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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 14 17 29 18 78 PHILADELPHIA 25 22 23 24 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 20, DEREK ANDERSON 19, MAURICE TAYLOR 18 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 22, TONI KUKOC 18, TYRONE HILL 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 9, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 7 PHI - TONI KUKOC 14, THEO RATLIFF 13

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - TROY HUDSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 11, ALLEN IVERSON 6

ATT: 17,894


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (78) AT PHILADELPHIA (94)

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

ODOM F 42 8-15 4-8 2 7 9 2 3 4 2 20 TAYLOR F 41 8-19 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 1 4 18 OLOWOKANDI C 23 2-4 0-0 1 6 7 0 5 0 0 4 ANDERSON G 32 7-13 4-4 0 3 3 3 1 1 5 19 HUDSON G 29 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 5 CLOSS 13 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 NESBY 24 1-7 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 0 3 2 PIATKOWSKI 15 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 JONES 11 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 SKINNER 8 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 AVENT 2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-78 12-16 8 26 34 17 20 9 18 78 (.397) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 37 3-10 1-2 6 3 9 4 2 2 5 7 HILL F 34 6-9 3-4 2 3 5 1 3 5 1 15 RATLIFF C 27 5-8 0-2 2 11 13 1 3 0 2 10 IVERSON G 41 9-22 3-4 1 3 4 6 2 1 3 22 SNOW G 36 2-3 3-4 0 4 4 11 4 1 3 7 KUKOC 24 8-14 1-2 5 9 14 2 3 1 5 18 GEIGER 13 5-9 3-3 3 0 3 0 2 1 1 13 MCKIE 20 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 1 0 2 OLLIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 JONES 2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-84 14-21 19 39 58 28 20 12 21 94 (.464) (.667) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(19 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 14 17 29 18 - 78 PHILADELPHIA 25 22 23 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM 2, CLOSS 2. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, KUKOC 2, IVERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 4-11 (.364), ODOM 0-1, TAYLOR 0-1, ANDERSON 1-1, HUDSON 1-3, NESBY 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 0-2, JONES 2-2. PHILADELPHIA 2-8 (.250), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-4, KUKOC 1-1, MCKIE 0-1, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, SEAN CORBIN, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 17,894. T - 2:03.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 42 8-15 4-8 2-9 2 3 20 Taylor 41 8-19 2-2 1-4 2 2 18 Olowokandi 23 2-4 0-0 1-7 0 5 4 Anderson 32 7-13 4-4 0-3 3 1 19 Hudson 29 2-7 0-0 0-0 4 2 5 Closs 13 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Nesby 24 1-7 0-0 2-5 3 2 2 Piatkowski 15 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Jones 11 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Skinner 8 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Avent 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 12-16 8-34 17 20 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Odom 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Anderson 1-1, Hudson 1-3, Nesby 0-1, Piatkowski 0-2, Jones 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Odom 2, Closs 2). Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 5, Taylor 4, Nesby 3, Odom 2, Closs, Hudson, Jones, Piatkowski). Steals: 9 (Odom 4, Anderson, Avent, Hudson, Piatkowski, Taylor).

PHILADELPHIA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 37 3-10 1-2 6-9 4 2 7 Hill 34 6-9 3-4 2-5 1 3 15 Ratliff 27 5-8 0-2 2-13 1 3 10 Iverson 41 9-22 3-4 1-4 6 2 22 Snow 36 2-3 3-4 0-4 11 4 7 Kukoc 24 8-14 1-2 5-14 2 3 18 Geiger 13 5-9 3-3 3-3 0 2 13 Mckie 20 1-6 0-0 0-4 3 1 2 Ollie 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Macculloch 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 14-21 19-58 28 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-4, Kukoc 1-1, Mckie 0-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 4, Kukoc 2, Iverson). Turnovers: 21 (Kukoc 5, Lynch 5, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Ratliff 2, Geiger, Hill, Macculloch). Steals: 12 (Hill 5, Lynch 2, Geiger, Iverson, Kukoc, Mckie, Snow). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 14 17 29 18 - 78 Philadelphia 25 22 23 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,894. T: 2:03. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers wasted no time sending the Los Angeles Clippers to their 12th straight loss.

