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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 29 23 18 27 97 TORONTO 19 28 27 22 96 FINAL


CLEVELAND (97) AT TORONTO (96)

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

HENDERSON F 26 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 KEMP F 32 5-15 9-16 3 2 5 4 3 0 3 19 ILGAUSKAS C 40 8-16 1-1 5 7 12 2 3 0 6 17 PERSON G 41 4-6 0-1 0 5 5 6 2 4 1 9 KNIGHT G 32 7-10 3-3 0 6 6 6 2 1 5 17 POTAPENKO 14 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 1 1 10 ANDERSON 18 0-3 4-4 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 4 SURA 25 5-11 1-2 0 4 4 5 5 1 1 13 FERRY 10 2-5 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 6 THOMAS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 19-29 9 32 41 26 24 9 19 97 (.474) (.655) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

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

CHRISTIE F 43 5-14 14-16 2 5 7 8 2 6 2 26 WALLACE F 30 5-14 2-2 1 4 5 1 4 1 2 12 CAMBY C 38 6-15 10-14 9 4 13 0 3 0 6 22 BROWN G 46 6-17 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 18 BILLUPS G 35 1-7 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 1 0 2 SLATER 20 2-5 4-6 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 8 GARNER 15 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 MILLER 13 3-4 0-0 4 3 7 4 3 1 2 6 MCGRADY DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HAND ROGERS DNP - INFLAMMATION OF RIGHT KNEE THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-78 32-40 16 22 38 21 23 11 14 96 (.372) (.800) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

CLEVELAND 29 23 18 27 - 97 TORONTO 19 28 27 22 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 4, PERSON 2, KEMP, SURA. TORONTO - CAMBY 6, WALLACE 5, SLATER 2, MILLER 2, BILLUPS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-7 (.571), KEMP 0-1, PERSON 1-2, SURA 2-2, FERRY 1-2. TORONTO 6-13 (.462), CHRISTIE 2-3, BROWN 4-7, BILLUPS 0-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - FERRY (EJECTED-FIGHTING), TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MILLER (EJECTED-FIGHTING). OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 14,120. T - 2:21.


CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 1-5 0-0 0-4 2 2 2 Kemp 32 5-15 9-16 3-5 4 3 19 Ilgauskas 40 8-16 1-1 5-12 2 3 17 Person 41 4-6 0-1 0-5 6 2 9 Knight 32 7-10 3-3 0-6 6 2 17 Potapenko 14 5-7 0-0 1-4 0 4 10 Anderson 18 0-3 4-4 0-1 1 0 4 Sura 25 5-11 1-2 0-4 5 5 13 Ferry 10 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 3 6 Thomas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 19-29 9-41 26 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Kemp 0-1, Person 1-2, Sura 2-2, Ferry 1-2). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 8 (Ilgauskas 4, Person 2, Kemp, Sura). Turnovers: 19 (Ilgauskas 6, Knight 5, Kemp 3, Ferry 2, Person, Potapenko, Sura). Steals: 9 (Person 4, Anderson 2, Knight, Potapenko, Sura).

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Christie 43 5-14 14-16 2-7 8 2 26 Wallace 30 5-14 2-2 1-5 1 4 12 Camby 38 6-15 10-14 9-13 0 3 22 Brown 46 6-17 2-2 0-1 3 1 18 Billups 35 1-7 0-0 0-4 4 1 2 Slater 20 2-5 4-6 0-1 0 6 8 Garner 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Miller 13 3-4 0-0 4-7 4 3 6 Mcgrady DNP - bruised right hand Rogers DNP - inflammation of right knee Thomas DNP - coach's decision Trent DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-78 32-40 16-38 21 23 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Christie 2-3, Brown 4-7, Billups 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 16 (Camby 6, Wallace 5, Slater 2, Miller 2, Billups). Turnovers: 14 (Camby 6, Christie 2, Miller 2, Wallace 2, Brown, Slater). Steals: 11 (Christie 6, Brown 2, Billups, Miller, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 29 23 18 27 - 97 Toronto 19 28 27 22 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ferry (ejected-fighting), 0:00 3rd). Toronto 2 (Illegal Defense, 3:34 3rd; Miller (ejected-fighting), 0:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,120. T: 2:21. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Wesley Person had a key deflection to set up Derek Anderson's steal and two free throws with 13 seconds remaining that lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors that featured a third-quarter fight.

The Cavaliers pulled within 96-95 when Bob Sura drove the left baseline for a layup with 17 seconds to play. Person leaped to deflect Marcus Camby's inbounds pass to Anderson at mid-court. Camby fouled Anderson, who would have had an uncontested layup.

"This was a good game," Sura said. "Give them credit, they kept coming hard. It's a big win for us in this playoff race. On the last steal Wesley made a great denial and tipped it. They made a great play on it."

The Raptors still had an excellent chance to win the game. But Doug Christie missed a short jumper from the left side of the lane with 2.9 seconds left and Camby's follow shot hit off the glass and rim as time expired.

"On the last play, Wesley ran through the pass and went for the steal," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "At the end we were fortunate. Marcus had a wide-open look and we didn't block him out. But we didn't do it all game."

"This was a game that we should have won," Camby said. "We had it down the stretch but made some mental errors. We were a play or two from winning the ballgame. We've been in these situations before, it's a learning process. Games like this will help us grow as a team."

Toronto's Oliver Miller and Cleveland's Danny Ferry were both ejected in the third quarter for fighting. Camby and Toronto forward Gary Trent both left the bench but neither was ejected.

Shawn Kemp scored 19 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won five of their last six games and moved within a half-game of the idle New York Knicks for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We did what we had to do, try and win games any way you can," Kemp said. "We knew they would bounce back and make a game of it. It was a good win for us and a good confidence builder. You're not always going to get the calls and you have to adjust in this league. Any team in the NBA can make a game of it if you're not mentally prepared."

Brevin Knight recorded 17 points and six assists for Cleveland, which has taken three of four games from Toronto this season and nine of 12 all-time.

Christie had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Camby added 22 points and 13 boards for the Raptors, who have dropped 11 of their last 13 games. Christie made 13 of his first 14 free throws before missing one with 25 seconds left. He hit the second shot to give the Raptors a 96-93 lead.

Reggie Slater maded two free throws with 3:48 remaining to give the Raptors a 91-87 lead. Toronto was called for illegal defense 14 seconds later and Knight hit the free throw to cut the deficit to three. Kemp missed two free throws with 2:28 left but Cleveland got the rebound and Kemp hit one foul shot to make it 91-89 with 1:31 left.

The Cavaliers tied the game, 91-91, when Ilgauskas dunked with 58 seconds left. Toronto regained the lead eight seconds later as Christie made two free throws. Dee Brown also made a pair of free throws for a 95-91 advantage with 31 seconds to go. The Cavaliers closed within two points when Knight sank two free throws with 26 seconds left. Sura immediately fouled Christie after the inbounds pass.

Ilgauskas scored nine points in the first period and the Cavs shot 67 percent (14-of-21) to take a 29-19 lead. Toronto closed the second quarter with a 10-2 surge to cut the deficit to 52-47 on Brown's three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the half.

Cleveland scored the first six points of the third quarter, taking a 58-47 lead on Knight's 19-footer at the 10:14 mark. Brown dunked to cap an 8-2 spurt, pulling the Raptors within 64-60 with 5:16 left in the period.

Brown made a three-pointer as the Raptors tied the game for the first time at 66 with 3:46 remaining. John Wallace, who had 12 points, gave Toronto its first lead at 70-68 when he hit a layup with 2:02 left and the Raptors took a 74-70 lead into the final period.

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