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NBA NEW JERSEY 82 CLEVELAND 84 0:31 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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NEW JERSEY (84) AT CLEVELAND (89)

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

BURRELL F 37 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 4 0 5 VAN HORN F 37 8-16 5-6 0 5 5 1 2 0 4 21 J WILLIAMS C 29 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 2 CASSELL G 23 7-13 4-4 0 2 2 5 6 1 3 18 KITTLES G 40 8-23 3-3 0 5 5 3 0 1 1 19 EVANS 11 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 GATLING 12 2-6 1-1 2 2 4 0 4 0 2 5 GILL 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 JONES 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 MCILVAINE 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 MURDOCK 23 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 8 4 3 2 7 SEIKALY 15 1-4 0-2 2 4 6 1 2 2 3 2

TOTALS 240 34-84 13-16 8 27 35 21 32 12 17 84 (.405) (.813) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 27 1-6 0-0 1 7 8 3 2 0 1 2 KEMP F 39 10-19 4-6 2 9 11 1 5 2 6 24 POTAPENKO C 33 2-9 2-4 2 1 3 2 1 0 2 6 KNIGHT G 30 2-7 8-8 1 1 2 8 4 3 2 12 PERSON G 9 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 ANDERSON 36 5-9 9-11 0 4 4 5 2 3 4 19 FERRY 18 1-3 4-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 6 LANG 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 NEWMAN 25 2-4 3-4 0 3 3 1 5 0 2 7 SURA 17 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 7 BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-67 31-39 6 30 36 24 23 9 20 89 (.418) (.795) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 26 17 19 22 - 84 CLEVELAND 24 20 17 28 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - BURRELL 3, VAN HORN, KITTLES, J WILLIAMS. CLEVELAND - KNIGHT, ANDERSON, KEMP. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-12 (.250), BURRELL 1-1, CASSELL 0-1, KITTLES 0-5, JONES 1-3, MURDOCK 1-2. CLEVELAND 2-7 (.286), PERSON 2-5, FERRY 0-1, NEWMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS, CASSELL, HEAD COACH CALIPARI, CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, JOE DEROSA, MIKE SMITH. A - 15,321. T - 2:19.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 37 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 6 5 Van Horn 37 8-16 5-6 0-5 1 2 21 J Williams 29 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 4 2 Cassell 23 7-13 4-4 0-2 5 6 18 Kittles 40 8-23 3-3 0-5 3 0 19 Evans 11 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 Gatling 12 2-6 1-1 2-4 0 4 5 Gill 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Jones 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Mcilvaine 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Murdock 23 3-7 0-0 0-4 8 4 7 Seikaly 15 1-4 0-2 2-6 1 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 13-16 8-35 21 32 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Burrell 1-1, Cassell 0-1, Kittles 0-5, Jones 1-3, Murdock 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Burrell 3, Van Horn, Kittles, J Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Van Horn 4, Cassell 3, Seikaly 3, Gatling 2, Murdock 2, Gill, J Williams, Kittles). Steals: 12 (Burrell 4, Murdock 3, Seikaly 2, Cassell, J Williams, Kittles).

CLEVELAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 27 1-6 0-0 1-8 3 2 2 Kemp 39 10-19 4-6 2-11 1 5 24 Potapenko 33 2-9 2-4 2-3 2 1 6 Knight 30 2-7 8-8 1-2 8 4 12 Person 9 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 Anderson 36 5-9 9-11 0-4 5 2 19 Ferry 18 1-3 4-4 0-1 0 1 6 Lang 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Newman 25 2-4 3-4 0-3 1 5 7 Sura 17 3-5 1-2 0-2 4 1 7 Butler DNP - coach's decision Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-67 31-39 6-36 24 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.795. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Person 2-5, Ferry 0-1, Newman 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 3 (Knight, Anderson, Kemp). Turnovers: 20 (Kemp 6, Anderson 4, Knight 2, Newman 2, Potapenko 2, Sura 2, Ferry, Henderson). Steals: 9 (Anderson 3, Knight 3, Kemp 2, Sura). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 26 17 19 22 - 84 Cleveland 24 20 17 28 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 3 (J Williams, 5:50 2nd; Cassell, 8:14 3rd; Head Coach Calipari, 7:34 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Potapenko, 5:50 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,321. T: 2:19. Officials: Joe Crawford, Joe Derosa, Mike Smith.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Shawn Kemp had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Derek Anderson added 19 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fifth straight victory, 89-84 over the slumping New Jersey Nets.

