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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 22 17 20 15 74 NEW YORK 17 18 17 26 78 FINAL


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CLEVELAND (74) AT NEW YORK (78)

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

HENDERSON F 28 5-10 0-1 1 2 3 1 4 3 3 10 KEMP F 38 9-20 7-12 7 6 13 1 2 3 2 25 DECLERCQ C 32 3-10 2-6 4 7 11 0 5 2 0 8 KNIGHT G 33 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 7 5 3 2 6 PERSON G 31 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 10 ANDERSON 25 3-10 3-3 0 4 4 3 4 0 2 9 BLOUNT 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 FERRY 18 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 NEWMAN 17 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 SURA 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-77 14-24 12 25 37 16 31 14 12 74 (.377) (.583) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

DUDLEY F 10 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 SPREWELL F 30 3-9 5-6 1 0 1 2 1 0 4 11 EWING C 38 2-12 9-10 1 10 11 1 3 0 4 13 HOUSTON G 41 6-16 4-4 0 3 3 2 3 0 3 16 WARD G 39 5-8 2-3 0 3 3 7 5 2 3 14 CAMBY 25 4-9 1-2 4 6 10 0 3 1 1 9 CHILDS 34 3-8 4-5 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 11 THOMAS 23 1-3 2-4 1 7 8 0 0 2 0 4 BRUNSON DNP - FLU JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 24-65 27-34 8 34 42 14 22 5 16 78 (.369) (.794) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

CLEVELAND 22 17 20 15 - 74 NEW YORK 17 18 17 26 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP, FERRY. NEW YORK - EWING 2, DUDLEY 2, CAMBY, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-12 (.167), PERSON 2-5, ANDERSON 0-4, FERRY 0-3. NEW YORK 3-13 (.231), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 2-5, CHILDS 1-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TIM DONAGHY, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,763. T - 2:29.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 28 5-10 0-1 1-3 1 4 10 Kemp 38 9-20 7-12 7-13 1 2 25 Declercq 32 3-10 2-6 4-11 0 5 8 Knight 33 3-8 0-0 0-1 7 5 6 Person 31 4-8 0-0 0-3 2 2 10 Anderson 25 3-10 3-3 0-4 3 4 9 Blount 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Ferry 18 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Newman 17 0-2 2-2 0-2 0 2 2 Sura 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Boykins DNP - coach's decision Butler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-77 14-24 12-37 16 31 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Person 2-5, Anderson 0-4, Ferry 0-3). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 2 (Kemp, Ferry). Turnovers: 13 (Henderson 3, Anderson 2, Kemp 2, Knight 2, Ferry, Newman, Person). Steals: 14 (Henderson 3, Kemp 3, Knight 3, Declercq 2, Newman 2, Person).

NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Dudley 10 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 3 0 Sprewell 30 3-9 5-6 1-1 2 1 11 Ewing 38 2-12 9-10 1-11 1 3 13 Houston 41 6-16 4-4 0-3 2 3 16 Ward 39 5-8 2-3 0-3 7 5 14 Camby 25 4-9 1-2 4-10 0 3 9 Childs 34 3-8 4-5 0-3 2 4 11 Thomas 23 1-3 2-4 1-8 0 0 4 Brunson DNP - flu Johnson DNP - sprained right knee Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-65 27-34 8-42 14 22 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 2-5, Childs 1-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 2, Dudley 2, Camby, Thomas). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 4, Sprewell 4, Houston 3, Ward 3, Camby, Childs). Steals: 5 (Thomas 2, Ward 2, Camby). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 22 17 20 15 - 74 New York 17 18 17 26 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:29. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tim Donaghy, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Point guards Chris Childs and Charlie Ward combined for 14 of New York's final 18 points and the Knicks held on for a 78-74 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who missed two wide-open jumpers in the final six seconds.

Childs netted the first six points and Ward the final five of an 11-0 run midway through the fourth quarter as the Knicks turned a five-point deficit into a 71-65 lead with 3:24 to play.

"It (playing with Ward) just gives us a different look as far as needing to execute and penetrate on offense because the whole game we were too stationary," said Childs. "So that gives us another option."

Cleveland fought back to force a 73-73 tie when Shawn Kemp followed two missed free throws by Andrew DeClercq with a basket. But Patrick Ewing made a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left, and after Kemp converted one from the line, Childs did the same to give the Knicks a 76-74 lead with 20 seconds remaining.

The Cavaliers had two excellent chances to score, but Derek Anderson missed a 3-pointer from the right wing. After he got the rebound, Brevin Knight misfired on a short jumper from the right side.

"I thought Derek was going to make it," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "Then Brevin had a chippie. If it goes in, we would still be playing. But it didn't tonight."

Childs grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 1.1 seconds remaining and Ewing iced the Knicks' second straight narrow victory by making two foul shots with 0.7 seconds left.

"I'm glad we got the win this time," said Ewing. "We made some big shots and free throws and we made some big stops."

Allan Houston scored 16 points, Ward added 14 and Ewing 11 for New York, which defeated Indiana 94-93 on Tuesday, surviving three misses by the Pacers in the final moments.

Kemp netted 25 points for Cleveland, which blew a 13-point lead and scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter.

"I was really pleased with our team tonight," added Fratello, obviously talking about his team's defense and effort. "This is the kind of performance that we have been waiting for. I couldn't be more proud of what we did out there."

Childs' began the 11-0 spurt with a three-point play and added a 3-pointer that made it 66-65, New York's first lead since 7-5. After a timeout, Ward drilled a 3-pointer and Childs' stripped Cedric Henderson, leading to Ward's layup that gave New York a six-point advantage.

"I was out there, so I had to do something," Childs said of his 3-pointer. "I hadn't played well the whole game. I had a guy on me and Marcus (Camby) set a good pick on him and I came off it and I took it. If I miss, I miss. But I'm going to take it."

Kemp broke Cleveland's eight-possession drought with two free throws and Wesley Person drained a 3-pointer from the left corner that cut New York's advantage to 71-70 with two minutes left.

Childs made a pair of free throws before DeClercq connected on the first of two free throws. When DeClercq missed the second attempt, Ward tipped the rebound to Childs, but moments later gave Cleveland back the ball by throwing a bad pass. The Cavs took advantage and tied the game when Kemp benefited from a goaltending call.

"If you make those (free throws), it's not as close of a game towards the end," said DeClercq, whose team shot 14-of-24 from the line. "That was the difference there."

Latrell Sprewell started in place of injured forward Larry Johnson and netted 11 points for New York, which overcame 37 percent shooting (24-of-65) and 16 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Cavaliers. Ewing grabbed 11 rebounds as New York held a 42-37 advantage on the boards.

Johnson has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and could be sidelined up to a week.

"We miss Larry, but we had guys step up tonight," said Houston. "We starting to grow. I wish we didn't have those streaks at the beginning, where we didn't know what to do. But now we're finding ways to win."

Henderson and Person scored 10 points apiece and Kemp grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot 38 percent (29-of-77) and were 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.

The Knicks scored just 52 points through the first three quarters and were trailing by seven entering the final period. But Camby opened the fourth with a layup, Houston scored on a runner and Ewing made two free throws, cutting Cleveland's lead to 59-58.

"When they were chipping away at the lead, it was a simple case of turnovers," said Fratello. "We had good looks at the basket and we have to go to the free throw line and make free throws."

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