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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 29 21 24 17 91 PHILADELPHIA 22 29 29 27 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 27, MICHAEL DICKERSON 16, MIKE BIBBY 14 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 36, GEORGE LYNCH 16, MATT GEIGER 12

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - GRANT LONG 10, STROMILE SWIFT 9 PHI - TYRONE HILL 12, MATT GEIGER 11

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - ERICK STRICKLAND 6, MIKE BIBBY 6 PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, AARON MCKIE 6

ATT: 17,944


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (91) AT PHILADELPHIA (107)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 8-13 11-13 2 6 8 1 1 1 1 27 LONG F 38 1-5 6-8 2 8 10 1 4 0 2 8 REEVES C 14 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 BIBBY G 41 3-12 7-8 1 2 3 6 0 2 5 14 DICKERSON G 45 6-18 4-6 2 2 4 1 5 0 4 16 STRICKLAND 23 1-8 4-4 1 7 8 6 2 1 3 7 MASSENBURG 13 2-2 4-4 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 8 SWIFT 18 4-7 0-0 5 4 9 0 3 2 1 8 M ABDUL-RAUF 7 0-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 1 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-71 37-44 13 32 45 17 23 6 20 91 (.366) (.841) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(25 PTS)

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

HILL F 27 3-6 2-2 6 6 12 0 5 0 1 8 LYNCH F 38 5-11 6-8 6 4 10 2 3 3 1 16 GEIGER C 21 4-10 4-6 6 5 11 1 2 0 0 12 IVERSON G 45 11-29 13-17 0 3 3 4 3 4 3 36 SNOW G 39 4-6 3-4 0 5 5 7 3 0 0 11 MACCULLOCH 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 KUKOC 18 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 7 MCKIE 29 3-10 1-3 0 6 6 6 3 5 3 7 MOHAMMED 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES 10 3-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 6 BUFORD 5 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 38-86 29-40 19 29 48 21 29 13 11 107 (.442) (.725) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

VANCOUVER 29 21 24 17 - 91 PHILADELPHIA 22 29 29 27 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - STRICKLAND, S ABDUR-RAHIM, SWIFT. PHILADELPHIA - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 2-11 (.182), BIBBY 1-5, DICKERSON 0-2, STRICKLAND 1-4. PHILADELPHIA 2-10 (.200), IVERSON 1-6, KUKOC 1-2, MCKIE 0-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - STRICKLAND, M ABDUL-RAUF, S ABDUR-RAHIM, PHILADELPHIA - KUKOC, IVERSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, LEON WOOD, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 17,944. T - 2:23.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 41 8-13 11-13 2-8 1 1 27 Long 38 1-5 6-8 2-10 1 4 8 Reeves 14 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Bibby 41 3-12 7-8 1-3 6 0 14 Dickerson 45 6-18 4-6 2-4 1 5 16 Strickland 23 1-8 4-4 1-8 6 2 7 Massenburg 13 2-2 4-4 0-1 0 2 8 Swift 18 4-7 0-0 5-9 0 3 8 M Abdul-rauf 7 0-3 1-1 0-0 1 3 1 Austin DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-71 37-44 13-45 17 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.841. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Bibby 1-5, Dickerson 0-2, Strickland 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, S Abdur-rahim, Swift). Turnovers: 20 (Bibby 5, Dickerson 4, Strickland 3, Long 2, M Abdul-rauf 2, Massenburg, Reeves, S Abdur-rahim, Swift). Steals: 6 (Bibby 2, Swift 2, S Abdur-rahim, Strickland).

PHILADELPHIA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 27 3-6 2-2 6-12 0 5 8 Lynch 38 5-11 6-8 6-10 2 3 16 Geiger 21 4-10 4-6 6-11 1 2 12 Iverson 45 11-29 13-17 0-3 4 3 36 Snow 39 4-6 3-4 0-5 7 3 11 Macculloch 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Kukoc 18 3-8 0-0 0-0 1 2 7 Mckie 29 3-10 1-3 0-6 6 3 7 Mohammed 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 10 3-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 6 Buford 5 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Ollie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 29-40 19-48 21 29 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.725. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Iverson 1-6, Kukoc 1-2, Mckie 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 11 (Iverson 3, Mckie 3, Jones 2, Hill, Lynch, Macculloch). Steals: 13 (Mckie 5, Iverson 4, Lynch 3, Jones). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 29 21 24 17 - 91 Philadelphia 22 29 29 27 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 3 (Strickland, 10:40 2nd; M Abdul-rauf, 9:20 2nd; S Abdur-rahim, 1:34 3rd). Philadelphia 5 (Kukoc, 1:03 1st; Iverson, 10:18 2nd; Illegal Defense 3, 5:49 2nd, 0:53 2nd, 6:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,944. T: 2:23. Officials: Jack Nies, Leon Wood, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Grizzlies, the NBA's hottest team, ran into Allen Iverson, the league's hottest player.

