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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 20 28 24 17 89 NEW JERSEY 22 21 19 34 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 32, THEO RATLIFF 22, RODNEY BUFORD 11 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 34, KEITH VAN HORN 20, KENYON MARTIN 20

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 12, TYRONE HILL 9 NJN - THREE PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 9, ALLEN IVERSON 5 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 17,764


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (89) AT NEW JERSEY (96)

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

HILL F 37 4-10 1-4 3 6 9 1 6 0 0 9 LYNCH F 34 2-6 0-2 2 4 6 1 5 1 1 5 RATLIFF C 43 9-12 4-4 4 8 12 2 2 1 0 22 IVERSON G 42 9-30 10-12 0 4 4 5 2 4 2 32 MCKIE G 37 3-11 0-1 0 3 3 9 3 1 2 6 OLLIE 17 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 2 BUFORD 27 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 3 11 MACCULLOCH 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION KUKOC DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 15-23 9 27 36 20 24 8 9 89 (.420) (.652) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 36 9-17 2-3 4 7 11 0 4 1 3 20 VAN HORN F 40 7-18 5-5 4 3 7 1 1 1 3 20 ESCHMEYER C 25 2-4 0-0 3 8 11 2 3 0 0 4 HARRIS G 32 0-4 0-0 0 6 6 2 1 1 0 0 S MARBURY G 45 11-23 9-10 0 4 4 9 5 1 6 34 WILLIAMS 27 2-8 6-8 5 6 11 2 2 0 1 10 NEWMAN 23 3-7 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 0 2 8 JACKSON 8 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 DOUGLAS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-83 23-28 17 36 53 17 26 4 17 96 (.410) (.821) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 20 28 24 17 - 89 NEW JERSEY 22 21 19 34 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 8. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 4, WILLIAMS 2, ESCHMEYER 2, JACKSON, VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 6-16 (.375), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 4-10, MCKIE 0-4, BUFORD 1-1. NEW JERSEY 5-15 (.333), VAN HORN 1-5, S MARBURY 3-8, NEWMAN 1-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,764. T - 2:15.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 4-10 1-4 3-9 1 6 9 Lynch 34 2-6 0-2 2-6 1 5 5 Ratliff 43 9-12 4-4 4-12 2 2 22 Iverson 42 9-30 10-12 0-4 5 2 32 Mckie 37 3-11 0-1 0-3 9 3 6 Ollie 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Buford 27 5-8 0-0 0-2 0 4 11 Macculloch 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Jones DNP - coach's decision Kukoc DNP - lower back strain Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 15-23 9-36 20 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 4-10, Mckie 0-4, Buford 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 8). Turnovers: 10 (Buford 3, Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Lynch, Ollie). Steals: 8 (Iverson 4, Lynch, Mckie, Ollie, Ratliff).

NEW JERSEY (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 36 9-17 2-3 4-11 0 4 20 Van Horn 40 7-18 5-5 4-7 1 1 20 Eschmeyer 25 2-4 0-0 3-11 2 3 4 Harris 32 0-4 0-0 0-6 2 1 0 S Marbury 45 11-23 9-10 0-4 9 5 34 Williams 27 2-8 6-8 5-11 2 2 10 Newman 23 3-7 1-2 1-1 1 4 8 Jackson 8 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Douglas 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis Samake DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-83 23-28 17-53 17 26 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Van Horn 1-5, S Marbury 3-8, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (K Martin 4, Williams 2, Eschmeyer 2, Jackson, Van Horn). Turnovers: 17 (S Marbury 6, K Martin 3, Van Horn 3, Jackson 2, Newman 2, Williams). Steals: 4 (Harris, K Martin, S Marbury, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 20 28 24 17 - 89 New Jersey 22 21 19 34 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 6:27 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,764. T: 2:15. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Facing the NBA's best team, Stephon Marbury saved his best for last.

Marbury scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, when the New Jersey Nets rallied from a 10-point deficit and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Headed to his first All-Star Game, Marbury made 11-of-23 shots and handed out nine assists as he outdueled fellow All-Star Allen Iverson, who carried the 76ers through the first three quarters but faltered in the final period.

