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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 18 18 20 74 CLEVELAND 24 19 28 27 98 FINAL


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NEW YORK (74) AT CLEVELAND (98)

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

JOHNSON F 27 4-8 3-3 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 11 THOMAS F 18 1-6 0-0 3 2 5 2 3 0 0 2 EWING C 32 7-17 0-0 4 2 6 2 2 0 2 14 HOUSTON G 34 5-14 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 3 12 WARD G 34 1-9 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 3 1 2 BRUNSON 7 1-3 1-4 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 CAMBY 19 3-5 0-1 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 6 CHILDS 22 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 2 3 8 B DAVIS 4 2-5 3-4 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 7 DUDLEY 10 1-4 0-0 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 SCOTT 25 2-10 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 5 WINGATE 8 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-89 7-12 18 19 37 22 23 9 14 74 (.360) (.583) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 25 6-10 0-0 3 2 5 4 1 1 4 13 KEMP F 37 5-8 10-10 1 8 9 1 4 0 4 20 POTAPENKO C 37 8-15 1-3 5 7 12 1 2 1 1 17 KNIGHT G 26 1-4 2-4 1 3 4 11 0 2 2 4 PERSON G 30 5-10 1-2 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 14 ANDERSON 24 3-7 6-7 0 1 1 6 2 2 0 12 BUTLER 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 FERRY 11 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 4 LANG 6 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 NEWMAN 24 2-5 1-1 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 5 STACK 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 SURA 13 1-4 2-4 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 4

TOTALS 240 35-69 24-33 10 32 42 29 22 8 15 98 (.507) (.727) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 18 18 20 - 74 CLEVELAND 24 19 28 27 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING. CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO 3, HENDERSON, SURA, KNIGHT, LANG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-13 (.231), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 2-4, WARD 0-4, CHILDS 0-1, SCOTT 1-3. CLEVELAND 4-12 (.333), HENDERSON 1-2, KNIGHT 0-1, PERSON 3-8, NEWMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GREG WILLARD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 13,910. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW YORK (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 27 4-8 3-3 0-3 1 3 11 Thomas 18 1-6 0-0 3-5 2 3 2 Ewing 32 7-17 0-0 4-6 2 2 14 Houston 34 5-14 0-0 0-2 5 2 12 Ward 34 1-9 0-0 0-1 6 3 2 Brunson 7 1-3 1-4 0-1 2 2 3 Camby 19 3-5 0-1 0-2 0 3 6 Childs 22 4-6 0-0 1-2 3 2 8 B Davis 4 2-5 3-4 3-3 0 1 7 Dudley 10 1-4 0-0 4-5 0 0 2 Scott 25 2-10 0-0 2-6 1 1 5 Wingate 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-89 7-12 18-37 22 23 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 2-4, Ward 0-4, Childs 0-1, Scott 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Ewing). Turnovers: 14 (Childs 3, Houston 3, Ewing 2, Brunson, Camby, Johnson, Scott, Ward, Wingate). Steals: 9 (Ward 3, Brunson 2, Childs 2, Houston, Johnson).

CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 25 6-10 0-0 3-5 4 1 13 Kemp 37 5-8 10-10 1-9 1 4 20 Potapenko 37 8-15 1-3 5-12 1 2 17 Knight 26 1-4 2-4 1-4 11 0 4 Person 30 5-10 1-2 0-5 1 2 14 Anderson 24 3-7 6-7 0-1 6 2 12 Butler 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Ferry 11 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Lang 6 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Newman 24 2-5 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 Stack 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Sura 13 1-4 2-4 0-2 3 2 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 24-33 10-42 29 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Henderson 1-2, Knight 0-1, Person 3-8, Newman 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 7 (Potapenko 3, Henderson, Sura, Knight, Lang). Turnovers: 15 (Henderson 4, Kemp 4, Knight 2, Sura 2, Ferry, Person, Potapenko). Steals: 8 (Anderson 2, Knight 2, Henderson, Newman, Person, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ New York 18 18 18 20 - 74 Cleveland 24 19 28 27 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Scott, 4:50 4th). A: 13,910. T: 2:08. Officials: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Vitaly Potapenko and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed that life without 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas may not be so rough after all.

Making his second straight start in place of the injured pivot man, Potapenko scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and thoroughly outplayed Patrick Ewing as the Cavaliers coasted to their fourth straight win, a 98-74 rout of the New York Knicks.

"Potapenko did an outstanding job on me," said Ewing. "In fact, I think he outworked me tonight and he was the better player."

"I think he's playing with confidence and I think he should really feel good about the response from his teammates," added Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "He keeps working hard and playing consistent basketball."

The Cavaliers, unbeaten since opening the season with three losses, learned Wednseday that Ilgauskas, their second-leading scorer, would be lost for the rest of the campaign with a broken left foot.

Shawn Kemp had 20 points and nine rebounds, including a perfect 10-of-10 performance from the foul line, as Cleveland dominated inside. The Cavs made 24-of-33 free throws while limiting New York to just 7-of-12 from the stripe.

"We got a few games under our belt and we've done what we have to do to win," said Kemp. "We kept the turnovers down, brought our field goal percentage up and did the little things."

The 6-10 Potapenko has filled in more than admirably in helping the Cavaliers to their longest winning streak since a four-game run from March 27-April 1, 1998. He is averaging 16.5 points and eight rebounds in his last two starts and tonight he limited Ewing to only 14 points and six boards.

"We have to concentrate on being physical and show that you can be aggressive inside," Potapenko said. "Ewing is very mobile and you have to move your feet and double-team him. The Knicks have big guys up front and they are all good rebounders. That made us pay attention to the rebounding."

Ewing did have one bright moment, nailing a short jumper in the third quarter that moved him past Clyde Drexler into 17th place on the all-time scoring list.

Allan Houston had 12 points, but only two in the second half, and Larry Johnson added 11 for the Knicks. New York had a four-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first loss without injured swingman Latrell Sprewell. The margin was the Knicks' largest since a 104-78 defeat at Seattle on March 28.

The Knicks had won nine of their last 11 visits to Cleveland and stayed close until the Cavs went on a 25-10 run over the final nine minutes of the third quarter to take a commanding 71-54 lead.

"They dominated inside," said New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We didn't rebound well and we shied away from contact. Those last 28 minutes, there's nothing good to talk about, not one thing. It doesn't matter if you're playing tomorrow or next week if you play the way we played. It kept getting worse and worse."

Wesley Person scored 14 points, Cedric Henderson collected 13 and Derek Anderson added 12 off the bench for Cleveland, which shot 51 percent (35-of-69) from the field and scored 21 points off 14 turnovers.

The Cavaliers held a slim 46-44 lead with 8:29 left in the third quarter but went on a 21-10 burst, capped by Person's 23-footer with a minute to go that opened a 67-50 bulge.

Things got uglier for New York in the fourth quarter when ex-Knick Johnny Newman buried a 17-foot jumper from the right corner that capped a 21-6 run, making it 93-60 with 3:27 left.

"We got outplayed tonight," Ewing added. "They kicked our butts on the boards and scored at will. We didn't come out with our `A' game and there's no explanation, no excuses. They were the better team."

Brevin Knight handed out 11 assists for the Cavs, who outrebounded New York, 42-37.

"I talked to my dad the other day and told him I've got to get some assists pretty soon," said Knight. "I have to be headier and get the guys the ball at the right times, make my shots and get after it defensively."

The Knicks shot 36 percent (32-of-89) from the field, including a 3-of-13 performance from 3-point range.

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