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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 28 22 30 26 106 CLEVELAND 20 28 24 25 97 FINAL


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PHILADELPHIA (106) AT CLEVELAND (97)

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

LYNCH F 34 7-9 1-2 3 2 5 2 3 4 3 15 RATLIFF F 32 1-8 1-4 3 1 4 0 6 1 1 3 GEIGER C 25 8-10 2-2 1 4 5 1 4 1 0 18 IVERSON G 41 12-22 10-12 1 6 7 9 3 1 4 37 SNOW G 41 4-8 6-8 0 4 4 9 2 2 2 14 GRANT 16 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 2 HUGHES 22 3-8 4-4 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 11 MCKIE 22 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 4 MOHAMMED 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 39-76 24-32 12 21 33 24 29 9 12 106 (.513) (.750) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 22 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 4 KEMP F 39 8-17 7-9 5 4 9 2 5 0 6 23 POTAPENKO C 23 0-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 ANDERSON G 41 7-11 14-15 1 2 3 10 3 1 3 28 KNIGHT G 33 4-8 5-6 0 1 1 6 4 0 6 13 BUTLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FERRY 29 5-8 0-0 1 6 7 2 2 1 0 11 NEWMAN 30 4-7 2-3 2 4 6 0 6 1 0 10 SURA 20 2-4 2-4 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERSON DNP - BRUISED ULNAR NERVE

TOTALS 240 32-67 32-39 10 21 31 21 27 5 17 97 (.478) (.821) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 28 22 30 26 - 106 CLEVELAND 20 28 24 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, MCKIE 2, GRANT. CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO 2, FERRY, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 4-8 (.500), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 3-5, HUGHES 1-2. CLEVELAND 1-6 (.167), HENDERSON 0-1, BUTLER 0-1, FERRY 1-2, NEWMAN 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, CLEVELAND - KEMP. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, LUIS GRILLO, DAVID JONES. A - 13,203. T - 2:20.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 34 7-9 1-2 3-5 2 3 15 Ratliff 32 1-8 1-4 3-4 0 6 3 Geiger 25 8-10 2-2 1-5 1 4 18 Iverson 41 12-22 10-12 1-7 9 3 37 Snow 41 4-8 6-8 0-4 9 2 14 Grant 16 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 Hughes 22 3-8 4-4 2-3 0 5 11 Mckie 22 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Mohammed 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 24-32 12-33 24 29 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 3-5, Hughes 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 5, Mckie 2, Grant). Turnovers: 13 (Iverson 4, Lynch 3, Snow 2, Grant, Mckie, Ratliff). Steals: 9 (Lynch 4, Snow 2, Geiger, Iverson, Ratliff).

CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 22 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Kemp 39 8-17 7-9 5-9 2 5 23 Potapenko 23 0-6 2-2 1-2 1 2 2 Anderson 41 7-11 14-15 1-3 10 3 28 Knight 33 4-8 5-6 0-1 6 4 13 Butler 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ferry 29 5-8 0-0 1-7 2 2 11 Newman 30 4-7 2-3 2-6 0 6 10 Sura 20 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 3 6 Stack DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Person DNP - bruised ulnar nerve _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-67 32-39 10-31 21 27 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Henderson 0-1, Butler 0-1, Ferry 1-2, Newman 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Potapenko 2, Ferry, Knight). Turnovers: 18 (Kemp 6, Knight 6, Anderson 3, Henderson, Potapenko). Steals: 5 (Anderson, Ferry, Newman, Potapenko, Sura). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 28 22 30 26 - 106 Cleveland 20 28 24 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:33 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Kemp, 1:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,203. T: 2:20. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, David Jones.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson is as at home in Cleveland as rock 'n' roll.

Iverson scored 16 of his 37 points in the third quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers in a pivotal 8-2 spurt late in the period, as the Philadelphia 76ers posted a 106-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 76ers stopped their four-game losing streak and Cleveland's five-game winning streak.

Iverson scored 26 points in the second half as he continued to make Gund Arena his personal playground. On February 8, 1997, he earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Rookie Game at All-Star Weekend here. On April 12 of that year, he scored a career-high 50 points, a building record.

"I love the fans here, they make me play even harder than usual here," Iverson said. "And I play every game like it is my last. They try to get on me and it just hikes me up a little more. I look forward to coming in here and getting more energy in this building."

"He is good every night. It wasn't just tonight," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "The idea is you are supposed to dig in and compete against him, try to make him earn his points. Half of his points were gimmes, there was no one guarding him. This guy could score 40 or 50 points a night if teams played him like we did."

Matt Geiger added 18 points and George Lynch 15 for the 76ers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in Cleveland and beat the Cavaliers for just the third time in 29 meetings.

Iverson finished 11-of-22 from the field with seven rebounds and nine assists. The 76ers, who posted a season high in points, shot 51 percent (39-of-76) from the field and committed just 12 turnovers.

"I was thrilled," said 76ers coach Larry Brown. "Our guys were great. Allen had four turnovers in the first half and none in the second. I think we turned the ball over only three times in the second half."

Derek Anderson scored a season-high 28 points for Cleveland. Shawn Kemp added 23 for the Cavaliers but missed an easy layup, committed an offensive foul and was whistled for a technical in the final 95 seconds.

"They just came out and played a little better than we did," Anderson said. "We let them come in here and dismantle us. They came at us like hungry sharks. You can't say how they did it but they did it."

Cleveland, which already is without injured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, was forced to play without guard Wesley Person, who did not dress due to a right elbow injury.

Brevin Knight's 18-footer just under four minutes into the third quarter knotted the contest, 56-56. Geiger tipped home a miss by Iverson 39 seconds later to give the 76ers the lead for good.

Anderson sank a 16-footer with 4:44 left to get the Cavaliers within a basket. Iverson countered with a 3-pointer and Eric Snow, a Canton, Ohio native, made a 12-footer. Anderson hit a 13-footer to slice the deficit to 71-66 but Iverson buried another 3-pointer for an eight-point bulge.

Philadelphia shot 12-of-19 in the quarter.

Cleveland got within 101-94 with 2:11 left following two free throws by Kemp. The 76ers committed a shot-clock violation on their next possession but Kemp missed a layup. Iverson missed an 11-footer but Kemp was whistled for an offensive foul.

After Iverson and Kemp exchanged single free throws, Snow sealed the victory with a pair from the line.

Vitaly Potapenko, playing in place of Ilgauskas, was 0-of-6 from the field and grabbed just two rebounds in 23 minutes.

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