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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 19 9 24 20 72 MILWAUKEE 27 23 22 31 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 16, ANDRE MILLER 15, SHAWN KEMP 11 MIL - TIM THOMAS 22, SAM CASSELL 18, RAY ALLEN 18

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MIL - DARVIN HAM 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BOB SURA 3, ANDRE MILLER 3 MIL - SAM CASSELL 8, RAY ALLEN 6

ATT: 14,016


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (72) AT MILWAUKEE (103)

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

KEMP F 27 5-9 1-2 2 5 7 2 4 1 2 11 PERSON F 21 0-4 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ C 25 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 4 MILLER G 28 6-11 3-5 0 2 2 3 4 0 3 15 MURRAY G 38 5-14 6-10 1 2 3 0 4 2 4 16 SURA 32 2-14 4-6 0 3 3 3 4 1 3 8 BRYANT 23 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 0 KNIGHT 18 4-7 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 9 FERRY 17 1-3 3-3 0 3 3 0 4 0 3 5 BOYKINS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 KETNER 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 STACK 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 27-68 18-28 5 28 33 10 28 4 20 72 (.397) (.643) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 30 3-10 2-2 0 4 4 4 3 1 3 8 S WILLIAMS F 17 1-6 3-4 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 5 JOHNSON C 16 1-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 1 1 2 ALLEN G 33 7-17 3-3 0 6 6 6 1 0 1 18 CASSELL G 36 8-15 2-2 1 4 5 8 3 4 2 18 HAM 33 4-6 3-4 5 6 11 1 3 0 0 11 DEL NEGRO 18 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 2 THOMAS 25 7-10 5-5 1 4 5 2 3 1 2 22 MANNING 21 3-9 0-0 4 2 6 0 4 0 2 6 R ALSTON 6 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 TRAYLOR 5 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5 TURKCAN DNP - TORN PLANTAR FASCIA RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 39-85 21-24 13 36 49 26 29 9 13 103 (.459) (.875) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

CLEVELAND 19 9 24 20 - 72 MILWAUKEE 27 23 22 31 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - BRYANT 2. MILWAUKEE - THOMAS, S WILLIAMS, HAM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 0-12 (.000), PERSON 0-2, MILLER 0-2, MURRAY 0-2, SURA 0-6. MILWAUKEE 4-14 (.286), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 1-6, HAM 0-1, THOMAS 3-4. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - THOMAS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOMMY NUNEZ, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 14,016. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 27 5-9 1-2 2-7 2 4 11 Person 21 0-4 0-0 0-5 1 0 0 Declercq 25 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Miller 28 6-11 3-5 0-2 3 4 15 Murray 38 5-14 6-10 1-3 0 4 16 Sura 32 2-14 4-6 0-3 3 4 8 Bryant 23 0-0 0-0 0-5 0 2 0 Knight 18 4-7 1-2 0-1 1 1 9 Ferry 17 1-3 3-3 0-3 0 4 5 Boykins 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ketner 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Stack 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-68 18-28 5-33 10 28 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 0-12, .000 (Person 0-2, Miller 0-2, Murray 0-2, Sura 0-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Bryant 2). Turnovers: 20 (Murray 4, Ferry 3, Knight 3, Miller 3, Sura 3, Kemp 2, Bryant, Ketner). Steals: 4 (Murray 2, Kemp, Sura).

