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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 12 25 33 16 86 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 22 21 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 26, STEPHEN JACKSON 13, AARON WILLIAMS 12 PHI - AARON MCKIE 21, THEO RATLIFF 17, RODNEY BUFORD 16

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 11, KENYON MARTIN 7 PHI - TYRONE HILL 10, THEO RATLIFF 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, JOHNNY NEWMAN 3 PHI - KEVIN OLLIE 9, AARON MCKIE 6

ATT: 20,249


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (86) AT PHILADELPHIA (97)

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

JACKSON F 30 5-12 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 13 VAN HORN F 36 5-12 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 1 2 10 K MARTIN C 29 2-7 0-0 1 6 7 1 5 2 1 4 HARRIS G 20 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 3 1 4 S MARBURY G 42 10-22 4-4 2 2 4 7 1 1 2 26 WILLIAMS 34 5-6 2-2 5 6 11 1 3 1 2 12 NEWMAN 25 4-6 1-1 0 0 0 3 5 1 3 10 STEPANIA 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 DOUGLAS 20 2-8 1-1 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 5 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 10-10 8 25 33 19 27 10 13 86 (.444) (1.000) 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 30 4-5 1-1 1 9 10 1 1 2 2 9 LYNCH F 27 3-6 2-2 1 5 6 2 2 2 2 8 RATLIFF C 37 4-7 9-9 3 6 9 2 4 1 2 17 MCKIE G 42 8-18 5-6 0 1 1 6 3 2 4 21 OLLIE G 42 4-9 2-2 0 2 2 9 3 0 1 10 BUFORD 18 7-11 1-1 1 4 5 1 0 0 2 16 KUKOC 31 5-10 2-6 0 6 6 3 1 1 1 14 JONES 8 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 SANCHEZ 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 IVERSON DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-69 22-27 7 35 42 25 14 9 14 97 (.522) (.815) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 12 25 33 16 - 86 PHILADELPHIA 30 24 22 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - NONE. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, KUKOC, BUFORD, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-15 (.267), JACKSON 1-2, VAN HORN 0-3, HARRIS 0-2, S MARBURY 2-6, NEWMAN 1-2. PHILADELPHIA 3-13 (.231), LYNCH 0-2, MCKIE 0-4, BUFORD 1-2, KUKOC 2-5. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BILL SPOONER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 20,249. T - 2:06.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 30 5-12 2-2 0-0 1 3 13 Van Horn 36 5-12 0-0 0-5 2 3 10 K Martin 29 2-7 0-0 1-7 1 5 4 Harris 20 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 4 4 S Marbury 42 10-22 4-4 2-4 7 1 26 Williams 34 5-6 2-2 5-11 1 3 12 Newman 25 4-6 1-1 0-0 3 5 10 Stepania 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Douglas 20 2-8 1-1 0-2 2 2 5 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 10-10 8-33 19 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Jackson 1-2, Van Horn 0-3, Harris 0-2, S Marbury 2-6, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Newman 3, S Marbury 2, Van Horn 2, Williams 2, Douglas, Harris, Jackson, K Martin). Steals: 10 (Harris 3, K Martin 2, Jackson, Newman, S Marbury, Van Horn, Williams).

PHILADELPHIA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 4-5 1-1 1-10 1 1 9 Lynch 27 3-6 2-2 1-6 2 2 8 Ratliff 37 4-7 9-9 3-9 2 4 17 Mckie 42 8-18 5-6 0-1 6 3 21 Ollie 42 4-9 2-2 0-2 9 3 10 Buford 18 7-11 1-1 1-5 1 0 16 Kukoc 31 5-10 2-6 0-6 3 1 14 Jones 8 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Sanchez 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Iverson DNP - bruised left knee Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-69 22-27 7-42 25 14 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Lynch 0-2, Mckie 0-4, Buford 1-2, Kukoc 2-5). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 2, Kukoc, Buford, Jones). Turnovers: 16 (Mckie 4, Buford 2, Hill 2, Lynch 2, Ratliff 2, Kukoc, Ollie). Steals: 9 (Hill 2, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Jones, Kukoc, Ratliff). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 12 25 33 16 - 86 Philadelphia 30 24 22 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Mckie, 4:09 3rd; Illegal Defense, 6:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,249. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Forte, Bill Spooner, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- It was hard to tell the Philadelphia 76ers were playing without Allen Iverson.

