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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 26 18 33 25 102 CLEVELAND 16 32 23 23 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 23, BIMBO COLES 16, ALAN HENDERSON 16 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 28, WESLEY PERSON 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 9, BIMBO COLES 4 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 12, SHAWN KEMP 4

ATT: 18,595


Extended Box

ATLANTA (102) AT CLEVELAND (94)

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

HENDERSON F 34 6-14 4-4 6 1 7 0 3 1 3 16 JACKSON F 36 5-13 4-4 0 6 6 3 3 1 2 15 MUTOMBO C 41 3-6 4-6 3 14 17 3 5 0 2 10 COLES G 37 8-18 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 2 16 RIDER G 40 9-19 5-5 0 4 4 9 3 0 4 23 TERRY 11 0-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 ELLIS 14 4-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 8 MCLEOD 20 4-10 4-4 3 4 7 1 3 2 1 12 WRIGHT 7 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 2 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-89 23-25 14 36 50 22 31 5 15 102 (.438) (.920) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

KEMP F 23 4-13 2-4 0 6 6 4 4 0 3 10 MURRAY F 37 6-14 3-5 3 3 6 0 5 1 4 15 BRYANT C 28 0-2 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 2 MILLER G 47 10-24 8-8 2 8 10 12 2 1 4 28 PERSON G 43 6-14 3-3 2 1 3 3 4 0 3 18 FERRY 23 3-6 8-8 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 15 STACK 6 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ 19 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 6 CHILCUTT 14 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 0 C HENDERSON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT THUMB KNIGHT DNP - TENDINITIS RIGHT QUADRICEP SURA DNP - SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 32-83 26-30 13 29 42 22 23 3 15 94 (.386) (.867) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

ATLANTA 26 18 33 25 - 102 CLEVELAND 16 32 23 23 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, TERRY, HENDERSON, ELLIS. CLEVELAND - FERRY, STACK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-6 (.167), JACKSON 1-3, COLES 0-1, TERRY 0-2. CLEVELAND 4-13 (.308), MURRAY 0-1, MILLER 0-2, PERSON 3-7, FERRY 1-2, STACK 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO, JACKSON, HENDERSON, CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH WITTMAN 2 (EJECTED), KEMP (EJECTED), ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BENNIE ADAMS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 18,595. T - 2:20.


Box Score

ATLANTA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 34 6-14 4-4 6-7 0 3 16 Jackson 36 5-13 4-4 0-6 3 3 15 Mutombo 41 3-6 4-6 3-17 3 5 10 Coles 37 8-18 0-0 0-2 4 3 16 Rider 40 9-19 5-5 0-4 9 3 23 Terry 11 0-4 0-0 1-4 2 1 0 Ellis 14 4-5 0-0 1-1 0 5 8 Mcleod 20 4-10 4-4 3-7 1 3 12 Wright 7 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 5 2 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-89 23-25 14-50 22 31 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.920. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Jackson 1-3, Coles 0-1, Terry 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Mutombo 4, Terry, Henderson, Ellis). Turnovers: 15 (Rider 4, Henderson 3, Coles 2, Jackson 2, Mutombo 2, Ellis, Mcleod). Steals: 5 (Mcleod 2, Coles, Henderson, Jackson).

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 23 4-13 2-4 0-6 4 4 10 Murray 37 6-14 3-5 3-6 0 5 15 Bryant 28 0-2 2-2 1-6 1 2 2 Miller 47 10-24 8-8 2-10 12 2 28 Person 43 6-14 3-3 2-3 3 4 18 Ferry 23 3-6 8-8 1-1 1 3 15 Stack 6 0-5 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Declercq 19 3-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 6 Chilcutt 14 0-1 0-0 2-5 1 1 0 C Henderson DNP - sprained left thumb Knight DNP - tendinitis right quadricep Sura DNP - sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 26-30 13-42 22 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Murray 0-1, Miller 0-2, Person 3-7, Ferry 1-2, Stack 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ferry, Stack). Turnovers: 15 (Miller 4, Murray 4, Kemp 3, Person 3, Bryant). Steals: 3 (Declercq, Miller, Murray). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 26 18 33 25 - 102 Cleveland 16 32 23 23 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 3 (Mutombo, 11:16 3rd; Jackson, 1:24 3rd; Henderson, 3:47 4th). Cleveland 5 (Head Coach Wittman 2 (ejected), 11:01 3rd, 6:22 3rd; Kemp (ejected), 6:43 3rd; Illegal Defense 2, 5:33 3rd, 8:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ferry (ejected), 1:27 4th). A: 18,595. T: 2:20. Officials: Ed F Rush, Bennie Adams, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers began the night without their starting backcourt, lost their leading scorer and head coach in the third quarter and left the floor with their first home loss in six games.

