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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 19 20 28 26 93 WASHINGTON 31 30 16 24 101 FINAL


Box Score

CLEVELAND (93) AT WASHINGTON (101)

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

HENDERSON F 24 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 0 0 8 KEMP F 37 8-21 2-4 4 7 11 3 5 2 5 18 ILGAUSKAS C 34 9-13 7-8 3 6 9 0 4 0 1 25 PERSON G 45 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 5 4 8 KNIGHT G 35 4-9 4-4 1 4 5 12 6 4 1 12 ANDERSON 24 3-11 6-6 0 1 1 3 2 2 5 12 THOMAS 13 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 FERRY 11 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 POTAPENKO 10 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6 BROOKS 7 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SURA DNP - CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 35-81 21-24 12 32 44 22 28 13 17 93 (.432) (.875) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 40 8-16 4-5 0 3 3 6 5 3 3 20 WEBBER F 40 5-14 4-8 2 7 9 1 5 0 4 14 WALLACE C 20 1-1 2-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 CHEANEY G 37 10-18 0-1 1 5 6 3 1 0 2 20 WHITNEY G 31 3-5 3-3 0 4 4 9 1 0 1 10 HAM 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EACKLES 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 DAVIS 9 1-2 0-1 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 2 SHAMMGOD 18 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 4 T MURRAY 35 10-19 3-4 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 25 GRANT DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE STRICKLAND DNP - TORN LEFT QUADRICEP

TOTALS 240 40-81 18-26 5 28 33 23 21 6 16 101 (.494) (.692) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

CLEVELAND 19 20 28 26 - 93 WASHINGTON 31 30 16 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - PERSON 4, KEMP, HENDERSON, ILGAUSKAS, POTAPENKO. WASHINGTON - HOWARD 2, WALLACE 2, WEBBER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-10 (.200), PERSON 2-5, ANDERSON 0-1, THOMAS 0-2, FERRY 0-2. WASHINGTON 3-9 (.333), WEBBER 0-2, WHITNEY 1-1, SHAMMGOD 0-1, T MURRAY 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LEON WOOD, LUIS GRILLO. A - 20,674. T - 2:14.


Agate Box Score

CLEVELAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 24 4-8 0-0 0-5 1 4 8 Kemp 37 8-21 2-4 4-11 3 5 18 Ilgauskas 34 9-13 7-8 3-9 0 4 25 Person 45 3-8 0-0 0-4 1 3 8 Knight 35 4-9 4-4 1-5 12 6 12 Anderson 24 3-11 6-6 0-1 3 2 12 Thomas 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Ferry 11 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Potapenko 10 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 6 Brooks 7 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 Scott DNP - coach's decision Sura DNP - concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 21-24 12-44 22 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Person 2-5, Anderson 0-1, Thomas 0-2, Ferry 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Person 4, Kemp, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Potapenko). Turnovers: 17 (Anderson 5, Kemp 5, Person 4, Ilgauskas, Knight, Thomas). Steals: 13 (Person 5, Knight 4, Anderson 2, Kemp 2).

WASHINGTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 40 8-16 4-5 0-3 6 5 20 Webber 40 5-14 4-8 2-9 1 5 14 Wallace 20 1-1 2-2 0-4 0 0 4 Cheaney 37 10-18 0-1 1-6 3 1 20 Whitney 31 3-5 3-3 0-4 9 1 10 Ham 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eackles 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Davis 9 1-2 0-1 0-2 0 4 2 Shammgod 18 1-4 2-2 0-1 2 3 4 T Murray 35 10-19 3-4 2-4 1 1 25 Grant DNP - sprained left ankle Strickland DNP - torn left quadricep _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 18-26 5-33 23 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Webber 0-2, Whitney 1-1, Shammgod 0-1, T Murray 2-5). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 5 (Howard 2, Wallace 2, Webber). Turnovers: 16 (Webber 4, Howard 3, Cheaney 2, Eackles 2, Shammgod 2, T Murray 2, Whitney). Steals: 6 (Howard 3, Davis, Eackles, T Murray). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 19 20 28 26 - 93 Washington 31 30 16 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:14. Officials: Hugh Evans, Leon Wood, Luis Grillo.


Game Recap

The Washington Wizards stayed alive in the playoff race with a 101-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as Tracy Murray scored 23 of his 25 points in the first half and Chris Whitney sealed it with five points in the final 88 seconds.

One loss away from playoff elimination despite the presence of stars Chris Webber and Juwan Howard, the Wizards (40-40) have stayed alive the last two games behind Murray and Whitney, a pair of bench players.

In Tuesday's victory at New York, Murray scored 27 points and Whitney -- starting for injured point guard Rod Strickland -- made two clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

"We need to keep positive and keep it rolling, just like the last two," Murray said. "We're all fighters. Right now, we need to beat Miami. That's the only thing we have."

"I'm filling in for some big shoes, but coach is happy that I'm playing well," Whitney said. "I'm ready to play. We're all ready to play. We're just trying to stay alive now."

Howard and Calbert Cheaney scored 20 points apiece and Whitney added 10 and nine assists for Washington, which led by as many as 26 points in the first half and held on. The Wizards are tied with the Orlando Magic for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks, who are tied for seventh. Only two of those teams will make the playoffs, but the Wizards hold tiebreaker edges over both the Nets and Knicks.

"I'm happy about these two wins," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "I'm not going to spend a lot of time thinking about reality. Reality is that it's not all in our hands. These wins don't tell me anything I don't know. I think it's a natural emotion when you have expectations for yourself to be down a little. The guys really did, though, step it up."

"We're not going to lay down and die, not just yet," Howard said. "It's frustrating. We can't control our destiny. But now we just need to win and take care of ourselves that way but that's the way it is."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 25 points and nine rebounds and Shawn Kemp added 18 and 11 for the Cavaliers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and are locked into sixth place in the East. Their first-round opponent will be the Indiana Pacers.

"I'm not worried about that (matchup)," Cavs guard Brevin Knight said. "We'll worry about them when the season's over."

Two free throws by Derek Anderson pulled Cleveland within 24-19 with 2:28 left in the first quarter before Murray scored the final seven points of the period, giving Washington a 12-point lead.

Murray began the second period with a basket and Ledell Eackles added a hoop before a free throw by Webber capped a 12-0 run and gave the Wizards a 36-19 lead with 10:34 remaining. A jumper by Webber gave Washington its largest lead at 57-31 with 2:33 to go in the first half.

The Cavs trailed 61-39 but rallied in the third quarter. Kemp scored eight points, Ilgauskas added six and Cleveland limited Washington to 16 points in the period, closing the gap to 77-67 entering the final 12 minutes.

The surge continued in the fourth quarter and a jumper by Knight cut the deficit to 93-89 with 2:19 to play. But Whitney answered with a jumper with 1:28 remaining. After two foul shots by Anderson, Webber and Whitney made free throws and Whitney added two more to seal it with 21 seconds left.

"It doesn't give you much room for error if you go down that many points early," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "You have to play flawless to get back. We made a run, but we just fell short. I wasn't surprised at all about Washington's play. They knew what they had to do and they did it."

Webber had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who shot 49 percent (40-of-81) from the field and sank 18-of-26 free throws. Whitney committed one turnover in 31 minutes.

"This is definitely a challenge for us," said Webber, who shot 5-of-14 from the field. "Unfortunately, we have to watch and wait also. That's just the way it is. We've played very good basketball two straight nights and now our only main focus is beating Miami on Friday."

Knight and Anderson scored 12 points apiece and Knight added 12 assists for the Cavs, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 44-33 rebounding advantage. Cleveland made 21-of-24 foul shots.

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