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June 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
With Tiger Woods out of contention, NBC's weekend ratings for the U.S. Open dropped dramatically while its coverage of the NBA Finals produced increased audiences. Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers had an 11.2 rating and 22 share, a 12% increase over last year's 10.0 and 20 share for Game 5 between the Lakers and Indiana Pacers. For the five-game Finals, NBC averaged a 12.1 rating and 22 share, a 4% increase over the 11.
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June 8, 2001 | J.A. ADANDE
All of those Laker flags sticking out of the Jeeps, Lexus coupes, Beemers and Benzes around town seemed to be flying at half-mast Thursday. What happened to the Lakers' invincibility? Why did they lose Game 1 of the NBA Finals in overtime? What next? Can Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers keep performing the way they did throughout most of Game 1, when they established air superiority with Iverson bombing away from outside, and battled in the trenches on defense? "Is it realistic?"
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June 8, 2001 | Lonnie White
During Thursday's interview session, Philadelphia Coach Larry Brown took the time to address a recent reply in which he was noncommittal about his coaching future. "I've had some health problems, because I've gone two years without a break," said Brown, who took some time off during the regular season. "I was [the Olympic] qualifying coach two years ago, I was Rudy's [Tomjanovich] assistant at the Olympics this year, I have two young children.
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June 8, 2001 | Tim Brown
As he often does, Shaquille O'Neal spent the final minutes of Thursday's practice with Eddie Palubinskas, his free-throw coach. O'Neal missed 12 of 22 free throws, six in the fourth quarter and overtime of Game 1. Even so, O'Neal was Wednesday night's dominant player, backing easily through Dikembe Mutombo, and finishing with 17 field goals in 28 attempts. O'Neal fouled out Matt Geiger in 14 minutes, and had Mutombo on the brink of fouling out.
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June 8, 2001 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the NBA playoffs, every seven-game series is like a chess match. Because strategy is often as important as talent, the team that makes the best adjustments between games usually gains the title as NBA champion. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Philadelphia 76ers shocked the Lakers with an overtime victory, and now it is up to the defending league champions to make the right moves.
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June 8, 2001 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Off the stage, out from behind the table, away from the cameras and the microphones, Kobe Bryant stood beside his new car, another Mercedes, clenched his fists and allowed the sunlight into his eyes. "You know what?" he said. "Playing in the Finals, playing in the NBA, it's all about facing difficult challenges. For us to come out and respond to the challenge, we're looking forward to it. We really are. We've done it before. This is no different than anything else we've done this year.
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June 6, 2001 | J.A. ADANDE
For two years, I watched in wonder. I covered all but a couple of games during Allen Iverson's two seasons at Georgetown, and he did something to make the trip to the arena worthwhile every game. He scored only 27 seconds after checking into the game for the first time in a Georgetown uniform in an exhibition game against Fort Hood. He had 28 points by halftime and finished with 36, and five assists, in 23 minutes.
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June 6, 2001 | Lonnie White
Don't expect Allen Iverson to fall for the Lakers' spin that the Philadelphia 76ers should be favored because they won so many individual honors this season. "Everyone on the outside looking in has us already counted out," Iverson said. "We are supposed to come to this series, get swept and go home for the summer, I guess." Iverson said all of the pressure is on the Lakers and not the 76ers, especially not with him. "There's no pressure in basketball, to me," he said. "Pressure is real life.
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June 4, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allen Iverson scored on consecutive three-point shots to end the third quarter and begin the fourth quarter. He scored 11 points in an 18-2 Philadelphia run that gave the 76ers the lead for good in the second quarter. The NBA's most valuable player scored on fastbreak scoop shots, line-drive three-point attempts, twisting layups and one-footed, one-handed baseline jumpers.
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June 12, 2001 | Tim Brown
Media sessions at the NBA Finals have shaken out to measuring the height, weight and depth of determination of individual Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, their so-called "hearts," which the home team apparently has in abundance. The Lakers are slightly exasperated by the references, though more from the questions than from the people's choice of who gets to wear the big-heart crown.
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