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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 18 26 26 29 99 DENVER 22 15 15 22 74 FINAL


CLEVELAND (99) AT DENVER (74)

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

KEMP F 35 6-14 7-9 5 6 11 5 5 1 4 19 HENDERSON F 36 5-11 5-6 2 4 6 1 4 1 3 15 ILGAUSKAS C 21 5-7 0-2 3 8 11 0 4 0 1 10 PERSON G 37 7-15 4-7 0 4 4 1 0 1 1 20 KNIGHT G 30 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 3 2 2 ANDERSON 33 5-11 9-9 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 20 FERRY 8 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 4 BROOKS 12 1-3 1-1 1 1 2 4 2 2 1 3 POTAPENKO 22 2-5 2-6 1 5 6 1 4 1 1 6 JAMES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 DUMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 28-40 15 33 48 20 27 12 16 99 (.453) (.700) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 23 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 6 1 0 2 L ELLIS F 33 6-14 3-3 1 3 4 3 4 0 3 16 D GARRETT C 34 3-6 4-7 3 6 9 1 2 1 3 10 GOLDWIRE G 43 1-6 0-0 2 2 4 5 1 0 1 2 JACKSON G 38 10-17 8-8 3 4 7 3 4 6 7 28 WASHINGTON 27 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 3 FORTSON 14 0-1 4-4 1 4 5 0 5 1 1 4 H ELLIS 14 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 WOLF 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 LAUDERDALE 4 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 K GARRIS 5 0-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 NEWMAN DNP - SUBLUXATION LEFT SHOULDER

TOTALS 240 24-69 25-30 12 26 38 16 29 10 20 74 (.348) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(29 PTS)

CLEVELAND 18 26 26 29 - 99 DENVER 22 15 15 22 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, HENDERSON, ILGAUSKAS, POTAPENKO, SCOTT. DENVER - BATTIE 2, L ELLIS, D GARRETT, GOLDWIRE, WASHINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-9 (.333), PERSON 2-4, ANDERSON 1-3, BROOKS 0-1, JAMES 0-1. DENVER 1-8 (.125), L ELLIS 1-4, GOLDWIRE 0-3, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - HEAD COACH HANZLIK. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LEON WOOD, JOE DEROSA. A - 10,216. T - 2:12.


CLEVELAND (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 35 6-14 7-9 5-11 5 5 19 Henderson 36 5-11 5-6 2-6 1 4 15 Ilgauskas 21 5-7 0-2 3-11 0 4 10 Person 37 7-15 4-7 0-4 1 0 20 Knight 30 1-5 0-0 0-2 5 2 2 Anderson 33 5-11 9-9 1-2 2 2 20 Ferry 8 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 Brooks 12 1-3 1-1 1-2 4 2 3 Potapenko 22 2-5 2-6 1-6 1 4 6 James 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Dumas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 28-40 15-48 20 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Person 2-4, Anderson 1-3, Brooks 0-1, James 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Kemp 2, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Potapenko, Scott). Turnovers: 16 (Kemp 4, Henderson 3, Knight 2, Anderson, Brooks, Ferry, Ilgauskas, James, Person, Potapenko). Steals: 12 (Knight 3, Anderson 2, Brooks 2, Henderson, Kemp, Person, Potapenko, Scott).

DENVER (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 23 1-6 0-0 0-3 2 6 2 L Ellis 33 6-14 3-3 1-4 3 4 16 D Garrett 34 3-6 4-7 3-9 1 2 10 Goldwire 43 1-6 0-0 2-4 5 1 2 Jackson 38 10-17 8-8 3-7 3 4 28 Washington 27 1-5 1-2 1-3 0 3 3 Fortson 14 0-1 4-4 1-5 0 5 4 H Ellis 14 2-6 2-2 0-1 1 1 6 Wolf 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Lauderdale 4 0-2 1-2 0-1 1 1 1 K Garris 5 0-2 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Newman DNP - subluxation left shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-69 25-30 12-38 16 29 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.348, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (L Ellis 1-4, Goldwire 0-3, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 2, L Ellis, D Garrett, Goldwire, Washington). Turnovers: 20 (Jackson 7, D Garrett 3, L Ellis 3, H Ellis 2, Fortson, Goldwire, K Garris, Lauderdale, Washington). Steals: 10 (Jackson 6, Battie, D Garrett, Fortson, H Ellis). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 18 26 26 29 - 99 Denver 22 15 15 22 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Head Coach Hanzlik, 5:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,216. T: 2:12. Officials: Terry Durham, Leon Wood, Joe Derosa.


GAME RECAP

Derek Anderson and Wesley Person scored 20 points apiece as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the hapless Denver Nuggets their 19th consecutive loss, 99-74.

The Nuggets moved within four games of the NBA single-season record for most consecutive losses. The Vancouver Grizzies dropped 23 straight from February 16th to April 2nd, 1996 in their inaugural season.

"It's tough accepting where we are today and where we were," said Nuggets forward LaPhonso Ellis said. "It's tough, especially at home, not getting a good effort. There's no way we should be losing by 20 or 30 points at home."

Cleveland, which snapped a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 102-84 win at Phoenix, improved to 2-1 on a four-game road trip that concludes at Seattle on Saturday.

Bobby Jackson tallied 12 of his career-high 28 points in the first quarter, helping Denver build a 22-18 lead. Jackson also set a career high with six steals, but the Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 23-6 run to take a 41-28 lead on a tip-in by Zydrunas Ilgauskas with 2:37 left in the first half.

"I'm a winner and hopefully guys will follow me," Jackson said. "It's been like this all year -- same old thing. We're not getting better. We need some changes. We just need to play harder. But we've got to do something. It's up to the coaches and GM."

The Nuggets scored only 15 points in both the second and third quarters, allowing the Cavaliers to take a 70-52 advantage into the final period. Denver shot just 35 percent (24-of-69) from the field, the sixth time this season it has shot 35 percent or worse.

"In the second half, our energy level was higher," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We took care of the ball better in the third quarter, and got rebounds we needed to get. We picked it up after halftime."

Ellis added 16 points for Denver, which has dropped eight straight at home and has not won since beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 100-92, on December 7th.

The loss marked the 30th time in 36 games that the Nuggets failed to score 100 points and the fourth time they were held below 80 points. Additionally, Denver suffered its 24th loss by at least 10 points and its sixth by at least 20.

"The losing streak is not fun," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "I don't enjoy it. But we've got to keep plugging away, I'll keep pushing the buttons, and we've got to try to get better."

Shawn Kemp collected a double-double for the Cavaliers with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while rookie Cedric Henderson chipped in 15 points.

"We tightened up the defense in the second half," Kemp said. "We gave them no easy baskets and made it tough for them to hit it from the outside."

After Denver pulled within 46-41 on a 15-foot jumper by Tony Battie with 10:15 left in the third quarter, the Cavaliers ripped off a 16-7 spurt to go up 62-48 on a dunk by Kemp with 3:20 left in the third.

The Cavaliers extended the lead to an 80-60 on a dunk by Henderson with 9:12 remaining before taking their biggest lead at 97-70 on a foul shot by Scott Brooks with 2:29 to play.

"This is the most fun playing basketball I've had in a long time," Kemp said. "We've got a good group of guys. We've got to start picking it up against the top-notch teams."

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