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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 32 20 27 27 106 HOUSTON 39 22 23 25 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 40, THEO RATLIFF 25, TYRONE HILL 12 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 32, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 14, WALT WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 12, THEO RATLIFF 8 HOU - KENNY THOMAS 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, WALT WILLIAMS 4

ATT: 16,285


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (106) AT HOUSTON (109)

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

HILL F 30 6-9 0-0 3 9 12 0 3 0 0 12 LYNCH F 36 4-9 2-2 2 4 6 5 4 0 0 10 RATLIFF C 40 12-17 1-2 5 3 8 2 2 2 1 25 IVERSON G 41 16-25 7-12 2 0 2 5 4 2 5 40 SNOW G 37 4-11 0-0 0 4 4 10 3 2 3 9 GEIGER 11 0-5 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 2 OWENS 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 MCKIE 25 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 1 4 HUGHES 13 0-2 4-4 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-85 16-22 15 24 39 24 24 6 12 106 (.518) (.727) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 12(23 PTS)

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

BULLARD F 21 3-8 2-2 1 1 2 2 0 0 3 11 WILLIAMS F 23 5-9 0-0 2 5 7 4 3 1 2 13 MILLER C 12 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 ANDERSON G 39 10-17 10-14 5 2 7 2 2 3 2 32 FRANCIS G 36 4-11 0-0 2 4 6 7 4 1 3 10 OLAJUWON 23 7-9 0-2 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 14 THOMAS 35 4-11 2-2 4 8 12 3 3 0 3 11 MOBLEY 25 1-7 2-2 2 1 3 3 3 0 2 5 DREW 12 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 2 CATO 14 3-7 4-6 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 10 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 23-32 21 27 48 26 19 6 16 109 (.451) (.719) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 32 20 27 27 - 106 HOUSTON 39 22 23 25 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, IVERSON, GEIGER. HOUSTON - CATO 4, OLAJUWON 2, THOMAS, MOBLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-9 (.222), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-5, SNOW 1-2, MCKIE 0-1. HOUSTON 12-25 (.480), BULLARD 3-6, WILLIAMS 3-6, ANDERSON 2-2, FRANCIS 2-3, THOMAS 1-4, MOBLEY 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 16,285. T - 2:38.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 6-9 0-0 3-12 0 3 12 Lynch 36 4-9 2-2 2-6 5 4 10 Ratliff 40 12-17 1-2 5-8 2 2 25 Iverson 41 16-25 7-12 2-2 5 4 40 Snow 37 4-11 0-0 0-4 10 3 9 Geiger 11 0-5 2-2 2-3 0 2 2 Owens 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Mckie 25 2-5 0-0 1-1 2 3 4 Hughes 13 0-2 4-4 0-1 0 2 4 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-85 16-22 15-39 24 24 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-5, Snow 1-2, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 5, Iverson, Geiger). Turnovers: 12 (Iverson 5, Snow 3, Geiger, Hughes, Mckie, Ratliff). Steals: 6 (Iverson 2, Ratliff 2, Snow 2).

HOUSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 21 3-8 2-2 1-2 2 0 11 Williams 23 5-9 0-0 2-7 4 3 13 Miller 12 0-1 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 Anderson 39 10-17 10-14 5-7 2 2 32 Francis 36 4-11 0-0 2-6 7 4 10 Olajuwon 23 7-9 0-2 2-5 2 1 14 Thomas 35 4-11 2-2 4-12 3 3 11 Mobley 25 1-7 2-2 2-3 3 3 5 Drew 12 0-2 2-2 0-0 3 1 2 Cato 14 3-7 4-6 2-3 0 1 10 Gray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 23-32 21-48 26 19 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 12-25, .480 (Bullard 3-6, Williams 3-6, Anderson 2-2, Francis 2-3, Thomas 1-4, Mobley 1-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Cato 4, Olajuwon 2, Thomas, Mobley). Turnovers: 19 (Bullard 3, Francis 3, Thomas 3, Anderson 2, Mobley 2, Williams 2, Miller). Steals: 6 (Anderson 3, Drew, Francis, Williams). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 32 20 27 27 - 106 Houston 39 22 23 25 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:38. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- On a night where they honored their past, the Houston Rockets got a pretty good look at the future.

The Rockets retired Clyde Drexler's No. 22 at halftime, then rallied for a 109-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers behind a career-high 32 points from Shandon Anderson and clutch play from Kelvin Cato.

Drexler, a former University of Houston standout who was part of the Rockets' 1995 NBA championship team, was honored in a 35-minute halftime ceremony that included former NBA greats Julius Erving, Buck Williams and Kiki Vandeweghe. Jack Ramsay, Drexler's first NBA coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, also was at the ceremony.

