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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 24 22 16 83 ATLANTA 19 30 22 29 100 FINAL


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CLEVELAND (83) AT ATLANTA (100)

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

HENDERSON F 25 3-11 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 6 KEMP F 25 3-11 7-10 4 5 9 1 4 0 2 13 ILGAUSKAS C 38 11-19 0-2 7 10 17 1 3 1 3 22 KNIGHT G 29 3-8 3-6 0 1 1 3 3 2 4 9 PERSON G 25 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 2 0 7 NEWMAN 22 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 6 POTAPENKO 19 1-4 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 4 SURA 19 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 2 2 2 ANDERSON 20 4-7 4-8 0 0 0 3 3 0 5 12 FERRY 14 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 BUTLER 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 GREEN 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 18-30 13 25 38 15 31 11 17 83 (.410) (.600) TEAM REBS: 19 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

ELLIS F 25 4-7 6-8 0 7 7 0 6 0 1 14 HENDERSON F 28 4-9 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 1 1 8 MUTOMBO C 36 6-9 3-5 4 7 11 0 2 0 1 15 BLAYLOCK G 37 5-10 5-5 0 5 5 6 2 2 2 16 SMITH G 34 6-13 9-11 1 1 2 4 4 0 4 21 GRAY 14 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 CORBIN 21 3-9 1-4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 LONG 19 2-3 6-8 1 4 5 1 4 1 1 10 WEST 12 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 JOHNSON 11 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 CRAWFORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SHEPPARD 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCLEOD DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 33-71 32-43 10 28 38 15 25 8 13 100 (.465) (.744) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 24 22 16 - 83 ATLANTA 19 30 22 29 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - NONE. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 8. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-3 (.333), PERSON 1-2, POTAPENKO 0-1. ATLANTA 2-10 (.200), ELLIS 0-1, BLAYLOCK 1-4, SMITH 0-2, GRAY 1-2, SHEPPARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - HENDERSON, ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DON VADEN, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,806. T - 2:21.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 25 3-11 0-0 0-0 1 3 6 Kemp 25 3-11 7-10 4-9 1 4 13 Ilgauskas 38 11-19 0-2 7-17 1 3 22 Knight 29 3-8 3-6 0-1 3 3 9 Person 25 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 7 Newman 22 2-5 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 Potapenko 19 1-4 2-2 1-4 0 3 4 Sura 19 1-2 0-0 1-3 2 4 2 Anderson 20 4-7 4-8 0-0 3 3 12 Ferry 14 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Butler 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Green 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 18-30 13-38 15 31 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 1-3, .333 (Person 1-2, Potapenko 0-1). Team rebounds: 19. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 5, Knight 4, Ilgauskas 3, Kemp 2, Sura 2, Potapenko). Steals: 11 (Henderson 2, Knight 2, Newman 2, Person 2, Sura 2, Ilgauskas).

ATLANTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 25 4-7 6-8 0-7 0 6 14 Henderson 28 4-9 0-0 3-5 0 2 8 Mutombo 36 6-9 3-5 4-11 0 2 15 Blaylock 37 5-10 5-5 0-5 6 2 16 Smith 34 6-13 9-11 1-2 4 4 21 Gray 14 3-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 7 Corbin 21 3-9 1-4 0-0 2 0 7 Long 19 2-3 6-8 1-5 1 4 10 West 12 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Johnson 11 0-1 2-2 0-1 2 3 2 Crawford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sheppard 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcleod DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 32-43 10-38 15 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Ellis 0-1, Blaylock 1-4, Smith 0-2, Gray 1-2, Sheppard 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 8). Turnovers: 13 (Smith 4, Blaylock 2, Johnson 2, Ellis, Gray, Henderson, Long, Mutombo). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 2, Gray 2, Corbin, Henderson, Johnson, Long). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 24 22 16 - 83 Atlanta 19 30 22 29 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Henderson, 3:35 2nd). Atlanta 2 (Illegal Defense, 6:00 4th; Mutombo, 5:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,806. T: 2:21. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Don Vaden, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- LaPhonso Ellis scored 14 points in his debut and the Atlanta Hawks stifled the Cleveland Cavaliers, holding them to one basket over the final 8:15 to pull away for a 100-83 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Ellis, who signed as a free agent six days ago after playing his first six seasons with the Denver Nuggets, scored five points in a game-closing 24-4 tear. He also pulled down seven rebounds as he created matchup problems for the bigger, slower frontcourt of the Cavaliers in the second half.

