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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 26 20 26 92 DETROIT 22 24 19 25 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 26, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 16, WESLEY PERSON 14 DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 17, GRANT HILL 16, JOE DUMARS 15


Box Score

CLEVELAND (92) AT DETROIT (90)

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

HENDERSON F 35 2-10 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 6 KEMP F 43 8-19 10-14 6 8 14 2 1 1 4 26 ILGAUSKAS C 34 7-13 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 2 1 16 PERSON G 41 5-8 1-2 0 3 3 2 0 6 1 14 KNIGHT G 41 5-9 4-5 1 4 5 15 1 5 0 14 SURA 24 2-5 3-6 0 2 2 1 4 1 2 7 POTAPENKO 13 2-4 3-6 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 7 ANDERSON 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 FERRY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 25-37 10 23 33 21 16 15 11 92 (.457) (.676) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

HILL F 39 5-15 6-8 1 5 6 10 4 2 3 16 REID F 14 1-2 2-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 0 4 B WILLIAMS C 35 6-9 0-2 2 6 8 2 2 0 3 12 DUMARS G 31 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 2 15 HUNTER G 41 7-13 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 4 17 J WILLIAMS 27 4-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 9 STACKHOUSE 29 3-9 0-0 2 4 6 4 3 0 6 6 MAHORN 18 5-6 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 10 SEALY 5 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-70 10-16 10 27 37 23 24 2 20 90 (.529) (.625) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 21(18 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 26 20 26 - 92 DETROIT 22 24 19 25 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP, PERSON. DETROIT - REID 2, B WILLIAMS, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-10 (.300), KEMP 0-1, PERSON 3-6, KNIGHT 0-1, SURA 0-2. DETROIT 6-13 (.462), DUMARS 3-7, HUNTER 3-6. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS, STACKHOUSE (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, BOB DELANEY, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,846. T - 2:13.


Agate Box Score

CLEVELAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 35 2-10 2-2 0-2 0 4 6 Kemp 43 8-19 10-14 6-14 2 1 26 Ilgauskas 34 7-13 2-2 1-3 0 4 16 Person 41 5-8 1-2 0-3 2 0 14 Knight 41 5-9 4-5 1-5 15 1 14 Sura 24 2-5 3-6 0-2 1 4 7 Potapenko 13 2-4 3-6 2-4 0 1 7 Anderson 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Ferry 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 25-37 10-33 21 16 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Kemp 0-1, Person 3-6, Knight 0-1, Sura 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Kemp, Person). Turnovers: 12 (Kemp 4, Sura 2, Anderson, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Person, Potapenko). Steals: 15 (Person 6, Knight 5, Ilgauskas 2, Kemp, Sura).

DETROIT (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 5-15 6-8 1-6 10 4 16 Reid 14 1-2 2-2 2-5 1 4 4 B Williams 35 6-9 0-2 2-8 2 2 12 Dumars 31 6-12 0-0 0-1 3 2 15 Hunter 41 7-13 0-0 2-4 1 2 17 J Williams 27 4-4 1-2 0-2 0 2 9 Stackhouse 29 3-9 0-0 2-6 4 3 6 Mahorn 18 5-6 0-0 1-5 0 5 10 Sealy 5 0-0 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Obannon DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-70 10-16 10-37 23 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Dumars 3-7, Hunter 3-6). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Reid 2, B Williams, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 21 (Stackhouse 6, Hunter 4, B Williams 3, Hill 3, Dumars 2, J Williams, Mahorn). Steals: 2 (Hill 2). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 26 20 26 - 92 Detroit 22 24 19 25 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (B Williams, 1:18 2nd; Stackhouse (ejected), 0:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,846. T: 2:13. Officials: Mike Callahan, Bob Delaney, Kevin Fehr.


Game Recap

Brevin Knight made a key steal and sank two crucial free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for their fifth straight win, 92-90 over the Detroit Pistons.

Knight collected 14 points, 15 assists and five steals while Shawn Kemp registered 26 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which has won nine of its last 10 games. The Cavaliers remained within 1 1/2 games of fifth-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference.

Two free throws by Kemp gave Cleveland an 88-82 lead with 1:12 to play. But Brian Williams followed a miss by Grant Hill before Joe Dumars buried a three-pointer to cut Detroit's deficit to one with 23 seconds remaining.

After Cedric Henderson sank a pair from the line to make it 90-87, Knight stripped Dumars near the three-point line, then made two foul shots with 5.1 seconds to go before Lindsey Hunter drained a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer.

"They were big, they led to baskets for us," Knight said of his team's 15 steals. "The group did a good job getting their hands in there. It's probably one of my better games because I didn't have many turnovers."

Knight, who grabbed five rebounds, did not commit any turnovers.

Hill had 16 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, but was just 5-for-15 from the field. Hunter scored 17 points and Dumars added 15 for Detroit, which suffered its fourth straight defeat and fell four games out of the final playoff spot in the East.

"I don't think we ran out of gas, I don't think we played very smart down the stretch," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "I just think that really losing this game at home puts a damper on making the playoffs."

The Cavs won the season series from Detroit, 3-1, with the four meetings decided by a combined eight points.

"These have been four great games that these teams have put together this year," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "We were a basket or two away from winning or losing each one against Detroit this season. These two teams are not separated by much."

Dumars buried a three-pointer midway through the final period to cap an 8-0 spurt as Detroit opened a 75-68 lead. But the Cavs fired back with seven straight points as Knight's driving lay-in forged a 75-75 tie.

Williams, who had 12 points and eight rebounds, buried a jumper to give Detroit an 82-79 edge with 3:33 to play. But Kemp answered with two free throws and Knight fed Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a slam on the break to put Cleveland ahead to stay, 83-82, with 2:02 to go.

After Hill posted up and blew a lay-in, Person drained a three-pointer from the corner for his only points of the second half. It was just five days ago when Person, who contributed 14 points, hit the game-winning three-pointer with three-tenths of a second left in overtime for an 88-87 victory over the Pistons.

"It was a big three-pointer, it was definitely a momentum swing at that point in the game," said Person of his third three-pointer of the game. "I got a good look at the basket and it went down for me."

Williams missed a pair of free throws on the other end and Kemp grabbed the rebound before making a pair from the stripe to give Cleveland its largest lead, 88-82.

"We just can't breaks. We have to make our own breaks and we haven't made enough of those and that is why we're here," Williams said. "It's an uphill battle and some nights it's more uphill than others."

Following Knight's crucial steal, Bob Sura missed two free throws and Detroit called timeout with 10.4 seconds left. Dumars missed a three-pointer and teammate Jerry Stackhouse appeared to get the rebound, but Knight pried the ball away and was fouled hard by Stackhouse. Knight took execption and a brief scuffle ensued, after which Stackhouse was ejected.

Knight missed the technical free throw but hit the two foul shots to seal the victory as Cleveland won for just the third time in its last 12 trips to Detroit.

Ilgauskas added 16 points for the Cavs, who have won five in a row on the road. Cleveland went 25-of-37 from the foul line, while Detroit hit just 10-of-16.

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