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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 20 23 16 24 83 CLEVELAND 16 24 22 12 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 23, RON ARTEST 18, CHRIS CARR 16 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 16, MARK BRYANT 12, ANDRE MILLER 11

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, MICHAEL RUFFIN 9 CLE - MARK BRYANT 8, LAMOND MURRAY 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RANDY BROWN 5, ELTON BRAND 3 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 4, BREVIN KNIGHT 3

ATT: 14,270


Extended Box

CHICAGO (83) AT CLEVELAND (74)

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

ARTEST F 25 6-10 5-6 0 2 2 2 2 1 4 18 BRAND F 41 9-22 5-8 5 9 14 3 2 0 2 23 ANSTEY C 11 1-4 2-2 1 4 5 1 4 0 1 4 BROWN G 26 0-4 1-2 0 4 4 5 1 0 2 1 HAWKINS G 30 0-2 2-2 1 4 5 1 1 1 0 2 SIMPKINS 25 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 CARR 28 6-14 3-4 3 4 7 2 2 1 2 16 MALONEY 22 3-6 2-4 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 10 C BENJAMIN 14 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 4 RUFFIN 18 2-3 1-2 5 4 9 0 4 0 1 5 HOIBERG DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-71 21-32 16 36 52 15 22 4 17 83 (.408) (.656) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

KEMP F 21 3-5 1-2 1 4 5 1 6 1 2 7 MURRAY F 32 6-15 2-2 2 4 6 0 2 4 2 16 BRYANT C 30 5-8 2-2 2 6 8 1 6 0 0 12 MILLER G 23 5-11 1-1 1 0 1 4 2 0 2 11 PERSON G 23 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 DECLERCQ 25 2-5 5-6 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 9 KNIGHT 19 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 2 C HENDERSON 22 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 3 SURA 17 0-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 FERRY 21 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 5 BOYKINS 7 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 KETNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-74 12-15 9 23 32 14 26 6 10 74 (.392) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

CHICAGO 20 23 16 24 - 83 CLEVELAND 16 24 22 12 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BROWN, BRAND, ANSTEY, RUFFIN, C BENJAMIN. CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-11 (.364), ARTEST 1-1, HAWKINS 0-2, CARR 1-3, MALONEY 2-4, C BENJAMIN 0-1. CLEVELAND 4-11 (.364), MURRAY 2-4, PERSON 1-2, SURA 0-2, FERRY 1-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - MURRAY. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, BOB DELANEY, RODNEY MOTT. A - 14,270. T - 2:13.


Box Score

CHICAGO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 25 6-10 5-6 0-2 2 2 18 Brand 41 9-22 5-8 5-14 3 2 23 Anstey 11 1-4 2-2 1-5 1 4 4 Brown 26 0-4 1-2 0-4 5 1 1 Hawkins 30 0-2 2-2 1-5 1 1 2 Simpkins 25 0-1 0-2 0-2 1 2 0 Carr 28 6-14 3-4 3-7 2 2 16 Maloney 22 3-6 2-4 0-2 0 2 10 C Benjamin 14 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Ruffin 18 2-3 1-2 5-9 0 4 5 Hoiberg DNP - left ankle sprain Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 21-32 16-52 15 22 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Artest 1-1, Hawkins 0-2, Carr 1-3, Maloney 2-4, C Benjamin 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Brown, Brand, Anstey, Ruffin, C Benjamin). Turnovers: 17 (Artest 4, Brand 2, Brown 2, C Benjamin 2, Carr 2, Maloney 2, Anstey, Ruffin, Simpkins). Steals: 4 (Artest, Carr, Hawkins, Simpkins).

CLEVELAND (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 21 3-5 1-2 1-5 1 6 7 Murray 32 6-15 2-2 2-6 0 2 16 Bryant 30 5-8 2-2 2-8 1 6 12 Miller 23 5-11 1-1 1-1 4 2 11 Person 23 1-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 3 Declercq 25 2-5 5-6 0-2 0 2 9 Knight 19 1-5 0-0 1-1 3 2 2 C Henderson 22 1-3 1-2 1-3 2 3 3 Sura 17 0-7 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ferry 21 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 3 5 Boykins 7 3-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 6 Ketner DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 12-15 9-32 14 26 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Murray 2-4, Person 1-2, Sura 0-2, Ferry 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Kemp 2, Declercq). Turnovers: 11 (C Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Miller 2, Murray 2, Declercq, Knight). Steals: 6 (Murray 4, Declercq, Kemp). ____________________________________________ Chicago 20 23 16 24 - 83 Cleveland 16 24 22 12 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Murray, 0:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ferry, 8:36 4th). A: 14,270. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Derosa, Bob Delaney, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- It was hardly pretty, but the Chicago Bulls will take a victory any way they can get one.

Sixth man Chris Carr scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls snapped a 13-game road losing streak with an 83-74 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Carr hit a jumper with 2:48 remaining to put Chicago ahead for good at 74-72. The Bulls allowed only 12 points in the fourth quarter and just eight over the final 10 1/2 minutes.

Elton Brand scored 23 points and fellow rookie Ron Artest added 18 for the Bulls, who won for only the second time in 13 contests and pulled one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers in the battle to avoid the league's worst record.

"We got a nice lift tonight from our bench," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "I think Elton played real physical. It helps when you're able to get a guy like Shawn Kemp into foul trouble."

Kemp scored only seven points before fouling out for a league-high 13th time this season. Bob Sura, Cleveland's third-leading scorer, missed all seven of his shots and was held without a point.

"Offensively, we struggled tonight and that affected our game entirely," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We missed so mnay shots that we became tentative and we weren't aggressive going to the basket. They hurt us on the offensive boards and ultimately that cost us the game."

Lamond Murray had 16 points for Cleveland, which was pushed to the brink of postseason elimination. The Cavaliers dropped eight games behind Orlando for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with only nine to play.

Chicago slot only 40 percent (29-of-71), but held the Cavaliers to 39 percent (29-of-74).

"This is very disappointing but you have to give the Bulls credit," Cleveland forward Danny Ferry said. "They outworked us tonight and the better team won. This was a matter of us not playing with the energy and the desire."

"We need to be more focused in how to finish games and we need to end the season on some kind of positive note," added Cleveland rookie guard Andre Miller, who scored 11 points.

Chicago led at the half, 43-40, but the Cavaliers outscored the Bulls 22-16 in the third period to take a 62-59 lead into the final period.

Ferry hit a 3-pointer to give the Cavs their last lead at 72-71 with 2:35 to play. After Carr's 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead, he hit 1-of-2 from the line before Brand's tip-in made it 77-72 with 56 seconds to play.

"Our bench helped us tonight," Brand said. "By getting a player like Shawn Kemp into foul trouble, we were able to attack and be effective in the post."

Murray's dunk brought Cleveland within 77-74, but Carr answered with a 13-footer and Brand converted two foul shots to give the Bulls an 81-74 cushion with 18 seconds to play. After Murray missed a 3-pointer, Hersey Hawkins made a pair from the line to complete the scoring.

Matt Maloney chipped in with 10 points off the bench for the Bulls, who improved to just 5-32 on the road this season. They already are assured of the worst record in the East.

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