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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHILADELPHIA     21   28   18   26    93   
     NEW YORK         12   32   23   25    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 17, TODD MACCULLOCH 17, 
                      KEITH VAN HORN 15
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 16, HOWARD EISLEY 16, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 14

HIGH REBOUND:   PHI - KEITH VAN HORN 12, ALLEN IVERSON 8, TODD
                      MACCULLOCH 8
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 6, HOWARD EISLEY 6, MICHAEL 
                      DOLEAC 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHI - ERIC SNOW 6, ALLEN IVERSON 6, AARON 
                      MCKIE 4
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 4, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A McKie 38 3-7 1-2 1-3 4 4 8 K Van Horn 40 6-13 3-4 3-12 2 4 15 T MacCulloch 31 6-9 5-6 4-8 1 3 17 A Iverson 43 5-22 7-9 1-8 6 3 17 E Snow 39 5-10 4-4 3-6 6 4 14 G Buckner 24 5-8 0-0 0-4 0 3 10 B Skinner 17 3-7 4-5 1-2 0 3 10 A Long 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 M Bryant 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Coleman DNP - LEFT KNEE REHAB J Salmons DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Rentzias DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 24-30 13-44 19 27 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (A McKie 1-1, K Van Horn 0-2, A Iverson 0-7, E Snow 0-1, G Buckner 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (A McKie, K Van Horn, G Buckner). Turnovers:16 (A McKie 4, E Snow 4, A Iverson 4, T MacCulloch 2, K Van Horn, G Buckner). Steals: 7 (A Iverson 3, G Buckner 2, E Snow, T MacCulloch). NEW YORK (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 24 4-7 4-4 1-4 0 2 12 C Weatherspoon 22 1-6 0-0 1-4 1 1 2 K Thomas 24 4-9 2-2 4-6 1 6 10 H Eisley 44 5-11 4-5 0-6 10 3 16 A Houston 41 6-17 1-2 0-2 4 5 14 O Harrington 23 2-3 5-6 1-4 0 3 9 L Sprewell 31 6-15 2-3 0-4 1 2 16 M Doleac 23 3-5 2-2 1-5 1 4 8 F Williams 4 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 L Nailon 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 C Ward DNP - LOWER LEG INJURY T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 21-26 8-35 18 27 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (H Eisley 2-4, A Houston 1-5, L Sprewell 2-7). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas 2, A Houston). Turnovers:12 (A Houston 3, K Thomas 3, H Eisley 2, C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, O Harrington, L Nailon). Steals: 6 (L Sprewell 2, S Anderson 2, C Weatherspoon, H Eisley). ------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA 21 28 18 26 - 93 NEW YORK 12 32 23 25 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:42 1st). New York - 1 (K Thomas, 8:53 4th). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (M Doleac, 1:52 4th). A: 19,763. T: 2:27. Officials: Ken Mauer, Luis Grillo, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (93) AT NEW YORK (92) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A MCKIE F 38 3-7 1-2 1 2 3 4 4 0 4 8 K VAN HORN F 40 6-13 3-4 3 9 12 2 4 0 1 15 T MACCULLOCH C 31 6-9 5-6 4 4 8 1 3 1 2 17 A IVERSON G 43 5-22 7-9 1 7 8 6 3 3 4 17 E SNOW G 39 5-10 4-4 3 3 6 6 4 1 4 14 G BUCKNER 24 5-8 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 2 1 10 B SKINNER 17 3-7 4-5 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 10 A LONG 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 M BRYANT 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 D COLEMAN DNP - LEFT KNEE REHAB J SALMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION E RENTZIAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-78 24-30 13 31 44 19 27 7 16 93 (.436) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17 (18 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S ANDERSON F 24 4-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 2 2 0 12 C WEATHERSPOON F 22 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 2 K THOMAS C 24 4-9 2-2 4 2 6 1 6 0 3 10 H EISLEY G 44 5-11 4-5 0 6 6 10 3 1 2 16 A HOUSTON G 41 6-17 1-2 0 2 2 4 5 0 3 14 O HARRINGTON 23 2-3 5-6 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 9 L SPREWELL 31 6-15 2-3 0 4 4 1 2 2 1 16 M DOLEAC 23 3-5 2-2 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 8 F WILLIAMS 4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 L NAILON 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 C WARD DNP - LOWER LEG INJURY T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-75 21-26 8 27 35 18 27 6 12 92 (.440) (.808) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS) PHILADELPHIA 21 28 18 26 - 93 NEW YORK 12 32 23 25 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - A MCKIE, K VAN HORN, G BUCKNER. NEW YORK - K THOMAS 2, A HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-12 (.083), A MCKIE 1-1, K VAN HORN 0- 2, A IVERSON 0-7, E SNOW 0-1, G BUCKNER 0-1. NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), H EISLEY 2-4, A HOUSTON 1-5, L SPREWELL 2-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW YORK - K THOMAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NEW YORK 1 (M DOLEAC, 1:52 4TH,). OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, LUIS GRILLO, TONY BROWN. A - 19,763. T - 2:27.