"Growing up in Houston, watching the NBA and watching college ball, I developed a real love of the game," Drexler said. "To be able to play it here and now to have my number retired with Rudy Tomjanovich, Calvin Murphy and Moses Malone, I never would have thought that. I never thought about being on the court with them, much less being able to play with them."

Also on hand were Drexler's mother, wife and four children and Guy Lewis, his former coach at UH. Drexler, who became coach of his alma mater last season, also heard kind words from Hakeem Olajuwon, his teammate at school and with the Rockets.

"I am honored to stand here tonight with Clyde," Olajuwon said. "I've watched Clyde from the beginning in college and we won a championship together. But it's not just his game, it's his character. He's a very complete person. It's a blessing for me to be here with him."

The extended halftime seemed to bother the Rockets, who blew a nine-point halftime lead but recovered with a 15-0 burst into the fourth quarter that gave them the lead for good. Anderson scored nine points in the run.

"I think it was a coincidence that I had that type of game on a night his number was retired," said Anderson, who was 10-of-17 from the field. "But I've always liked the way he's played, how he went coast-to-coast. In a lot of ways, my game is a mirror image of his."

"Shandon was phenomenal," said Tomjanovich, the Rockets' coach. "He was all over the place. Tonight he did it a lot of different ways. When we're running and when he gets into the flow, he's at his best."

Cato scored six of his 10 points in the final two minutes as the Rockets held off a furious late rally by the 76ers, who went 1-3 on a four-game road trip, with each contest decided by three points or less. Philadelphia fell to 11-4 in such contests.

Sixers All-Star guard Allen Iverson scored 40 points on 16-of-25 shooting. However, the team fell to 2-10 all-time when he scores 40 or more, including 1-3 this season.

"Iverson is something special," Tomjanovich said. "He made some great shots tonight. I feel very fortunate to get the win. This is a really big win against a really good team."

"It really didn't matter what we did," Iverson said. "They just played excellent."

Despite losing rookie guard and leading scorer Steve Francis to a strained left groin, Houston won for the ninth time in 12 games. Olajuwon scored 14 points, his best total since returning from hernia surgery, as the Rockets had seven players in double figures.

"I think it's just time and learning how each other plays," Anderson said. "We had a lot of new guys at the start of the year and the biggest thing to learn is where the shots are going to come from. I think the coaching staff has done a great job of getting us position, both offensively and defensively."

"We're learning what it takes to win as a team," said Cato, who had three of his four blocks in the final period. "At first, we were waiting for the older guys to show us the way, but then we all got hurt. Now we're learning how to play with one another. The biggest thing is we've had an opportunity to practice with each other. That has helped us come together."

A dunk by rookie Kenny Thomas, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds, capped the 15-0 run and gave Houston a 95-79 bulge with eight minutes left. A jumper by Philadelphia's Theo Ratliff, who tied season highs with 25 points and five blocks, ended a scoreless drought of 5:04 and started a comeback by the Sixers.

A three-point play by Ratliff cut the deficit to 99-94 before Anderson found Cato with an inbounds pass for an alley-oop dunk that beat the shot clock with two minutes left. Iverson made a pair of tough baskets around a free throw by Cato, then drew a foul with 47 seconds to go.

He made the first to cut the deficit to 102-99 but missed the second. Ratliff ran down the long rebound and fed Iverson, who missed a potential tying 3-pointer.

Two free throws each by Cato, Cuttino Mobley and Bryce Drew made it 108-103 with 13 seconds to go. Philadelphia's Eric Snow hit a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left and the Sixers fouled Cato, who split a pair from the line, giving the Sixers a chance to tie.

Anderson fouled Iverson before he could get off a shot and the NBA scoring leader missed the first free throw. He purposely missed the second but the rebound was swatted out of bounds and time expired.

"We got to the free-throw line down the stretch and made our free throws," Anderson said. "It came right down to the wire."

"It was a great game," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Houston shot the ball well from the 3-point line in the first half. We got down against a hot-shooting team and then we made our comeback. I thought Anderson had a great game for them. But Theo has been phenomenal lately and Iverson had a great game, too."

Walt Williams scored 13 points, Matt Bullard contributed 11 and Francis 10 for the Rockets, who shot 45 percent (37-of-82), including 12-of-25 from 3-point range. Houston held a 48-39 rebounding edge.

Tyrone Hill had 12 points and 12 rebounds, George Lynch added 10 points and Snow handed out 10 assists for the Sixers, who shot 52 percent (44-of-85) but just 2-of-9 from behind the arc.

Houston made 10-of-12 3-pointers in the first half, racing to a 61-52 lead as Anderson scored 17 points. Iverson kept the Sixers close with 16 points.

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