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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 22 19 23 85 NEW JERSEY 25 14 12 23 74 FINAL


CLEVELAND (85) AT NEW JERSEY (74)

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

PERSON F 41 8-13 1-1 1 3 4 3 0 2 0 20 KEMP F 22 3-9 1-2 2 3 5 0 5 0 3 7 ILGAUSKAS C 35 7-12 6-7 2 6 8 0 4 1 3 20 ANDERSON G 40 3-8 5-5 2 1 3 3 1 1 4 11 KNIGHT G 35 5-13 2-4 1 3 4 9 4 6 2 12 SURA 19 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 1 1 0 BUTLER 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 POTAPENKO 14 4-6 2-2 3 0 3 0 3 0 4 10 HENDERSON 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 FERRY 13 0-2 3-3 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 3 SCOTT 11 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 20-24 12 24 36 19 31 11 19 85 (.437) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(20 PTS)

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

GILL F 44 4-16 2-2 2 1 3 2 3 1 4 11 GATLING F 21 0-5 5-10 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 5 J WILLIAMS C 42 3-11 7-10 12 14 26 0 4 2 5 13 CASSELL G 40 10-22 11-11 1 4 5 3 3 0 5 32 DOUGLAS G 45 5-14 0-0 5 2 7 3 5 1 3 10 CAGE 23 0-0 0-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 BENOIT 20 1-5 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 3 3 DARE 5 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 EDWARDS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN HALEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KITTLES DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN VAN HORN DNP - STRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 23-75 26-37 25 29 54 9 24 6 22 74 (.307) (.703) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 22(26 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 22 19 23 - 85 NEW JERSEY 25 14 12 23 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, KEMP, POTAPENKO. NEW JERSEY - CAGE 2, GILL, GATLING, J WILLIAMS, CASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-9 (.333), PERSON 3-6, SURA 0-2, FERRY 0-1. NEW JERSEY 2-5 (.400), GILL 1-2, CASSELL 1-2, BENOIT 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - FERRY, NEW JERSEY - CASSELL, CAGE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, HUE HOLLINS, SCOTT WALL. A - 14,235. T - 2:28.


CLEVELAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Person 41 8-13 1-1 1-4 3 0 20 Kemp 22 3-9 1-2 2-5 0 5 7 Ilgauskas 35 7-12 6-7 2-8 0 4 20 Anderson 40 3-8 5-5 2-3 3 1 11 Knight 35 5-13 2-4 1-4 9 4 12 Sura 19 0-5 0-0 0-3 4 3 0 Butler 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Potapenko 14 4-6 2-2 3-3 0 3 10 Henderson 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Ferry 13 0-2 3-3 0-3 0 4 3 Scott 11 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 James DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 20-24 12-36 19 31 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Person 3-6, Sura 0-2, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Ilgauskas 2, Kemp, Potapenko). Turnovers: 20 (Anderson 4, Potapenko 4, Ilgauskas 3, Kemp 3, Knight 2, Ferry, Henderson, Sura). Steals: 11 (Knight 6, Person 2, Anderson, Ilgauskas, Sura).

NEW JERSEY (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 44 4-16 2-2 2-3 2 3 11 Gatling 21 0-5 5-10 3-5 1 3 5 J Williams 42 3-11 7-10 12-26 0 4 13 Cassell 40 10-22 11-11 1-5 3 3 32 Douglas 45 5-14 0-0 5-7 3 5 10 Cage 23 0-0 0-2 2-3 0 4 0 Benoit 20 1-5 1-2 0-3 0 2 3 Dare 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Edwards DNP - strained right groin Haley DNP - coach's decision Kittles DNP - strained left groin Van Horn DNP - strained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-75 26-37 25-54 9 24 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.307, FT-.703. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Gill 1-2, Cassell 1-2, Benoit 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Cage 2, Gill, Gatling, J Williams, Cassell). Turnovers: 22 (Cassell 5, J Williams 5, Gill 4, Benoit 3, Douglas 3, Gatling 2). Steals: 6 (J Williams 2, Benoit, Douglas, Gatling, Gill). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 22 19 23 - 85 New Jersey 25 14 12 23 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ferry, 6:47 3rd). New Jersey 2 (Cassell, 0:11 1st; Cage, 5:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,235. T: 2:28. Officials: Mike Callahan, Hue Hollins, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Wesley Person scored eight of his 20 points in a pivotal third-quarter run and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a career-high 20 as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the New Jersey Nets their first home loss of the season, 85-74.

