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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 22 28 25 26 101 DALLAS 26 26 31 17 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 29, THEO RATLIFF 25, GEORGE LYNCH 14 DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 26, MICHAEL FINLEY 21, SHAWN BRADLEY 17

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 13, TYRONE HILL 9 DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 12, DIRK NOWITZKI 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 8, MICHAEL FINLEY 7

ATT: 13,506


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (101) AT DALLAS (100)

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

HILL F 27 2-8 0-2 1 8 9 1 1 0 2 4 LYNCH F 26 6-10 2-2 5 3 8 1 4 2 5 14 RATLIFF C 39 11-13 3-3 3 10 13 1 4 0 5 25 IVERSON G 40 12-28 5-6 1 2 3 4 1 2 2 29 SNOW G 38 6-8 0-0 0 6 6 11 3 2 3 12 OWENS 8 0-2 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 1 GEIGER 17 3-5 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 0 2 6 MCKIE 24 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 2 HUGHES 21 1-5 6-6 1 2 3 2 2 3 1 8 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-83 17-21 12 42 54 26 21 9 22 101 (.506) (.810) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(20 PTS)

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

CEBALLOS F 39 9-23 5-5 4 8 12 3 1 0 2 26 NOWITZKI F 38 6-17 4-6 1 6 7 4 2 0 1 16 BRADLEY C 30 7-10 3-4 1 4 5 0 4 2 0 17 FINLEY G 47 8-20 4-4 2 3 5 7 2 2 2 21 STRICKLAND G 17 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 8 BUCKNER 24 2-4 0-1 3 3 6 5 4 2 2 4 ROOKS 8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 2 DAVIS 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NASH 28 2-8 1-1 0 0 0 8 2 1 2 6 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-92 17-21 13 26 39 29 18 12 12 100 (.413) (.810) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 22 28 25 26 - 101 DALLAS 26 26 31 17 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, LYNCH 2, GEIGER. DALLAS - NOWITZKI 4, BRADLEY 4, CEBALLOS 3, NASH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 0-3 (.000), IVERSON 0-1, MCKIE 0-1, HUGHES 0-1. DALLAS 7-18 (.389), CEBALLOS 3-6, FINLEY 1-5, STRICKLAND 2-2, NASH 1-5. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, GREG WILLARD, LEON WOOD. A - 13,506. T - 2:11.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 27 2-8 0-2 1-9 1 1 4 Lynch 26 6-10 2-2 5-8 1 4 14 Ratliff 39 11-13 3-3 3-13 1 4 25 Iverson 40 12-28 5-6 1-3 4 1 29 Snow 38 6-8 0-0 0-6 11 3 12 Owens 8 0-2 1-2 1-5 0 2 1 Geiger 17 3-5 0-0 0-5 2 1 6 Mckie 24 1-4 0-0 0-2 4 3 2 Hughes 21 1-5 6-6 1-3 2 2 8 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 17-21 12-54 26 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (Iverson 0-1, Mckie 0-1, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 5, Lynch 2, Geiger). Turnovers: 22 (Lynch 5, Ratliff 5, Snow 3, Geiger 2, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Hughes, Mckie, Owens). Steals: 9 (Hughes 3, Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Snow 2).

DALLAS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 39 9-23 5-5 4-12 3 1 26 Nowitzki 38 6-17 4-6 1-7 4 2 16 Bradley 30 7-10 3-4 1-5 0 4 17 Finley 47 8-20 4-4 2-5 7 2 21 Strickland 17 3-6 0-0 1-2 2 2 8 Buckner 24 2-4 0-1 3-6 5 4 4 Rooks 8 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Davis 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Nash 28 2-8 1-1 0-0 8 2 6 Jones DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 17-21 13-39 29 18 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Ceballos 3-6, Finley 1-5, Strickland 2-2, Nash 1-5). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 12 (Nowitzki 4, Bradley 4, Ceballos 3, Nash). Turnovers: 13 (Buckner 2, Ceballos 2, Finley 2, Nash 2, Strickland 2, Nowitzki, Rooks). Steals: 12 (Strickland 3, Bradley 2, Buckner 2, Finley 2, Rooks 2, Nash). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 22 28 25 26 - 101 Dallas 26 26 31 17 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:07 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,506. T: 2:11. Officials: Luis Grillo, Greg Willard, Leon Wood.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After watching Michael Finley make a pair of clutch jumpers, the Philadelphia 76ers weren't about to let him take another one.

