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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 26 25 29 21 101 NEW YORK 23 18 13 18 72 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 25, TONI KUKOC 23, THEO RATLIFF 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 21, ERICK STRICKLAND 10, GLEN RICE 9

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 11, ALLEN IVERSON 6 NYK - ERICK STRICKLAND 7, LARRY JOHNSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 9, ERIC SNOW 7 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 3, CHRIS CHILDS 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (101) AT NEW YORK (72)

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

HILL F 22 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 4 6 LYNCH F 29 3-4 3-3 3 8 11 3 3 2 0 9 RATLIFF C 35 5-7 2-4 0 4 4 1 2 2 3 12 IVERSON G 38 5-16 13-14 1 5 6 9 2 0 2 25 SNOW G 28 5-7 1-1 1 0 1 7 4 1 0 11 MCKIE 26 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 8 MAXWELL 22 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 2 0 MACCULLOCH 8 3-5 1-4 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 7 KUKOC 22 10-12 2-4 1 3 4 3 1 4 1 23 JONES 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SANCHEZ 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 MOHAMMED 2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 38-66 22-30 8 29 37 27 24 10 13 101 (.576) (.733) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 26 3-5 0-1 2 5 7 3 1 0 2 6 SPREWELL F 31 1-9 4-4 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 6 CAMBY C 24 1-5 3-4 2 2 4 0 2 1 1 5 HOUSTON G 32 7-15 6-7 0 1 1 2 3 2 2 21 WARD G 23 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 5 2 CHILDS 14 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 0 2 2 RICE 28 3-8 3-4 1 0 1 2 5 1 3 9 THOMAS 20 2-6 3-4 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 7 STRICKLAND 16 4-6 0-0 2 5 7 0 1 0 1 10 POSTELL 10 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 SPENCER 8 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 2 KNIGHT 8 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 25-70 19-24 14 23 37 14 30 6 22 72 (.357) (.792) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 22(26 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 26 25 29 21 - 101 NEW YORK 23 18 13 18 - 72

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, HILL 2. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, THOMAS, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-8 (.375), IVERSON 2-4, MAXWELL 0-3, KUKOC 1-1. NEW YORK 3-11 (.273), SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 0-2, CHILDS 0-1, STRICKLAND 2-2, POSTELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JOE DEROSA, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 22 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 6 Lynch 29 3-4 3-3 3-11 3 3 9 Ratliff 35 5-7 2-4 0-4 1 2 12 Iverson 38 5-16 13-14 1-6 9 2 25 Snow 28 5-7 1-1 1-1 7 4 11 Mckie 26 4-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 8 Maxwell 22 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 5 0 Macculloch 8 3-5 1-4 0-2 0 1 7 Kukoc 22 10-12 2-4 1-4 3 1 23 Jones 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Sanchez 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Mohammed 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-66 22-30 8-37 27 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.576, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Iverson 2-4, Maxwell 0-3, Kukoc 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 3, Hill 2). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, Ratliff 3, Iverson 2, Maxwell 2, Kukoc, Mckie). Steals: 10 (Kukoc 4, Lynch 2, Ratliff 2, Macculloch, Snow).

NEW YORK (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 26 3-5 0-1 2-7 3 1 6 Sprewell 31 1-9 4-4 1-3 1 3 6 Camby 24 1-5 3-4 2-4 0 2 5 Houston 32 7-15 6-7 0-1 2 3 21 Ward 23 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 2 Childs 14 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 5 2 Rice 28 3-8 3-4 1-1 2 5 9 Thomas 20 2-6 3-4 2-5 0 1 7 Strickland 16 4-6 0-0 2-7 0 1 10 Postell 10 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Spencer 8 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 Knight 8 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-70 19-24 14-37 14 30 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.357, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 0-2, Childs 0-1, Strickland 2-2, Postell 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Thomas, Rice). Turnovers: 22 (Ward 5, Rice 3, Sprewell 3, Childs 2, Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Spencer 2, Camby, Strickland, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Houston 2, Camby, Rice, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 26 25 29 21 - 101 New York 23 18 13 18 - 72 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:55 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Jess Kersey, Joe Derosa, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It had been quite a long time since the Philadelphia 76ers had won in Madison Square Garden. But not quite as long since Patrick Ewing was not manning the middle for the New York Knicks.

