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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 22 22 23 83 CLEVELAND 28 22 25 27 102 FINAL


DENVER (83) AT CLEVELAND (102)

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

L ELLIS F 28 7-16 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 4 14 BATTIE F 26 3-11 2-2 3 3 6 1 6 1 2 8 D GARRETT C 25 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 4 JACKSON G 36 4-11 2-2 3 10 13 6 2 2 4 10 WASHINGTON G 36 6-14 4-6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 19 NEWMAN 27 1-5 5-6 0 3 3 3 5 0 0 7 FORTSON 27 3-6 4-6 1 6 7 0 2 0 3 10 GOLDWIRE 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 LAUDERDALE 16 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 3 5 0 4 4 K GARRIS 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 19-24 12 29 41 17 24 4 20 83 (.405) (.792) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 36 2-9 5-6 1 1 2 3 3 0 2 9 KEMP F 37 7-14 3-5 2 10 12 4 4 3 1 17 ILGAUSKAS C 22 4-9 4-6 3 4 7 0 3 1 1 12 KNIGHT G 27 4-6 2-2 1 2 3 7 3 3 1 10 PERSON G 40 7-14 1-2 1 2 3 6 1 1 0 18 ANDERSON 24 2-5 2-2 0 4 4 6 0 0 3 7 FERRY 24 3-8 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 7 POTAPENKO 13 1-5 3-4 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 5 JAMES 15 5-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 14 SCOTT 2 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 BUTLER DNP - NECK AND BACK PAIN

TOTALS 240 36-80 24-31 11 26 37 28 17 11 12 102 (.450) (.774) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

DENVER 16 22 22 23 - 83 CLEVELAND 28 22 25 27 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - D GARRETT 3, BATTIE 2, L ELLIS, K GARRIS. CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-14 (.286), L ELLIS 0-2, JACKSON 0-3, WASHINGTON 3-7, GOLDWIRE 0-1, K GARRIS 1-1. CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), PERSON 3-5, ANDERSON 1-1, FERRY 0-2, JAMES 2-5. TECHNICALS: DENVER - LAUDERDALE, CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 15,353. T - 2:08.


DENVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 28 7-16 0-0 2-6 1 1 14 Battie 26 3-11 2-2 3-6 1 6 8 D Garrett 25 1-2 2-2 0-2 2 1 4 Jackson 36 4-11 2-2 3-13 6 2 10 Washington 36 6-14 4-6 1-1 0 0 19 Newman 27 1-5 5-6 0-3 3 5 7 Fortson 27 3-6 4-6 1-7 0 2 10 Goldwire 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Lauderdale 16 2-4 0-0 2-3 3 5 4 K Garris 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Wolf DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 19-24 12-41 17 24 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (L Ellis 0-2, Jackson 0-3, Washington 3-7, Goldwire 0-1, K Garris 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (D Garrett 3, Battie 2, L Ellis, K Garris). Turnovers: 21 (Jackson 4, L Ellis 4, Lauderdale 4, Fortson 3, Battie 2, Washington 2, D Garrett). Steals: 4 (Jackson 2, Battie, Goldwire).

CLEVELAND (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 36 2-9 5-6 1-2 3 3 9 Kemp 37 7-14 3-5 2-12 4 4 17 Ilgauskas 22 4-9 4-6 3-7 0 3 12 Knight 27 4-6 2-2 1-3 7 3 10 Person 40 7-14 1-2 1-3 6 1 18 Anderson 24 2-5 2-2 0-4 6 0 7 Ferry 24 3-8 1-1 0-1 2 1 7 Potapenko 13 1-5 3-4 2-3 0 1 5 James 15 5-8 2-2 1-2 0 0 14 Scott 2 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 3 Butler DNP - neck and back pain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 24-31 11-37 28 17 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Person 3-5, Anderson 1-1, Ferry 0-2, James 2-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Kemp 2, Potapenko). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 3, Henderson 2, James 2, Ferry, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Knight, Potapenko). Steals: 11 (Kemp 3, Knight 3, Ferry 2, Ilgauskas, James, Person). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 22 22 23 - 83 Cleveland 28 22 25 27 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Lauderdale, 3:54 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Ilgauskas, 3:54 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,353. T: 2:08. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

Wesley Person, fresh off Player of the Week honors, scored 18 points and sparked a pivotal 15-2 run near the end of the first quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their ninth straight game, 102-83 over the reeling Denver Nuggets.

Person, who hit a pivotal three-pointer in Cleveland's upset of the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, buried a three-pointer with 3:12 left in the opening quarter to spark the burst that broke open a one-point game. Derek Anderson's three-pointer with 31 seconds remaining in the quarter gave the Cavaliers a 28-14 lead.

Shawn Kemp added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who have won nine straight for the first time since winning 11 in a row in December 1994.

"We caught Denver on a night where they used their energy last night," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We were a little bit low ourselves on energy, but I was proud of the way the guys fought through it. We forced ourselves to run. We got some even scoring distribution."

"Defense. Look at all the games we have lost, they have been close games," replied Anderson when asked about the difference during the streak. "We were not able to get our defense together for 48 minutes. Now we are starting to do that."

Rookie Eric Washington scored 19 points and LaPhonso Ellis 14 for the Nuggets, who fell to 0-10 on the road and have dropped seven of their last eight to Cleveland.

"We might have been in it scorewise but we didn't have it tonight," said Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik. "The only person I can look at is myself. We weren't organized, we didn't execute well, guys were a little indecisive on what to do. I've got to take the blame for that and I will."

The Cavaliers took an early 9-4 lead but led just 13-12 with 3:27 to play in the opening quarter. Person buried a three-pointer off a pass from Danny Ferry to push the lead to four points and Kemp grabbed a rebound and threw down a dunk.

Kemp pushed the lead to 21-12 by converting a three-point play before two free throws by Johnny Newman halted the run. But Ferry completed a three-point play and Kemp hit a free throw before Anderson's three-pointer pushed the advantage to 28-14.

Cleveland would push the lead to 43-26 with 5:39 to go in the first half on a three-pointer by Henry James but settled for a 50-38 halftime advantage. The Nuggets cut the deficit to 10 points with 8:28 left in the third but Cleveland scored five straight points, highlighted by Ferry's three-pointer.

The Cavaliers led by as many as 18 with just over three minutes left in the third but the Nuggets drew within 77-68 with 9:18 left. Cleveland answered with an 18-5 burst that included eight by Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Ilgauskas finished with 12 points and seven rebounds as five Cavaliers reached double figures. James led the attack off the bench with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

"There is a lot of pride, that shows by us being 4-6 and not getting down on ourselves and giving up," said rookie point guard Brevin Knight, who had 10 points. "Every night we want to play with the same intensity, and as long as we get that kind of intensity, we give ourselves a chance."

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