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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 19 21 16 27 83 PHILADELPHIA 12 23 21 29 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 26, ANTOINE WALKER 15, VITALY POTAPENKO 12 PHI - ERIC SNOW 25, ALLEN IVERSON 17, THEO RATLIFF 15

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, ANTOINE WALKER 8 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 13, TYRONE HILL 10

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 4, BRYANT STITH 4 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 7, ERIC SNOW 5

ATT: 19,258


Extended Box

BOSTON (83) AT PHILADELPHIA (85)

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

PIERCE F 42 9-20 6-10 2 7 9 1 3 2 5 26 WALKER F 42 6-21 1-4 1 7 8 4 5 1 3 15 POTAPENKO C 25 6-11 0-1 3 4 7 1 3 1 0 12 HERREN G 34 3-10 3-4 1 2 3 1 4 1 2 9 STITH G 26 1-5 1-2 1 4 5 4 5 2 1 3 BATTIE 19 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 6 1 1 4 BRUNSON 14 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 CARR 7 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 MCCARTY 7 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 0 E WILLIAMS 21 2-3 5-6 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 9 BLOUNT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GRIFFIN DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 31-81 16-27 10 33 43 16 33 9 15 83 (.383) (.593) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

HILL F 30 0-7 4-6 3 7 10 0 5 0 2 4 LYNCH F 37 2-7 0-0 5 8 13 0 3 1 2 4 RATLIFF C 29 4-5 7-8 1 6 7 0 6 0 0 15 IVERSON G 44 6-21 5-8 0 3 3 7 1 1 5 17 SNOW G 43 9-17 7-9 0 6 6 5 2 1 4 25 MCKIE 27 3-9 2-2 0 5 5 4 5 3 1 9 MACCULLOCH 10 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 MAXWELL 6 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 KUKOC 14 2-5 3-4 3 0 3 2 0 0 2 7 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-78 28-37 13 37 50 18 23 6 16 85 (.359) (.757) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

BOSTON 19 21 16 27 - 83 PHILADELPHIA 12 23 21 29 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE 3, PIERCE, MCCARTY, WALKER. PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, RATLIFF, LYNCH, MACCULLOCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-17 (.294), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 2-3, HERREN 0-5, STITH 0-1, BRUNSON 0-2, CARR 1-1. PHILADELPHIA 1-12 (.083), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 0-4, SNOW 0-1, MCKIE 1-4, MAXWELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, BERNIE FRYER, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,258. T - 2:28.


Box Score

BOSTON (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 9-20 6-10 2-9 1 3 26 Walker 42 6-21 1-4 1-8 4 5 15 Potapenko 25 6-11 0-1 3-7 1 3 12 Herren 34 3-10 3-4 1-3 1 4 9 Stith 26 1-5 1-2 1-5 4 5 3 Battie 19 2-4 0-0 1-5 0 6 4 Brunson 14 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Carr 7 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 5 Mccarty 7 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 E Williams 21 2-3 5-6 0-3 1 1 9 Blount 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Griffin DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 16-27 10-43 16 33 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 2-3, Herren 0-5, Stith 0-1, Brunson 0-2, Carr 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Pierce, Mccarty, Walker). Turnovers: 16 (Pierce 5, Walker 3, Herren 2, Mccarty 2, Battie, E Williams, Stith). Steals: 9 (Pierce 2, Stith 2, Battie, Brunson, Herren, Potapenko, Walker).

PHILADELPHIA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 0-7 4-6 3-10 0 5 4 Lynch 37 2-7 0-0 5-13 0 3 4 Ratliff 29 4-5 7-8 1-7 0 6 15 Iverson 44 6-21 5-8 0-3 7 1 17 Snow 43 9-17 7-9 0-6 5 2 25 Mckie 27 3-9 2-2 0-5 4 5 9 Macculloch 10 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Maxwell 6 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Kukoc 14 2-5 3-4 3-3 2 0 7 Jones DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-78 28-37 13-50 18 23 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 0-4, Snow 0-1, Mckie 1-4, Maxwell 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Iverson, Ratliff, Lynch, Macculloch). Turnovers: 18 (Iverson 5, Snow 4, Hill 2, Kukoc 2, Lynch 2, Mckie). Steals: 6 (Mckie 3, Iverson, Lynch, Snow). ____________________________________________ Boston 19 21 16 27 - 83 Philadelphia 12 23 21 29 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Walker, 4:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Snow, 0:38 4th). A: 19,258. T: 2:28. Officials: Mike Mathis, Bernie Fryer, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Eric Snow keeps on scoring and the Philadelphia 76ers keep on winning.