"You have to find a way to win and everything is clicking right now," said Kemp, who leads the club in scoring and rebounding despite reporting to camp in less than stellar condition.

"When they said I was overweight that didn't affect me," added Kemp. "I'm in my 10th year now and this is going to be my best year."

The Nets, who suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston on Thursday, held a 78-74 lead with 4:07 to play before the Cavaliers took control down the stretch.

Anderson's layup with 2:33 to play capped an 8-0 run that gave Cleveland an 82-78 lead. Keith Van Horn, who led New Jersey with 21 points, nailed a jumper to halve the deficit, but Vitaly Potapenko answered with an 18-footer that made it 84-80 with 1:45 remaining.

"There was a two-minute stretch where we got manhandled," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "We kind of settled and that cost us the game."

Van Horn buried another jumper with 56 seconds to play and the Nets had a chance to even the contest after Kemp was called for an illegal pick with 31 seconds to go.

Kendall Gill, who was did not enter the contest until late in the fourth quarter due to a sore ankle, threw an errant pass to Van Horn on the ensuing possession that pulled the 6-10 forward just over the left sideline.

"I thought I had control," Van Horn said. "I didn't know I was out until I looked at my foot. When I saw my foot getting close, I tried to move it, but obviously the official made the call."

Anderson and Brevin Knight made 5-of-6 free throws in the closing seconds as the Cavaliers matched their longest winning streak since March 26-April 1, 1998.

Point guard Sam Cassell, who had missed the last six games with an injured ankle, returned to the lineup and scored 18 points for the Nets before fouling out with 2:33 remaining.

"Sammy did some good stuff today to show us what he does," said Calipari. "He's about 70 percent. He can't run and he can't cut and that's why he's fouling."

"Brevin Knight knew I couldn't really change pace and direction," added Cassell. "He's a good, quality, young point guard and he took advantage of me. I don't blame him."

Knight scored 12 points and handed out eight assists for Cleveland, which has won nine of the last 10 meetings with New Jersey.

Kerry Kittles scored 19 points for the Nets, who have lost five of their last six games and visit Indiana on Sunday.

Potapenko, who was averaging 16.5 points and eight rebounds over his last two starts since taking over the pivot spot for injured Zydrunas Ilgauskas, was limited to six points and three boards in 33 minutes. He did help stifle New Jersey's most potent inside weapon, holding Jayson Williams to two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

"The most important thing is to keep him off the boards, because he's the No. 1 rebounder in the game," Potapenko said. "I just tried to put the body on him early before he could go to the boards."

Cavs starting guard Wesley Person suffered a bruised nerve in his right elbow in the first half and did not return after the break.

Anderson provided more than adequate help, logging 36 minutes off the bench. He made 5-of-9 shots and 9-of-11 free throws for the Cavaliers, who have not lost since opening the season with three losses.

Cleveland held a 36-35 edge on the boards and was the more physical team. Anderson, Knight and Kemp continually drove the lane and drew fouls. Cleveland was 31-of-39 from the line.

The Nets shot from the perimeter most of the game and finished at 41 percent (34-of-84). They made 13-of-16 free throws.

"I'm going to say this for the 1,000th time -- drive the ball and get hit," Calipari said. "Don't avoid the contact and throw the ball at the basket. Get a foul."

The game featured 16 ties and 17 lead changes but appeared to sway in New Jersey's favor when Eric Murdock snapped a 65-65 tie with a 3-pointer with 8:32 to play. Murdock followed with a six-foot running jumper before Van Horn added a layup to stretch the lead to 72-65 with 7:34 remaining.

Kemp responded by hitting a layup and a 12-foot jumper before Knight's 16-footer drew the Cavs within 72-71 with 5:48 left.

Scott Burrell drilled a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 78-74 with 4:07 left. Kemp made a pair of free throws before Knight converted four straight from the line to put the Cavaliers ahead to stay, 80-78, with 2:56 remaining.

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