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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 21 15 24 22 82 PHILADELPHIA 11 32 17 17 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 19, LARRY JOHNSON 14, ALLAN HOUSTON 14 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 30, AARON MCKIE 14, MATT GEIGER 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 21, KURT THOMAS 11 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 10, ALLEN IVERSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 4, CHARLIE WARD 4 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 7, ERIC SNOW 4

ATT: 20,885


Extended Box

NEW YORK (82) AT PHILADELPHIA (77)

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

L JOHNSON F 35 7-16 0-2 3 4 7 3 4 0 1 14 SPREWELL F 41 4-14 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 4 10 EWING C 35 7-17 5-6 5 16 21 4 5 1 3 19 HOUSTON G 34 4-14 3-4 2 1 3 1 3 3 2 14 WARD G 34 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 4 0 0 1 1 WALLACE 21 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 10 THOMAS 25 4-6 2-2 2 9 11 2 4 0 0 10 CHILDS 14 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 6 2 3 4 DUDLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 15-20 14 38 52 19 25 7 14 82 (.405) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 42 1-5 2-3 5 5 10 1 2 2 2 4 RATLIFF F 41 3-10 0-1 0 4 4 1 5 0 1 6 GEIGER C 22 5-7 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 4 12 IVERSON G 43 9-26 10-16 1 6 7 7 1 2 2 30 SNOW G 39 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 1 2 6 MACCULLOCH 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 KUKOC 21 1-11 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 MCKIE 24 6-10 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 1 3 14 OLLIE 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 BOWMAN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-75 17-25 9 25 34 16 24 7 15 77 (.373) (.680) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

NEW YORK 21 15 24 22 - 82 PHILADELPHIA 11 32 17 17 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, LYNCH, KUKOC, GEIGER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 3-4, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 4-13 (.308), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 2-7, KUKOC 0-3, MCKIE 2-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - WALLACE, CHILDS, SPREWELL, PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, LYNCH. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JOE DEROSA, MARC DAVIS. A - 20,885. T - 2:23.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 35 7-16 0-2 3-7 3 4 14 Sprewell 41 4-14 2-2 1-4 3 2 10 Ewing 35 7-17 5-6 5-21 4 5 19 Houston 34 4-14 3-4 2-3 1 3 14 Ward 34 0-2 1-2 1-4 4 0 1 Wallace 21 4-7 2-2 0-1 0 1 10 Thomas 25 4-6 2-2 2-11 2 4 10 Childs 14 2-3 0-0 0-1 2 6 4 Dudley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 15-20 14-52 19 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 3-4, Ward 0-2, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Ward). Turnovers: 17 (Sprewell 4, Childs 3, Ewing 3, Houston 2, L Johnson, Ward). Steals: 7 (Houston 3, Childs 2, Ewing, Sprewell).

PHILADELPHIA (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 42 1-5 2-3 5-10 1 2 4 Ratliff 41 3-10 0-1 0-4 1 5 6 Geiger 22 5-7 2-2 2-6 0 4 12 Iverson 43 9-26 10-16 1-7 7 1 30 Snow 39 2-5 2-2 0-3 4 4 6 Macculloch 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Kukoc 21 1-11 1-1 0-1 0 3 3 Mckie 24 6-10 0-0 1-1 2 3 14 Ollie 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Bowman 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-75 17-25 9-34 16 24 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 2-7, Kukoc 0-3, Mckie 2-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 4, Lynch, Kukoc, Geiger). Turnovers: 15 (Geiger 4, Mckie 3, Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Snow 2, Macculloch, Ratliff). Steals: 7 (Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Geiger, Mckie, Snow). ____________________________________________ New York 21 15 24 22 - 82 Philadelphia 11 32 17 17 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Wallace, 0:17 1st; Childs, 8:00 4th; Sprewell, 5:57 4th). Philadelphia 2 (Illegal Defense, 9:28 2nd; Lynch, 5:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,885. T: 2:23. Officials: Bob Delaney, Joe Derosa, Marc Davis.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The rivalry between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers has gotten more heated but is still very one-sided.

