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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHILADELPHIA     29   21   21   32    103  
     NEW YORK         27   22   23   36    108     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 20, ERIC SNOW 18, KENNY 
                      THOMAS 15
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 25, HOWARD EISLEY 18, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 16

HIGH REBOUND:   PHI - TYRONE HILL 11, KENNY THOMAS 10, ALLEN 
                      IVERSON 4
                NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 5, KURT THOMAS 5, 
                      MICHAEL DOLEAC 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 11, KENNY THOMAS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 7, CHARLIE WARD 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Buckner 25 4-9 2-2 1-1 1 4 10 K Thomas 45 7-15 1-1 4-10 4 2 15 T Hill 36 4-7 6-9 7-11 0 4 14 A Iverson 42 8-21 3-3 0-4 11 1 20 E Snow 37 6-13 6-7 2-3 3 4 18 M Williams 18 3-8 0-0 1-3 0 1 6 A McKie 22 6-7 0-0 0-3 3 6 14 B Skinner 13 2-3 2-2 0-2 0 3 6 J Salmons 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 D Coleman DNP - LEFT THIGH STRAIN K Van Horn DNP - STRAINED LEFT FOOT E Rentzias DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 20-24 15-37 23 26 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (A Iverson 1-5, E Snow 0-1, A McKie 2-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (A Iverson, K Thomas). Turnovers:13 (A Iverson 6, G Buckner 3, B Skinner 2, E Snow, T Hill). Steals: 8 (E Snow 3, M Williams, A Iverson, K Thomas, G Buckner, J Salmons). NEW YORK (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 34 5-11 5-6 0-3 3 1 16 C Weatherspoon 32 3-5 3-4 1-5 1 3 9 K Thomas 33 7-11 1-1 1-5 0 5 15 H Eisley 28 6-11 4-4 0-3 7 2 18 A Houston 35 8-13 6-7 0-0 3 2 25 M Doleac 13 0-2 0-0 0-4 2 1 0 L Nailon 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 T Knight 16 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 S Anderson 16 6-10 2-2 1-1 0 0 15 C Ward 15 0-2 0-0 0-1 5 3 0 F Williams 5 0-1 2-2 0-1 2 2 2 L Postell 6 2-3 2-2 1-1 0 1 6 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-73 25-28 5-27 23 23 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.893. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (L Sprewell 1-2, H Eisley 2-4, A Houston 3-6, S Anderson 1-2, C Ward 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (C Weatherspoon, T Knight). Turnovers:15 (K Thomas 4, L Sprewell 3, L Postell 3, F Williams 2, C Ward, H Eisley, S Anderson). Steals: 5 (L Sprewell 2, C Ward, K Thomas, C Weatherspoon). -------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA 29 21 21 32 - 103 NEW YORK 27 22 23 36 - 108 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 1 (A Iverson, 9:57 3rd). New York - 1 (K Thomas, 2:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Gary Benson, Leroy Richardson.


