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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 31 22 18 27 98 PHILADELPHIA 24 28 29 26 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 24, ROBERT TRAYLOR 17, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 16 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 23, ALLEN IVERSON 22, THEO RATLIFF 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 13, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 5, AARON MCKIE 5

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, BIMBO COLES 3 PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, AARON MCKIE 6

ATT: 16,328


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (98) AT PHILADELPHIA (107)

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

MURRAY F 33 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 10 WEATHERSPOON F 35 9-15 6-7 3 6 9 1 2 2 1 24 ILGAUSKAS C 31 6-11 4-4 7 6 13 2 5 3 3 16 HARPRING G 31 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 4 MILLER G 28 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 10 5 2 6 4 COLES 20 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 3 3 2 2 8 MIHM 8 1-2 1-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 C HENDERSON 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 TRAYLOR 22 7-9 3-6 4 2 6 0 5 0 2 17 LANGDON 18 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 10 GATLING DNP - LEFT KNEE CONTUSION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-75 16-23 15 23 38 22 31 9 21 98 (.533) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(29 PTS)

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

HILL F 34 3-6 2-3 2 2 4 1 4 1 1 8 LYNCH F 38 9-13 3-3 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 23 RATLIFF C 28 4-9 7-11 2 3 5 0 4 1 0 15 IVERSON G 39 9-22 4-7 0 4 4 5 4 2 5 22 SNOW G 37 5-10 3-3 1 3 4 7 1 2 3 13 MACCULLOCH 6 2-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 6 MCKIE 27 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 6 2 2 2 5 MOHAMMED 6 2-3 2-2 3 0 3 0 3 0 1 6 MAXWELL 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KUKOC 14 3-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 JONES 2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 SANCHEZ 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 40-79 24-33 12 19 31 22 24 8 14 107 (.506) (.727) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

CLEVELAND 31 22 18 27 - 98 PHILADELPHIA 24 28 29 26 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR 3. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 6. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-8 (.250), MURRAY 0-1, HARPRING 0-1, MILLER 0-1, LANGDON 2-5. PHILADELPHIA 3-10 (.300), LYNCH 2-4, IVERSON 0-3, MCKIE 1-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH WITTMAN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TIM DONAGHY, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,328. T - 2:19.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 33 5-10 0-0 0-1 1 1 10 Weatherspoon 35 9-15 6-7 3-9 1 2 24 Ilgauskas 31 6-11 4-4 7-13 2 5 16 Harpring 31 2-7 0-0 1-4 2 4 4 Miller 28 2-5 0-0 0-2 10 5 4 Coles 20 3-6 2-2 0-0 3 3 8 Mihm 8 1-2 1-4 0-1 0 3 3 C Henderson 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 Traylor 22 7-9 3-6 4-6 0 5 17 Langdon 18 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 10 Gatling DNP - left knee contusion Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-75 16-23 15-38 22 31 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.533, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Murray 0-1, Harpring 0-1, Miller 0-1, Langdon 2-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Traylor 3). Turnovers: 22 (Miller 6, Harpring 3, Ilgauskas 3, Coles 2, Murray 2, Traylor 2, C Henderson, Langdon, Weatherspoon). Steals: 9 (Ilgauskas 3, Coles 2, Miller 2, Weatherspoon 2).

PHILADELPHIA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 34 3-6 2-3 2-4 1 4 8 Lynch 38 9-13 3-3 2-3 2 2 23 Ratliff 28 4-9 7-11 2-5 0 4 15 Iverson 39 9-22 4-7 0-4 5 4 22 Snow 37 5-10 3-3 1-4 7 1 13 Macculloch 6 2-2 2-2 1-1 0 3 6 Mckie 27 2-5 0-0 0-5 6 2 5 Mohammed 6 2-3 2-2 3-3 0 3 6 Maxwell 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kukoc 14 3-5 1-2 0-1 1 1 7 Jones 2 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Sanchez 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 24-33 12-31 22 24 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Lynch 2-4, Iverson 0-3, Mckie 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 6). Turnovers: 14 (Iverson 5, Snow 3, Mckie 2, Hill, Kukoc, Lynch, Mohammed). Steals: 8 (Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Snow 2, Hill, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 31 22 18 27 - 98 Philadelphia 24 28 29 26 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 2 (Head Coach Wittman 2 (ejected), 5:45 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,328. T: 2:19. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tim Donaghy, Scott Wall.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- With a strong finish, the Philadelphia 76ers matched the best start in franchise history.

Allen Iverson and Theo Ratliff powered a third-quarter charge and the 76ers remained unbeaten by controlling the second half in a 107-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At 8-0, the Sixers are the NBA's lone undefeated team. They tied the start of the 1979-80 squad, which featured Julius Erving, Andrew Toney, Darryl Dawkins and current assistant coach Maurice Cheeks and reached the NBA Finals.

"It should mean a lot to them. I'm proud of my team," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I'm proud of the fact that we've had some injuries and we had a lot of guys step up and play well. We've played unselfishly, but it's eight games and we have to keep that in mind."

