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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 18 15 22 25 80 PHILADELPHIA 28 32 23 15 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JASON TERRY 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 21, THEO RATLIFF 17, GEORGE LYNCH 12

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 9, HANNO MOTTOLA 7 PHI - THEO RATLIFF 11, TYRONE HILL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - BREVIN KNIGHT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 PHI - AARON MCKIE 10, ALLEN IVERSON 8

ATT: 17,643


Extended Box

ATLANTA (80) AT PHILADELPHIA (98)

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

MCLEOD F 24 4-6 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 10 WRIGHT F 30 4-13 0-0 2 1 3 1 5 1 0 8 MUTOMBO C 30 2-9 0-0 3 6 9 0 2 0 1 4 MALONEY G 23 3-6 1-1 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 10 TERRY G 32 7-15 2-2 1 2 3 3 1 0 4 17 KNIGHT 25 3-11 0-0 1 3 4 7 2 3 2 6 MOTTOLA 24 4-8 1-2 1 6 7 2 2 0 2 9 D JOHNSON 16 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 1 3 2 BOWDLER 11 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 4 GLOVER 25 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 10 HENDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-86 8-9 10 26 36 20 19 9 13 80 (.395) (.889) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

HILL F 28 4-7 0-0 6 5 11 0 0 0 0 8 LYNCH F 30 5-8 1-1 5 3 8 2 1 0 3 12 RATLIFF C 40 7-15 3-4 1 10 11 1 4 0 3 17 IVERSON G 38 7-18 6-8 0 2 2 8 2 1 2 21 MCKIE G 35 4-8 2-2 1 9 10 10 0 0 3 11 KUKOC 8 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 7 MACCULLOCH 16 1-2 6-8 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 8 OLLIE 23 4-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 3 8 BUFORD 8 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 JONES 10 0-3 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 MOHAMMED 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 GEIGER DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 37-79 20-25 16 37 53 27 14 4 15 98 (.468) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

ATLANTA 18 15 22 25 - 80 PHILADELPHIA 28 32 23 15 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - D JOHNSON, BOWDLER. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 7. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-13 (.308), MALONEY 3-6, TERRY 1-2, KNIGHT 0-2, D JOHNSON 0-1, GLOVER 0-2. PHILADELPHIA 4-8 (.500), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 1-3, MCKIE 1-3, KUKOC 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DAVID JONES, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,643. T - 1:57.


Box Score

ATLANTA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcleod 24 4-6 2-2 0-0 0 2 10 Wright 30 4-13 0-0 2-3 1 5 8 Mutombo 30 2-9 0-0 3-9 0 2 4 Maloney 23 3-6 1-1 0-1 2 0 10 Terry 32 7-15 2-2 1-3 3 1 17 Knight 25 3-11 0-0 1-4 7 2 6 Mottola 24 4-8 1-2 1-7 2 2 9 D Johnson 16 1-5 0-0 1-4 3 0 2 Bowdler 11 1-2 2-2 1-4 0 4 4 Glover 25 5-11 0-0 0-1 2 1 10 Henderson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-86 8-9 10-36 20 19 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Maloney 3-6, Terry 1-2, Knight 0-2, D Johnson 0-1, Glover 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (D Johnson, Bowdler). Turnovers: 14 (Terry 4, D Johnson 3, Knight 2, Mottola 2, Mcleod, Mutombo). Steals: 9 (Knight 3, Maloney 3, D Johnson, Glover, Wright).

PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 28 4-7 0-0 6-11 0 0 8 Lynch 30 5-8 1-1 5-8 2 1 12 Ratliff 40 7-15 3-4 1-11 1 4 17 Iverson 38 7-18 6-8 0-2 8 2 21 Mckie 35 4-8 2-2 1-10 10 0 11 Kukoc 8 3-6 0-0 0-0 3 0 7 Macculloch 16 1-2 6-8 1-7 1 1 8 Ollie 23 4-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 Buford 8 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Jones 10 0-3 2-2 2-2 0 0 2 Mohammed 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Geiger DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 20-25 16-53 27 14 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 1-3, Mckie 1-3, Kukoc 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 7). Turnovers: 15 (Lynch 3, Mckie 3, Ollie 3, Ratliff 3, Iverson 2, Macculloch). Steals: 4 (Iverson, Kukoc, Mohammed, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 18 15 22 25 - 80 Philadelphia 28 32 23 15 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,643. T: 1:57. Officials: Dan Crawford, David Jones, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers finally brought their strong road play home with them.

