Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
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76ers79
Game 2: Saturday, December 15th
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Cavaliers91
Game 3: Wednesday, March 6th
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76ers 94

(9-14, 5-9 away)

Cavaliers 91

(9-14, 6-6 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:30 PM ET, December 15, 2001

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 21 29 20 2494
    CLE 27 16 22 2691

    Top Performers

    Phi: A. Iverson 40 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Cle: A. Miller 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 22 Ast, 9 Stl

    Miller returns with flourish, but Iverson lifts Sixers

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Allen Iverson was his usual brilliant self at Gund Arena, but admitted the Philadelphia 76ers' 94-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers was "ugly."

    Allen Iverson

    AP

    Allen Iverson scored 40 points to carry the Sixers.

    Iverson shot 18-for-29 and scored 40 points Saturday night to help the 76ers snap a seven-game losing streak.

    "It was important for us to win," Iverson said. "You lose seven in a row, it really don't matter how you get it, whether it's ugly or looks good. We win ugly games anyway."

    Andre Miller returned to the Cavs' lineup after missing one game with a bruised shoulder and had an NBA season-high nine steals and a career-high 22 assists.

    "We should have won," Miller said. "I would have felt better about what I did. It's what I am supposed to do, get other people involved."

    The Cavaliers' poor foul shooting in the final minute helped the 76ers win.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed two free throws with 52.4 seconds left and Cleveland trailing 91-87.

    After Iverson sank a 15-footer to make it 93-87, Lamond Murray went to the line after being fouled by Derrick Coleman on a 3-point attempt -- and promptly missed all three with 34.6 to play.

    "That's basketball, you're not going to make every free throw," Murray said.

    Both Ilgauskas and Murray began the game shooting 86 percent from the line.

    Miller got his eighth steal and fed Wesley Person for a dunk with 23.1 seconds left. He dove across the floor for another steal seconds later and passed to Ricky Davis, who missed a 10-footer. Murray got the rebound, but lost the ball as he went up for a shot.

    "I thought I was fouled, but they didn't call it," Murray said.

    Iverson was fouled and made one of two free throws with 7.8 seconds left.

    "We were very fortunate," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "Allen was terrific, but we had 25 turnovers and were able to weather the storm."

    Person's 28 points led Cleveland. Miller scored 14.

    Neither could stop Iverson at the other end, however. Once again, he put on a scoring display at Gund Arena, where he has twice scored 50 or more points, including a career-high 54 last Jan. 6.

    "I like to play here," Iverson said. "The fans are great here. Some get on me and some like me."

    After both of his 50-plus outings, Iverson said he wanted to prove a point to Cleveland fans who booed him during the 1997 Rookie Game during All-Star Weekend.

    Iverson scored 10 of Philadelphia's final 12 points of the first half to give the 76ers a 50-43 halftime lead.

    Cleveland failed to take advantage of 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo sitting out much of the game in foul trouble. Starting center Chris Mihm shot just 3-for-9 for eight points and Ilgauskas scored 12, but shot 3-for-8 from the field.

    "I'm a little aggravated right now," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "We missed those five free throws and I thought there were some bad missed calls. And they mauled us on the boards."

    Philadelphia outrebounded the Cavs, 45-31.

    Miller, who leads the NBA in assists per game at 11.1, had eight assists in the first quarter to help Cleveland to a 27-21 lead.

    "The guy's a warrior," Person said of his backcourt mate. "You see him diving around out there with a bad shoulder and it makes you want to do anything. I'll go into any foxhole with a guy like that."

    The Cavs went completely cold when Miller went to the bench for a rest early in the second quarter. Cleveland shot 0-for-8 from the field over the first 7:17 of the quarter.

    Game notes
    The 76ers have won the last 11 meetings between the teams. ... Miller's double-double in points and assists was his 13th. ... Cleveland's reserves outscored the 76ers' bench, 20-16. Philadelphia's reserves have been outscored 580-297 this season. ... The 76ers shot 51 percent from the field -- the first time they have been over 50 percent this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PHI
    CLE
    Points 94 91
    FGM-FGA 40-78 (.513) 38-83 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 12-14 (.857) 11-19 (.579)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-45 11-31
    Assists 30 26
    Turnovers 25 14
    Steals 8 15
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 14 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia
    Cleveland
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 40
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 14
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 22
    Stl: 9
    Blk: 0