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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 24 23 15 27 9 98 CLEVELAND 28 22 16 23 8 97 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 28, AARON MCKIE 20, GEORGE LYNCH 15 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 16, DANNY FERRY 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 12, GEORGE LYNCH 10 CLE - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 7, ERIC SNOW 7 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 14,197


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (98) AT CLEVELAND (97) - FINAL IN OT

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

HILL F 24 2-7 2-4 3 9 12 3 5 0 3 6 LYNCH F 41 6-7 3-4 4 6 10 2 4 1 4 15 RATLIFF C 25 3-5 3-4 1 2 3 0 5 1 2 9 IVERSON G 45 10-29 8-11 0 4 4 1 4 0 5 28 SNOW G 40 3-9 1-2 0 1 1 7 5 3 3 7 KUKOC 25 1-7 1-2 1 0 1 5 0 1 3 3 GEIGER 17 3-6 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 1 8 MCKIE 37 7-11 3-3 0 5 5 7 2 3 1 20 OLLIE 11 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-82 25-34 10 32 42 27 31 9 23 98 (.427) (.735) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

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

KEMP F 26 3-10 6-7 3 3 6 1 6 0 4 12 MURRAY F 33 7-14 2-2 1 6 7 1 4 0 1 16 DECLERCQ C 5 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 0 2 1 MILLER G 40 6-11 2-2 1 6 7 8 5 1 3 14 PERSON G 48 5-13 2-3 1 2 3 3 2 2 4 14 BRYANT 27 4-8 1-2 1 6 7 1 4 1 1 9 FERRY 35 6-11 1-1 3 2 5 3 5 0 1 15 KETNER 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 SURA 23 3-10 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 1 4 7 KNIGHT 24 3-7 3-3 0 1 1 3 1 4 2 9 BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-87 18-22 14 31 45 23 35 9 23 97 (.425) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(33 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 24 23 15 27 9 - 98 CLEVELAND 28 22 16 23 8 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH, RATLIFF. CLEVELAND - FERRY 2, PERSON 2, KNIGHT, BRYANT, KEMP, DECLERCQ, KETNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-10 (.300), IVERSON 0-3, KUKOC 0-3, MCKIE 3-4. CLEVELAND 5-12 (.417), PERSON 2-5, FERRY 2-3, SURA 1-4. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, DELAY OF GAME, CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH WITTMAN. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TOM WASHINGTON, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 14,197. T - 2:34.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 24 2-7 2-4 3-12 3 5 6 Lynch 41 6-7 3-4 4-10 2 4 15 Ratliff 25 3-5 3-4 1-3 0 5 9 Iverson 45 10-29 8-11 0-4 1 4 28 Snow 40 3-9 1-2 0-1 7 5 7 Kukoc 25 1-7 1-2 1-1 5 0 3 Geiger 17 3-6 2-2 1-5 0 4 8 Mckie 37 7-11 3-3 0-5 7 2 20 Ollie 11 0-1 2-2 0-1 2 2 2 Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-82 25-34 10-42 27 31 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Iverson 0-3, Kukoc 0-3, Mckie 3-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Lynch, Ratliff). Turnovers: 23 (Iverson 5, Lynch 4, Hill 3, Kukoc 3, Snow 3, Ratliff 2, Geiger, Mckie, Ollie). Steals: 9 (Mckie 3, Snow 3, Kukoc, Lynch, Ratliff).

CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 26 3-10 6-7 3-6 1 6 12 Murray 33 7-14 2-2 1-7 1 4 16 Declercq 5 0-2 1-2 1-1 1 4 1 Miller 40 6-11 2-2 1-7 8 5 14 Person 48 5-13 2-3 1-3 3 2 14 Bryant 27 4-8 1-2 1-7 1 4 9 Ferry 35 6-11 1-1 3-5 3 5 15 Ketner 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Sura 23 3-10 0-0 2-7 2 3 7 Knight 24 3-7 3-3 0-1 3 1 9 Boykins DNP - coach's decision Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-87 18-22 14-45 23 35 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Person 2-5, Ferry 2-3, Sura 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Ferry 2, Person 2, Knight, Bryant, Kemp, Declercq, Ketner). Turnovers: 24 (Kemp 4, Person 4, Sura 4, Miller 3, Declercq 2, Knight 2, Bryant, Ferry, Ketner, Murray). Steals: 9 (Knight 4, Person 2, Bryant, Miller, Sura). _________________________________________________ Philadelphia 24 23 15 27 9 - 98 Cleveland 28 22 16 23 8 - 97 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Iverson, 0:09 3rd; Delay Of Game, 3:07 4th). Cleveland 1 (Head Coach Wittman, 7:24 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,197. T: 2:34. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tom Washington, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- For the second time in as many visits, Philadelphia 76ers guard Aaron McKie shot down the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime.

