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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 18 20 21 30 89 CLEVELAND 18 23 32 26 99 FINAL


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SAN ANTONIO (89) AT CLEVELAND (99)

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

ELLIOTT F 29 2-5 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 0 4 6 DUNCAN F 43 15-30 1-2 10 4 14 3 4 0 6 31 ROBINSON C 28 3-5 10-12 2 6 8 3 5 1 3 16 JOHNSON G 35 4-8 2-4 0 1 1 7 4 1 1 10 JACKSON G 28 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 6 J KERSEY 17 1-4 3-4 1 4 5 2 2 0 0 5 S KERR 24 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 ELIE 27 2-8 5-6 0 4 4 4 2 2 2 9 ROSE 7 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 KING 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DANIELS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAZE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 25-32 14 27 41 23 27 5 17 89 (.437) (.781) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 26 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 KEMP F 36 8-17 9-12 5 7 12 1 5 1 2 25 ILGAUSKAS C 35 6-12 5-8 2 3 5 0 6 0 0 17 KNIGHT G 31 1-4 7-11 0 2 2 7 1 3 1 9 PERSON G 21 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 NEWMAN 25 1-4 1-1 1 2 3 4 3 3 1 4 ANDERSON 27 5-11 3-3 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 14 FERRY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SURA 16 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 2 0 4 POTAPENKO 18 5-5 4-4 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 14 BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GREEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 29-39 9 21 30 22 28 14 9 99 (.458) (.744) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 10(16 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 18 20 21 30 - 89 CLEVELAND 18 23 32 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 5, DUNCAN 2, ELIE. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, NEWMAN 2, POTAPENKO 2, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-12 (.167), ELLIOTT 0-1, JACKSON 2-4, S KERR 0-3, ELIE 0-4. CLEVELAND 4-8 (.500), PERSON 2-5, NEWMAN 1-2, ANDERSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TIM DONAGHY, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 14,228. T - 2:19.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elliott 29 2-5 2-2 0-5 1 3 6 Duncan 43 15-30 1-2 10-14 3 4 31 Robinson 28 3-5 10-12 2-8 3 5 16 Johnson 35 4-8 2-4 0-1 7 4 10 Jackson 28 2-5 0-0 1-2 2 2 6 J Kersey 17 1-4 3-4 1-5 2 2 5 S Kerr 24 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Elie 27 2-8 5-6 0-4 4 2 9 Rose 7 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 3 4 King 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Daniels 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gaze DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - sprained right ankle Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 25-32 14-41 23 27 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Elliott 0-1, Jackson 2-4, S Kerr 0-3, Elie 0-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Robinson 5, Duncan 2, Elie). Turnovers: 18 (Duncan 6, Elliott 4, Robinson 3, Elie 2, Jackson, Johnson). Steals: 5 (Elie 2, Jackson, Johnson, Robinson).

CLEVELAND (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 4 Kemp 36 8-17 9-12 5-12 1 5 25 Ilgauskas 35 6-12 5-8 2-5 0 6 17 Knight 31 1-4 7-11 0-2 7 1 9 Person 21 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 1 8 Newman 25 1-4 1-1 1-3 4 3 4 Anderson 27 5-11 3-3 1-3 2 2 14 Ferry 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Sura 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 6 1 4 Potapenko 18 5-5 4-4 0-2 0 5 14 Butler DNP - coach's decision Green DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 29-39 9-30 22 28 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Person 2-5, Newman 1-2, Anderson 1-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 7 (Ilgauskas 2, Newman 2, Potapenko 2, Henderson). Turnovers: 10 (Henderson 3, Kemp 2, Anderson, Knight, Newman, Person). Steals: 14 (Henderson 3, Knight 3, Newman 3, Sura 2, Kemp, Person, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 18 20 21 30 - 89 Cleveland 18 23 32 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:28 1st, 7:35 2nd). Cleveland 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:28 1st, 7:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,228. T: 2:19. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tim Donaghy, Tommy Nunez.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers ended nearly six years of frustration against the San Antonio Spurs as Shawn Kemp overpowered the "Twin Towers" with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-89 victory.

The Cavaliers had lost 10 straight meetings with the Spurs since a 129-90 victory on March 29, 1993, when Lenny Wilkens was coach and point guard Mark Price handed out 18 assists. Wilkens left after that season to coach the Atlanta Hawks and Price is expected to announce his retirement this week.

"We lost some heartbreakers to San Antonio and its finally good to get one," said Mike Fratello, who beat San Antonio for the first time as Cavaliers coach.

Much has been made of Kemp carrying extra weight, but he was able to muscle his way past David Robinson and Tim Duncan to his second straight 20-10 game.

Kemp took the early attack to Robinson, sending the 7-footer to the bench with foul trouble. He also got some help from 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who scored 17 points.

"There are some big guys out there," Kemp said. "I just wanted to drive and get the big guys in foul trouble. They are really tough to beat when both Duncan and Robinson are in there."

"If you're a big guy and you go up against San Antonio's team you know you're going to have your work cut out for you," said Fratello. "Kemp hasn't had many breaks when you look at who he's gone up against each night. He's been terrific."

The Cavs also got a boost from their bench. Derek Anderson and Vitaly Potapenko scored 14 points apiece and keyed a decisive burst at the end of the third quarter.

"We are 10 or 11 deep so the guys can come in and contribute every night," Kemp said. "We're feeling pretty good about things right now."

Duncan collected 31 points and 14 rebounds and the foul-plagued Robinson added 16 and eight for the Spurs, who have lost three straight games for the first time since December 4-9, 1997.

Duncan made 15-of-30 shots while Robinson was 3-of-5. In the second half, Duncan took 19 shots and Robinson attempted two.

"Tim is just going to have to figure it out," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's going to have to learn he's holding the ball too long and everybody on every planet in the universe knows everybody's going to come. You've got to get rid of the thing."

"I've got to learn to get the ball out sooner, get it around, so we can get open shots," Duncan said. "It's tough and it's going to take a little more time to get used to."

A layup by Duncan pulled the Spurs within 54-51 with 5:31 to go in the third quarter but Ilgauskas made a jumper and Kemp scored five straight points, including a three-point play after beating Duncan to an offensive rebound.

Duncan kept the Spurs close before Cleveland ended the quarter with a 9-2 surge. Potapenko made two free throws and a layup, Cedric Henderson made a layup and Anderson answered a jumper by Jerome Kersey with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Cavs a 73-59 lead.

The reserves poured it on as a 3-pointer by Johnny Newman capped a 9-3 spurt that gave Cleveland its largest lead at 82-62 with 8:08 remaining. San Antonio got no closer than six points in the final 90 seconds as Cleveland made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch.

Brevin Knight had nine points and seven assists for the Cavs, who shot 46 percent (33-of-72) from the field and were beaten on the boards, 41-30. Cleveland's bench held a 36-20 scoring edge.

"Every game what we try to do is ignite the team, whether we're up by 40 or down by 40," Anderson said. "We come in and know our roles. We ran and kept going at the Spurs. When I'm in there with (Bob) Sura, we just go all out."

Avery Johnson had 10 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who shot 44 percent (31-of-71) and committed 18 turnovers, including six by Duncan.

"The Cavs were more aggressive than we were and wanted it more than we did," Popovich said. "They executed better and we didn't play hard enough to win. Our defensive discipline broke down completely and we played selfishly. We did not share the ball. It was an awful game and we deserved to get our butts kicked."

Both teams led by as many as five points in the first half, which ended with Cleveland holding a 41-38 lead. Duncan scored 13 points but Kemp countered with 11 and Ilgauskas added 10.

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