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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 32 15 24 27 98 PHILADELPHIA 26 28 26 24 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - JASON KIDD 22, SHAWN MARION 17, TONY DELK 17 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 26, TONI KUKOC 17, GEORGE LYNCH 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 13, RODNEY ROGERS 10 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 12, TONI KUKOC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 10, CLIFF ROBINSON 6 PHI - ERIC SNOW 8, ALLEN IVERSON 5

ATT: 20,781


Extended Box

PHOENIX (98) AT PHILADELPHIA (104)

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

MARION F 42 8-12 1-1 2 11 13 0 4 3 1 17 ROBINSON F 36 6-18 2-3 1 0 1 6 2 0 2 14 TSAKALIDIS C 21 3-5 0-0 4 2 6 0 2 0 1 6 ELIE G 15 3-5 0-1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 6 KIDD G 46 9-17 4-6 2 3 5 10 3 2 5 22 ROGERS 34 6-17 2-3 4 6 10 3 3 1 1 15 V DEL NEGRO 11 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 T DELK 35 8-15 1-2 1 4 5 2 5 2 4 17 DUDLEY DNP - SORE BACK GUGLIOTTA DNP - PERSONAL REASONS PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-90 11-18 16 28 44 24 22 11 17 98 (.478) (.611) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 4-8 1-1 1 4 5 0 5 0 3 9 LYNCH F 42 4-7 7-7 5 7 12 2 0 3 1 15 GEIGER C 16 5-10 4-6 2 5 7 0 5 2 1 14 IVERSON G 43 9-24 5-8 0 0 0 5 2 3 2 26 SNOW G 33 1-5 6-8 0 0 0 8 5 1 4 8 MACCULLOCH 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 MCKIE 25 3-5 2-2 0 8 8 2 2 2 1 10 KUKOC 27 8-17 0-0 5 4 9 3 0 1 3 17 BUFORD 8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 JONES 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION OLLIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 25-32 14 31 45 20 20 12 16 104 (.462) (.781) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

PHOENIX 32 15 24 27 - 98 PHILADELPHIA 26 28 26 24 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - KIDD, ROBINSON, MARION. PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-12 (.083), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 0-2, KIDD 0-2, ROGERS 1-4, T DELK 0-3. PHILADELPHIA 7-11 (.636), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-4, MCKIE 2-3, KUKOC 1-2, JONES 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, SCOTT FOSTER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,781. T - 2:30.


Box Score

PHOENIX (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 42 8-12 1-1 2-13 0 4 17 Robinson 36 6-18 2-3 1-1 6 2 14 Tsakalidis 21 3-5 0-0 4-6 0 2 6 Elie 15 3-5 0-1 1-2 2 2 6 Kidd 46 9-17 4-6 2-5 10 3 22 Rogers 34 6-17 2-3 4-10 3 3 15 V Del Negro 11 0-1 1-2 1-2 1 1 1 T Delk 35 8-15 1-2 1-5 2 5 17 Dudley DNP - sore back Gugliotta DNP - personal reasons Perry DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-90 11-18 16-44 24 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Kidd 0-2, Rogers 1-4, T Delk 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Kidd, Robinson, Marion). Turnovers: 17 (Kidd 5, T Delk 4, Elie 3, Robinson 2, Marion, Rogers, Tsakalidis). Steals: 11 (Elie 3, Marion 3, Kidd 2, T Delk 2, Rogers).

PHILADELPHIA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 4-8 1-1 1-5 0 5 9 Lynch 42 4-7 7-7 5-12 2 0 15 Geiger 16 5-10 4-6 2-7 0 5 14 Iverson 43 9-24 5-8 0-0 5 2 26 Snow 33 1-5 6-8 0-0 8 5 8 Macculloch 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Mckie 25 3-5 2-2 0-8 2 2 10 Kukoc 27 8-17 0-0 5-9 3 0 17 Buford 8 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Jones 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Ollie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 25-32 14-45 20 20 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-4, Mckie 2-3, Kukoc 1-2, Jones 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Geiger). Turnovers: 16 (Snow 4, Hill 3, Kukoc 3, Iverson 2, Buford, Geiger, Lynch, Mckie). Steals: 12 (Iverson 3, Lynch 3, Geiger 2, Mckie 2, Kukoc, Snow). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 32 15 24 27 - 98 Philadelphia 26 28 26 24 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 5:25 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,781. T: 2:30. Officials: Hugh Evans, Scott Foster, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson doesn't have to score 40 points for the Philadelphia 76ers to win.

