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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 30 29 23 20 102 MINNESOTA 24 25 23 28 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 43, TYRONE HILL 18, THEO RATLIFF 14 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 31, TERRELL BRANDON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 14, THEO RATLIFF 8 MIN - JOE SMITH 12, KEVIN GARNETT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 12, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 4

ATT: 16,991


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (102) AT MINNESOTA (100)

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

HILL F 41 8-11 2-2 5 9 14 1 5 2 2 18 KUKOC F 33 5-8 1-2 1 5 6 3 2 1 2 13 RATLIFF C 38 4-10 6-8 1 7 8 0 4 0 2 14 IVERSON G 45 15-28 12-14 3 2 5 4 2 2 4 43 SNOW G 41 1-6 3-4 0 3 3 12 3 4 5 6 GEIGER 16 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 2 MCKIE 23 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 6 MACCULLOCH 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 OLLIE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-76 24-30 12 31 43 24 21 11 18 102 (.487) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 43 11-23 9-12 1 8 9 3 4 2 2 31 SZCZERBIAK F 36 5-9 2-2 2 2 4 4 2 2 0 12 D GARRETT C 11 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 BRANDON G 35 6-16 1-2 1 2 3 12 0 3 3 14 SEALY G 26 2-9 2-2 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 6 SMITH 29 4-9 1-1 6 6 12 2 4 0 0 9 PEELER 22 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 4 0 4 10 NESTEROVIC 3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 JACKSON 19 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 12 HAMMONDS 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 MITCHELL 6 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 17-23 13 25 38 26 24 10 14 100 (.459) (.739) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 30 29 23 20 - 102 MINNESOTA 24 25 23 28 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5. MINNESOTA - D GARRETT 2, K GARNETT, SMITH, JACKSON, SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 4-10 (.400), KUKOC 2-4, IVERSON 1-4, SNOW 1-1, MCKIE 0-1. MINNESOTA 5-8 (.625), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 1-2, PEELER 2-3, JACKSON 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 16,991. T - 2:17.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 8-11 2-2 5-14 1 5 18 Kukoc 33 5-8 1-2 1-6 3 2 13 Ratliff 38 4-10 6-8 1-8 0 4 14 Iverson 45 15-28 12-14 3-5 4 2 43 Snow 41 1-6 3-4 0-3 12 3 6 Geiger 16 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 Mckie 23 3-7 0-0 0-2 4 2 6 Macculloch 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Ollie 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 24-30 12-43 24 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Kukoc 2-4, Iverson 1-4, Snow 1-1, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 5). Turnovers: 19 (Snow 5, Iverson 4, Hill 2, Kukoc 2, Mckie 2, Ratliff 2, Geiger). Steals: 11 (Snow 4, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Geiger, Kukoc, Mckie).

MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 11-23 9-12 1-9 3 4 31 Szczerbiak 36 5-9 2-2 2-4 4 2 12 D Garrett 11 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Brandon 35 6-16 1-2 1-3 12 0 14 Sealy 26 2-9 2-2 1-2 1 4 6 Smith 29 4-9 1-1 6-12 2 4 9 Peeler 22 4-7 0-0 1-3 3 4 10 Nesterovic 3 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson 19 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 1 12 Hammonds 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Mitchell 6 1-1 2-2 1-1 0 1 4 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 17-23 13-38 26 24 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 1-2, Peeler 2-3, Jackson 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (D Garrett 2, K Garnett, Smith, Jackson, Szczerbiak). Turnovers: 14 (Peeler 4, Brandon 3, K Garnett 2, Mitchell 2, D Garrett, Nesterovic, Sealy). Steals: 10 (Brandon 3, Jackson 2, K Garnett 2, Szczerbiak 2, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 30 29 23 20 - 102 Minnesota 24 25 23 28 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,991. T: 2:17. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson got the call and the Philadelphia 76ers got the win.

Iverson scored 43 points, including two free throws after he drew a foul from Kevin Garnett with 1.8 seconds left, as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-100, for their seventh straight victory.

Minnesota did not lead after the first five minutes but caught Philadelphia at 100-100 with 16 seconds left on a jump hook by Garnett, who scored 31 points.

The 7-footer jumped out to try to block Iverson's 17-footer from the right wing but bumped into the 6-foot guard, who was knocked to the floor.