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (103) AT NEW YORK (108) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G BUCKNER F 25 4-9 2-2 1 0 1 1 4 1 3 10 K THOMAS F 45 7-15 1-1 4 6 10 4 2 1 0 15 T HILL C 36 4-7 6-9 7 4 11 0 4 0 1 14 A IVERSON G 42 8-21 3-3 0 4 4 11 1 1 6 20 E SNOW G 37 6-13 6-7 2 1 3 3 4 3 1 18 M WILLIAMS 18 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 6 A MCKIE 22 6-7 0-0 0 3 3 3 6 0 0 14 B SKINNER 13 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 6 J SALMONS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 D COLEMAN DNP - LEFT THIGH STRAIN K VAN HORN DNP - STRAINED LEFT FOOT E RENTZIAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-83 20-24 15 22 37 23 26 8 13 103 (.482) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (21 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 34 5-11 5-6 0 3 3 3 1 2 3 16 C WEATHERSPOON F 32 3-5 3-4 1 4 5 1 3 1 0 9 K THOMAS C 33 7-11 1-1 1 4 5 0 5 1 4 15 H EISLEY G 28 6-11 4-4 0 3 3 7 2 0 1 18 A HOUSTON G 35 8-13 6-7 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 25 M DOLEAC 13 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 L NAILON 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 T KNIGHT 16 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 S ANDERSON 16 6-10 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15 C WARD 15 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 1 1 0 F WILLIAMS 5 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 2 L POSTELL 6 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 TOTALS 240 38-73 25-28 5 22 27 23 23 5 15 108 (.521) (.893) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) PHILADELPHIA 29 21 21 32 - 103 NEW YORK 27 22 23 36 - 108 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - A IVERSON, K THOMAS. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON, T KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-8 (.375), A IVERSON 1-5, E SNOW 0- 1, A MCKIE 2-2. NEW YORK 7-16 (.438), L SPREWELL 1-2, H EISLEY 2-4, A HOUSTON 3-6, S ANDERSON 1-2, C WARD 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - A IVERSON. NEW YORK - K THOMAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, GARY BENSON, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- A loose bunch of New York Knicks kept the Philadelphia 76ers from making the Eastern Conference playoff race even tighter. Allan Houston scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack and the Knicks contained Allen Iverson in a 108-103 victory over the 76ers, who wasted a great chance to make a move to the top of the conference. The Knicks (36-43) were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday, marking the second straight year they will miss the postseason. Coach Don Chaney used all 12 players on his roster and got a key contribution from last man Lavor Postell. "I wanted us to be loose, which is good, but I also wanted them to stay focused," Chaney said. "I thought the focus was there. They focused in practice (Thursday) and they were very focused in the game." "It's easy to go out there and play freely and not have to worry about much and understand that we're not in (the playoffs) right now," said Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell, who scored 16 points and provided a late lift. The 76ers (47-32) came in having won five straight road games and trailing division leaders New Jersey and Detroit by one game for the best record in the conference. New Jersey, Detroit and fourth-place Indiana all lost, but Philadelphia could not take advantage. "Those guys are playing out there with no sense of urgency and we have to be," said Iverson, who had 20 points and 11 assists. "They are not going to the playoffs. They have nothing to lose. We have everything to lose in that we are trying to get the top spot or a better seed. It's frustrating when we can't play." Iverson made just 8-of-21 shots and had just one basket in the fourth quarter. He created opportunities for his teammates but had six turnovers, including a pair down the stretch. The game featured 15 ties, the last on at 91-91 on a follow shot by New York's Clarence Weatherspoon with 3:46 to go. A layup by Kurt Thomas provided the 25th and final lead change 24 seconds later. Iverson threw away a pass, then scrambled back on defense to harass Howard Eisley into missing a driving layup. But after grabbing the rebound, he again lost control of the ball, which found its way to Sprewell in the right corner. His 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 96-91 lead with 2:55 remaining. After Eric Snow missed a jumper, Houston made one for a 98-91 advantage with 2:22 left. The Sixers scrambled to get back in the contest, but it remained at least a two-possession game as the Knicks made 12-of-14 free throws in the final two minutes. "They are not playing for anything," said Sixers forwar Kenny Thomas, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. "That is the bad thing about it. That makes us feel bad because we should have won this game." Howard Eisley had 18 points and seven assists and Kurt Thomas and Shandon Anderson scored 15 points apiece for the Knicks, who have won four of their last five games. They shot 52 percent (38-of-73) from the field and made 25-of-28 free throws. "We know we can play with anybody in the East, but there's nothing we can do about it at this point," Sprewell said. "I really don't think people expected us to be this close." "We really want to be the type of team going into next year that people know that compete in the East," Houston said. "I think in the second half of the season, we've shown that. Not on a consistent basis, but we've shown it." Snow scored 18 points, Aaron McKie and Tyrone Hill added 14 each and Greg Buckner 10 for the Sixers, who shot 48 percent (40-of-83) and held a 37-27 advantage on the glass. While Chaney used his entire roster, Sixers coach Larry Brown was without injured big men Keith Van Horn and Derrick Coleman and used just nine players, including rookie John Salmons for two minutes. "It is kind of tough trying to get any type of chemistry," Iverson said. "New guys are trying to step in and fill roles. (But) there is no excuse. We should have had this game." One of the players at Chaney's disposal was Postell, a shooting guard who has spent most of his first two seasons anchored to the bench and may have surprised the Sixers. He started the fourth quarter and scored six straight Knicks points, including two on a thunderous follow dunk that gave the Knicks an 80-76 lead. "I've been on the injured list I don't know how many months," he said. "(But) believe me, they know I can play now. I knew I could play." "Considering the fact that he hadn't played all year, I thought Lavor did a very good job with high energy," Chaney said. "He's playing behind guys who are veteran players. It's just very difficult for him to get solid minutes, but it's a process." Anderson had a 3-pointer and layup to push the margin to 85-80 with 7:05 to play before Hill and Iverson each sank a pair from the line, making it a one-point game midway through the period and prompting Chaney to go back to his starters. There were 14 lead changes and eight ties in the first half, which ended with Philadelphia holding a 50-49 lead. "We just couldn't get into any kind of rhythm tonight," Iverson said. "We couldn't pull away to widen the margin. The Knicks tried to in the third quarter. Kurt Thomas hit a jumper, a free throw after Eisley's 3-pointer and another jumper to give them a 67-62 lead with with 3:02 left. Iverson answered with a jumper before Thomas was whistled for his fourth foul. As he left, he argued and was hit with a technical foul. Iverson made the ensuing free throw, then dished to Brian Skinner for a dunk that tied it yet again. "(Thomas) has to show more control. He's one of our veteran leaders," Chaney said. "I know the play that caused him to react that way and it was a call that shouldn't have been made. But still, things happen during the course of a game. ... You can't just lose it."


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