The 76ers forced Finley to give up the ball on the game's last possession and held on for a 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as Steve Nash missed a short hook at the buzzer.

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored 29 points, including the go-ahead free throws on a questionable foul call with 21 seconds left.

"He's leading the league in scoring," said Mavericks forward Cedric Ceballos, who was whistled for the weak-side foul. "He's a superstar and he's going to get those calls. But nothin' against the refs."

Out of timeouts, the Mavericks went to Finley, who was named to his first All-Star Game earlier today and had drilled a 21-footer on the previous possession.

But the 76ers ran a second defender at Finley, forcing him to pass and chasing the ball. With time running down, Finley passed to Dirk Nowitzki, who passed to Nash on the baseline. But his flip shot over 6-10 Theo Ratliff hit the rim and bounced away as the buzzer sounded.

"The play was designed for Michael Finley to get a shot off," Nowitzki said. "They played good defense so he kicked the ball to me. I saw two guys running at me and saw Steve wide open in the corner. Maybe I should have shot it."

"Dirk got the ball late and two guys ran at him," Nash said. "He kind of got half a look. Unfortunately, I only had half a second. It was too little time."

The miss allowed the 76ers to snap a three-game losing streak and ended a four-game winning streak for Dallas, which has not won five in a row since 1995.

"That's the type of defensive team they are," Finley said. "Even though they have one of the premier scorers in the league in Allen, it's their defense that gets them wins. Everybody's always there, help-side."

"After you lose one straight, any game is a much-needed win," Iverson said. "You don't want to get into a losing mentality."

Ratliff and George Lynch spearheaded a fourth-quarter rally for Philadelphia, which improved to a league-best 11-3 in games decided by three points or less. Ratliff had season highs of 25 points and five blocks and Lynch added 14 points, all in the second half.

"We expect that of him," Iverson said. "That's not something that surprises us. If Theo goes out and gets 100 blocks, we expect him to do it. He's our best defensive player."

Philadelphia's last two losses had come by three points, including one in Detroit on Saturday in which Iverson missed 3-of-4 free throws in the final two minutes. Philadelphia was 17-of-21 from the line.

"I wanted the opportunity again because my teammates look to me at the end of a game," Iverson said. "The ball's gonna be in my hands. If I don't step up and make free throws, there's no need in giving me the ball."

"I thought he hit four big ones," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Theo even hit two big ones when we were rallying, when we were down 10 and came back. We missed them early but I'm just real proud of the way we did some good things. This is probably Theo's best game in a long time and George also did some really great things."

Ceballos had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Finley scored 21 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three consecutive meetings with the Sixers. The teams did not meet last season.

Finley's jumper early in the fourth quarter gave Dallas an 85-75 lead, but Philadelphia responded with a 14-4 burst. Ratliff scored the first six points and Lynch added four, including two free throws to tie it, 89-89, with 5:29 to go.

"That's this team. We never quit," Ratliff said. "That's been our game all year. People know when they play against us we're going to play hard whether we're 20 behind or ahead."

Ceballos and Nash made jumpers and Finley answered Snow's jumper with one of his own, giving the Mavs a 95-91 lead. Snow made another jumper but 7-6 Shawn Bradley tipped in a miss, giving Dallas a four-point lead with 1:57 to go.

Iverson sank two free throws and Snow made a steal and set up Ratliff for an easy bucket that tied it with 1:21 remaining. But Snow was whistled for an illegal defense technical foul and Nash made the free throw, giving Dallas a 98-97 lead with 1:07 to go.

Snow, who had 12 points and 11 assists, fed Lynch for a layup with 38 seconds left before Finley's jumper gave Dallas its last lead.

"Things just haven't been going our way in games lately," Brown said. "But I think we executed pretty well tonight. Late in the game, George made a big play, Eric found Theo on a big hoop and Allen got to the free-throw line."

Ratliff grabbed 13 rebounds, Tyrone Hill nine and Lynch eight as Philadelphia dominated on the boards, 54-39. The Sixers shot 51 percent (42-of-83) from the field to overcome 22 turnovers.

Former Sixer Bradley had 17 points and four blocks and Nowitzki added 16 and four for the Mavs, who shot 41 percent (38-of-92) and had a season-high 12 blocks.

Iverson scored 17 points in the first half, but Philadelphia trailed, 52-50. The Sixers opened the third quarter with a 9-0 burst before the Mavs retaliated with a 13-2 run, featuring nine points by Ceballos, to open a 76-69 lead with 3:06 to play in the period.

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