McKie's 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining snapped a tie and was just enough for the 76ers to hold on for a 98-97 victory over the Cavaliers and a sweep of the four-game season series.

Although primarily a reserve, McKie has lit up the Cavaliers this season. He scored 20 points and averaged 20.3 points per game, with three of his four highest-scoring games coming against Cleveland.

On December 3 at Gund Arena, McKie filled in for the injured Allen Iverson and scored a season-high 25 points, including a short jumper at the buzzer that gave the 76ers a 102-100 win in overtime.

Tonight's shot was not as dramatic but just as effective. The Sixers rotated the ball from the right wing to the left corner and McKie buried the open jumper from behind the arc, snapping a 95-95 tie.

"I just make some shots against the Cavs," McKie said. "They have a tendency of leaving me open. Sometimes it's a matter of them playing a small guard. This enables me to post them up and gets me some easy shots, including layups."

Cavaliers rookie Andre Miller made a jumper 14 seconds later but neither team scored again. Toni Kukoc and Iverson missed shots around a missed 3-pointer by Cleveland's Danny Ferry, whose 3-pointer forced overtime.

The Cavs had the final possession with 3.6 seconds to play but Lamond Murray's 16-footer missed and the horn sounded.

"It felt good. It just didn't go down," Murray said. "It was good that we made a comeback like we did tonight but we have to do a better job down the stretch."

Iverson scored 28 points on just 10-of-29 shooting and George Lynch added 15 and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Philadelphia improved to 14-7 in games decided by three points or less and 4-0 in overtime.

"When Allen has a night like he did, it's nice that I'm able to pick up his slack," said McKie, who made 7-of-11 shots.

"McKie was knocking shots down left and right and he was the difference," Miller said.

Sixers forward Tyrone Hill returned after missing five games due to an Achilles strain. The former Cav battled foul trouble but had six points and 12 rebounds.

"Tonight we had a lot of guys in foul trouble, but like we do every night we rallied around one guy and picked each other up," Hill said.

Murray scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures for the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row and were swept by the 76ers for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

"We played better defense tonight," Murray said. "We were more aggressive than we've ever been. They just made the final play."

A dunk and two free throws by Lynch capped a 17-1 surge that featured eight points by Iverson and two 3-pointers by McKie. It gave Philadelphia an 84-73 lead with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Miller scored inside to end Cleveland's basket drought of 6:36 and the Cavs made their last six shots of the period.

"They made all the shots to get back into the game but like our season, Aaron has made the big shots for us," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Right now I'm pleased with the way we're playing. We just have to continue this."

Ferry's 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining pulled the Cavs into an 89-89 tie. The Sixers isolated Iverson and he passed to Eric Snow, but the Canton, Ohio native missed an open 18-footer at the buzzer.

Murray dunked and Ferry drilled a long jumper to open overtime but Iverson drove for a hoop and made two free throws, tying it at 93-93 with 3:08 remaining. Miller made a short bank shot but a follow dunk by Lynch tied it for the 14th and final time with 2:29 left.

The Sixers shot 43 percent (35-of-82) but survived at the foul line, where they made 25-of-34. There were 66 fouls, 31 against Philadelphia.

"We expected the refs to get involved but not as much as they did tonight," Miller said.

Ferry scored 15 points, Miller and Wesley Person added 14 each and foul-plagued Shawn Kemp added 12 for the Cavs, who shot 42.5 percent (37-of-87) and held a 45-42 rebounding edge.

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