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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 15 26 22 28 91 NEW YORK 23 26 26 27 102 FINAL


CLEVELAND (91) AT NEW YORK (102)

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

KEMP F 43 11-22 8-10 5 12 17 6 4 1 3 30 HENDERSON F 37 11-21 1-3 0 4 4 1 4 1 1 23 ILGAUSKAS C 25 3-8 5-7 4 4 8 0 2 1 2 12 PERSON G 16 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT G 19 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 4 2 SURA 34 3-9 1-4 0 2 2 10 0 1 0 9 POTAPENKO 8 0-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 BROOKS 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 THOMAS 29 3-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 9 FERRY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SCOTT 15 1-1 1-2 2 2 4 1 5 1 2 3 JAMES DNP - HEMORRHOID SURGERY

TOTALS 240 34-81 19-30 12 26 38 26 22 7 13 91 (.420) (.633) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 42 7-18 9-9 3 6 9 3 2 0 0 23 MILLS F 32 6-11 4-4 3 3 6 2 2 2 1 16 DUDLEY C 21 0-2 0-0 2 7 9 1 6 0 1 0 HOUSTON G 38 11-18 8-10 2 6 8 4 2 1 6 34 WARD G 28 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 4 B WILLIAMS 19 3-5 1-1 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 7 STARKS 26 4-14 2-2 1 6 7 1 2 3 1 12 H WILLIAMS 14 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 4 CHILDS 20 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 4 3 1 1 2 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION OAKLEY DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 34-76 27-30 12 33 45 19 25 8 14 102 (.447) (.900) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

CLEVELAND 15 26 22 28 - 91 NEW YORK 23 26 26 27 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - NONE. NEW YORK - JOHNSON, DUDLEY, HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-11 (.364), ILGAUSKAS 1-1, PERSON 0-1, SURA 2-5, THOMAS 1-4. NEW YORK 7-19 (.368), JOHNSON 0-3, MILLS 0-1, HOUSTON 4-5, WARD 1-2, STARKS 2-8. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - SCOTT, NEW YORK - DUDLEY. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BILL SPOONER, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,763. T - 2:12.


CLEVELAND (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 43 11-22 8-10 5-17 6 4 30 Henderson 37 11-21 1-3 0-4 1 4 23 Ilgauskas 25 3-8 5-7 4-8 0 2 12 Person 16 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Knight 19 1-2 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 Sura 34 3-9 1-4 0-2 10 0 9 Potapenko 8 0-4 1-2 0-0 2 1 1 Brooks 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Thomas 29 3-8 2-2 1-2 0 2 9 Ferry 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Scott 15 1-1 1-2 2-4 1 5 3 James DNP - hemorrhoid surgery _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 19-30 12-38 26 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Ilgauskas 1-1, Person 0-1, Sura 2-5, Thomas 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 13 (Knight 4, Kemp 3, Ilgauskas 2, Scott 2, Henderson, Potapenko). Steals: 7 (Brooks, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Scott, Sura, Thomas).

NEW YORK (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 42 7-18 9-9 3-9 3 2 23 Mills 32 6-11 4-4 3-6 2 2 16 Dudley 21 0-2 0-0 2-9 1 6 0 Houston 38 11-18 8-10 2-8 4 2 34 Ward 28 1-3 1-2 0-1 4 1 4 B Williams 19 3-5 1-1 0-2 0 4 7 Starks 26 4-14 2-2 1-7 1 2 12 H Williams 14 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 Childs 20 0-1 2-2 0-1 4 3 2 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision Oakley DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 27-30 12-45 19 25 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Johnson 0-3, Mills 0-1, Houston 4-5, Ward 1-2, Starks 2-8). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Johnson, Dudley, Houston). Turnovers: 14 (Houston 6, Ward 2, B Williams, Childs, Dudley, H Williams, Mills, Starks). Steals: 8 (Starks 3, Mills 2, Childs, H Williams, Houston). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 15 26 22 28 - 91 New York 23 26 26 27 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Scott, 4:48 4th). New York 1 (Dudley, 1:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Bill Spooner, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Allan Houston scored 22 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter as the New York Knicks continued the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent slide with a 102-91 victory.

Larry Johnson added 23 points and former Cavalier Chris Mills chipped in 16 for the Knicks, who scored only four other points in the third period on a jumper by John Starks and two free throws by Mills.

Houston scored the Knicks' first 12 points after halftime to help turn an eight-point advantage into a 68-48 lead with seven minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Knicks played without starting power forward Charles Oakley, who was suspended for one game for a flagrant-2 foul in Friday's 99-83 victory in Orlando. He already had racked up four flagrant foul points prior to that contest, and six means an automatic one-game league suspension.

"That was a great win for us, being shorthanded," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I think everybody's going to write about Allan's 34 points, and deservedly so, but I was most pleased where he held Wesley Person scoreless in 16 minutes, and I think he had eight or nine rebounds. To me, that's what's going to make him great because he can do those two things every night."

Shawn Kemp scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Cedric Henderson added 23 for the Cavaliers, who have dropped five of their last six games and have lost four straight against opponents with winning records.

New York led, 49-41, after two quarters before Houston provided all the points in a 12-5 run as the Knicks took a 15-point advantage. He then gave them their biggest lead of the game, 68-48, on a three-pointer five minutes into the period.

But Cleveland responded with a 10-0 run to come within 10 points. Kemp, who had eight points during the span, started the spurt with a three-point play and capped it with a jumper at the 4:18 mark. Houston immediately answered with another three-pointer to give the Knicks back control.

"I was much more aggressive," Houston said. "When you hit two or three shots in a row you just want to get the ball up, and the basket looks very big. I felt good and the shot was going. I felt like everything was clicking for me."

The Knicks rode a 12-point lead into the final quarter before the Cavaliers were able to fight within, 75-67, on a jumper by Henderson. But as they would do every time the Cavaliers, who never led in the game, threatened, the Knicks responded with a layin by Mills and two from the line by Starks.

Cleveland's final opportunity to make the game interesting came midway through the final quarter when Bobby Sura nailed a three-pointer to cut the Knicks' advantage to 79-72. The Knicks answer this time was Johnson, who with the shot clock winding down, drained a baseline jumper. Starks followed with a three-pointer as New York regained its double digit advantage.

"Every time we got back close I thought legitimately we were going to make a run," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We'd either miss an open shot or they would run out and get a layup."

Johnson had 11 of his 23 points in the final period for the Knicks, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and held a 45-38 rebounding advantage. Johnson and Chris Dudley pulled down nine rebounds apiece.

Cleveland shot 42 percent (34-of-81) but only scored eight fastbreak points to the Knicks' 27. Sura had 10 assists while commiting zero turnovers.

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