Philadelphia hosts Miami on Friday with a chance to break the club mark. The NBA record for best start is 15-0, shared by the 1949-50 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

"Everybody wants to be the first team that knocks us off," said Iverson. "Everybody wants to be that team. It's going to be tough. We have to really dig in and sneak some wins out of other teams' houses. For right know, I'm just living for the moment and I just hope it continues. I'm glad I'm a part of it."

Iverson scored 22 points, seven during an 18-0 surge that turned a five-point deficit into a 70-57 lead midway through the third period.

The Cavaliers missed eight straight shots during that stretch and Ratliff was a big reason. Saddled by foul trouble in the first half, the 6-10 center had three of his six blocks during the run. Ratliff also scored 15 points.

"He did a good job offensively but just his presence underneath caused them to miss some easy shots and get some 24-second violations," Brown said. "But he's always been that for us. That's why we need him out on the court. We can't afford for him to get fouls and only play seven minutes in the first half. That's one of the reasons why we had a problem defending in the first half."

"I was just doing the same old thing that I try to do every time I step out on the court -- to be that intimidating factor as far as when guys try to get easy shots and easy layups," Ratliff said. "I let them know it's not going to be that easy.

Philadelphia got a big offensive boost from George Lynch, who scored a season-high 23 points and kept his team in the game in the first half. The defensive-minded forward had not scored more than 10 points in a game this season.

"I like him to do the dirty work," Brown joked. "How many rebounds did he get? Just one defensive rebound so I have something to talk to him about. He did a lot of great things."

"I knew he was going to say that," Lynch said. "I had (Robert) `Tractor' Traylor on me. He's about 300 pounds to my 230 so he's gonna win that battle the majority of the time. ... The team needed me to score some points the way we were going. I had the hot hand, some open looks and I was able to take advantage of them. I've had those looks all season, it's just I was making the shots tonight."

Eric Snow contributed 13 and seven assists for Philadelphia, which was outshot and outrebounded but scored 29 points off 22 turnovers by Cleveland.

Former Sixer Clarence Weatherspoon scored 24 points, Robert Traylor added a career-high 17 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 16 for the Cavaliers (6-2). The frontcourt trio thrived while Ratliff was on the bench with foul trouble but got little help from the perimeter players.

"We let them dictate the play to us," Weatherspoon said. "We never got into a rhythm. They came after us and we just didn't match it. It's hard to come back on a team that has so many scorers and plays a good half-court defense."

The Cavs have lost their last six meetings with the Sixers.

Cleveland came in an even bigger surprise than Philadelphia, winning six of its first seven games despite having no player averaging more than 14 points or nine rebounds per game. The Cavs opened the third period with consecutive baskets for a 57-52 lead before the Sixers took control.

Iverson, who has yet to score 30 points in a game this season, made a jumper and layup around a 3-pointer by Lynch, giving Philadelphia the lead for good at 59-57 with 9:39 left.

After a block by Ratliff, Snow set up Ratliff for a dunk and hit a shot. Iverson snaked his way for a three-point play and Snow made two free throws for a 68-57 lead.

Ratliff blocked two more shots and Iverson found Lynch for a dunk that capped the outburst. Iverson scored nine points in the quarter, which ended with Philadelphia holding an 81-71 lead.

"I was disappointed the way I played the first half, getting in early foul trouble and sitting the whole half basically," Ratliff said. "I just wanted get back in and try and ignite the team. The guys off the bench and George did a great job of keeping us in the game with their scoring and defense. I just wanted to come in and make a difference in the second half."

Cleveland coach Randy Wittman was ejected by referee Tim Donaghy for arguing with 5:45 to play. A layup by Ratliff gave the Sixers their largest lead at 97-82 less than 30 seconds later and the Cavs got no closer than the final margin.

"I though we weren't getting the benefit of the doubt on a lot of calls," Wittman said. "When he wiped the basket off, went to call a block and then decided to count the basket, I don't think he knew what he wanted to do. When you have that kind of indecision, he's not doing his job."

The Sixers shot 51 percent (40-of-79) but allowed the Cavs to shoot 53 percent (40-of-75). Cleveland held a 38-31 advantage on the boards, powered by Ilgauskas' 13 and Weatherspoon's nine.

The Cavs were without injured forward Chris Gatling (bruised left knee) and guard Wesley Person (bruised elbow).

Practically by himself, Ilgauskas got Philadelphia's frontcourt in all sorts of foul trouble in the first quarter. He scored 12 points and drew a pair of fouls on Ratliff and Todd MacCulloch before sitting with a pair himself at the 3:27 mark.

The Cavs led 31-24 after one quarter and 51-42 with 2:47 left in the first half after a 6-0 surge fueled by Andre Miller, who had two assists around a running jumper. Miller also battled foul trouble but handed out 10 assists.

A 3-pointer by Aaron McKie triggered a 10-2 surge by the Sixers that closed the halftime deficit to 53-52 and provided a peek of things to come.

"The difference was Philly's ability to sustain their pressure defensively and stay after us for four quarters," Wittman said. "We were great at the start, but it just steadily declined to where they were running their offense and doing what they wanted to do in the third quarter. They eventually wore us down."

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