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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 24 25 18 20 87 ORLANDO 20 24 22 14 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 29, THEO RATLIFF 14, AARON MCKIE 14 ORL - GRANT HILL 18, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 17, TRACY MCGRADY 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 17, ALLEN IVERSON 8 ORL - DON REID 10, GRANT HILL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 5, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 5

ATT: 14,233


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (87) AT ORLANDO (80)

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

HILL F 22 0-5 3-4 3 3 6 1 4 0 2 3 LYNCH F 21 3-8 4-4 3 3 6 0 2 2 0 10 RATLIFF C 37 5-9 4-4 2 15 17 2 3 2 7 14 IVERSON G 44 10-27 9-10 1 7 8 4 1 2 3 29 SNOW G 31 2-5 0-1 1 1 2 7 3 2 3 4 KUKOC 17 0-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 MACCULLOCH 10 2-4 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 4 MAXWELL 18 2-5 4-4 0 3 3 4 3 1 0 9 MCKIE 32 5-9 2-3 1 3 4 3 5 1 8 14 MOHAMMED 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-79 26-30 15 41 56 21 27 10 26 87 (.367) (.867) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 27(21 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 7-15 3-7 1 8 9 3 4 1 3 18 REID F 19 2-3 0-0 5 5 10 0 6 1 1 4 AMAECHI C 27 2-8 0-2 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 4 ARMSTRONG G 41 5-19 6-6 1 2 3 5 4 2 5 17 MCGRADY G 36 5-18 6-6 1 5 6 5 3 2 5 16 OUTLAW 21 0-2 2-7 1 3 4 3 3 1 1 2 DOLEAC 7 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 MILLER 15 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 HUDSON 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 WILLIAMS 12 3-3 0-2 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 6 GARRITY 21 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 9 PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-86 17-30 12 34 46 17 29 9 20 80 (.349) (.567) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 20(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 24 25 18 20 - 87 ORLANDO 20 24 22 14 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 3, IVERSON 2, KUKOC. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 4, MCGRADY 3, REID 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-12 (.250), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 0-4, MAXWELL 1-3, MCKIE 2-4. ORLANDO 3-17 (.176), HILL 1-1, ARMSTRONG 1-6, MCGRADY 0-1, MILLER 0-1, HUDSON 0-1, GARRITY 1-7. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HEAD COACH L BROWN, SNOW (EJECTED), RATLIFF, HILL, ORLANDO - MCGRADY (EJECTED), GARRITY. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SCOTT FOSTER, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 14,233. T - 2:32.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 22 0-5 3-4 3-6 1 4 3 Lynch 21 3-8 4-4 3-6 0 2 10 Ratliff 37 5-9 4-4 2-17 2 3 14 Iverson 44 10-27 9-10 1-8 4 1 29 Snow 31 2-5 0-1 1-2 7 3 4 Kukoc 17 0-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Macculloch 10 2-4 0-0 3-6 0 2 4 Maxwell 18 2-5 4-4 0-3 4 3 9 Mckie 32 5-9 2-3 1-4 3 5 14 Mohammed 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 26-30 15-56 21 27 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 0-4, Maxwell 1-3, Mckie 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 3, Iverson 2, Kukoc). Turnovers: 27 (Mckie 8, Ratliff 7, Iverson 3, Snow 3, Hill 2, Kukoc 2, Macculloch). Steals: 10 (Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Ratliff 2, Snow 2, Maxwell, Mckie).

ORLANDO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 7-15 3-7 1-9 3 4 18 Reid 19 2-3 0-0 5-10 0 6 4 Amaechi 27 2-8 0-2 0-5 0 2 4 Armstrong 41 5-19 6-6 1-3 5 4 17 Mcgrady 36 5-18 6-6 1-6 5 3 16 Outlaw 21 0-2 2-7 1-4 3 3 2 Doleac 7 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Miller 15 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Hudson 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Williams 12 3-3 0-2 2-5 0 0 6 Garrity 21 4-10 0-0 0-0 1 4 9 Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-86 17-30 12-46 17 29 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.349, FT-.567. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Hill 1-1, Armstrong 1-6, Mcgrady 0-1, Miller 0-1, Hudson 0-1, Garrity 1-7). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 10 (Outlaw 4, Mcgrady 3, Reid 3). Turnovers: 20 (Armstrong 5, Mcgrady 5, Hill 3, Amaechi, Doleac, Hudson, Miller, Outlaw, Reid, Williams). Steals: 9 (Armstrong 2, Mcgrady 2, Garrity, Hill, Hudson, Outlaw, Reid). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 24 25 18 20 - 87 Orlando 20 24 22 14 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 4 (Head Coach L Brown, 12:00 3rd; Snow (ejected), 6:26 4th; Ratliff, 6:26 4th; Hill, 5:19 4th). Orlando 2 (Mcgrady (ejected), 6:26 4th; Garrity, 5:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,233. T: 2:32. Officials: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers appeared headed for their first loss of the season. Then Sportsmanship Award winner Eric Snow was ejected for fighting.

