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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 23 32 23 24 102 BOSTON 34 26 20 17 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - MATT GEIGER 20, ALLEN IVERSON 16, GEORGE LYNCH 15 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 28, PAUL PIERCE 18, ANTOINE WALKER 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 9, TYRONE HILL 8 BOS - TONY BATTIE 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - TONI KUKOC 6, ERIC SNOW 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 6, KENNY ANDERSON 6

ATT: 18,342


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (102) AT BOSTON (97)

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

HILL F 32 3-8 3-4 1 7 8 1 3 1 0 9 LYNCH F 29 6-12 2-2 2 7 9 1 2 1 3 15 RATLIFF C 31 5-8 4-4 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 14 IVERSON G 37 6-16 4-7 0 0 0 4 0 2 5 16 SNOW G 34 1-2 2-3 0 4 4 6 4 1 1 4 GEIGER 21 7-10 6-6 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 20 KUKOC 30 2-9 5-7 0 5 5 6 3 1 1 9 OLLIE 6 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 3 MCKIE 20 5-10 2-3 0 2 2 2 1 7 2 12 BOWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 29-38 7 33 40 21 18 13 14 102 (.468) (.763) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 43 6-13 6-8 1 3 4 1 2 2 4 18 WALKER F 39 7-21 1-1 3 6 9 6 3 1 3 16 POTAPENKO C 13 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 2 ANDERSON G 32 8-16 8-8 1 4 5 6 1 3 1 28 CHEANEY G 30 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 2 6 0 1 10 FORTSON 18 2-7 0-0 3 6 9 1 3 0 0 4 E WILLIAMS 13 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 6 BATTIE 18 1-5 0-0 5 6 11 1 1 1 2 2 BARROS 17 5-10 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 1 1 11 MCCARTY 9 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 GRIFFIN 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-92 15-17 15 36 51 23 25 8 17 97 (.413) (.882) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 23 32 23 24 - 102 BOSTON 34 26 20 17 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3. BOSTON - WALKER 3, BATTIE, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-5 (.200), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 0-1, SNOW 0-1, KUKOC 0-1, MCKIE 0-1. BOSTON 6-16 (.375), PIERCE 0-1, WALKER 1-2, ANDERSON 4-7, E WILLIAMS 0-2, BARROS 1-3, GRIFFIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL, IVERSON, BOSTON - WALKER, ANDERSON. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY, KEN MAUER. A - 18,342. T - 2:13.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 32 3-8 3-4 1-8 1 3 9 Lynch 29 6-12 2-2 2-9 1 2 15 Ratliff 31 5-8 4-4 1-5 0 1 14 Iverson 37 6-16 4-7 0-0 4 0 16 Snow 34 1-2 2-3 0-4 6 4 4 Geiger 21 7-10 6-6 2-5 0 3 20 Kukoc 30 2-9 5-7 0-5 6 3 9 Ollie 6 1-2 1-2 1-2 1 1 3 Mckie 20 5-10 2-3 0-2 2 1 12 Bowman DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 29-38 7-40 21 18 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.763. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 0-1, Snow 0-1, Kukoc 0-1, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Ratliff 3). Turnovers: 14 (Iverson 5, Lynch 3, Mckie 2, Geiger, Kukoc, Ratliff, Snow). Steals: 13 (Mckie 7, Iverson 2, Hill, Kukoc, Lynch, Snow).

BOSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 43 6-13 6-8 1-4 1 2 18 Walker 39 7-21 1-1 3-9 6 3 16 Potapenko 13 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Anderson 32 8-16 8-8 1-5 6 1 28 Cheaney 30 5-7 0-0 1-4 2 6 10 Fortson 18 2-7 0-0 3-9 1 3 4 E Williams 13 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 Battie 18 1-5 0-0 5-11 1 1 2 Barros 17 5-10 0-0 0-3 4 0 11 Mccarty 9 0-0 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Griffin 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 15-17 15-51 23 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Pierce 0-1, Walker 1-2, Anderson 4-7, E Williams 0-2, Barros 1-3, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 3, Battie, Pierce). Turnovers: 17 (Pierce 4, E Williams 3, Walker 3, Battie 2, Anderson, Barros, Cheaney, Mccarty, Potapenko). Steals: 8 (Anderson 3, Pierce 2, Barros, Battie, Walker). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 23 32 23 24 - 102 Boston 34 26 20 17 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Hill, 4:06 2nd; Iverson, 11:09 3rd). Boston 2 (Walker, 8:00 4th; Anderson, 2:38 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,342. T: 2:13. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers turned it on in the fourth quarter and turned aside the woeful Boston Celtics.