Iverson scored eight of his 22 points in a game-opening surge and Toni Kukoc showed off his versatility as the 76ers cruised to a 94-78 victory over the lowly Clippers.

Held scoreless on 0-of-11 shooting in the second half of an 87-84 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Iverson responded by heating up quickly against the Clippers.

The NBA scoring leader had a pair of three-point plays in the first quarter. The first gave Philadelphia the lead for good at 7-4 at the 10:17 mark. The second capped a 9-0 burst and extended the lead to 22-8 with 2:40 left.

Philadelphia led by at least 10 points for all but 21 seconds thereafter as it beat Los Angeles at home for the 24th time in the last 26 meetings. Kukoc had a lot to do with that as he collected 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

"That's unusual for me," said Kukoc, who made 8-of-14 shots. "I'm trying to work on every aspect of my game. "Tonight my shot felt good and I got rebounds."

In the three games since Kukoc joined the Sixers, they have won by 29 and 16 points and lost to the powerful Lakers by three. He was acquired a week ago from Chicago in a three-team trade.

"We are playing good in my opinion," Kukoc said. "If we continue to play like this and grow up on both ends of the floor, we'll have a good season."

The free fall continued for the Clippers (11-44), who were outrebounded 58-34 as they saw their winning percentage drop to .200. They have lost 10 straight games under interim coach Jim Todd and 18 straight on the road dating to December 22 at Golden State.

"It grates on everybody's mind," Todd said. "Whether it's subconsciously or not, whether you try to address it or not, it's still there. Nobody likes losing and nobody likes having these streaks where you have `X' amount of losses mounting up. The reality is we have to suck it up and we've got to play out of it."

Tyrone Hill scored 15 points and Matt Geiger added 13 for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (39-of-84) and held an opponent under 80 points for the eighth time this season. Eric Snow handed out 11 assists and Theo Ratliff had 13 rebounds and four blocks.

"Any game when you play a team in this league that's not very good or has a losing record, it's going to scare you," Hill said. "It's more mental than anything. You have to come out and play and we did that tonight."

The Sixers (29-24) surpassed last season's victory total and remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We gotta make a move," Geiger said. "A good week and you find yourself in fourth place. A bad week and you find yourself in 10th. We don't want to be in that position. We have to pull away from the pack if we want to establish ourselves as one of the better teams in the East. We have to win a lot of games right now."

Iverson's first three-point play triggered a 9-0 run that gave Philadelphia a 13-4 lead. After Los Angeles cut the deficit to five points, Snow made two free throws and George Lynch dunked before Iverson made an 18-footer and another three-point play.

The Sixers led 25-14 after one period and used a driving layup by Kukoc to widen the advantage to 38-22 with 7:50 left in the second quarter.

The Clippers closed to 42-31 on a jumper by Tyrone Nesby with 2:49 remaining and had a chance to get within single digits. But Charles Jones threw away a pass, Iverson made a free throw and layup and Ratliff scored inside to give Philadelphia a 47-31 halftime lead.

With 31 seconds left in the third quarter, Derek Anderson made two free throws to pull the Clippers within 68-60. But Kukoc hit a jumper with 10 seconds left and took charge in the fourth quarter.

The 6-10 forward made 4-of-5 shots, three from long range. He also pulled down four rebounds and clearly was the best player on the court as Philadelphia widened its lead to 19 points.

Rookie Lamar Odom scored 20 points, Anderson added 19 and Maurice Taylor 18 for the Clippers, who shot under 40 percent (31-of-78).

"I'm one of those players who tries to make my teammates better but it also has to be vice versa," Anderson said. "They have to help you out also. We got guys who are so selfish, we got guys who don't want to play hard. You got to play this game hard every night. If not, retire and find something else."

The Clippers have hired former NBA greats Dennis Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as assistants but their impact has yet to be felt.

"The teaching is really good but if the guys don't buy into it, it's useless," Anderson said. "You can have Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach and you can have (James) Naismith in here and until the players buy into it, it's not going to work. You get two or three players who buy into it and the others won't. So it's all chaos. My Kentucky team ccould beat this team. That team played together, we rotated, we helped, we had fun and nobody had to shoot all the time. And it worked. Until you buy into it it's not going to work."

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