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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 22 21 19 16 78 MILWAUKEE 17 24 24 22 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 23, ERIC SNOW 14, TYRONE HILL 13 MIL - TIM THOMAS 22, RAY ALLEN 20, GLENN ROBINSON 20

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - TYRONE HILL 10, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 10 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 10, RAY ALLEN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 10, ERIC SNOW 8 MIL - RAY ALLEN 10, RAFER ALSTON 8

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (78) AT MILWAUKEE (87)

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

HILL F 40 5-11 3-3 3 7 10 0 1 1 2 13 LYNCH F 41 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 0 3 8 MUTOMBO C 32 3-8 0-0 2 8 10 0 2 1 3 6 MCKIE G 42 9-17 5-5 1 4 5 10 5 3 5 23 SNOW G 37 5-9 4-5 0 3 3 8 1 1 1 14 OLLIE 14 4-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 8 GEIGER 16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 BUFORD 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES 15 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 IVERSON DNP - LEFT HIP POINTER MACCULLOCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-68 12-13 7 28 35 21 15 6 17 78 (.485) (.923) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

CAFFEY F 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ROBINSON F 40 9-16 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 4 2 20 JOHNSON C 32 5-8 0-0 5 5 10 1 3 0 0 10 ALLEN G 46 6-18 5-6 1 5 6 10 2 2 5 20 HUNTER G 25 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 4 2 1 1 5 THOMAS 29 9-14 1-2 1 2 3 3 1 3 1 22 ALSTON 22 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 8 4 0 0 4 S WILLIAMS 27 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 6 HAM 12 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 POPE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CASSELL DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HIP FLEXOR PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-80 6-8 10 26 36 28 17 10 10 87 (.450) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 22 21 19 16 - 78 MILWAUKEE 17 24 24 22 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 2, LYNCH. MILWAUKEE - THOMAS, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 0-4 (.000), LYNCH 0-2, MCKIE 0-2. MILWAUKEE 9-27 (.333), ROBINSON 2-4, ALLEN 3-7, HUNTER 1-6, THOMAS 3-6, ALSTON 0-4. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HILL. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, DON VADEN, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,717. T - 1:59.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 5-11 3-3 3-10 0 1 13 Lynch 41 4-10 0-0 1-3 3 3 8 Mutombo 32 3-8 0-0 2-10 0 2 6 Mckie 42 9-17 5-5 1-5 10 5 23 Snow 37 5-9 4-5 0-3 8 1 14 Ollie 14 4-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 8 Geiger 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Buford 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Iverson DNP - left hip pointer Macculloch DNP - coach's decision Sanchez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-68 12-13 7-35 21 15 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 0-4, .000 (Lynch 0-2, Mckie 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Mutombo 2, Lynch). Turnovers: 17 (Mckie 5, Lynch 3, Mutombo 3, Hill 2, Ollie 2, Geiger, Snow). Steals: 6 (Mckie 3, Hill, Mutombo, Snow).

MILWAUKEE (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Robinson 40 9-16 0-0 0-4 1 0 20 Johnson 32 5-8 0-0 5-10 1 3 10 Allen 46 6-18 5-6 1-6 10 2 20 Hunter 25 2-8 0-0 0-4 4 2 5 Thomas 29 9-14 1-2 1-3 3 1 22 Alston 22 2-7 0-0 0-2 8 4 4 S Williams 27 3-6 0-0 1-3 0 4 6 Ham 12 0-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 Pope 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cassell DNP - strained right hip flexor Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 6-8 10-36 28 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 9-27, .333 (Robinson 2-4, Allen 3-7, Hunter 1-6, Thomas 3-6, Alston 0-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Johnson). Turnovers: 10 (Allen 5, Robinson 2, Hunter, S Williams, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Robinson 4, Thomas 3, Allen 2, Hunter). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 22 21 19 16 - 78 Milwaukee 17 24 24 22 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 2 (Illegal Defense, 0:35 3rd; Hill, 1:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 1:59. Officials: Ed F Rush, Don Vaden, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Tim Thomas gave the Milwaukee Bucks a lift that the Philadelphia 76ers sorely needed.

Thomas victimized his former team, scoring nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks held on for an 87-78 victory over the 76ers, who were without superstar Allen Iverson and coach Larry Brown.

Thomas came off the bench to make 9-of-14 shots as he filled the offensive void created by the absence of point guard Sam Cassell, who was sidelined with a strained hip flexor muscle.

"We miss Sam, but everyone had to step up," Thomas said. "I know I made a conscious effort to look for my shot."

"Tim played well. He's been playing well for about a month and a half now," said 76ers forward Tyrone Hill, who was acquired for Thomas and Scott Williams in March 1999. "He converted a couple of times on our mistakes. He also made tough threes with a hand in his face -- sometimes mine."

In the final period, Thomas had several big baskets, including a flying follow dunk that gave Milwaukee an 80-76 lead with 3:44 remaining. He added a post-up jumper just over a minute later to widen the lead to eight points.

"Tim Thomas hit a lot of big shots and really opened up their offense when they needed it," 76ers acting coach Randy Ayers said. "(The play) which really hurt us was in the fourth quarter when Thomas had a follow-up dunk after they missed a shot."

Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson scored 20 points apiece for the Bucks, who held an opponent below 80 points for the first time since January 2 and won the showdown of Eastern Conference division leaders.

"Last year, Philly came in and beat us without Iverson," Allen said. "We really lost focus in that game. We had to work to make sure we didn't do that tonight."

The Sixers clearly missed Iverson, the NBA's scoring leader who did not make the trip due to a hip pointer. Without him, the offense sputtered at times, including the final four minutes, when Philadelphia went without a basket.

Aaron McKie did well to pick up the slack, scoring 23 points -- one shy of his season high -- and adding 10 assists. But the Sixers squandered an early 14-point lead and suffered their second straight loss.

"We did everything we planned to do tonight. Just somehow down the stretch, they made some big plays," McKie said. "They got a little cushion on us and found a way to score when we needed a stop."

Philadelphia lost for the first time in six visits to Milwaukee and for the first time in four games without Iverson, who could return Monday in Seattle as the four-game road trip continues.

Brown is not expected to be at that game. He is scheduled to undergo tests to determine the cause of acid reflux and a hiatal hernia.

The Bucks took the lead for good at 61-60 on a technical foul shot by Ray Allen in the final minute of the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Allen and reverse layup by Thomas widened the lead to 73-66 with 9:51 to play.

Eric Snow had two jumpers in an 8-2 surge that made it 75-74 with 5:12 left. After Robinson responded with a 3-pointer, McKie made a jumper and the Sixers looked like they would have a chance to tie when Allen missed a 3-pointer. But Thomas flew in and dunked to double the lead.

"That play broke our backs right there," Hill admitted.

Robinson and Thomas added jumpers and the Sixers went cold as they managed just two free throws by McKie in the last four minutes.

Ervin Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 45 percent (36-of-80), including 9-of-27 from 3-point range. Milwaukee also got a lift from seldom-used point guard Rafer Alston, who had four points and eight assists in 22 minutes.

"We knew it would be a tough game tonight without Sam but the rest of the other guys stepped up," Bucks coach George Karl said. "Without Timmy and Rafer tonight, we might not have won this ballgame."

Snow had 14 points and eight assists and Hill added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68), including 0-of-4 from the arc.

The Sixers started as if they did not need Iverson, scoring 16 of the first 18 points. But the Bucks regrouped, pulled within 22-17 after one quarter and took the lead early in the second period.

"Not having Sam definitely contributed to the start," Allen said. "We were out of sync because it was a different style. We had to adjust and it took us a while."

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