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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 24 20 23 28 95 PHILADELPHIA 28 30 28 22 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 26, PAUL PIERCE 23, VITALY POTAPENKO 12 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 37, TYRONE HILL 16, AARON MCKIE 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 18, GEORGE LYNCH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - MILT PALACIO 6, PAUL PIERCE 5 PHI - ERIC SNOW 9, AARON MCKIE 7

ATT: 20,365


Extended Box

BOSTON (95) AT PHILADELPHIA (108)

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

PIERCE F 42 9-20 3-5 1 4 5 5 2 2 2 23 WALKER F 44 11-24 0-1 0 5 5 3 5 0 5 26 BLOUNT C 15 3-6 2-2 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 8 PALACIO G 33 2-5 4-4 0 3 3 6 3 3 2 8 STITH G 37 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 3 POTAPENKO 22 6-9 0-1 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 12 E WILLIAMS 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 HERREN 15 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 BATTIE 8 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 MCCARTY 7 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 8 GRIFFIN 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 9-13 10 20 30 23 24 5 12 95 (.463) (.692) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 38 7-11 2-2 1 5 6 1 4 1 0 16 LYNCH F 29 5-7 0-0 4 5 9 2 1 2 3 10 MUTOMBO C 35 3-4 6-6 5 13 18 1 1 0 0 12 IVERSON G 39 13-33 10-12 3 2 5 4 1 1 2 37 SNOW G 38 4-12 0-0 3 3 6 9 1 1 0 8 MCKIE 29 4-7 4-4 0 3 3 7 3 2 1 13 GEIGER 12 1-1 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 3 OLLIE 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 JONES 15 3-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 7 BELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-83 24-28 17 35 52 24 16 8 8 108 (.494) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(18 PTS)

BOSTON 24 20 23 28 - 95 PHILADELPHIA 28 30 28 22 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BLOUNT 2, PIERCE, BATTIE. PHILADELPHIA - MUTOMBO 7. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-27 (.370), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 4-11, PALACIO 0-1, STITH 1-3, HERREN 1-2, MCCARTY 2-4, GRIFFIN 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 2-11 (.182), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-8, MCKIE 1-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH OBRIEN. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TONY BROTHERS, GREG WILLARD. A - 20,365. T - 2:08.


Box Score

BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 42 9-20 3-5 1-5 5 2 23 Walker 44 11-24 0-1 0-5 3 5 26 Blount 15 3-6 2-2 2-2 0 3 8 Palacio 33 2-5 4-4 0-3 6 3 8 Stith 37 1-4 0-0 1-4 4 2 3 Potapenko 22 6-9 0-1 3-5 1 1 12 E Williams 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 4 2 Herren 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 3 Battie 8 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 2 Mccarty 7 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 8 Griffin 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 9-13 10-30 23 24 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 10-27, .370 (Pierce 2-5, Walker 4-11, Palacio 0-1, Stith 1-3, Herren 1-2, Mccarty 2-4, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Blount 2, Pierce, Battie). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 5, Palacio 2, Pierce 2, Blount, Herren, Stith). Steals: 5 (Palacio 3, Pierce 2).

PHILADELPHIA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 38 7-11 2-2 1-6 1 4 16 Lynch 29 5-7 0-0 4-9 2 1 10 Mutombo 35 3-4 6-6 5-18 1 1 12 Iverson 39 13-33 10-12 3-5 4 1 37 Snow 38 4-12 0-0 3-6 9 1 8 Mckie 29 4-7 4-4 0-3 7 3 13 Geiger 12 1-1 1-2 0-3 0 1 3 Ollie 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Jones 15 3-7 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-83 24-28 17-52 24 16 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-8, Mckie 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Mutombo 7). Turnovers: 10 (Lynch 3, Iverson 2, Geiger, Jones, Mckie). Steals: 8 (Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Hill, Iverson, Jones, Snow). ____________________________________________ Boston 24 20 23 28 - 95 Philadelphia 28 30 28 22 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Head Coach Obrien, 7:37 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,365. T: 2:08. Officials: Ron Garretson, Tony Brothers, Greg Willard.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The road to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference goes through First Union Center.

With Allen Iverson firing away from the outside and scoring 37 points and Dikembe Mutombo patrolling the paint with 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots, the Philadelphia 76ers posted a 108-95 victory over Boston, severely damaging the Celtics' playoff hopes.

The 76ers (54-23) clinched first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1982-83, when they won their last NBA title with Moses Malone and Julius Erving.

"The last team that won the East was so long ago," Iverson said. "The players were so much different, the game was so much different. It was more physical then. It's physical now, but it was a lot more physical then because you could do a lot more things with your hands. It's sweeter right now because I'm part of it. I'm happy for my teammates, my coaches and the fans of Philadelphia."

The San Antonio Spurs own the top record in the NBA at 55-22, one game ahead of Philadelphia.

"I'm thrilled that we won the conference and the division, that's an accomplishment," said Sixers coach Larry Brown. "I don't think we could be any prouder of our team. We won the first two series the last two years without the homecourt, so I don't think we could take anything for granted. We just have to keep trying to play better and try to improve."

The loss dropped Boston (35-43) 2 1/2 games behind Indiana (36-40) for the eighth spot. The Pacers rolled to a 100-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Monday.

The Celtics again proved to be no match against a team they would face in the first round. Boston has lost six straight meetings with Philadelphia, including all four this season.

The Sixers scored the first eight points of the game, built a 14-point advantage at halftime, led by as many as 19 after three quarters and outrebounded the Celtics, 52-30.

"They killed us on the boards," said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien. "We had nobody to contend with Mutombo tonight. We were actually just trying to tip it away from him instead of just grabbing it. That just didn't work out."

Once again, it was Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce and little else for the Celtics, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Walker scored 26 points and Pierce finished with 23.

Iverson returned after sitting out two straight games with tailbone and hip ailments and hit 13-of-33 shots from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

"It is tough to really stop a guy like him, you just try to slow him down," Pierce said. "We didn't do much of that either. They just killed us on the boards and got to every loose ball."

Iverson cranked up 16 shots in the first quarter alone and scored 14 points as the Sixers held a 28-24 lead.

George Lynch and Aaron McKie combined for 15 in the second quarter when the Sixers outscored the Celtics, 30-20. Iverson had just four points in the quarter.

Six different players contributed as the Sixers closed the half with a 15-6 run to increase their lead to 58-44.

Jumaine Jones ignited the spurt with a 16-foot jumper, Iverson converted a pair of free throws and Lynch hit a short jumper. Mutombo, who finished with 12 points, followed with a driving hook, Eric Snow hit a 15-footer, McKie connected on a 3-pointer and Lynch capped the run with a layup.

The Celtics opened the second half with a 10-3 spurt as Walker connected on a pair of 3-pointers, pulling them within 71-64.

But Philadelphia closed the quarter with a 16-6 run, opening an 86-67 lead. Iverson highlighted the spurt with three jumpers and a free throw.

Boston pulled no closer than nine in the fourth quarter. But after Walker connected on a 3-pointer to cut Philadelphia's lead to 98-89 with 2:45 left, Snow and Tyrone Hill hit short jumpers to seal the win.

Hill finished with 16 points and McKie added 13.

"It just goes to show you that good things can happen when you work hard and everyone's playing together," Hill said. "With everything we've been through, the adversity, injuries and stuff like that, you can't ask for much more."

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