Scoring inside almost at will on offense and controlling the paint on defense, the 76ers won here for the first time in nearly four years, trouncing the Knicks, 101-72, in the season opener for both teams.

"We had our chances before to win here but we never played as a team," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We came out tonight and played our strong (defense) and the offense stepped up tonight."

Allen Iverson collected 25 points and nine assists for the Sixers, who won here for the first time in eight visits since November 12, 1996 -- Iverson's first NBA game in Madison Square Garden.

"He was a little off tonight," Brown said. "But he was kicking the ball out and finding (Toni) Kukoc and (Aaron) McKie for the open jumper. His defense is getting better."

Iverson led a parade of Sixers who got inside for layups and easy shots. Philadelphia shot 58 percent (38-of-66) from the field as New York put up very little resistance and was booed on its home floor.

During the offseason, the Knicks traded Ewing -- the franchise cornerstone and superstar center for 15 seasons -- to Seattle in a four-team deal that netted scoring forward Glen Rice. But the deal left the Knicks with a glut of perimeter players and a lack of bulk in the frontcourt, which Philadelphia exploited.

"Yes, it's different without (Patrick Ewing) in the middle," Brown said. "But I still give a lot of credit to my big guys. I think they're becoming more skilled and much better as they're proving on their post-up moves."

"We always match up good with the New York Knicks, with or without Patrick Ewing," Iverson said. "But tonight we found a way to win."

With the Knicks trailing by more than 20 points late in an awful third quarter, the sellout crowd at the Garden began chanting, "Patrick Ewing!" In the fourth quarter, New York used a lineup of five players who were not on last season's team.

Toni Kukoc scored 23 points for the Sixers, who led by 32 points early in the fourth quarter and won in New York for just the third time in their last 23 visits.

"We took advantage of their small lineup," Kukoc said. "They're still a good team and as the season goes on, they will find a way to fix the matchup problem."

"They beat us to a lot of balls on the boards tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We have to work harder and box out better when we face a lineup like we did vs. Philly tonight."

New York's Allan Houston scored 21 points but got very little help. Rice scored nine on 3-of-8 shooting and Latrell Sprewell added six, missing 8-of-9 shots.

Guard Erick Strickland was the only other Knick in double figures with 10 points, most in the fourth quarter, when the outcome already was decided.

"It was a very frustrating night for me and it was a disappointing loss," Sprewell said. "This was not a good way to start the season. When things are not going good on offense for a team, we always stay close by playing good (defense). But tonight, we just weren't in this game."

The Knicks tried to go inside early but Theo Ratliff and Tyrone Hill made them think better of it with five blocked shots. Relying on jumpers by Houston, New York trailed 26-23 after one quarter.

"They started a small lineup and we thought more of using our inside game coming into tonight's game," Brown said. "Ratliff made a couple of blocks at the start and made some Knick players second-guess their shooting in the paint."

"Their front line is big and Ratliff made his presence early with a couple of blocked shots that had us hesitating," Sprewell admitted.

Kukoc, who did not play in the first period, scored 13 in the second. He made a jumper, a reverse layup and a 3-pointer to give Philadelphia a 37-28 lead with 7:13 left. A short hook by Ratliff gave the Sixers a 44-32 advantage with 4:23 to play and drew a smattering of boos from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Philadelphia held a 51-41 halftime lead, shooting 62.5 percent (20-of-32) while holding New York to 37.5 percent (15-of-40). The Sixers repeatedly got inside against the smaller Knicks, who struggled from the perimeter.

New York played terribly in the third quarter, making just 3-of-11 shots and committing 10 turnovers. Philadelphia scored the first five points and opened a 68-48 lead on George Lynch's jumper with 5:32 remaining. Iverson's 3-pointer closed the quarter and gave the Sixers an 80-54 lead.

"We always have a lead at the half in this building and we always find some way to lose," Iverson said. "(Eric) Snow and myself spoke at the half on how to keep up the way we were playing that got us this lead."

Ratliff collected 12 points and Snow added 11 and seven assists for Philadelphia, which scored 26 points off 22 New York turnovers.

"Snow moved the ball around, finding the open men and the players were making their shots," Brown said.

Iverson made just 5-of-16 shots but sank 13-of-14 free throws.

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