Originally created 02/21/00

Lakers top 76ers



PHILADELPHIA -- Kobe Bryant held Allen Iverson scoreless in the second half and scored his team's final six points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their seventh straight win Sunday, 87-84 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal each blocked shots by Iverson in the final 3.3 seconds, contributing to his 0-for-11 second half. Bryant finished with 18 points, seven assists and five blocks, while O'Neal nearly had the second triple-double of his career with 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists.

Glen Rice contributed 18 points for the Lakers, who improved to 4-0 on their current six-game Eastern road trip with games upcoming against New Jersey and Cleveland.

The Lakers scored 11 of the game's final 14 points as an increasingly frustrated Iverson kept driving the lane, shooting against double-teams and looking for foul calls that never came.

With the Sixers trailing by one and the clock ticking inside 10 seconds, he drove the right side of the lane and had a runner cleanly blocked by Bryant.

Bryant made two free throws with 1.7 left for a three-point cushion, and Iverson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was swatted away by O'Neal.

Theo Ratliff led Philadelphia with 20 points, Iverson had 16 and Eric Snow 10. Toni Kukoc, playing his second game with the Sixers since being acquired in a trade with Chicago, had nine points, five rebounds and four turnovers.

O'Neal, whose loone career triple-double came in 1993, had a chance for his 10th assist when he fed a wide-open Brian Shaw with 51 seconds left. But Shaw missed an 18-footer.

O'Neal grabbed his 10th rebound with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter and turned it into a three-point play to give Los Angeles a 60-57 lead.

Kukoc then hit a runner, fed Tyrone Hill for a give-and-go layup and hit a pull-up jumper as part of a 7-0 run that put Philadelphia ahead 66-63, but he then missed a layup and airballed a 3-pointer as the Lakers closed the quarter with a 5-0 run to take a 68-66 lead into the fourth.

Ratliff scored Philadelphia's first six points of the fourth quarter and 10 of the Sixers' first 13, and a follow slam by Hill gave the Sixers an 81-76 lead with 4:10 left.

But the Lakers scored the next nine points -- including four from O'Neal on a put back and a dunk and four from Bryant on a pair of closely contested jumpers, to take an 85-81 lead into the final minute.

Snow hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to make it a one-point game. After A.C. Green misfired on a jumper with 11 seconds left, Iverson had his drive rejected by Bryant.

Kukoc had four turnovers and just five points at halftime, with the Sixers' offensive flow often coming to a halt when he had the ball in his hands.

He did hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Iverson with 1:52 left before halftime to tie it at 39-all, but the Lakers were up 48-44 at intermission behind 13 points from Rice on 5-for-6 shooting and 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from O'Neal.