"This win is big for us," Marbury said. "We played hard and we played with a lot of confidence. If we could play like that every night, we might not win every game, but we're gonna come close."

"I thought Stephon should have made the All-Star team last year," Iverson said. "He is, to me, one of the best point guards in the NBA."

Marbury's biggest basket came with the Nets clinging to a 91-89 lead in the final minute. He drove into the lane and put a scoop shot under a swarm of defenders for a four-point bulge with 21 seconds to go.

"Steph obviously played a great game," nets coach Byron Scott said. "I thought he did a great job in the latter part of the game against Allen on the 1-on-1."

Keith Van Horn and rookie Kenyon Martin scored 20 points apiece for the Nets, who scored 34 points in the fourth quarter and beat the 76ers for the first time in three meetings this season. New Jersey had not won since January 20 against Chicago.

"Unbelievable effort from our guys," Scott said. "I think that the guys have been playing hard and it finally paid off. It just happened to be against the best team."

Philadelphia blew a 15-point second-half lead and lost to an Atlantic Division foe for the second straight game. Prior to Friday's double-overtime loss to Orlando, the Sixers were 12-1 against division foes and 19-0 against teams under .500.

"These are the scariest games to play," Iverson said. "These are teams with a losing record and then sometimes you come in here and have a letdown. Then you finally wake up, the game's over and they have a one-point lead."

Iverson scored 32 points but just two in the fourth quarter. All-Star Theo Ratliff had a season-high 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks for Philadelphia (35-13), which has not lost three in a row all season. The Sixers host Denver on Monday.

"Everybody's gunning for us," Sixers forward Tyrone Hill said. "But we're hitting that wall. You get to this point in the season and a lot of teams hit the wall and we're at that point. At the same time, we should have won this game."

The Nets trailed 77-67 with less than nine minutes left before starting their rally. Van Horn made two foul shots and Marbury hit a 3-pointer to halve the deficit. After a jumper by Rodney Buford, Johnny Newman sank a 3-pointer and Van Horn converted a three-point play to make it 79-78 with 5:52 to go.

Iverson's corner jumper -- his only points of the final period -- gave the Sixers and 83-80 lead, but Marbury responded with a pull-up jumper and the Nets began their winning surge after a free throw by Hill with 3:44 remaining.

Martin hit a jumper and Aaron Williams sank two free throws to give New Jersey the lead for good. Iverson had a drive blocked and Marbury went all the way for a layup and an 88-84 lead with 2:45 to play.

"I think at the end of the game, guys knew we could win," Marbury said. "No one put their heads down. We all helped each other on defense."

George Lynch had a 3-pointer and jumper around a follow shot by Van Horn to get the Sixers within 90-89 with 1:37 left. But Van Horn's miss was rebounded by Martin and Williams made 1-of-2 foul shots for a two-point lead with 1:11 to go.

Iverson, who hit just 9-of-30 shots, missed a jumper and Marbury lost his dribble before Aaron McKie misfired on a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, setting up Marbury's drive. Newman made a free throw and Williams made two in the closing seconds.

Williams collected 10 points and 11 rebounds and Martin and Evan Eschmeyer also grabbed 11 boards apiece as the Nets outrebounded the Sixers, 53-36, beating them at their own game.

"They killed us on the boards and we took a lot of bad shots," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "The boards were the difference. Their efforts on the boards were phenomenal and they got some good shots when they needed them."

Buford scored 11 points, Hill added nine and nine rebounds and McKie handed out nine assists for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81). The Nets shot 41 percent (34-of-83).

Ratliff scored 15 points in the first half, including a dunk with 35 seconds left that gave Philadelphia a 48-43 advantage. Marbury kept New Jersey in it with 16 points.

Iverson was 3-of-13 in the first half but ignited in the third quarter, when he had four 3-pointers, four steals and 18 points. His two free throws gave the Sixers their largest lead at 62-47 with 6:23 to go and he scored eight points in just over three minutes after the Nets closed within four, rebuilding the margin to 72-62 entering the final period.

"The key tonight was not letting our heads get down," Van Horn said. "We have a tendency to get down 10 or 12 points and just throw in the towel. I think tonight we kept our heads up. Everyone kept their focus and that allowed us to battle back."

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