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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 23 25 26 96 CLEVELAND 31 28 26 21 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LATRELL SPREWELL 15, MARCUS CAMBY 15 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 18, LAMOND MURRAY 16, SHAWN KEMP 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 8, MARCUS CAMBY 7 CLE - MARK BRYANT 8, ANDREW DECLERCQ 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 10, CHRIS CHILDS 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 9, BREVIN KNIGHT 9

ATT: 20,562


Extended Box

NEW YORK (96) AT CLEVELAND (106)

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

L JOHNSON F 32 1-3 4-4 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 6 SPREWELL F 38 4-9 7-8 2 4 6 10 2 1 0 15 EWING C 24 4-9 2-4 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 10 HOUSTON G 41 5-15 10-10 1 2 3 0 2 1 4 21 WARD G 25 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 1 3 8 THOMAS 23 5-8 0-2 3 5 8 0 4 0 1 10 CAMBY 24 3-10 9-10 5 2 7 0 3 1 0 15 CHILDS 29 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 6 3 2 2 7 BRUNSON 4 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 34-40 12 27 39 20 25 7 14 96 (.414) (.850) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

KEMP F 20 7-9 1-3 0 5 5 2 5 1 1 15 MURRAY F 34 7-20 1-2 2 3 5 2 1 0 1 16 BRYANT C 33 6-8 2-2 4 4 8 3 5 0 1 14 MILLER G 27 6-9 6-6 3 3 6 9 2 1 1 18 PERSON G 26 4-10 3-3 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 12 DECLERCQ 21 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 1 0 2 KNIGHT 21 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 9 1 1 4 5 SURA 22 5-8 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 2 0 14 FERRY 18 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 8 C HENDERSON 16 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 BOYKINS 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KETNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-87 15-18 15 27 42 33 23 7 9 106 (.471) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 23 25 26 - 96 CLEVELAND 31 28 26 21 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL 3, CAMBY 2, THOMAS 2. CLEVELAND - BRYANT, KEMP, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-11 (.364), SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 2-4, CHILDS 1-3. CLEVELAND 9-19 (.474), MURRAY 1-4, PERSON 1-2, KNIGHT 1-2, SURA 4-7, FERRY 2-2, C HENDERSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CHILDS, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 4. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, DAVID JONES, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,562. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 32 1-3 4-4 0-4 2 3 6 Sprewell 38 4-9 7-8 2-6 10 2 15 Ewing 24 4-9 2-4 1-5 0 3 10 Houston 41 5-15 10-10 1-3 0 2 21 Ward 25 3-6 0-0 0-2 2 5 8 Thomas 23 5-8 0-2 3-8 0 4 10 Camby 24 3-10 9-10 5-7 0 3 15 Childs 29 3-8 0-0 0-4 6 3 7 Brunson 4 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Lang DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 34-40 12-39 20 25 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 2-4, Childs 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Sprewell 3, Camby 2, Thomas 2). Turnovers: 14 (Houston 4, Ward 3, Childs 2, Ewing 2, Brunson, L Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Childs 2, Brunson, Camby, Houston, Sprewell, Ward).

CLEVELAND (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 20 7-9 1-3 0-5 2 5 15 Murray 34 7-20 1-2 2-5 2 1 16 Bryant 33 6-8 2-2 4-8 3 5 14 Miller 27 6-9 6-6 3-6 9 2 18 Person 26 4-10 3-3 2-3 2 0 12 Declercq 21 1-5 0-0 2-7 1 3 2 Knight 21 1-4 2-2 0-2 9 1 5 Sura 22 5-8 0-0 1-4 3 1 14 Ferry 18 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 8 C Henderson 16 1-7 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Boykins 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ketner DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-87 15-18 15-42 33 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Murray 1-4, Person 1-2, Knight 1-2, Sura 4-7, Ferry 2-2, C Henderson 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Bryant, Kemp, Declercq). Turnovers: 9 (Knight 4, Bryant, Ferry, Kemp, Miller, Murray). Steals: 7 (Sura 2, C Henderson, Declercq, Kemp, Knight, Miller). ____________________________________________ New York 22 23 25 26 - 96 Cleveland 31 28 26 21 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 0:34 2nd). Cleveland 4 (Illegal Defense 4, 4:32 2nd, 3:02 2nd, 4:51 3rd, 8:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:10. Officials: Steve Javie, David Jones, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- With a prime opportunity to move closer to the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks looked like a lottery team for the second straight night.

After being humiliated in Toronto on Friday, the Knicks looked lifeless again, falling behind early and never posing a serious challenge in a 106-96 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who got a stellar performance from rookie Andre Miller.

The first-year point guard had 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds, hitting 6-of-9 shots, all six of his free throws and giving the Knicks fits all night. Miller scored 12 first-half points to stake the Cavaliers to a 59-45 bulge at intermission that they did not surrender.

Lamond Murray scored 16 points, Shawn Kemp 15 and Bobby Sura and Mark Bryant added 14 apiece for the lottery-bound Cavs, who played more like a team vying for the final playoff spot.

Allan Houston displayed some urgency for New York, scoring 21 points, including a 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line. Marcus Camby and Latrell Sprewell scored 15 points apiece for the Knicks, who slipped 1 1/2 games behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division with two games to play.

"I don't know," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy responded when asked about his team's lack of purpose. "When you're looking at this time of year, your team should be at its most serious, most intense and be at its best. Other than (reserve guard) Rick Brunson, I don't think there's one guy playing his best basketball of the year right now."

"We didn't have a lot of energy," Houston said. "We didn't have a lot of emotion and there wasn't a lot of anything. It's just like we're trying to get through (the season), instead of preparing for (the playoffs)."

New York (49-31) scored 27 first-half points in Friday's 86-71 setback at the Air Canada Centre and tonight remained one win shy of its first 50-win season since 1996-97.

"Our team's not playing very good basketball," Van Gundy said. "We're not very intense and we're not very serious and we're not very focused. We're getting what we deserve, obviously. We're going to be very, very upset at the result."

Patrick Ewing and Kurt Thomas each scored 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 41 percent (29-of-70), lost the battle along the boards, 42-39, and managed just eight points off Cleveland turnovers.

"We're not playing well," Ewing said. "We're just not getting it done. We can't take games off and just try to look forward to the playoffs. We're still in the playoff race, trying to get the best record we can. And we want to go into the playoffs playing our best basketball like we did last year."

New York slumbered through the regular season at 27-23 last year before going on an improbable run to the 1999 NBA Finals, which they lost in five games to San Antonio.

Wesley Person scored 12 points for the Cavs, who had all five starters in double figures. Cleveland shot 47 percent (41-of-87) and went 9-of-19 from 3-point range.

The Knicks were beaten wire-to-wire by the Raptors on Friday, but did manage to take a 2-0 lead when Ewing opened the scoring with a layup tonight.

But Kemp quickly responded with a layup and an emphatic slam to put Cleveland ahead to stay with 9:57 remaining in the opening period.

"I really thought that we were in tune from the beginning," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "The big difference in the game was that we kept the pace of the game to our liking."

Murray scored eight first-quarter points, including a four-foot hook that opened a 21-12 Cavs lead with 3:46 remaining. Miller made two free throws, a driving layup, fed Bryant for a five-footer and added four more from the line during the second period as Cleveland opened a 59-45 bulge at the break.

The Knicks pulled within 67-57 early in the third quarter, but Bryant hit a jumper and Murray added a free throw and a 10-footer before Person drained a pair from the stripe to make it 74-57 with 5:05 left in the period.

New York will host Detroit on Tuesday before finishing the regular season Wednesday night in Boston.

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