MILWAUKEE (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 30 3-10 2-2 0-4 4 3 8 S Williams 17 1-6 3-4 1-2 2 4 5 Johnson 16 1-1 0-0 1-6 0 4 2 Allen 33 7-17 3-3 0-6 6 1 18 Cassell 36 8-15 2-2 1-5 8 3 18 Ham 33 4-6 3-4 5-11 1 3 11 Del Negro 18 1-6 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Thomas 25 7-10 5-5 1-5 2 3 22 Manning 21 3-9 0-0 4-6 0 4 6 R Alston 6 3-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 Traylor 5 1-2 3-4 0-1 1 1 5 Turkcan DNP - torn plantar fascia right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 21-24 13-49 26 29 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 1-6, Ham 0-1, Thomas 3-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Thomas, S Williams, Ham). Turnovers: 13 (Robinson 3, Cassell 2, Manning 2, R Alston 2, Thomas 2, Allen, Johnson). Steals: 9 (Cassell 4, Del Negro, Johnson, R Alston, Robinson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 19 9 24 20 - 72 Milwaukee 27 23 22 31 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Thomas, 11:25 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,016. T: 2:04. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tommy Nunez, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl has to be wondering why his team cannot do this more often.

Ray Allen and Sam Cassell fueled a dominant first-half performance as the Bucks snapped back into shape with a 103-72 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers, posting just their fourth win in 16 games.

Burdened by his club's uninspired play over the last five weeks, Karl has openly criticized the Bucks' lack of teamwork and unwillingness to work hard on several occassions.

However, he did not have to wait long to see some effort this afternoon. Milwaukee never was seriously challenged in moving back within one-half game of Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"Sometimes we're good, sometimes we're bad," Karl said. "Sometimes we pass, sometimes we don't. I think we'll continue to play some good games, but you can't play 100 games without some down times."

Cassell, who was 4-of-13 from the floor for eight points in Friday's embarrassing 108-80 home loss to New Jersey, hit 4-of-5 shots in the opening quarter for 10 points, leading the Bucks to a 27-19 lead.

Allen scored six points in each of the first two quarters as Milwaukee opened a 50-28 halftime cushion. Cassell and Allen finished with 18 points apiece.

Karl commended his team's 26-13 assist-to-turnover ratio.

"My optimism is in the way we passed," Karl said. "As a team we need to trust the pass to keep getting better shots. It's going be a race (for the playoffs). Detroit, Orlando, Boston, us -- whoever makes it, it's going to be a race and whoever makes it, they're going to be a better team."

Tim Thomas kept up the intensity in the second half, scoring 16 of his 22 points after the break and displaying some fire in a shoving match with Cleveland forward Danny Ferry.

"It showed how everyone took it on themselves to go out and get a win," Thomas said. "The season is winding down now, we've let of games slip away. Now is the time to go out and win."

For once, Karl got to watch the other team's lifelessness as Cleveland offered very little resistance after intermission, raising the ire of Cavaliers coach Randy Wittmann.

"I just thought we reverted back to individualism tonight," Wittman said. "Too many guys were worried about themselves. We had 10 assists for the game. Time is running out, especially with games like this."

Lamond Murray scored 16 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost six of nine to fall five games behind the Magic for eighth place in the East. Cleveland established season lows for points in a quarter and half en route to their fifth straight loss in Milwaukee.

Darvin Ham had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 46 percent (39-of-85), held a commanding 49-33 advantage on the boards and forced 20 turnovers.

"It was the first time we held a team under 10 points (in a quarter)," Karl said. "Everyone's worried about the midseason blues. We're not a bad team. We're a good team searching for ourselves."

Rookie Andre Miller scored 15 points, but the Cavs' top offensive weapon, Shawn Kemp, seemed disenterested, managing just 11 points in 27 minutes.

"They came out aggressively," Miller said. "They got a lot of rebounds and second-chance points. We didn't shoot well from the free-throw line or from the field."

Danny Manning and Ham made back-to-back layups to start the second-quarter explosion and Allen and Thomas connected on consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 14-0 run that gave the Bucks a 45-21 lead with 5:37 left in the half.

Thomas stuck a forearm under Ferry's throat with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter, resulting in two free throws as the Cavs finally got the deficit under 20 at 68-50. But Thomas came right back with a layup on the ensuing trip and Milwaukee held a 72-52 lead entering the final period.

Ferry and Thomas locked up again early in the fourth quarter and Ferry sank a technical free throw before Thomas sank two from the line and hit two jumpers to make it 78-55 with 9:38 to play.

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