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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 18 23 29 27 10 8 115 PHILADELPHIA 22 17 34 24 10 10 117 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 31, ANTOINE WALKER 24, KENNY ANDERSON 18 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 21, ERIC SNOW 21, TONI KUKOC 20

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 18, ANTOINE WALKER 14 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 14, TONI KUKOC 13

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 9, VITALY POTAPENKO 4 PHI - ERIC SNOW 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 20,660


Extended Box

BOSTON (115) AT PHILADELPHIA (117) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

PIERCE F 38 10-25 9-12 0 8 8 2 6 0 2 31 WALKER F 52 10-28 4-6 4 10 14 9 4 2 6 24 POTAPENKO C 40 3-12 0-1 9 9 18 4 4 1 2 6 ANDERSON G 38 6-11 2-3 1 1 2 3 4 2 2 18 CHEANEY G 38 5-7 1-2 0 3 3 1 6 1 1 11 FORTSON 11 1-4 6-6 1 2 3 0 3 2 0 8 BARROS 21 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 7 E WILLIAMS 29 2-6 1-2 2 3 5 1 3 0 2 6 BATTIE 11 1-2 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 2 GRIFFIN 12 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 42-106 23-32 20 45 65 23 35 9 16 115 (.396) (.719) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 6-11 7-8 4 6 10 0 6 0 2 19 KUKOC F 45 7-15 4-9 4 9 13 6 4 1 4 20 RATLIFF C 40 3-8 5-7 2 12 14 0 6 1 1 11 IVERSON G 52 7-25 6-8 1 3 4 6 4 1 2 21 SNOW G 53 8-19 5-6 1 4 5 8 3 1 3 21 GEIGER 21 4-9 4-4 5 5 10 0 4 1 1 12 MCKIE 29 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 6 2 3 10 MACCULLOCH 2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 OLLIE 7 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 39-97 34-46 17 40 57 22 33 7 16 117 (.402) (.739) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

BOSTON 18 23 29 27 10 8 - 115 PHILADELPHIA 22 17 34 24 10 10 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - POTAPENKO, PIERCE, E WILLIAMS. PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE 3, RATLIFF 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 8-20 (.400), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 0-5, ANDERSON 4-7, BARROS 1-2, E WILLIAMS 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 5-17 (.294), KUKOC 2-7, IVERSON 1-4, SNOW 0-3, MCKIE 2-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH PITINO, PIERCE, PHILADELPHIA - HILL 2. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, HANK ARMSTRONG, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,660. T - 3:15.


Box Score

BOSTON (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 10-25 9-12 0-8 2 6 31 Walker 52 10-28 4-6 4-14 9 4 24 Potapenko 40 3-12 0-1 9-18 4 4 6 Anderson 38 6-11 2-3 1-2 3 4 18 Cheaney 38 5-7 1-2 0-3 1 6 11 Fortson 11 1-4 6-6 1-3 0 3 8 Barros 21 3-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 7 E Williams 29 2-6 1-2 2-5 1 3 6 Battie 11 1-2 0-0 2-6 1 3 2 Griffin 12 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29042-106 23-32 20-65 23 35 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.396, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 0-5, Anderson 4-7, Barros 1-2, E Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Potapenko, Pierce, E Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Walker 6, Anderson 2, E Williams 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Battie, Cheaney). Steals: 9 (Anderson 2, Fortson 2, Walker 2, Cheaney, Griffin, Potapenko).

PHILADELPHIA (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 6-11 7-8 4-10 0 6 19 Kukoc 45 7-15 4-9 4-13 6 4 20 Ratliff 40 3-8 5-7 2-14 0 6 11 Iverson 52 7-25 6-8 1-4 6 4 21 Snow 53 8-19 5-6 1-5 8 3 21 Geiger 21 4-9 4-4 5-10 0 4 12 Mckie 29 4-9 0-0 0-0 2 6 10 Macculloch 2 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Ollie 7 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 39-97 34-46 17-57 22 33 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Kukoc 2-7, Iverson 1-4, Snow 0-3, Mckie 2-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Mckie 3, Ratliff 3). Turnovers: 16 (Kukoc 4, Mckie 3, Snow 3, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Geiger, Ratliff). Steals: 7 (Mckie 2, Geiger, Iverson, Kukoc, Ratliff, Snow). ______________________________________________________ Boston 18 23 29 27 10 8 - 115 Philadelphia 22 17 34 24 10 10 - 117 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Pitino, 8:39 3rd; Pierce, 5:51 4th). Philadelphia 2 (Hill 2, 5:51 4th, 3:29 2nd OT). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,660. T: 3:15. Officials: Joe Forte, Hank Armstrong, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and Eric Snow scored 21 points apiece as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a thrilling 117-115 double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Tied at 107-107 after the first overtime, Paul Pierce sank two free throws to give Boston a 113-111 lead with 2:52 to play in the second extra period. Iverson came back with a three-point play to put Philadelphia ahead.

