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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 26 15 16 23 80 DENVER 19 24 18 22 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 29, THEO RATLIFF 11, ERIC SNOW 11 DEN - RON MERCER 15, NICK VAN EXEL 14, ANTONIO MCDYESS 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 14, THEO RATLIFF 9 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 9, JAMES POSEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 4, ALLEN IVERSON 4 DEN - RON MERCER 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 13,431


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (80) AT DENVER (83)

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

HILL F 25 4-10 0-0 3 1 4 1 3 1 3 8 LYNCH F 34 2-15 0-0 4 10 14 3 3 4 3 4 RATLIFF C 32 4-7 3-6 4 5 9 2 4 1 4 11 IVERSON G 42 9-22 11-13 1 2 3 4 1 2 2 29 SNOW G 32 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 2 3 11 GEIGER 15 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 4 OWENS 15 1-2 2-5 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 4 MCKIE 22 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 0 BOWEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUGHES 22 4-11 1-3 1 3 4 2 2 0 4 9 MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-86 17-27 15 33 48 20 24 12 21 80 (.360) (.630) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 21(16 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 40 5-13 2-9 4 5 9 5 1 1 7 12 POSEY F 19 4-9 1-1 4 5 9 3 2 1 3 11 LAFRENTZ C 19 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 5 1 1 8 MERCER G 39 7-16 0-0 1 1 2 8 3 0 3 15 VAN EXEL G 46 6-15 2-2 1 6 7 5 1 1 4 14 CLARK 22 3-5 1-2 1 7 8 1 2 1 3 7 MCCLOUD 29 4-9 1-2 0 8 8 3 2 1 2 11 STITH 11 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 JONES 14 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 C HERREN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 7-16 13 34 47 28 22 7 25 83 (.432) (.438) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 25(22 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 26 15 16 23 - 80 DENVER 19 24 18 22 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, HUGHES, SNOW. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, LAFRENTZ 4, STITH 3, POSEY 2, CLARK, VAN EXEL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 0-1, SNOW 1-3, MCKIE 0-2, HUGHES 0-1. DENVER 6-19 (.316), POSEY 2-4, LAFRENTZ 0-2, MERCER 1-2, VAN EXEL 0-5, MCCLOUD 2-4, STITH 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEROY RICHARDSON, KEVIN FEHR. A - 13,431. T - 2:17.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 25 4-10 0-0 3-4 1 3 8 Lynch 34 2-15 0-0 4-14 3 3 4 Ratliff 32 4-7 3-6 4-9 2 4 11 Iverson 42 9-22 11-13 1-3 4 1 29 Snow 32 5-9 0-0 1-5 4 4 11 Geiger 15 2-5 0-0 0-3 1 4 4 Owens 15 1-2 2-5 0-3 1 1 4 Mckie 22 0-5 0-0 1-3 2 2 0 Bowen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hughes 22 4-11 1-3 1-4 2 2 9 Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-86 17-27 15-48 20 24 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 0-1, Snow 1-3, Mckie 0-2, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Hughes, Snow). Turnovers: 21 (Hughes 4, Ratliff 4, Hill 3, Lynch 3, Snow 3, Iverson 2, Geiger, Mckie). Steals: 12 (Lynch 4, Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Snow 2, Hill, Ratliff).

DENVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 40 5-13 2-9 4-9 5 1 12 Posey 19 4-9 1-1 4-9 3 2 11 Lafrentz 19 4-7 0-0 1-1 2 5 8 Mercer 39 7-16 0-0 1-2 8 3 15 Van Exel 46 6-15 2-2 1-7 5 1 14 Clark 22 3-5 1-2 1-8 1 2 7 Mccloud 29 4-9 1-2 0-8 3 2 11 Stith 11 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 5 Jones 14 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 4 0 C Herren 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 7-16 13-47 28 22 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.438. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Posey 2-4, Lafrentz 0-2, Mercer 1-2, Van Exel 0-5, Mccloud 2-4, Stith 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 15 (Mcdyess 4, Lafrentz 4, Stith 3, Posey 2, Clark, Van Exel). Turnovers: 25 (Mcdyess 7, Van Exel 4, Clark 3, Mercer 3, Posey 3, Mccloud 2, C Herren, Jones, Lafrentz). Steals: 7 (Clark, Jones, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Posey, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 26 15 16 23 - 80 Denver 19 24 18 22 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,431. T: 2:17. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leroy Richardson, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- George McCloud hit a key 3-pointer and Nick Van Exel made two free throws in the final 25 seconds, lifting the Denver Nuggets to an 83-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

McCloud's 3-pointer with 25 seconds left gave the Nuggets an 81-77 lead. Eric Snow answered with a shot from beyond the arc for Philadelphia five seconds later.

But Van Exel, an 82 percent free-throw shooter, converted a pair from the line with 16 seconds to go for a three-point lead.

The Sixers had a pair of chances to send the game to overtime but elected not to go to the league's leading scorer, Allen Iverson. Instead, Snow and Larry Hughes missed 3-pointers in the final seconds.

"These are games that we've got to get," Iverson said. "For whatever reason, we couldn't get it done. The ball bounced the other way. Some players took shots they usually don't take and I took some bad shots myself. We had four opportunities to win at the end and blew them all. Something was wrong."

Ron Mercer, the subject of trade rumors, scored 15 points to lead the Nuggets, who swept the two-game series from Philadelphia this season and won for only the third time in 10 games overall.

Iverson scored 29 points for the Sixers, who have lost four of their last five, including the first two on a four-game road trip.

It was close throughout the fourth quarter and the Sixers took their last lead, 77-76, on a layup by Snow with 1:38 to go. Van Exel followed with a jumper seven seconds later, putting Denver in front for good.

Van Exel, who finished with 14 points, also did in the Sixers on December 6, scoring 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver to a 90-78 victory.

The Sixers committed consecutive turnovers and McCloud buried a 3-pointer for a four-point lead with 25 seconds remaining.

Snow missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key but the ball deflected out of bounds off rookie James Posey, giving the Sixers one last chance. Following a timeout, Hughes was short on his attempt from beyond the arc from the left corner.

"With three seconds to go, they needed a 3-pointer," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We could afford to give up two so we defended the three. We were lucky to get Larry to take a tough shot."

Denver won despite shooting 43 percent (35-of-81) and making only 7-of-16 free throws. The Sixers were even worse from the floor, shooting 36 percent (31-of-86).

"This was pretty disappointing. We did about everything you could do to kill an opportunity to win on the road," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We gave up offensive rebounds. We had two unforced errors late. I can't explain it. We shot poorly from the field and still had an opportunity to win. Tonight was our worst shot selection in a long time."

It looked like it was going to be another monstrous game for Iverson, who scored 14 points in the first quarter to help the Sixers open a 26-19 lead. He had 17 by halftime, but the Nuggets battled back to take a 43-41 lead.

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