Sam Cassell, who scored 32 points, scored six straight to pull the Nets within 52-51 with 3:25 left in the third quarter. But New Jersey failed to score again in the period as Cleveland ran off the final 10 points.

Person opened the run with back-to-back three-pointers and, after two free throws by Ilgauskas, added a 21-foot jumper with 31 seconds left for a 62-51 lead.

"This team needed something, we were a little flat," Person said. "And I got an opportunity to get a couple of three's to go down, and I think this team really feeds off me and Shawn (Kemp)."

Ilgauskas scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for Cleveland (4-3), which limited the Nets to just 26 points over the second and third periods.

"We're excited about him (Ilgauskas), he's here and in uniform every night," Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello said. "This man has a great future."

The Nets, who have lost their last two games after opening the season with four wins, got no closer than seven points in the final quarter. Jayson Williams had 13 points and a career-high 26 rebounds for New Jersey, which fell to 3-1 at home.

Nets forward Chris Gatling, who averaged 20 points and 10 boards over the last three games, left in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle. Nets coach John Calipari said Gatling will be sidelined for a week.

Person made 8-of-13 shots from the field and the Cavaliers shot 44 percent (31-of-71) while limiting New Jersey to 31 percent (23-for-75). The 23 field goals tied the Nets' all-time low.

Williams, who pulled down 11 boards in the third quarter, tied Maurice Lucas and Charles Shackleford for the second-most rebounds in a game by a Net. He helped New Jersey to a 54-36 edge on the glass.

"(Rebounding) don't mean nothing if you don't win," Williams said. "You can lead the league in rebounding, but if you don't win, you don't get any respect. I did that last year and nobody cared."

A layup by Sherman Douglas cut the Nets' deficit to 79-72 with 1:37 to play. But Ilgauskas, who also grabbed eight rebounds, hit two free throws and Person converted a fast-break layup with 1:07 remaining to help secure the victory.

"We just played good team ball. We just made a couple of runs," Ilgauskas said. "(We) made a couple of big shots that kept us in the game and they just couldn't come back."

"We're just playing good right now, we keep learning every game," Person said. "We're doing something different and if we keep doing that, we can grow as a team."

Rookie Brevin Knight contributed 12 points, nine assists and six steals as Cleveland won its sixth straight game against the Nets, who were held to a franchise-low 62 points the last time these teams met.

Cassell scored 17 points in the first quarter to help the Nets to a 25-21 lead. The Cavaliers took a 20-14 lead with less than four minutes left in the period, but Cassell hit a fast-break layup to spark an 11-0 run. He drained two free throws and a three-pointer before Williams sank a pair from the stripe to cap the spurt with 1:12 left.

Despite his great performance, Cassell was suffering from the flu and needed an I-V treatment after the game. Calipari said he "will be stunned" if Cassell plays in back-to-back games. The Nets next play at Detroit on Saturday.

If Gatling and Cassell are unable to play on Saturday, the Nets would be down to just six players due to an injury-depleted roster. Guards Kerry Kittles and Kevin Edwards both have strained groins and rookie forward Keith Van Horn has a strained right ankle.

"We're going to try to hold the fort as best as we can," Calipari said.

"We need all our horses to win," Williams said. "Here we are with a couple more guys down. I don't know how deep the IR is, I don't know how many people you can put on there."

Rookie Derek Anderson, who chipped in 11 points, hit a fast-break dunk and sank two free throws around a free throw by Gatling to end the second quarter, lifting Cleveland to a 43-39 halftime lead.

New Jersey's Kendall Gill scored 11 points to reach double figures for the 95th consecutive game.

Kemp was limited to just seven points after leading the Cavs in scoring the last five games.

"We had to struggle a bit in the first couple of games," Kemp said. "The guys came off the bench and protected our lead (tonight). ... Each night it gets tougher. In order to get where we want to be, that top level, we have to succeed in all areas."

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