Originally created 05/14/00

76ers win extends series

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers haven't lost their fighting spirit. Unfortunately for the Indiana Pacers, neither has Reggie Miller.

Philadelphia kept its season alive Saturday with a 92-90 victory over Indiana in a fight-marred Game 4. The Sixers still trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Travis Best missed two long jumpers in the final seconds, including a 3-pointer as time expired that could have ended the series. The Pacers rallied from an 18-point deficit to lead by five after Miller and Philadelphia's Matt Geiger were ejected with 1:19 left in the third quarter.

Both are subject to suspensions for the next game Monday.

Tyrone Hill put back Allen Iverson's miss to give the 76ers a 91-90 lead with 42 seconds left. Jalen Rose missed a layup with 8.9 seconds left, and Toni Kukoc was fouled after he grabbed the rebound. He made one free throw to make it 92-90 with 8.5 seconds left.

Best barely missed both shots in the final seconds, sending the series back to Indiana for Game 5.

Iverson scored 19 points and Hill 18 to lead the Sixers, who were swept by Indiana last season.

Rik Smits scored 20 points, and Rose and Miller each added 16 for the Pacers.

But they could well be forced to play without Miller in Game 5. After Geiger knocked Miller to the floor late in the third quarter, Geiger's second flagrant foul, Miller retaliated. He rushed Geiger and took a swipe at the 7-footer's face, connecting with a left hand.

Both players were ejected with 1:19 left in the third and the Sixers leading 79-61.

Miller's ejection invigorated the Pacers. Indiana scored 10 straight to end the quarter and five more to open the fourth, closing to 79-76 on a 3-pointer by Rose.

Hill ended the 15-0 run with a dunk and a free throw to complete a three-point play, giving the Sixers an 82-76 lead. Philadelphia went 5:03 without a point.

But Indiana, playing with Rose and four subs, wouldn't go away. Chris Mullin tied the game at 85-85 with a 3-pointer with 4:25 left. Best's driving layup and a 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 90-85 with 3:06 left.

Aaron McKie answered with a 3-pointer to make it 90-88. A free throw by Theo Ratliff closed the Sixers within one, setting up the final minute.

Iverson, who shot just 7-of-26, survived a scary moment when he got the wind knocked out of him in the final minute of the first half. Iverson collided with Dale Davis and lay motionless on the court for a couple minutes.

With his teammates surrounding him and the crowd chanting his name, Iverson walked off the court with help from team doctors.

Iverson returned to start the second half and electrified the crowd with a behind-the-back pass on a fastbreak to George Lynch, who flicked the ball to Ratliff for a slam and a 60-47 lead.

The Sixers, who fell behind by double digits in their first two losses at Indiana, took a 33-18 lead after one quarter.

Miller came alive after the first flagrant foul by Geiger in the second. He sank a pair of free throws, then scored on a driving layup to cut Indiana's deficit to 45-34.

Miller picked up a loose ball and put it in to make it 46-38 with 4:13 left in the second. But the Sixers quickly scored six straight, including four free throws by Kukoc.

Kukoc, quiet in the first three games, scored 10 points in the first half and finished with 11.

Notes: Sixers rookie Todd MacCulloch saw his first action of the series in the second quarter. He had four points and four rebounds in five minutes. ... Iverson had 11 points in the first, including a slam dunk off a steal on an inbounds pass that capped an 11-2 run and gave Philadelphia a 23-11 lead. ...The Sixers outrebounded Indiana 53-37, including 20-9 on the offensive end. ... Hill had 15 rebounds and Ratliff nine.


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