"It took us like 16, 17 games (actually 12) last year for us to win our first game. Suffice to say, I'm excited to win one right out of the box," said Ellis, who endured an 11-71 season with the Nuggets in 1997-98. "I felt very comfortable out there from the moment I stepped off the plane last Saturday. The people of Atlanta have just been great to me and I wanted to get in and help as much as I could."

Steve Smith scored 21 points for the Hawks, while Mookie Blaylock added 16 and Dikembe Mutombo contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Atlanta has won seven straight games against Cleveland, which allowed 100 or more points just 13 times last season.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Shawn Kemp added 13 points for Cleveland. However, Kemp scored only two points in the final 2 1/2 quarters and was saddled with foul trouble. He went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 7:10 to go in the third quarter and did not return until midway through the final period.

Derek Anderson scored five points as the Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter with a 12-5 burst to take a 79-76 lead with 8:16 to play.

Anderson's 18-footer would be Cleveland's last basket until the closing seconds. Ellis scored six points in a 21-2 burst, overpowering Hawks forward Alan Henderson on two occasions, and three other Hawks contributed at least three points.

"Whenever you have a bunch of guys that understand what their roles are and what they're supposed to do, it makes it much so easier to play. For me, all I have to do is go out and do my job," said Ellis.

"Down the stretch, we played smart and took over the game," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "I was pleased. I thought in spots, we played pretty darn good. There were some rough edges."

In the fourth quarter, the Cavs shot 6-of-16 from the field and just 4-of-12 from the line. Atlanta hit 7-of-14 shots and 15-of-23 free throws while outrebounding Cleveland, 14-5.

"About everything you can do, we did wrong," said Fratello. "Covering the backcourt in transition, run outs that they had. It seemed the last time I remember, the scored was 79-up, we missed a technical, we missed four sets of two at the foul line. I didn't see any growth in our basketball cohesiveness as a team."

Kemp, who ballooned 20 pounds to 280 in the offseason, was an immovable object in the paint in the first half, scoring 11 points and giving Cleveland a 31-27 lead midway through the second quarter.

Blaylock triggered a 9-0 spurt with an 18-footer as the Hawks took a 36-31 lead. Cedric Henderson countered with six points in an 8-2 burst as Cleveland grabbed a 39-38 lead, only to have Atlanta take a 49-45 lead at intermission.

"They got active in the second half, we got less aggressive," said Kemp, who was 3-of-11 from the field. "They were very aggressive (on) second shots. I think they did a lot of little things. That is what a veteran team does."

Grant Long finished with 10 points and five rebounds for Atlanta, which shot 47 percent (33-of-71). Steve Smith was 9-of-11 from the line as the Hawks sank 32-of-43 foul shots. Eleven players logged at least 11 minutes for Atlanta.

"When you can play 10 guys, that's pretty darn good," said Wilkens. "It's the first time in a long time we have depth at every spot, which means we can give people rests. We have a guy at every position and that makes a big difference."

Cleveland shot 41 percent (32-of-78) and allowed 17 transition points. Ilgauskas logged 38 minutes, the most of any player on either team. The Cavs committed 18 turnovers, leading to 23 points for Atlanta.

Cavaliers forward Vitaly Potapenko broke his nose in the third quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow but returned to the game wearing a clear face mask.

The game drew 19,806 to the Georgia Dome, where fans received T-shirts and a CD-ROM with a screen saver of the Hawks' logo. But there were still many empty seats in the lower sections of the building.

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