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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 17 15 21 16 69 PHILADELPHIA 18 22 20 19 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 22, TIM HARDAWAY 20, DAN MAJERLE 8 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 27, RODNEY BUFORD 16, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - EDDIE JONES 8, BRUCE BOWEN 7 PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 18, TYRONE HILL 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 5, ANTHONY CARTER 3 PHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 20,562


Extended Box

MIAMI (69) AT PHILADELPHIA (79)

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

BOWEN F 27 1-5 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 1 3 2 MASON F 42 1-8 1-2 2 4 6 2 3 2 3 3 GRANT C 34 1-13 4-4 1 3 4 1 4 1 2 6 HARDAWAY G 36 8-17 0-0 0 5 5 5 3 0 1 20 JONES G 37 9-16 3-4 2 6 8 0 4 2 2 22 CAUSWELL 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CARTER 23 1-6 4-4 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 6 MAJERLE 18 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 8 GREEN 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HOUSE 3 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-75 12-14 7 33 40 12 22 6 11 69 (.333) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 23 3-9 0-0 6 3 9 0 3 0 1 6 HILL F 33 4-6 1-2 3 7 10 0 3 0 1 9 MUTOMBO C 40 2-6 6-8 6 12 18 1 2 1 3 10 IVERSON G 44 6-27 14-18 0 1 1 3 2 4 3 27 SNOW G 36 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 2 3 4 MCKIE 26 3-10 1-2 1 1 2 3 4 2 0 7 BUFORD 23 6-13 2-2 2 6 8 1 2 0 1 16 GEIGER 13 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 OLLIE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCLEOD DNP - INJURED LEFT LEG JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-78 24-32 19 36 55 12 20 9 14 79 (.333) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

MIAMI 17 15 21 16 - 69 PHILADELPHIA 18 22 20 19 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MASON, GRANT, BOWEN, JONES. PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 5, BUFORD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 7-22 (.318), BOWEN 0-4, HARDAWAY 4-8, JONES 1-5, CARTER 0-2, MAJERLE 2-3. PHILADELPHIA 3-9 (.333), IVERSON 1-4, MCKIE 0-3, BUFORD 2-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MASON, HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TERRY DURHAM, VIOLET PALMER. A - 20,562. T - 2:17.


Box Score

MIAMI (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 27 1-5 0-0 1-7 0 2 2 Mason 42 1-8 1-2 2-6 2 3 3 Grant 34 1-13 4-4 1-4 1 4 6 Hardaway 36 8-17 0-0 0-5 5 3 20 Jones 37 9-16 3-4 2-8 0 4 22 Causwell 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Carter 23 1-6 4-4 1-2 3 2 6 Majerle 18 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 3 8 Green 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 House 3 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-75 12-14 7-40 12 22 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Bowen 0-4, Hardaway 4-8, Jones 1-5, Carter 0-2, Majerle 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Mason, Grant, Bowen, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Bowen 3, Mason 3, Grant 2, Jones 2, Hardaway). Steals: 6 (Jones 2, Mason 2, Bowen, Grant).

PHILADELPHIA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 23 3-9 0-0 6-9 0 3 6 Hill 33 4-6 1-2 3-10 0 3 9 Mutombo 40 2-6 6-8 6-18 1 2 10 Iverson 44 6-27 14-18 0-1 3 2 27 Snow 36 2-7 0-0 1-5 3 2 4 Mckie 26 3-10 1-2 1-2 3 4 7 Buford 23 6-13 2-2 2-8 1 2 16 Geiger 13 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Ollie 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcleod DNP - injured left leg Jones DNP - coach's decision Macculloch DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 24-32 19-55 12 20 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Iverson 1-4, Mckie 0-3, Buford 2-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 5, Buford). Turnovers: 15 (Iverson 3, Mutombo 3, Snow 3, Geiger 2, Buford, Hill, Lynch). Steals: 9 (Iverson 4, Mckie 2, Snow 2, Mutombo). ____________________________________________ Miami 17 15 21 16 - 69 Philadelphia 18 22 20 19 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Mason, 3:48 1st; Head Coach Riley, 5:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:17. Officials: Mike Mathis, Terry Durham, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- On a rare night where Allen Iverson was shut down, Dikembe Mutombo shut down the entire Miami Heat team.

Mutombo collected 18 rebounds and five blocks while scoring 10 points as the Philadelphia 76ers overcame terrible shooting by Iverson to smother the Heat, 79-69.