With Allen Iverson and Theo Ratliff leading the way, the 76ers won at the First Union Center for the first time in more than a month, cruising to a 98-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

"Everybody recognized that we weren't playing the way we were capable of playing as a team (at home)," Ratliff said.

The Sixers were coming off a 3-0 road trip that included wins at division leaders Utah and Sacramento that pushed their road record to a league-best 14-4. However, they had struggled at home, losing their last four games.

"We haven't played good at home recently," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "Last time we had a long road trip, we seemed dead. This time, we took two days off and had a good practice yesterday. I felt pretty good about the way we would play tonight, but, I didn't imagine we would play as well as we did tonight."

Philadelphia wasted no time re-asserting itself, making its first eight shots and racing to a 17-10 lead in the first six minutes. It held a 28-18 lead after one quarter and blew out Atlanta in the second period, opening a 60-33 halftime lead.

"The whole team played great," Brown said. "The first half was just tremendous. We defended well, we passed the ball and we just played great."

Iverson and Ratliff each scored 11 points in the first half. Iverson finished with 21 and eight assists and Ratliff added 17, 11 rebounds and seven blocks as he thoroughly outplayed Hawks 7-2 center Dikembe Mutombo.

The Sixers shot a blistering 56 percent (33-of-59) through three quarters, building an 83-55 lead. They missed their first 11 shots of the final period and finished at 47 percent (37-of-79).

"We know we haven't played well at home," Sixers guard Aaron McKie said. "Tonight, we wanted to come out and play well. Not beat a team by 20 or 30 points, but play well, excite well, get easy baskets, and play our style of basketball. Just play a nice solid game. People have been saying we're not a good home team, but the last time I checked, we was above .500 at home. That's not bad but we want to take care of home and win the majority of our games at home."

Reigning NBA Player of the Week Aaron McKie posted his second straight triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, which won at First Union for the first time since defeating Charlotte on December 1.

"It feels great," McKie said. "I came up short a few times but the last couple of games, it's fallen through for me. Above all that, we won the game. That's more important. I've always felt that If I play well, the team can play well."

Jason Terry scored 17 points for the Hawks, who were coming off Tuesday's win over Boston but lost to the Sixers for the sixth straight time. Atlanta shot just 39.5 percent (34-of-86) and was dominated on the boards, 53-36.

"They're awfully good," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "We stood around in the beginning and watched them which you can't afford to do. They took the fight to us and for us to be in the ballgame, we had to take the fight to them. We didn't."

Guard Brevin Knight, acquired in Tuesday's trade with Cleveland, made his debut with the Hawks. Expected to eventually start at the point, Knight was the first man off the bench and had six points and seven assists in 25 minutes.

Ratliff made his first four shots and two free throws by McKie built the lead to 21-10 with 4:33 left in the first quarter.

"They were trying to double-team," Ratliff said. "We had guys setting up for shots and getting open looks. It was a lot easier to take that shot when you don't have anybody on you."

The bench came on in the second period and quickly widened the lead. Two baskets by Toni Kukoc fueled a 10-2 spurt that made it 38-20 with 9:30 left. The Sixers closed the half with eight straight points, including a 3-pointer just before the horn by Kukoc.

The Hawks made no headway in the third quarter, never getting closer than 22 points. Ratliff blocked a dunk attempt by Dion Glover and handed it to McKie, who found a leaking Iverson for a reverse layup and a 77-48 lead with 3:41 remaining.

"They set the tone, they dictated the pace, and they whipped us good," Kruger said. "They showed us that we've still got a long way to go. I thought we gave them a little too much respect in the beginning."

McKie's tip-in with 2:46 to play made him the first Sixer with consecutive triple-doubles since the statistic first was kept in 1979. The seven-year veteran had his first career triple-double at Sacramento on Saturday.

"Most times I normally play the guy that's shooting the ball a lot," McKie said. "When I'm playing the point guard, I have opportunities to crash the boards a little bit more. The last two teams we've played have been jump-shooting teams. So we've had opportunities to get a lot of long rebounds. They have been bouncing in my hands."

George Lynch had 12 points and eight rebounds and Tyrone Hill had eight and 11 for the Sixers. Glover, Roshown McLeod and Matt Maloney scored 10 points apiece for the Hawks.

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