Aaron McKie and reserves Rodney Buford and Kevin Ollie picked up the slack for the sidelined Iverson as the 76ers won their fifth straight game with a 97-86 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Iverson, fourth in the NBA in scoring at 27.9 points per game, sat out with a bruised left knee suffered in Wednesday's win over Chicago. Dressed in a baggy blue outfit, platinum jewelry and a white skullcap, he was a vocal supporter and his teammates responded.

"I might be able to play Sunday (against Toronto) and definitely Tuesday (at Houston)," Iverson said before the game. "Rather than hurt it worse and hurry up back, I'd rather sit this one out."

"He's taken so many tough hits that I just want the kid to get well," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "You know he'll want to play. It's on TV (NBC) and I'm hopeful he'll have an opportunity to play."

McKie shifted over to shooting guard and scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures. He added six assists and hit two big baskets down the stretch as he continued his stellar play at both guard slots.

"We knew the other guys we're going to have to step in and play," McKie said. "We had to play out style of play. When we do that, good things start to happen."

Buford, signed during the season, scored 16 points, all in the first half, when the Sixers opened a 21-point lead. He left with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter and fell one shy of his career high.

"Knowing that Allen wasn't playing, I just came out more aggressive, like I back in my college days," Buford said. "I felt more comfortable that coach put me in earlier in the game and just let me play. I got into a rhythm and things felt good, so he just let me out there."

Ollie, waived by New Jersey earlier this season, started for Iverson and victimized his former team with 10 points and a season-high nine assists. He had his troubles with Stephon Marbury but played a solid floor game with just one turnover.

"They (Nets) gave me the opportunity to play in this league and do the things I had to do before I got to the Sixers," Ollie said. "It good to beat them, it's good to get a win."

The Sixers saw their lead whittled to three points early in the fourth quarter but regrouped for their 12th win in 13 games. At 30-9, they have the NBA's best record.

Marbury had 26 points and seven assists for the Nets, who were denied their first three-game winning streak in two months. New Jersey has lost seven of its last nine games with Philadelphia.

"It's almost like, and I'm not trying to be negative toward women, but it was women's basketball against the men," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "Guys hit them, they squirm and they shy away. That's what our guys we're doing."

Marbury scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the third period as the Nets cut a 54-37 halftime deficit to 76-70 entering the fourth quarter. He opened the final period with a 3-pointer but scored just one point thereafter.

McKie had two jumpers and two free throws in an 11-0 run that rebuilt the lead to 87-73 with 7:50 remaining.

The Sixers went without a basket over the next six-plus minutes as the Nets closed to 89-84 on a layup by Aaron Williams with 2:52 left. After New Jersey's Keith Van Horn missed a 3-pointer, McKie came through again, spinning on the baseline for a basket and knocking in a jumper for a 93-84 lead with 51 seconds to go.

"We had some mental breakdowns and they started to get some easy baskets," McKie said. "Stephon Marbury got it going, but we weathered the storm and pulled out the win."

Theo Ratliff had 17 points and nine rebounds, Toni Kukoc scored 14 points and Tyrone Hill added nine and 10 boards for the Sixers, who shot 52 percent (36-of-69). Philadelphia is 21-0 when shooting better than 45 percent.

Rookie Stephen Jackson scored 13 points, Williams added 12 and 11 rebounds and Van Horn had 10 points for the Nets, who shot 44 percent (36-of-81) and were outscored 22-10 at the foul line.

"For some reason, we just came out very uninspired in the first quarter," Van Horn said. "I don't know it was because we knew they didn't have Iverson, but we looked like a very different team in the second half. We had to come out with the fire we had in the second half in the first half, and put together 48 minutes."

Philadelphia never trailed after the first minute, getting off to a quick start without Iverson. Ratliff scored nine points in the opening period, when the Sixers shot 61 percent (11-of-18), limited the Nets to 24 percent (5-of-21) and built a 30-12 lead.

Buford, who came off the bench to score seven points in the first quarter, added nine more in the second. His jumper gave Philadelphia its largest lead at 45-24 with 4:09 left.

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