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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 13 18 31 32 94 PHILADELPHIA 24 31 22 26 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 36, CHUCKY ATKINS 24, JEROME WILLIAMS 13 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 28, ERIC SNOW 23, VERNON MAXWELL 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - ERIC MONTROSS 8, JEROME WILLIAMS 7 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,986


Extended Box

DETROIT (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (103)

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

OWENS F 21 2-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 1 0 4 B WALLACE F 8 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 0 0 0 1 1 MONTROSS C 27 2-6 0-0 4 4 8 1 3 1 2 4 ATKINS G 37 10-19 2-3 1 2 3 7 4 2 1 24 STACKHOUSE G 43 12-31 11-11 1 2 3 3 4 0 5 36 CEBALLOS 20 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 1 1 4 J WILLIAMS 26 5-7 3-4 4 3 7 1 2 2 4 13 BUECHLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 J WALLACE 23 3-10 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 1 3 6 CLEAVES 15 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 3 4 1 3 2 M MOORE 11 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 4 2 1 0 CURRY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-89 17-20 20 25 45 18 32 11 21 94 (.416) (.850) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(29 PTS)

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

HILL F 40 3-7 8-8 3 4 7 0 2 1 3 14 LYNCH F 37 4-9 0-0 4 3 7 1 6 2 1 8 RATLIFF C 41 4-9 5-6 1 7 8 2 3 0 1 13 IVERSON G 45 10-21 5-6 0 2 2 8 2 2 5 28 SNOW G 29 8-14 7-8 0 5 5 4 5 1 3 23 MAXWELL 25 5-9 3-4 1 3 4 4 3 2 3 15 KUKOC 22 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 2 2 2 SANCHEZ 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKIE DNP - BACK MUSCLE STRAIN MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 28-32 9 28 37 23 21 10 18 103 (.467) (.875) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

DETROIT 13 18 31 32 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 24 31 22 26 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - OWENS, M MOORE, CEBALLOS, J WALLACE, B WALLACE. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-10 (.300), ATKINS 2-4, STACKHOUSE 1-4, CEBALLOS 0-2. PHILADELPHIA 5-13 (.385), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-5, MAXWELL 2-5, KUKOC 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - HILL. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JOE DEROSA, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 15,986. T - 2:19.


Box Score

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 21 2-7 0-0 2-5 1 3 4 B Wallace 8 0-0 1-2 1-6 0 0 1 Montross 27 2-6 0-0 4-8 1 3 4 Atkins 37 10-19 2-3 1-3 7 4 24 Stackhouse 43 12-31 11-11 1-3 3 4 36 Ceballos 20 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 2 4 J Williams 26 5-7 3-4 4-7 1 2 13 Buechler 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 J Wallace 23 3-10 0-0 1-3 0 4 6 Cleaves 15 1-1 0-0 1-2 3 4 2 M Moore 11 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 4 0 Curry 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-89 17-20 20-45 18 32 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Atkins 2-4, Stackhouse 1-4, Ceballos 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Owens, M Moore, Ceballos, J Wallace, B Wallace). Turnovers: 22 (Stackhouse 5, J Williams 4, Cleaves 3, J Wallace 3, Montross 2, Atkins, B Wallace, Ceballos, M Moore). Steals: 11 (Atkins 2, J Williams 2, M Moore 2, Ceballos, Cleaves, J Wallace, Montross, Owens).

PHILADELPHIA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 3-7 8-8 3-7 0 2 14 Lynch 37 4-9 0-0 4-7 1 6 8 Ratliff 41 4-9 5-6 1-8 2 3 13 Iverson 45 10-21 5-6 0-2 8 2 28 Snow 29 8-14 7-8 0-5 4 5 23 Maxwell 25 5-9 3-4 1-4 4 3 15 Kukoc 22 1-6 0-0 0-4 4 0 2 Sanchez 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mckie DNP - back muscle strain Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 28-32 9-37 23 21 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-5, Maxwell 2-5, Kukoc 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 4). Turnovers: 19 (Iverson 5, Hill 3, Maxwell 3, Snow 3, Kukoc 2, Lynch, Ratliff). Steals: 10 (Iverson 2, Kukoc 2, Lynch 2, Maxwell 2, Hill, Snow). ____________________________________________ Detroit 13 18 31 32 - 94 Philadelphia 24 31 22 26 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Hill, 6:28 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,986. T: 2:19. Officials: Jess Kersey, Joe Derosa, (michael Smith.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- In remaining unbeaten, the Philadelphia 76ers played their best half of the season, which was enough to cover for their worst.