Snow's shoving match with Tracy McGrady and ensuing ejection sparked the 76ers, who rallied without their point guard for an 87-83 victory over the Orlando Magic.

The Sixers had just one free throw in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Magic opened a 72-68 lead. With 6:26 left, McGrady went up for a lane jumper and took exception to a foul by Snow.

McGrady said something to Snow, who responded by putting his finger in McGrady's chest. McGrady put both hands on Snow's face and shoved him and both players were ejected.

"I said, `Get out of my face,'" Snow said. "He pushed me in the face and I walked away clapping and they kicked us both out."

"I don't tough you, you don't touch me," McGrady said. "Don't put your hands on me. And I retaliated after that. He touched me and I reached out and that was that."

Snow sneered when his reputation as a hard but clean player was brought up, while Magic coach Doc Rivers said his player should have seen it coming.

"Sportsmanship? What's that got to do with anything?" Snow said. "I didn't initiate it, you know what I'm saying? And I don't care who you are in this league, you can be the best samaritan in the world, but if someone pushes you, you got to defend yourself."

"I try to tell Tracy that he is the target now," Rivers said. "Guys are going to push and hit him, but if he's struggling offensively, he can't get frustrated that he lets anybody get under his skin."

Sixers players and coach Larry Brown argued the ejection of Snow and center Theo Ratliff drew a technical foul. Orlando guard Darrell Armstrong made the free throw for a 73-68 lead but the Magic scored just seven points thereafter.

McGrady's departure hurt the Magic, who had to rely on a hobbled Grant Hill and struggled to score down the stretch. Meanwhile, Vernon Maxwell came on for Snow and teamed with fellow guards Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie to score all of Philadelphia's 19 points in the final six minutes.

"Yeah, it fired us up. We were kind of (ticked) off," McKie said. "McGrady takes a blow at his face and we get the stiff, but we're a confident group. We've been in several games like this throughout last season. You have to expect games like this. These are the games you like to win."

Iverson scored 29 points and McKie contributed 14, drilling two big 3-pointers down the stretch. Theo Ratliff added 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Sixers (3-0), who won in Orlando during the regular season for the first time since April 1, 1997, ending a five-game skid.

"These guys (Sixers) have been waiting for the opportunity to do some big things out on the basketball court," Iverson said. "They hear everything you write about us not having a shot because we don't have the talent. But now, a lot of heads are starting to turn and people recognize there's other guys that are capable of doing big-time things in this league."

Hill played through ankle soreness that sidelined him Wednesday in Miami and scored 18 points. He rode an exercise bike while not in the game to keep the joint loose but was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

"I think the times I enjoy the most, in the fourth quarter when games are won and lost, I don't feel like I can do the things I know I can do and that's pretty frustrating," Hill said. "But the doctors say it's getting better and improving."

McGrady scored 16 points on just 5-of-18 shooting for the Magic (1-2), who have dropped two in a row and do not look like the Eastern Conference favorite many said they would be.

After the free throw by Armstrong, who scored 17 points but made just 5-of-19 shots, Maxwell made two free throws and Orlando's Don Reid tipped in a miss, McKie sank a 3-pointer and Iverson made a tough reverse layup and drew the foul. The three-point play gave Philadelphia a 76-75 lead with 3:44 remaining.

John Amaechi gave the Magic their last lead before McKie hit another 3-pointer and Iverson sank two free throws to give the Sixers an 81-77 edge with 2:07 to go. Armstrong missed twice and two free throws each by Iverson, Maxwell and McKie in the final 20 seconds sealed the win.

Iverson made just 10-of-27 shots but sank 9-of-10 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds. The 6-foot guard is 28-of-30 from the line this season.

Both teams shot terribly but Philadelphia compensated in other areas. The Sixers shot under 37 percent (29-of-79) while the Magic shot below 35 percent (30-of-86). Philadelphia held a 56-46 rebounding edge and made 26-of-30 from the line, where Orlando was just 17-of-30.

"I've always said that if we can't throw a ball in the ocean, then we never really had to worry about it because we know we had to play defense," Iverson said.

"Free throws lost the game," Rivers said. "We've got to make free throws. The sad thing is that we have guys who we like to shoot free throws shoot them and we still didn't make (them)."

The Sixers never trailed in the first half, opening a 49-44 lead behind Iverson's 14 points. The Magic used an 11-0 run capped by consecutive dunks by Hill and a pair by McGrady to take a 58-54 lead with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

Reid grabbed 10 rebounds and Hill pulled down nine for Orlando.

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