Isaiah Rider led six players in double figures with 23 points as the Atlanta Hawks held off the undermanned Cavaliers, 102-94.

With guards Bobby Sura (toe) and Brevin Knight (thigh) sidelined by injuries, the Cavaliers stayed within striking distance before power forward Shawn Kemp and coach Randy Wittman were ejected midway through the third quarter.

The Hawks capitalized on Cleveland's depleted roster, outscoring the Cavaliers, 33-23, in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

Bimbo Coles and Alan Henderson scored 16 points apiece for Atlanta, which has won five of its last seven games to move one-half game ahead of Cleveland into 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are four games behind Detroit for the final playoff spot in the East.

Rookie point guard Andre Miller did his best to make up for the Cavaliers decimated backcourt, recording his first career triple-double and the 12th in club history. He had a season-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists but did not receive enough help as the Cavs faded down the stretch for their first loss at Gund Arena since since a 111-107 setback to Sacramento here on January 4.

"I'm not really proud because we didn't win the game," Miller said. "We didn't have some guys tonight but we still played hard."

"He did a great job," Wittman said of his first-year playmaker. "He grew up tonight. He persevered and he's a tough kid. To put up a triple-double on a night like this says a lot."

The Hawks avenged a 127-116 loss here on December 11 and improved to 7-6 all-time at Gund Arena.

Kemp had a layup attempt blocked by Dikembe Mutombo with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter and the Cavs trailing 58-53. He fouled Mutombo for his fourth personal and engaged in a brief shoving match with the 7-2 center before getting in the face of referee Leroy Richardson, who quickly slapped Cleveland's leading scorer with two technicals.

Jim Jackson hit a technical free throw before Wittman displayed his frustration with the officiating by walking onto the floor with the game in progress. Referee Bennie Adams gave Wittman his exit moments later and the Hawks took advantage of the chaos by reeling off 11 straight points.

"The play of the game was out of control," Wittman said. "There was no control on the floor. It was right from the beginning of the game. (The officials) didn't even know which way it should go. I've never seen more calls and officials arguing with officials."

"I told the players, `Listen, don't get caught up because the technicals are going to come right back to us,' and that's exactly what happened," added Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens, whose club had three technicals called against them after the ejections. "I don't like that because the other team gets more pumped than you do. It was exactly what I anticipated."

Rider capped the decisive run with a running jumper that gave Atlanta a 67-53 cushion with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter. Rider made 9-of-19 shots, grabbed five boards and handed out nine assists, bouncing back nicely from a dreadful 4-of-16 performance in Friday's home loss to Portland.

Jackson scored 15 points and Roshown McLeod added 12 off the bench for the Hawks, who improved to 5-17 on the road with their second straight win away from Philips Arena.

Miller hit two free throws and a driving layup to spark a 6-0 run as Cleveland closed to 88-83 with 4:33 to play. But that was as close as the Cavs would get as the teams exchanged baskets over the next three minutes before Jackson and McLeod made four straight free throws to make it 98-92 with 35 seconds left.

Wesley Person filled in nicely for Sura, scoring 18 points and Lamond Murray and Danny Ferry added 15 apiece for Cleveland, which shot 39 percent (32-of-83) and lost the battle on the boards, 50-42. Kemp finished with 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

"I commend the nine guys that played tonight," Wittman said. "They had one thing in mind tonight -- do whatever we have to do to win the game."

"I'm walking out of here tonight thinking that a bad game was called," Ferry added. "I think we had some tough situations and tough calls against us tonight in situations that were pretty pivotal."

Mutombo had 10 points and 17 boards for the Hawks, who shot 44 percent (39-of-89) and scored 20 points off turnovers.

"We had a little disappointing loss (Friday) which was a winnable game for us," Mutombo said. "Coming out tonight, we found out that this was a winnable game. All we had to do was build a great lead in the beginning and take them away from the game. When we did that and they fought very hard, we just went in and took the game away from them."

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