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BOSTON (99) AT CLEVELAND (116)

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

PIERCE F 25 0-11 2-2 3 0 3 4 4 3 0 2 WALKER F 29 7-15 2-5 2 3 5 1 6 2 1 17 RILEY C 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 2 ANDERSON G 29 4-10 6-6 2 4 6 5 2 0 1 14 MERCER G 33 9-16 4-4 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 22 BARROS 19 2-6 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 6 BATTIE 19 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 BOWEN 15 4-5 1-3 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 10 DECLERCQ 18 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 2 5 2 1 4 JONES 13 1-4 4-4 2 0 2 0 4 0 1 6 MCCARTY 17 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 4 MINOR 11 4-5 2-4 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 10

TOTALS 240 35-84 27-34 13 15 28 20 40 8 10 99 (.417) (.794) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 26 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 5 2 1 4 10 KEMP F 33 5-8 12-15 4 6 10 2 5 0 2 22 POTAPENKO C 37 4-7 5-10 2 7 9 2 6 0 4 13 ANDERSON G 36 3-6 10-12 1 2 3 9 2 0 3 16 SURA G 29 7-11 5-6 0 3 3 7 3 0 2 19 BUTLER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 FERRY 26 5-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 12 LANG 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 NEWMAN 22 1-5 3-3 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 5 PERSON 26 6-9 1-1 1 4 5 0 3 2 1 17 KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT INDEX FINGER STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-62 38-49 9 27 36 29 27 5 18 116 (.581) (.776) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 21(14 PTS)

BOSTON 27 19 29 24 - 99 CLEVELAND 27 29 30 30 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE, MINOR, RILEY. CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, POTAPENKO 2, ANDERSON, SURA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-11 (.182), PIERCE 0-3, WALKER 1-6, BOWEN 1-1, MCCARTY 0-1. CLEVELAND 6-10 (.600), ANDERSON 0-1, SURA 0-1, FERRY 2-2, PERSON 4-6. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - RILEY, CLEVELAND - KEMP. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, DICK BAVETTA, DEE KANTNER. A - 12,906. T - 2:24.


Box Score

BOSTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 25 0-11 2-2 3-3 4 4 2 Walker 29 7-15 2-5 2-5 1 6 17 Riley 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 Anderson 29 4-10 6-6 2-6 5 2 14 Mercer 33 9-16 4-4 0-1 4 3 22 Barros 19 2-6 2-2 1-1 1 0 6 Battie 19 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Bowen 15 4-5 1-3 1-2 0 3 10 Declercq 18 1-2 2-2 1-4 2 5 4 Jones 13 1-4 4-4 2-2 0 4 6 Mccarty 17 1-6 2-2 0-1 3 3 4 Minor 11 4-5 2-4 1-1 0 2 10 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 27-34 13-28 20 40 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Pierce 0-3, Walker 1-6, Bowen 1-1, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Minor, Riley). Turnovers: 10 (Barros 2, Anderson, Declercq, Jones, Mccarty, Mercer, Minor, Riley, Walker). Steals: 8 (Pierce 3, Declercq 2, Walker 2, Minor).

CLEVELAND (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 4-7 2-2 1-2 5 2 10 Kemp 33 5-8 12-15 4-10 2 5 22 Potapenko 37 4-7 5-10 2-9 2 6 13 Anderson 36 3-6 10-12 1-3 9 2 16 Sura 29 7-11 5-6 0-3 7 3 19 Butler 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ferry 26 5-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 12 Lang 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Newman 22 1-5 3-3 0-2 3 2 5 Person 26 6-9 1-1 1-5 0 3 17 Knight DNP - sprained right index finger Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-62 38-49 9-36 29 27 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.776. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Anderson 0-1, Sura 0-1, Ferry 2-2, Person 4-6). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Sura). Turnovers: 21 (Henderson 4, Potapenko 4, Anderson 3, Ferry 2, Kemp 2, Sura 2, Person). Steals: 5 (Person 2, Ferry, Henderson, Newman). ____________________________________________ Boston 27 19 29 24 - 99 Cleveland 27 29 30 30 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Riley, 2:27 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Kemp, 2:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,906. T: 2:24. Officials: Don Vaden, Dick Bavetta, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- With three days rest, the Cleveland Cavaliers played one of the worst games in franchise history. With no rest, they had possibly their best performance of the season.

