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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 28 14 17 28 87 PHILADELPHIA 29 24 27 26 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 15, ROBERT PACK 12, SEAN ROOKS 12 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 35, THEO RATLIFF 19, TONI KUKOC 13

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - SEAN ROOKS 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 5 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - ROBERT PACK 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 11, ALLEN IVERSON 5

ATT: 17,586


Extended Box

DALLAS (87) AT PHILADELPHIA (106)

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

FINLEY F 32 7-14 1-1 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 15 RODMAN F 19 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 NOWITZKI C 26 4-14 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 1 2 10 PACK G 22 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 12 STRICKLAND G 21 3-10 3-4 4 0 4 2 0 2 1 9 ROOKS 21 6-11 0-0 4 7 11 2 3 1 2 12 BUCKNER 19 4-7 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 11 CEBALLOS 27 1-10 1-1 0 4 4 0 2 1 3 3 NASH 22 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 0 2 3 DAVIS 17 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 JONES 14 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 6 BRADLEY DNP - FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS

TOTALS 240 33-85 14-15 12 22 34 20 18 9 19 87 (.388) (.933) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

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

HILL F 20 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 3 8 LYNCH F 33 2-6 0-0 3 5 8 3 3 1 4 4 RATLIFF C 29 9-10 1-1 2 2 4 2 3 2 2 19 IVERSON G 37 15-18 4-5 0 2 2 5 3 2 4 35 SNOW G 34 3-6 0-0 0 7 7 11 1 5 4 6 MCKIE 24 2-6 2-2 0 7 7 4 2 1 1 7 GEIGER 14 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 6 KUKOC 28 5-9 3-4 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 13 OLLIE 9 0-1 2-4 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 JONES 6 2-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 MACCULLOCH 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BOWMAN 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 46-73 12-18 6 37 43 31 15 11 22 106 (.630) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 23(16 PTS)

DALLAS 28 14 17 28 - 87 PHILADELPHIA 29 24 27 26 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - ROOKS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, LYNCH, KUKOC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-19 (.368), FINLEY 0-1, NOWITZKI 0-3, PACK 2-2, STRICKLAND 0-1, BUCKNER 2-2, CEBALLOS 0-2, NASH 1-3, DAVIS 0-1, JONES 2-4. PHILADELPHIA 2-3 (.667), IVERSON 1-1, MCKIE 1-1, KUKOC 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON, PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LEROY RICHARDSON, DEE KANTNER. A - 17,586. T - 2:03.


Box Score

DALLAS (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 32 7-14 1-1 1-2 3 1 15 Rodman 19 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Nowitzki 26 4-14 2-2 2-5 2 2 10 Pack 22 3-7 4-4 0-0 4 0 12 Strickland 21 3-10 3-4 4-4 2 0 9 Rooks 21 6-11 0-0 4-11 2 3 12 Buckner 19 4-7 1-1 0-1 0 2 11 Ceballos 27 1-10 1-1 0-4 0 2 3 Nash 22 1-3 0-0 0-2 3 4 3 Davis 17 2-5 2-2 0-0 1 1 6 Jones 14 2-4 0-0 1-2 3 0 6 Bradley DNP - flu like symptoms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 14-15 12-34 20 18 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.933. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Finley 0-1, Nowitzki 0-3, Pack 2-2, Strickland 0-1, Buckner 2-2, Ceballos 0-2, Nash 1-3, Davis 0-1, Jones 2-4). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 1 (Rooks). Turnovers: 19 (Ceballos 3, Finley 3, Pack 3, Davis 2, Nash 2, Nowitzki 2, Rooks 2, Rodman, Strickland). Steals: 9 (Finley 2, Strickland 2, Buckner, Ceballos, Davis, Nowitzki, Rooks).

PHILADELPHIA (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 20 4-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 Lynch 33 2-6 0-0 3-8 3 3 4 Ratliff 29 9-10 1-1 2-4 2 3 19 Iverson 37 15-18 4-5 0-2 5 3 35 Snow 34 3-6 0-0 0-7 11 1 6 Mckie 24 2-6 2-2 0-7 4 2 7 Geiger 14 3-8 0-0 1-5 0 0 6 Kukoc 28 5-9 3-4 0-3 4 1 13 Ollie 9 0-1 2-4 0-4 2 0 2 Jones 6 2-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 4 Macculloch 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowman 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-73 12-18 6-43 31 15 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.630, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-3, .667 (Iverson 1-1, Mckie 1-1, Kukoc 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 3, Lynch, Kukoc). Turnovers: 23 (Iverson 4, Lynch 4, Snow 4, Hill 3, Geiger 2, Ratliff 2, Kukoc, Macculloch, Mckie). Steals: 11 (Snow 5, Iverson 2, Ratliff 2, Lynch, Mckie). ____________________________________________ Dallas 28 14 17 28 - 87 Philadelphia 29 24 27 26 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Head Coach Nelson, 4:21 1st). Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 8:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,586. T: 2:03. Officials: Terry Durham, Leroy Richardson, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Imagine if Allen Iverson's shoulder wasn't hurting.