The 7-2 Mutombo's interior presence loomed large all game as he put points at a premium. He forced Miami center Brian Grant into 1-of-13 shooting and the rest of the Heat to settle for perimeter shots with disastrous results.

The Heat shot just 33 percent (25-of-75) and were manhandled 55-40 on the boards. They went over eight minutes without a basket in the fourth quarter as the 76ers pulled away.

"Dikembe played great," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "He did a great job on Grant. We got it done, but our offense is so bad. There is no passing, the shot selection is getting worse every game. The bottom line is, as a team, we defended great and that got us the win."

"It isn't necessarily because of Mutombo," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Even though Dikembe blocked a few shots, I think both our guys missed at least 12 or 13 open jumpers. We were looking for those kind of shots, because it's hard to challenge him. We simply had a horrible shooting night. We couldn't make anything when it counted."

Only a pair of baskets in the final 90 seconds allowed Miami to surpass its previous season low of 67 against Cleveland on November 22.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, had 27 points but needed 27 shots. He made just six, missing nine in a row and six straight during a pair of stretches. But he never stopped attacking the basket and made 14-of-18 free throws. Miami was 12-of-14 from the line.

"When I struggle like I've been strugging the last two games, it's easy to talk about our offense," said Iverson, who is just 14-of-54 in the last two games. "We weren't struggling too bad when we were in Charlotte and I was scoring like I was (47 points)."

Iverson was hounded by former Sixer Bruce Bowen, who used his advantage in height and strength to harass the superstar guard. In the third quarter, Iverson hurled a string of obscenities at Bowen.

However, Sixers reserve swingman Rodney Buford outdid Bowen as he scored a career-high 16 points against his former team. Traded by Miami and cut by Charlotte, Buford had 11 points in the second quarter, when Philadelphia took the lead for good.

"Before the game, he told me he was looking forward to tonight," Iverson said. "He was in Miami for a while so you know he wanted to play well. I was really kind of nervous for him, because I wanted to see him play real well against the team. Anybody wants to play well against the team that let them go."

"I have no hard feelings," Buford said. "I like the guys over there. They had to do what they had to do. I'm in a better situation, and I'm thankful for it. I've got a better shot to win."

Tyrone Hill had nine points and 10 boards for the Sixers, who also shot 33 percent (26-of-78) but beat the Heat for the third time in as many tries this season. Philadelphia (43-16) ended a two-game skid and has not lost three in a row all season.

"Our effort is phenomenal," Brown said. "We are trying to win, and are playing hard, but we have to have a bit more trust and include more people in our offense. That will come when we sort people out."

"We know they had just lost two in a row," Heat guard Eddie Jones said. "We had to come out and play our best basketball in order to beat them. We knew they were going to come out hungry and want to win the game. We didn't do what we wanted to do. We had a lot of open looks. They just didn't go down."

Jones scored 22 points and Tim Hardaway added 20 for the Heat, who missed 11 straight shots from the second to the third periods and eight in a row in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Carter scored off an inbounds pass with 9:27 remaining, pulling Miami within 63-57. Iverson responded with three free throws and finally scored from the field with a foul-line jumper that made it 68-57 with 7:08 left.

Grant made two free throws but Iverson beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer. A lefthanded scoop shot by Aaron McKie gave the Sixers a 73-59 lead with 5:19 to go and Miami still was nearly four minutes from its next basket.

Iverson scored 13 points in the first quarter as Philadelphia took an 18-17 lead. Buford scored 11 points in the first six minutes of the second quarter and a layup by Mutombo gave the Sixers the lead for good at 33-31 with 5:33 left.

"I'm not trying to take anybody's place," Buford said. "I'm just going to come out and play my game. I'm going to stay aggressive offensively and defensively. I'm going to try to get every rebound that comes up. It's still going to take some time for coach to call on me constantly."

"Rodney gave us a tremendous lift," Brown said.

Dan Majerle's layup at the 6:51 mark was Miami's last basket of the period. Philadelphia opened a 40-32 halftime lead despite 3-of-16 shooting by Iverson.

Iverson went the last 17 minutes of the first half without a basket. After opening the second half with a hoop, he went another 16 without a hoop.

"It's been getting worse and worse," Brown said. "We settle for quick shots too soon. We don't throw the ball when guys are open. Our execution is not great."

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