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After Latrell Sprewell came back, the Philadelphia 76ers staged a comeback of their own. Keith Van Horn had the go-ahead basket, a key free throw and three huge rebounds in the final minute as the 76ers spoiled Sprewell's return with a 93-92 victory over the New York Knicks. After missing all of training camp and the first eight games of the season with a broken hand, Sprewell returned and provided a spark, scoring 16 points. But it wasn't enough to prevent the Knicks (1-8) from matching the worst nine-game start in franchise history, established in 1985. "There's a lot of basketball left. If we give up now, it could get a whole lot worse," said Sprewell, who made 6-of-15 shots in 31 minutes off the bench. "Guys are playing hard. That's the one thing we want to do. But you have to reward yourself with wins. You can't be satisfied with being competitive." The 76ers overcame a quiet game from leading scorer Allen Iverson to win for the first time in four road games this season. They erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit with a big boost from Van Horn, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds. "I wasn't able to get into a great rhythm the whole second half," said Van Horn, who made 6-of-13 shots. "I need to watch some tape and find out. Teams are really focusing on Allen and I'm having trouble finding open spots. The last two or three minutes I knew Allen was going to try to make some plays and I just tried to really focus on going to the boards and it paid off for me in the last minute." Van Horn saved a ball from going over the half-court line and called timeout with the score tied, 89-89, and a minute to play. Eric Snow missed a 3-pointer, but Van Horn pulled down the rebound and put it back in to give the Sixers the lead for good. "We played smarter and controlled the boards in the last two minutes of the game," Van Horn said. "That's what you have to do when the game is tight like that. You have to control the boards. Most of the time, the team that controls the boards and plays solid defense in the last two minutes is going to win the game." At the other end, Allan Houston missed a baseline turnaround jumper and Van Horn came out of the pack with the ball. Todd MacCulloch was fouled with 12 seconds left but split the free throws for a 92-89 lead, giving the Knicks one more chance. Knicks coach Don Chaney drew up a play for Houston, but Howard Eisley took a return pass off the inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer that went in and out. Van Horn came down with that board as well, and his free throw with 6.3 seconds remaining sealed the win. "We didn't run the play," Chaney said. "Howard saw daylight and if the shot would have gone in, he would have been a hero, but it didn't. That's not what bothered me as much as some other things." In the offseason, Van Horn was acquired with MacCulloch from New Jersey for Dikembe Mutombo. He helped the Nets reach the NBA Finals last season but was accused by Kenyon Martin of not "bringing it" in the championship round. However, Van Horn is averaging 17.7 points and a team-leading 9.2 rebounds, giving the Sixers a second offensive option behind Iverson and some surprising toughness on the boards. "He just plays hard and that's the most important thing," Iverson said. "The only thing you worry about in a player is if that guy plays every game like it's his last. If he plays every game like it's his last, you can feel good about his effort. That's the most important thing - that Keith plays hard every night." Iverson scored 17 points on just 5-of-22 shooting and MacCulloch added 17 for the Sixers, who have beaten the Knicks twice this season - once with Sprewell and once without. "I think the fact that they have Sprewell out there helps everybody," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. Eisley had 16 points and 10 assists and Houston scored 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four in a row for the second time this season. "(Sprewell) did a good job of getting us into the game, but as a team we still have to finish," Houston said. "We can't always depend on him." Sprewell had a jumper and 3-pointer early in the final period, helping New York open a 74-67 lead. Eisley's two 3-pointers and two free throws pushed the advantage to 94-76 with 6:05 to go before the Sixers rallied. Aaron McKie hit a 3-pointer and MacCulloch had a follow shot before Houston split a pair from the line, ending his free-throw streak at 33. Snow made two free throws and a baseline jumper to pull Philadelphia into an 85-85 tie with 3:23 left. "I want him (Snow) to take shots," Brown said. "Quite honestly, people aren't going to guard him if he doesn't." Van Horn made a pair from the line before Houston hit jumpers on consecutive trips, giving New York an 89-87 lead with 2:08 to go. Iverson was flagrantly fouled by Michael Doleac and tied it with two free throws at the 1:52 mark. Sprewell was scoreless in the final 10-plus minutes as Snow did a solid job of denying him the ball. "Allan had made a couple of shots, so we were looking to go to him down the stretch," Sprewell said. Snow scored 14 points and Greg Buckner and Brian Skinner added 10 apiece off the bench for Philadelphia, which held a 44-35 rebounding edge and a 19-8 bulge in second-chance points. Shandon Anderson scored 12 points and Kurt Thomas added 10 for the Knicks, who have lost four straight meetings with the Sixers. The fans were calling for Sprewell midway through the first quarter and he entered to a huge ovation with 3:01 left in the first quarter. However, he did not make a real impact until the last 2 1/2 minutes of the first half, after a fan made a half-court shot and won $1 million. Sprewell made two free throws, a 3-pointer and a breakaway layup that beat the buzzer as the Knicks cut an 11-point deficit to 49-44 at halftime. They took a 58-57 lead on two free throws by Doleac with 5:02 left in the third quarter.


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