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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 25 27 14 19 85 CHICAGO 13 15 15 24 67 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - TYRONE HILL 16, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, AARON MCKIE 14 CHI - MARCUS FIZER 18, RON MERCER 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5 CHI - BRAD MILLER 14, FRED HOIBERG 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 6, FRED HOIBERG 3

ATT: 22,835


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (85) AT CHICAGO (67)

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

HILL F 27 8-14 0-1 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 16 LYNCH F 30 4-6 1-2 1 4 5 0 1 1 0 9 MUTOMBO C 31 5-9 5-8 5 7 12 1 1 0 1 15 MCKIE G 36 5-7 4-6 0 5 5 6 1 2 3 14 SNOW G 32 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 7 2 2 4 6 OLLIE 22 1-3 1-4 0 0 0 6 3 2 2 3 BUFORD 20 3-6 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 8 GEIGER 16 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 8 JONES 18 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 4 MACCULLOCH 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 MILLER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 IVERSON DNP - LEFT HIP AND FLANK CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 34-66 17-27 10 31 41 22 14 8 11 85 (.515) (.630) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(7 PTS)

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

BRAND F 9 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 HOIBERG F 37 2-8 2-2 0 7 7 3 3 2 0 7 MILLER C 33 5-11 1-2 9 5 14 1 2 0 3 11 CRAWFORD G 34 5-13 0-1 0 2 2 6 1 1 3 11 MERCER G 34 8-20 0-0 3 1 4 2 2 0 0 16 GUYTON 12 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 FIZER 29 8-13 2-3 0 3 3 0 4 0 3 18 BAGARIC 12 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 C BENJAMIN 20 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 2 2 RUFFIN 20 0-1 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 0 ARTEST DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE DREW DNP - RIGHT HAMSTRING PULL

TOTALS 240 30-83 5-8 17 24 41 17 20 7 14 67 (.361) (.625) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 25 27 14 19 - 85 CHICAGO 13 15 15 24 - 67

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 4, GEIGER 2. CHICAGO - RUFFIN 4, BAGARIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 0-2 (.000), SNOW 0-1, BUFORD 0-1. CHICAGO 2-13 (.154), HOIBERG 1-3, CRAWFORD 1-6, GUYTON 0-2, C BENJAMIN 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 22,835. T - 2:00.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 27 8-14 0-1 2-3 1 2 16 Lynch 30 4-6 1-2 1-5 0 1 9 Mutombo 31 5-9 5-8 5-12 1 1 15 Mckie 36 5-7 4-6 0-5 6 1 14 Snow 32 2-7 2-2 0-3 7 2 6 Ollie 22 1-3 1-4 0-0 6 3 3 Buford 20 3-6 2-2 1-5 0 1 8 Geiger 16 3-7 2-2 1-3 0 0 8 Jones 18 2-5 0-0 0-5 1 2 4 Macculloch 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Miller 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Iverson DNP - left hip and flank contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-66 17-27 10-41 22 14 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (Snow 0-1, Buford 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 4, Geiger 2). Turnovers: 12 (Snow 4, Mckie 3, Ollie 2, Hill, Mutombo). Steals: 8 (Mckie 2, Ollie 2, Snow 2, Hill, Lynch).

CHICAGO (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 9 0-5 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 Hoiberg 37 2-8 2-2 0-7 3 3 7 Miller 33 5-11 1-2 9-14 1 2 11 Crawford 34 5-13 0-1 0-2 6 1 11 Mercer 34 8-20 0-0 3-4 2 2 16 Guyton 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Fizer 29 8-13 2-3 0-3 0 4 18 Bagaric 12 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 C Benjamin 20 1-5 0-0 1-4 2 0 2 Ruffin 20 0-1 0-0 3-5 1 3 0 Artest DNP - strained right knee Drew DNP - right hamstring pull _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-83 5-8 17-41 17 20 67 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Hoiberg 1-3, Crawford 1-6, Guyton 0-2, C Benjamin 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Ruffin 4, Bagaric). Turnovers: 15 (Crawford 3, Fizer 3, Miller 3, C Benjamin 2, Ruffin 2, Brand). Steals: 7 (Hoiberg 2, Brand, C Benjamin, Crawford, Guyton, Ruffin). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 25 27 14 19 - 85 Chicago 13 15 15 24 - 67 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,835. T: 2:00. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Courtney Kirkland, Scott Foster.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Even without Allen Iverson, the Philadelphia 76ers were way too much for the Chicago Bulls.

The 76ers ignored the absence of their high-scoring superstar and concentrated on defense in an 85-67 victory over the Bulls that matched their best defensive effort of the season.

Iverson suffered a bruised hip in Sunday's win at Boston that clinched a playoff berth. The NBA's leading scorer was kept out as a precaution, the second time this season Sixers coach Larry Brown has rested Iverson against a weak opponent.

It did not matter as Philadelphia smothered Chicago, allowing just 36 percent (30-of-83) shooting. The Sixers opened a 52-28 halftime lead and cruised to their sixth straight win.

"Playing without Allen, we defended great and had balanced scoring," Brown said. "With him out, it created opportunities for others and and we had a lot of guys step up."

"They played really well without Allen Iverson," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said.

Tyrone Hill scored 16 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 15 and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which also surrendered just 67 points in a win at Atlanta on November 24.

"We knew it would be more difficult without him," said Sixers guard Aaron McKie, who scored 14 points. "But we have had guys do this all year long. It's no surprise that they stepped up."

Rookie Marcus Fizer scored 18 points for the Bulls, who have lost four in a row overall and seven straight against the Sixers. Chicago was held below 70 points for the third time this season.

"I like the way Philly approaches playing," Floyd said. "They came at us with a lot of toughness, a lot of ball pressure up the floor and on the wing. They frustrated us offensively early on."

The league-worst Bulls also were hurting. They were without injured starters Ron Artest and Bryce Drew and lost star forward Elton Brand to a strained quadricep in the first quarter. Brand was 0-of-5 from the field and was held scoreless for the first time in his career.

"It was a quad type injury," Brand said. "It is serious pain, but I'm not sure how serious the injury is. It is a similar injury to one I had earlier and sat out a couple games."

Mutombo was a force at both ends in the first quarter. In a 19-6 run that gave Philadelphia a 21-9 lead, he had nine points, three rebounds and two blocks, including one on a 5-on-1 break by Chicago.

"Sometimes I wonder why kids try to dunk on me," said Mutombo, who had four blocks. "Young kids just don't listen. I think they believe if they can dunk on Dikembe, they can get on a poster."

The Sixers led 25-13 after one quarter and reserve center Matt Geiger scored all eight of his points in the second period to help open a 52-28 lead. Philadelphia limited Chicago to just 31 percent (12-of-39) shooting.

"We have one of the best defensive teams I have ever played with," Mutombo said. "Each of us feels the other's responsibilities. On other teams, if someone's man go by them, they thought, `No problem, Mutombo's back there.' Here, if your man beats you two or three times, you'll find your butt on the bench."

A layup by Hill gave the Sixers their largest lead at 58-30 with 7:34 left in the third quarter. The Bulls got no closer than the final margin.

George Lynch scored nine points and Rodney Buford added eight for the Sixers, who shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) despite not making a 3-pointer for the second straight game. Eric Snow handed out seven assists.

"We had balanced scoring without Allen tonight," Brown said. "We had a lot of people step up. Allen is such a big part of our offense, but the rest of the guys have to learn to play at times without him."

"We wanted to show that we can win without Allen," McKie said. "We know he is the leader of this team, but it's still important for us to show that we can compete without him."

Ron Mercer scored 14 points and Brad Miller added 11 and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.

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