots. You just hope you can make him miss."

In that game, the Suns held on for an 84-80 win, withstanding a furious fourth-quarter rally by the 76ers. It was more of the same tonight but Phoenix beat Philadelphia for the 14th time in the last 16 meetings.

Tom Gugliotta scored 17 points and Kidd pulled down 13 rebounds for the Suns, who are 1-1 on their five-game road trip. They lost at Indiana by the identical score on Tuesday and did not travel until this morning due to inclement weather.

Iverson was not the only Sixer who struggled. Philadelphia shot less than 37 percent (33-of-90) and made only 19-of-35 free throws. The Sixers were 30-of-32 from the line in Saturday's win over Indiana.

"The free throws helped us vs. Indiana," Iverson said. "They killed us tonight."

Theo Ratliff had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Larry Hughes added 13 and 10 for the Sixers, who had won five of their last six games.

While Iverson had a pair of shots blocked, Hardaway had a jumper and 3-pointer to close the third quarter and give the Suns a 70-63 advantage. Hardaway scored 11 points in the period.

"I try to win a basketball game without having to shoot 27 times," said Hardaway, who was 12-of-21 from the field. "But I made up my mind after the Indiana game that I was going to be aggressive because the shots were there for me and I had to take advantage of them."

A 3-pointer by Robinson and layup by Luc Longley gave Phoenix its largest lead at 77-64 with 9:15 to go before Philadelphia rallied with some help from the officials. The Sixers were not called for a team foul until the final minute.

Hughes and George Lynch scored five points apiece in a 13-2 run that cut the deficit to 79-77 with 4:57 remaining. The Sixers had a chance to tie, but Aaron McKie split a pair of foul shots with three minutes to go and Phoenix's Rex Chapman drilled a 3-pointer for an 86-82 lead.

An acrobatic reverse layup by Hughes halved the deficit before Robinson got behind the defense for a breakaway layup with 1:54 left. He answered McKie's jumper with one of his own and, after a steal by Chapman, dunked for a 92-86 lead with 40 seconds to go.

"I didn't get my shot down early in the game but I was able to make some key shots down the stretch," Robinson said. "I made an easy layup, a little jumper in the lane and a dunk. I kind of caught them sleeping and took advantage of the fact that they weren't keeping an eye on me."

"We tried to do everything right at the end," Iverson said. "We just couldn't do it."

Kidd missed his first 10 shots but handed out eight assists for the Suns, who shot 43 percent (33-of-77) and made 20-of-26 free throws. Phoenix was outrebounded, 53-46.

Working against 6-3 Eric Sbow, the 6-7 Hardaway repeatedly went into the post and scored on spin moves or jumpers. He scored eight points in the first quarter, which ended with the Suns holding a 22-17 lead.

"In the past, they've been successful (defending the post)," Hardaway said. "Today, coach Skiles got me into a position where I can get the ball without them fronting me and I was able to shoot over them. It was a great deal for me to get the ball in key spots and to knock them down."

The Sixers cut the deficit to 33-31 on a hook by Ratliff with 5:40 left in the second quarter but Iverson collected two fouls in 29 seconds and had to sit down. Hardaway had a jumper and layup to extend the lead to eight points late in the first half before a dunk by Ratliff pulled Philadelphia within 49-43 at intermission.

"I guess I gotta be like Phil Jackson," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "If they can call three touch fouls on Allen in a half, they've got to call some fouls when he's driving to the hoop. He went to the line eight times. One of those was a technical. He was knocked to the floor 10, 15 times. The only response I get is, `Well, he's going into three guys.'

"Allen's got a coach who's asking him to take it to the hole and he's not getting any protection. He's supposed to be a star in this league. It amazes me he's so resilient and so tough but I don't think it's right."

In the third quarter, Hardaway had two more post jumpers and an 18-footer before Robinson's 3-pointer extended the lead to 58-47 with 8:33 left. Iverson's 15-footer made it 60-57 with 5:21 to play in the period but he missed his last nine shots.

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