Snow scored a career-high 25 points and spearheaded a smothering defensive effort in the second half as the 76ers improved to 7-0 with an 85-83 victory over the Boston Celtics, who have lost four in a row.

Often overshadowed by All-Star backcourt mate Allen Iverson, Snow bettered his career high set three days ago against Detroit. He made the Celtics pay for double-teaming off him, making 9-of-17 shots, most of them mid-range jumpers.

"I could probably penetrate a little more tonight," Snow said. "Every team is different. Some teams are gonna say, `Well hey, we don't believe in him, we're gonna let him shoot.'"

The normally defensive-minded guard came into this season with a career average of 5.2 points but is averaging 16.3. In his last three games, Snow is averaging 23.3, even outscoring Iverson during that span.

"If you look at my shot selection last game, I took nine shots," Snow said. "I don't think I'm gonna shoot 17 times every night. I think it's situational."

The 76ers are the NBA's only unbeaten team and are off to their best start since winning their first eight games in 1979-80, when they went to the NBA Finals.

"You know it's a long way," Snow said. "We try to win every game but you know that's not realistic. We just want to try to get better. Like I said before, our whole goal is to try to get the best record we can in the East to get home court advantage for the playoffs."

Philadelphia improved to 3-0 in games decided by three points or less after going a league-best 17-8 in such contests last season. However, this one should not have been this close as the Sixers nearly blew an 11-point lead in the final minute.

Two free throws by Snow with 8.8 seconds left appeared to clinch it at 85-80, but Paul Pierce made his second 3-pointer in under four seconds and drew a foul from Tyrone Hill.

Pierce intentionally missed the free throw and Sixers appeared to get away with a foul on the ensuing scrum before a jump ball was called with 1.3 seconds to go. The tip went to Boston guard Rick Brunson, who could not get off a shot before the buzzer.

"I was disappointed in the (final) whistle," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "Paul Pierce got grabbed on the last play. He executed the play to perfection, grabbed the ball and got fouled."

Iverson scored 17 points and Theo Ratliff contributed 15 for the 76ers, who tied it with a 9-0 surge to close the third quarter, took their first lead with less than 10 minutes to play and won it with a 12-0 burst midway through the final period.

We have a lot of fight in this team," Snow said. "We defend, we rebound, we have those intangibles. We're giving ourselves a chance but we're making it close."

It was a demoralizing loss for the Celtics, who fell to 0-3 on the road this season. Pierce had 26 points and nine rebounds and Antoine Walker added 15 and eight.

"We had the game under control until the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth," Walker said. "They're a great team defensively. They force you to play a different type of game. That's a credit to them."

A 3-pointer by Chris Carr gave Boston a 56-47 lead with 2:30 to play in the third quarter but Philadelphia applied pressure as it forced a pair of turnovers and scored nine straight points.

"Too many turnovers and it was easy for them to get easy baskets most of the night," Pierce said. "We let the crowd get into the game and then the momentum shifted."

Aaron McKie's lane jumper beat the shot clock and gave the Sixers their first lead at 60-59 with 9:52 remaining. A pair of baskets by Vitaly Potapenko gave the Celtics a 64-62 edge with 7:27 left but the Sixers rattled off 12 straight points.

Iverson made a tough driving layup and a dunk off a steal around a jumper by Ratliff. Snow hit a jumper and McKie a 3-pointer before Snow's technical foul shot gave Philadelphia a 74-64 lead with 4:42 to play.

George Lynch grabbed 13 rebounds and Ratliff pulled down 10 for Philadelphia, which shot under 36 percent (28-of-78) but held a 50-43 edge on the glass.

Potapenko had 12 points and seven boards for the Celtics, who shot 38 percent (31-of-81).

The Sixers missed their first eight shots and trailed, 7-0. They never really got untracked and would have been in real trouble if not for Snow, who scored 10 points in the first half.

"We haven't been shooting well," Snow said. "We're gonna have to change that. We're not gonna win too many games if we keep shooting the way we shot in the beginning of this game."

Pierce countered with 11 for Boston, which held Philadelphia to 33 percent shooting in the first half and opened a 40-35 lead.

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