"The shot was off," Iverson said. "When I was releasing it, he bumped me and knocked me down. It was harder than even I expected. I think the ref had to make that call."

"I won't say I didn't hit him but the contact was clearly after the shot," Garnett said. "He shot it over the rim. If I was to foul any one of you, it would be short. I just don't understand it, but I want to save my money."

Iverson calmly made both free throws and the 76ers improved to 2-0 on their five-game road trip when Terrell Brandon missed an open jumper from the left corner as time expired. Philadelphia is 17-7 in games decided by three points or less.

In a matchup of the NBA's hottest teams and their superstars, the 76ers got the better of the Timberwolves and Iverson got the better of Garnett. Philadelphia's winning streak is its longest in nine years and Minnesota had its season-high six-game string snapped.

"I think it's unfortunate how the game ended," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I don't think you make that kind of call down the stretch. I think the ball was up and there may have been contact but the offensive player can't jump into the defensive player. It goes both ways. I think it was a no-call, but that's me."

Iverson made 15-of-28 shots and 12-of-14 free throws as he broke 40 points for the second time in four games and eighth time this season. Philadelphia is 5-3 in those games.

"Lots of guys stepped up tonight, but Allen Iverson was great," Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

"I think he is an unbelievable scorer," Saunders said. "He's not physically big, so sometimes you're coming at him down the court and have incidental contact ... you think you might get charged with assault and battery if he gets knocked off balance. The way the new rules are, that's how he wants to play. There's no question he may be the most phenomenal 1-on-1 scorer in the game."

Garnett made 11-of-23 shots and 9-of-12 free throws, adding nine rebounds. But he got off to a slow start that gave Philadelphia control in the first half.

Tyrone Hill added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won seven in a row for the first time since February 17-March 1, 1991.

"We're starting to open a couple of eyes and starting to show people we're a team to be reckoned with," Iverson said. "Hopefully on this winning streak, people will start giving us the much-deserved respect that we've earned."

Terrell Brandon had 14 points and 12 assists for the Wolves, who scored 123 points in a win at Philadelphia on January 9.

The Sixers led 82-72 entering the fourth quarter and still held a 93-85 advantage after a running jumper by Iverson with 6:05 remaining. But Anthony Peeler and rookie Wally Szczerbiak made layups around a free throw by Brandon to cut the deficit to 93-90 with 4:17 to go.

Iverson responded with a jumper, but Garnett made two foul shots and a follow shot around a jumper by Hill. When Bobby Jackson sank a jumper, Minnesota was within 97-96 with 2:05 to play.

Iverson missed a jumper and Garnett drew a foul. He had a few words to say to the Sixers, then missed both free throws with 1:25 left.

"I should have made those two free throws," Garnett said. "I was not in control of my emotions. I guess it's better to have some emotions than none at all."

"He's out there talking," Iverson said. "I don't talk like he talks. I don't talk during the basketball game. But it's fun to hear some of the things he says. He's a competitive guy."

Theo Ratliff hit a jump hook over Garnett and made 1-of-2 foul shots around a 15-footer by Minnesota's Joe Smith, giving the Sixers a 100-98 lead with 29 seconds to play.

Ratliff scored 14 points, Toni Kukoc added 13 and Eric Snow had 12 assists for the Sixers, who shot 49 percent (37-of-76) and held a 43-38 rebounding edge. Ratliff had eight rebounds and five blocks.

Szczerbiak and Jackson scored 12 points each, Peeler added 10 and Smith nine and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who shot 46 percent (39-of-85) and forced 19 turnovers.

"We got a win in a tough place to play against a well-coached, quality team," Brown said. "A win on the road against a quality team like this is significant."

Iverson scored 13 points in the first quarter as Philadelphia opened a 30-24 lead. His two free throws capped an 8-2 burst that opened the second period and gave the Sixers a 38-26 lead with 9:27 remaining.

Although Iverson remained hot, the Wolves rallied and pulled within two points on three occasions before the Sixers rebuilt a 59-49 halftime lead.

While Iverson made 9-of-14 shots and scored 24 points in the first half, Garnett was struggling. Facing double-teams, he made just 2-of-11 shots before a thunderous dunk with 2:02 left in the second quarter.

Garnett found the range in the third quarter, scoring 10 points. But Iverson countered with nine and the lead stayed at 10 points after three periods.

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