Iverson scored 36 points and the Philadelphia 76ers used a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter as they ended Vancouver's franchise-record five-game winning streak with a 107-91 victory.

The Grizzlies arrived having won five straight games since owner Michael Heisley received permission from NBA commissioner David Stern to relocate the team. Prior to the streak, they never had won more than three in a row since entering the NBA in 1995.

However, the Grizzlies encountered Iverson, the league's leading scorer and All-Star Game MVP, who eclipsed 40 points in three straight games last week and was named NBA Player of the Week on Monday.

Vancouver made it tough for Iverson, who made just 11-of-29 shots. But he also made 13-of-17 free throws and collected four steals as he was too quick to contain.

"That team is coming off five straight wins and it was a struggle," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "You tell me that we won the game by 16 points, I wouldn't believe it."

Ivewrson also was too quick for the media, ducking out without speaking to reporters.

Former Grizzlie George Lynch added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who have a five-game winning streak of their own. They are the only team that has not lost since the All-Star break and improved to 41-14.

"Their offense was a little different from the first time we played them (an 83-79 win in Vancouver on December 9)," Lynch said. "They did things that caught us in early foul trouble in the first half, but we settled down in the second half and figured what they were doing and executed defensively."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points for the Grizzlies, who shot under 37 percent (26-of-71) and committed 20 turnovers as they remained winless in five all-time trips to Philadelphia.

"We had a tough time knocking down some shots," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "I have to give them some credit. Their defense is good. I told my guys that we played against the top two, three, four best defensive, toughest and smartest teams in the league. When you're high in those categories, you're pretty good."

The game had very little flow as the teams combined for 84 free throws and eight technical fouls.

"We got hit with some technical fouls but in the second half everything kind of settled down in our end and we were able to play the game," Sixers forward Toni Kukoc said. "It wasn't pretty to watch, but a win is a win."

A 19-footer by Iverson gave Philadelphia the lead for good at 57-55 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. A jumper and 3-pointer by Toni Kukoc highlighted an 8-2 surge at the end of the period that extended the margin to 80-70.

Vancouver closed to 80-74 entering the fourth quarter but got no closer as it managed just one basket in the first eight-plus minutes of the period. A layup and 3-pointer by Iverson pushed the lead to 90-77 with 8:24 remaining.

The Grizzlies fought back within seven points but Aaron McKie had a layup and steal, feeding Iverson for a layup that capped a 7-0 surge and made it 97-83 with 4:08 to play.

Matt Geiger had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Snow added 11 and seven assists and Tyrone Hill swept 12 boards for the Sixers, who shot 44 percent (38-of-86) and made 29-of-40 free throws. Philadelphia completed a 4-0 homestand.

"Earlier this year, we weren't playing well at home," Lynch said. "Now, we're finding our rhythm. We know that the fans can't win the games for us and we just can't lace up our sneakers on the home court and win a home game. We have to play like we're on the road and focus and concentrate on being a better team."

Michael Dickerson scored 16 points and Mike Bibby added 14 for the Grizzlies, who made 37-of-44 from the line but fell to 1-10 all-time against the Sixers.

"We had a little streak going but this shows our team that we're not there yet and we still have a long way to go," Lowe said. Tonight it was the little things that we didn't do. We were defending but they were getting the second shots and we didn't take care of the ball."

In the first half, the Sixers twice built sizable leads and twice the Grizzlies came back. Vancouver erased an early 11-2 hole with a 19-5 burst that closed the first quarter and opened a 29-22 lead.

Three straight hoops by Jumaine Jones completed a 22-6 run that opened the second quarter and gave Philadelphia a 44-35 lead with 4:34 left in the second period. The Grizzlies fought back within 51-50 at halftime.

Iverson and Abdur-Rahim each scored 22 points in the first half.

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