In a tense game highlighted by a fourth-quarter scuffle, the Knicks rallied for an 82-77 victory over the 76ers as Larry Johnson came up big and Allen Iverson didn't.

"We keep getting this team down and every time we get them down, we let them back in the game," said Iverson, who scored 30 points. "If we continue to do that, we'll never beat them."

Just over a minute after Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell elbowed 76ers forward George Lynch and threw him to the floor, Johnson began a stretch that saw him score eight of his 14 points in the final five minutes.

Aaron McKie's 3-pointer after Iverson rebounded his own missed layup gave Philadelphia a 77-77 tie with 47 seconds left. But Patrick Ewing, who had 19 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, buried a turnaround jumper from the low post with 24 seconds remaining.

The Sixers went to Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer. But he committed his second turnover of the final two minutes as his pass out of a double-team was smothered. Sprewell grabbed the loose ball and hit a pair of clinching free throws with 11 seconds left.

"No question (it hurt), especially when I didn't turn the ball over all game and waited until the last few minutes to turn them over," Iverson said. "It kind of frustrates me, but this one is gone."

Philadelphia (34-26) could have tied New York (37-24) in the loss column in the race for second place in the Atlantic Division. Instead, it had a four-game winning streak snapped and has lost 19 of its last 26 meetings with the Knicks.

"We just did a lot of things to destruct," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "It was a miracle when I looked up (and saw) that we still had a chance to win the game. We just didn't get it done. We weren't as physical and aggressive as them; their size really hurt us."

Allan Houston scored 14 points and Sprewell, Kurt Thomas and John Wallace added 10 apiece for the Knicks, who had lost eight of their last nine road games but won the season series (3-1) from the Sixers.

"You wait and see what effect it has," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gudny said. "Hopefully it will have a positive impact. We know how we played tonight. We know we have to play like this to have a chance to win."

Aaron McKie scored 14 points and Matt Geiger added 12 for the Sixers, who again relied too much on Iverson. The All-Star guard made just 9-of-26 shots and outscored his fellow starters by two points. Meanwhile, Toni Kukoc scored just three points on 1-of-11 shooting.

Lynch and Sprewell were jostling for position in the lane when Sprewell shoved Lynch, then elbowed him in the chest. Lynch crashed back into Sprewell, who shoved him to the floor. Both players received technical fouls after the referee stepped in between them.

"It was two guys hustling," Sprewell said. "He was hurting us on the boards and we were battling. I was trying to keep him off the boards. It's nothing serious. ... The refs made the right call."

Ewing collected his fifth foul with 5:39 left and Iverson hit a 3-pointer for a 70-69 lead just 18 seconds later. Johnson and Iverson traded baskets before Johnson got loose for a pair of drives, giving the Knicks a 75-72 lead with 3:47 remaining.

McKie made a jumper but Johnson answered with a tough shot in the lane with two minutes to go. Iverson threw away a pass but the Knicks could not cash in. McKie tied it before Ewing New York ahead to stay.

"It wasn't a tough shot," Ewing said. "(Theo Ratliff) was on one side of me and and I was on the other. And I pivoted to the other and had a wide open shot."

The Knicks shot 40.5 percent (32-of-79) and limited the Sixers to 37 percent (28-of-75). They also held a 52-34 rebounding advantage.

Philadelphia made just 4-of-17 shots in the first quarter and trailed 21-11 as Ewing collected six points and seven boards. But the 76ers turned up their defense in the second quarter and used an 18-4 run to take the lead.

A dunk by Ratliff off a feed from Iverson -- who had seven assists and seven rebounds -- capped the burst and gave the Sixers a 38-32 lead with 1:01 left in the first half.

Leading 43-36 at halftime, Philadelphia built the advantage to 49-39 on a jumper by Iverson with 10:05 left in the third quarter. New York stormed back with a 12-2 run highlighted by six points from Houston and the teams went to the final period tied, 60-60.

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