Nursing a slightly torn right rotator cuff that had him in his worst slump of the season, Iverson scored 35 points on 15-of-18 shooting to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Iverson took a shot to his shoulder from Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal nine days ago and underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a small tear in the muscle. The injury contributed to his 32 percent shooting (40-of-121) over the previous five games.

"I've been playing bad and I'm human," Iverson said. "That's just the way it goes. I can't be great every night. I can't do it. It's not humanly possible. People play bad night in and night out but you never hear about it. When it's me, all the criticism comes at me.

"I've been playing with this injury, but I don't make excuses. If I felt I couldn't play, I wouldn't step on the basketball court. I knew I was hurt. I didn't want to risk anyone telling me I couldn't play."

Philadelphia coach Larry Brown admired Iverson's toughness.

"The fact that he's been playing (and) didn't say anything, that's more meaningful than what he did tonight," Brown said. "He found out what was wrong and maybe had some peace of mind. I'm impressed with the fact that that he continued to play and didn't make alibis."

Wearing a pad beneath a bandage on his shoulder, Iverson scored in the game's opening minute and never let up. He had 15 points in the first quarter and another 12 in the third period as the NBA's leading scorer eclipsed 30 points for the first time in six games. Eleven of his baskets were layups.

"This is what I do. I put it on the line," Iverson said. "I love my teammates. I love what I do. It would kill me more to sit and watch a game."

"Allen was phenomenal," Brown said. "There was a question whether he was going to play or not. He played great at both ends of the court."

Theo Ratliff scored 19 points for the 76ers, who shot a season-high 63 percent (46-of-73) and limited the Mavericks to 31 points in the middle two quarters, defeating them for the fourth straight time. The last three wins each had been by one point.

"We know he's a warrior," Ratliff said of Iverson. "He wants to be out there on the floor but we don't want him to do anything to put him in jeopardy for the rest of the season."

Philadelphia held its opponent under 90 points for the sixth straight game. It also limited Dennis Rodman to three rebounds in 19 minutes. Rodman averaged 15 rebounds in his first seven games with Dallas.

Michael Finley scored 15 points and Robert Pack added 12 for the Mavs, who shot just 39 percent (33-of-85). Dallas erased a 20-point third-quarter deficit in Monday's win at Boston but had no such energy tonight.

"It's not like we didn't see this coming," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "No matter how much you warn them, they almost have to go through a bad game before they see the light. It almost happened last night and we were lucky to come out of that one with a win. Tonight, we had nothing."

Iverson made a driving layup 39 seconds into the contest and scored nine points in an 11-2 run midway through the opening period. Two more layups by Iverson closed the quarter and gave Philadelphia a 29-28 lead.

A 3-pointer by Steve Nash still had Dallas within 39-38 with 6:33 left in the second quarter but the Mavs made just one basket the rest of the period -- a tip-in by Sean Rooks at the horn. Meanwhile, the Sixers went on a 14-4 burst fueled by six points from struggling newcomer Toni Kukoc.

"To feel really comfortable out there, you need a tight game where each possession counts," Kukoc said. "It's those situations where you really see how your teammates react when I'm in and I'm out. That will be the true measurement of how comfortable I am."

Leading 53-42 at halftime, the Sixers lost forward Tyrone Hill to a strained Achilles tendon early in the third quarter. But they still extended the advantage to 63-46 after a dunk and a three-point play by Ratliff. Iverson made a 3-pointer and two more layups to give Philadelphia a 71-48 lead with 5:01 left in the period.

Iverson had two more layups in a 10-0 spree midway through the final quarter that gave the Sixers their largest lead at 98-70 with 5:47 remaining. Dallas got no closer than the final margin.

Kukoc scored 13 points and Eric Snow had 11 assists for the Sixers, who held a 43-34 rebounding edge and outscored the Mavs in the paint, 70-32.

Sean Rooks had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which shot just 26 percent (11-of-43) in the middle two quarters.

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