Wesley Person returned from a four-game absence and hit four 3-pointers in his 14-point second-quarter explosion as the Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 116-99 pounding of the Boston Celtics.

Cleveland made just 21 baskets -- one more than the NBA record low -- and shot 30 percent (21-of-71) from the field in Monday's 85-78 loss in New York. Behind Person's season-high 17 points and 22 from Shawn Kemp, the Cavaliers shot an impressive 58 percent (36-of-62) and connected on 6-of-10 3-pointers against Boston's pressure defense. They also went 38-of-49 from the foul line.

"We certainly welcome Wesley back with open arms," Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello said.

Person had been sidelined for Cleveland's entire four-game skid with a bruised ulnar nerve in his right elbow. But he entered late in the first quarter and drilled two 3-pointers in the first 1:10 of the second period to give the Cavaliers a 33-27 advantage and the lead for good.

"My elbow felt fine, but I'll have to wait until morning to see how it feels," said Person. "After my first two shots went down, it made it easy for me. After that, I had good rhythm the rest of the game and I came ready to play. I didn't hesitate on my shots. Even if I missed the first shot, I would've kept shooting."

Bob Sura scored a season-high 19 points, Kemp grabbed 10 rebounds and Derek Anderson dished out nine assists for Cleveland, which had lost four straight for the first time since suffering through a six-game skid from January 7-17, 1997.

Ron Mercer scored 22 points and Kenny Anderson added 14 for the Celtics, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak.

"That was not one of our better performances and give credit to Cleveland," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "They dominated us, physically dominated us in every phase of the inside game. We were unable to guard their interior and it made their perimeter shots go down."

Celtics rookie Paul Pierce, who entered the game second on the team in scoring at 20.3 points per contest, was held without a basket for the first time this season. Named the NBA Rookie of the Month earlier in the day, he picked up his second foul halfway through the first quarter and made just a pair of free throws.

"That happened one other time my career, my freshman year (at Kansas)," Pierce said. "There's no excuse, I let my team down. I didn't do the things I should've done. I'll prepare myself mentally for the next game and come back and bounce back."

The Cavaliers held a 20-point advantage midway through the third quarter but saw their lead whittled to 89-82 on Kenny Anderson's driving layup with 9:27 left.

Danny Ferry scored the next seven points on a pair of 19-foot jumpers around a 3-pointer. His second jumper made it 96-82 with 7:05 to play.

"When you have two guys making shots like Wesley and Danny Ferry coming off the bench ... this is just outstanding," Fratello said. "That was the No. 1 factor."

Boston cut Cleveland's advantage to 101-93 on a 3-pointer by Antoine Walker with 4:06 to go and were within 106-97 with 2:35 left. After Pierce missed a driving layup, Kemp threw down a fast-break dunk to ignite a 10-0 run as the Cavaliers put away the game.

A 27-27 tie entering the second period quickly became a six-point lead for Cleveland as Person drilled consecutive 3-pointers. A dunk by Walker brought Boston within 33-31, but Sura made layups to begin and end an 11-3 run that made it 44-34 with just under five minutes left until halftime.

Cleveland began the third quarter with a 15-5 spurt and took a 71-51 lead on Kemp's three-point play with 7:23 left in the period.

Derek Anderson scored 16 points, Vitaly Potapenko 13, Ferry 12 and Cedric Henderson 10 to give the Cavaliers seven players in double figures. They held a 36-28 advantage on the boards and scored 20 fast-break points.

Walker tallied 17 points for the Celtics, who shot 42 percent (35-of-84), including 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

"The Cavs did a good job of executing," Mercer said. "We had guys in foul trouble and they got to the free-throw line. All of their guys stepped up, they had guys hurt and they had guys step in and played well."

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