The 76ers nearly squandered a 27-point first-half lead with a shaky second half but improved the NBA's best record to 5-0 with a 103-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Allen Iverson had 28 points and eight assists for Philadelphia, which avoided a total collapse and matched its best start in 18 years. The Sixers also opened with five straight wins in the 1984-85 season and six in the 1982-83 campaign, when they last won the championship.

"I just think we just let up and played like strangers," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "We played like Detroit played in the first half. We didn't defend, took bad shots and got beat with effort. They outhustled us in every way we outhustled them in the first half. Fortunately, we hung on and won. That's the only that's pleasing to me right now."

"All I could thing about was sitting on the bench, icing my knee and letting some of the young guys get a lot of playing time," Iverson said. "Before you can think about that, you got to take of the business on the court."

The Sixers found out how much they need point guard Eric Snow, who scored a career-high 23 points while battling foul trouble. He scored 10 points and took a key charge in the last six-plus minutes.

"This wasn't one of his better nights in my mind," Brown said. "This wasn't an `Eric Snow' kind of night."

When Snow was on the floor, he directed the offense and did a solid job of slowing down All-Star guard Jerry Stackhouse. When he was on the bench, the offense stagnated and Stackhouse ran wild.

"He did a lot of good things. He made some shots which we needed, but he's hurt," Brown said. "He has a hip flexor problem, he had a tough matchup and he had to play more minutes."

"I couldn't get into a rhythm because of foul trouble," Snow said. "I guess if the offense does not run the right way, and we don't play defense the way were supposed to, we don't rebound the way we're supposed to, it's my fault. That's what it is because I'm the coach on the court."

Despite a scoreless first quarter -- during which Philadelphia opened a 24-13 lead -- Stackhouse scored 36 points. The former Sixer led a fourth-quarter surge that pulled the Pistons (1-4) within a point but could not get them over the hump.

"For some reason we didn't compete in the first half, and in the second half, it a 360-degree turn," Stackhouse said. "We played hard and gave ourselves a chance to win. We got to try to play harder from the start and play a little smarter at the end of the game."

"They were very good early and we were very bad," Pistons coach George Irvine said. "It's the same stuff. We know how to play successful. We proved it again tonight. If we play like we did in Toronto (a 104-95 win), we can be OK. If we play like we did in the first half of this game, we stink."

With Snow off the floor, Stackhouse made three straight jumpers to cap an 18-2 surge and make it 79-78 with 8:03 to go. He had a chance to give Detroit the lead, but he missed a 16-footer.

Iverson made a free throw and 3-pointer before Snow scored on a reverse layup for an 85-78 lead with 6:20 left. He added a pair of jumpers to build the lead to 91-83 with 2:37 to play and sank four free throws in the final 81 seconds, when Philadelphia was 10-of-10 from the line.

"I think those close games are going to be great for us because we will know how to handle it," Iverson said. "Hopefully, we'll be in a lot of games where we blow people out. I didn't feel it was slipping away because I know the character of this team, and, I felt we would get back on track."

Vernon Maxwell filled in for the injured Aaron McKie (lower back strain) and scored 15 points off the bench for the Sixers, who allowed 63 points in the second half and looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference contenders in its first four games.

Stackhouse shot just 12-of-31 and was booed in the first half. He did not get much help, as Chucky Atkins scored a career-high 24 points and Jerome Williams added 13.

Until a late first-half surge, the Pistons were averaging about a point per minute. Meanwhile, the Sixers were crisp and raced to a big early lead.

"I had good looks in the first half," Stackhouse said. "I was rushing them a little bit and never got into a good rhythm."

Philadelphia used a 15-3 burst late in the first quarter and a 10-2 surge to open the second period, building a 34-15 lead with 7:36 left. In the second run, Iverson threw a behind-the-back pass to a cutting Toni Kukoc, who threw an over-the-head pass back to Iverson for an open jumper that brought the crowd out of its seats.

"The way Philadelphia comes out aggressively, you would think one would play even more aggressively and move harder," Irvine said. "But a lot of times teams start standing around. That played into their hands even more."

A three-point play by Snow gave the Sixers their largest lead at 52-25 with 2:14 left in the half. Philadelphia settled for a 55-31 halftime lead -- its best defensive half of the season -- then settled into complacency in the third quarter.

Stackhouse's three-point play sent Snow to the bench with his third foul and capped a 20-5 surge that cut the deficit to 60-51 with 5:19 left. The Sixers rebuilt the lead to 17 points before Stackhouse, who scored 16 points in the period, sank a pair of free throws to make it 77-62 entering the final period.

Tyrone Hill scored 14 points and Theo Ratliff added 13 and four blocks for the Sixers, who shot 47 percent (35-of-75) from the field and made 28-of-32 free throws.

Detroit shot 42 percent (37-of-89) and held a 45-37 edge on the glass, mostly through second-half hustle.

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