After Boston missed four straight shots on its next possession, Philadelphia's Kevin Ollie was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:14 remaining for a 115-113 lead.

A layup by Adrian Griffin tied it with 1:01 left, but Matt Geiger's putback with 39 seconds to play allowed the Sixers to regain the lead, 117-115.

"When the ball came off (the glass), I just grabbed the rebound and put it up off the glass," Geiger said. "It was a pretty basic play, but it was the timing of the play. Sometimes the easiest plays, at the right time, look like big plays."

Boston's Dana Barros missed a 16-foot jumper and Iverson grabbed the rebound but dribbled out of bounds, giving the Celtics another chance to tie. Antoine Walker drove the lane and missed a seven-footer and Vitaly Potapenko could not convert the tip-in as time expired.

"I'm amazed after the things that went on in that game," said Philadelphia coach Larry Brown, who was rewarded with a multi-year contract extension before the game. "It's mind-boggling."

Philadelphia moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of Toronto.

Pierce scored 31 points and Walker added 24 and 14 rebounds for Boston, which set a franchise record with 65 rebounds but suffered its third straight loss after winning seven of eight. The Celtics fell 3 1/2 games behind Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth with 13 games remaining.

"Every loss is tough to take right now when you have to go 11-3," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "These games are tough, especially when you play with this much courage."

Walker's driving layup gave Boston a 104-99 advantage with 1:30 left in the first overtime. Theo Ratliff made 1-of-2 free throws and Toni Kukoc's layup with 47 seconds remaining cut the Sixers' deficit to 104-102.

Anderson made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Celtics a 105-102 lead with 23 seconds to play. Kukoc answered with a 3-pointer from the left side with 18 seconds left.

Pierce appeared to give the Celtics the victory when he drained a 19-foot jumper from the left corner with 1.7 seconds remaining for a 107-105 lead. After a timeout, Aaron McKie took the inbounds pass and drained the tying basket from just inside the 3-point line as the buzzer sounded.

"We had two great plays," Brown said. "Toni makes a step-through three-pointer and Aaron makes a jump shot. I though it was a 3 for a minute and I got real excited, 'cause I wanted to go watch (North) Carolina play."

Philadelphia grabbed an 88-83 lead on two free throws by Hill with 4:44 left in the fourth quarter, but Anderson drained two 3-pointers in a 12-2 run, the second of which gave the Celtics a 95-90 lead with 2:06 to play.

The 76ers responded with a 7-2 run, capped by Ratliff's layup with 18 seconds remaining that forged a 97-97 tie. Pierce missed a potential winning jumper with nine-tenths of a second remaining as the game went to overtime.

"Tonight's game shows a lot about our team," Iverson said. "You could feel it in the huddle, you could feel everything, knowing that the guys weren't going to give up. We were going to keep playing hard. We never had a doubt in our mind."

Kukoc had 20 points, tying his high for Philadelphia, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Hill added 19 points and 10 boards, Ratliff contributed 11 and 14 and Geiger had 12 and 10 off the bench. It was the first time since March 6, 1987 that four 76ers recorded double-doubles in the same game.

"I just have so much confidence in them (teammates)," said Iverson, who was 7-of-25 from the field. "When I'm not playing well, we can still win. I just know we can win the game, no matter what."

The 76ers shot 40 percent (39-of-97), including 5-of-17 from 3-point range, but made only 34-of-46 free throws. Philadelphia grabbed 57 rebounds.

Pierce shot 10-of-25 from the field and Walker was 10-of-28 as the Celtics made 39 percent of their shots (42-of-106), including 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. Anderson contributed 18 points and Potapenko grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds.

"It just doesn't seem to be going our way," Pierce said. "We're keeping it close, we're fighting down the stretch. We're just not able to finish it off. You kind of feel like you have a curse against you."

The Celtics tied an NBA record with no free throws attempted in the first half, but made 23-of-32 thereafter.

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