Iverson scored seven of his 16 points in the final six minutes and the 76ers allowed only 15 points in the fourth quarter as they rallied for a 102-97 victory over the Celtics, who have lost 10 straight games.

Iverson made just 6-of-16 shots as he was held well below his average of 28.8 points per game, second in the NBA. The league leader in shot attempts, the All-Star guard was only 4-of-10 for nine points through three quarters.

He was on the bench at the outset of the fourth quarter, when the Sixers finally caught the Celtics after trailing for most of the game. But his jumper beat the shot clock and capped a 12-3 burst that gave Philadelphia a 92-87 lead with 5:42 remaining.

"I'm not worried about the points, just the wins," Iverson said. "The defense is what did it for us."

"The way we played defense in the fourth quarter was what I like to see," Sixers coach Larry Brown added. "It was the biggest reason we won the game. That might have been one of Allen's best defensive games I've seen."

Iverson added a baseline drive and three free throws down the stretch. Philadelphia won despite going without a basket for the final 4:42 and captured the season series, 3-1.

Matt Geiger scored 20 points and George Lynch returned from the injured list to add 15 for the Sixers (44-31), who matched their win total from the 1990-91 season.

"Our defense picked it up in the second half," Iverson said. "Our bench really contributed when we were struggling. This is a solid win."

Philadelphia moved two games ahead of Charlotte in the race for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"A game like tonight might be the difference between finishing fourth, third or finishing fifth or sixth," Geiger said. "Tonight might be the kind of game that gets us home-court advantage. It's a big win, simply for that reason."

"I think everybody on this team knows the importance of the stretch we're in right now and the fight for playoff position," Brown added.

Kenny Anderson scored 28 points for the Celtics (30-46), who have lost 10 in a row for the fifth time in the franchise's storied history. They also lost 10 in a row from March 19-April 9, 1997 and are three shy of the club record.

"Obviously, this is really perplexing," Celtics forward Antoine Walker said. "I couldn't have imagined losing 10 straight, but we have. It's real hard getting your body physically and mentally ready when you're struggling like we are. It's a battle for us."

Boston led 60-55 at halftime and widened the advantage to 78-69 on a driving layup by Danny Fortson with 3:49 left. But the Sixers began their rally as the Celtics managed only 19 points over the final 16 minutes.

Geiger's dunk and jumper capped a 9-2 run that ended the period and his basket to open the fourth quarter tied it. Dana Barros and Fortson scored before Philadelphia collected 12 of the next 15 points, including six by reserve guard Aaron McKie, who had 12 points and seven steals.

Iverson's baseline drive with 4:42 left made it 94-89 and Tyrone Hill added two free throws 29 seconds later. Iverson made a technical foul shot and a free throw with 2:37 remaining to push the lead to 100-91 and the Celtics got no closer than the final margin.

Theo Ratliff scored 14 points and Hill and Toni Kukoc added nine apiece for the Sixers, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77) and made 29-of-38 free throws to offset a 51-40 deficit on the boards. Lynch, who missed the previous seven games with a knee sprain, grabbed nine rebounds.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points and Antoine Walker added 16 for the Celtics, who shot 41 percent (38-of-92) and made 15-of-17 from the line. In the fourth quarter, Boston shot four free throws and Philadelphia attempted 15.

"It's the same old story," Pierce said. "We lose close games down the stretch. Tonight we didn't get the defensive stops to get our break going in the second half. It wasn't what they were doing. It was our inability to execute."

Anderson's 10 points helped Boston to a 34-23 lead after one quarter. Geiger answered with 10 in the second period as Philadelphia cut the deficit to five points at intermission.

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