Iverson scored 26 points and got lots of help from his teammates as the 76ers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 104-98, for their fourth straight victory.

"Everybody is concentrating on Iverson and the other guys take full advantage of that," said Suns guard Jason Kidd, who did a commendable job on Iverson.

The NBA scoring leader had eclipsed 40 points in Philadelphia's first three games after the All-Star break, leading the 76ers to wins in all three. However, he did not have the hot hand in this one.

Iverson hit 9-of-24 shots, missing his first seven of the second half. But the 76ers actually widened their lead during his cold spell and he rediscovered his offense in the final period.

While Iverson struggled a bit, Toni Kukoc scored all 10 of his 17 points in the second quarter, when the Sixers took the lead for good.

"Toni Kukoc gave us a big lift off the bench," Iverson said. "He made a whole lot of plays early in the game. He took a lot of pressure off myself in scoring. He did great in the second half as well. All of my teammates stepped up big. I didn't even score in the third quarter and we were still able to have a lead. That says a lot about how far we've come as a team."

"This team has plenty of offensive weapons," Kukoc said. "We got guys who can play down low and guys like myself who can play the outside with Allen. Right now, we're using our bench to our advantage."

George Lynch added 15 points and 12 boards and Matt Geiger -- returning from a two-game NBA suspension for steroids -- added 14 and seven.

"Matt was great. His energy was great. His heart was there, his head was there," Iverson said. "It's important when Matt plays in front of his home crowd, this is the time he can come back, breathe a sigh of relief and say, `I'm home and everything is all right.' I saw signs `Welcome Back Matt Geiger,' and that's what it's all about. I think our fans are great. Matt fed off the crowd and I'm happy for him."

"I think that they step up every night," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "They might not always have to have big numbers because Allen has been scoring so well."

Philadelphia (40-14) became the first team to defeat every other squad as it improved to 14-8 against the powerful Western Conference.

"It means a lot," Iverson said. "(But) we got a long way to go. As long as we know we got a long way to go and our job is not over, we'll be all right."

"It's a very good team, no question about it," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "They're organized, they play hard, they play smart."

Kidd collected 22 points and 10 assists and Shawn Marion added 17 and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the first time in three games since the break.

Phoenix was beaten at the lines. The Suns made just 1-of-12 3-pointers and 11-of-18 free throws while the Sixers were 7-of-11 from the arc and 25-of-32 at the stripe.

Kukoc covered for Iverson's scoreless third quarter with seven points as Philadelphia took an 80-71 lead into the final period. A lane jumper by Aaron McKie extended the margin to 85-73 with 10 minutes to play before Phoenix rallied.

A layup by Marion made it 86-81 before Iverson finally scored with a 3-pointer with 6:10 remaining. A three-point play from Cliff Robinson cut the deficit to 91-88 with 4:40 left, but Iverson found McKie for a 3-pointer and hit a foul shot before banking in his own 3-pointer for a 98-88 lead with 2:57 to go.

"People are going to look and see (Iverson) got 26 and say, `What happened?'" Brown said. "He won the game. He commanded double-teams and gave the ball up."

"Iverson made a tough three off the glass and there's nothing you can do about that and McKie made one with the shot clock running down," Kidd said. "Those were big plays."

Phoenix pulled within 98-92 before missing three straight shots and Eric Snow made 6-of-8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

McKie had 10 points and eight rebounds, Tyrone Hill scored nine points and Snow added eight and eight assists for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (36-of-78). Kukoc pulled down nine boards.

Tony Delk scored 17 points, fellow reserve Rodney Rogers added 15 and 10 rebounds and Robinson scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 48 percent (43-of-90).

Kidd outscored Iverson 13-12 in the first quarter, when Phoenix opened a nine-point lead. But Iverson's three points at the end of the period began a 20-5 spurt that featured eight points from Kukoc and five from Lynch, giving Philadelphia a 43-37 lead with 5:48 before halftime.

"In the second quarter, we made a conscious effort to take the ball to the rim, to play down low and try to penetrate," Kukoc said. "I was able to get a couple of layups and we started to play better defense."

The Sixers led 54-47 at halftime and opened their largest lead at 75-62 on McKie's 3-pointer with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter.

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