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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 20 17 23 13 73 CLEVELAND 28 22 6 30 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 16, JUWAN HOWARD 15, MITCH RICHMOND 14 CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 21, ROBERT TRAYLOR 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 10, JUWAN HOWARD 9 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 6, MITCH RICHMOND 4 CLE - BIMBO COLES 4, MATT HARPRING 4

ATT: 17,336


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (73) AT CLEVELAND (86)

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

HOWARD F 42 6-15 3-3 2 7 9 0 3 1 2 15 KING F 26 3-6 0-0 3 5 8 0 3 0 2 6 J WHITE C 30 2-6 3-7 2 8 10 2 6 1 4 7 RICHMOND G 43 5-12 3-3 1 2 3 4 3 0 3 14 STRICKLAND G 43 5-12 2-2 1 2 3 6 4 2 7 12 PARKS 7 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 LOPEZ 9 0-0 1-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 MICHAEL SMITH 14 0-2 1-2 3 4 7 0 0 0 2 1 HAMILTON 18 5-9 6-6 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 16 C WHITNEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 BOOTH 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-65 20-29 12 29 41 14 26 5 25 73 (.400) (.690) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 25(24 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 17 4-11 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 2 3 8 WEATHERSPOON F 28 3-4 0-0 2 6 8 0 2 0 1 6 ILGAUSKAS C 28 6-9 9-12 2 2 4 1 4 0 2 21 HARPRING G 30 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 4 0 5 MILLER G 30 3-11 2-2 1 7 8 3 1 1 5 9 C HENDERSON 21 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 GATLING 18 2-6 4-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 3 9 TRAYLOR 22 5-5 0-4 2 3 5 0 5 2 2 10 LANGDON 20 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 2 0 7 COLES 20 2-5 3-4 1 4 5 4 0 0 0 7 MIHM 6 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 PERSON DNP - RIGHT ELBOW CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 30-73 22-30 10 31 41 19 30 11 17 86 (.411) (.733) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

WASHINGTON 20 17 23 13 - 73 CLEVELAND 28 22 6 30 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 4, BOOTH. CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR 2, C HENDERSON, WEATHERSPOON, ILGAUSKAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-4 (.250), RICHMOND 1-3, STRICKLAND 0-1. CLEVELAND 4-10 (.400), HARPRING 1-2, MILLER 1-2, C HENDERSON 0-1, GATLING 1-3, LANGDON 1-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - KING, CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR, GATLING. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JACK NIES, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,336. T - 2:16.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 6-15 3-3 2-9 0 3 15 King 26 3-6 0-0 3-8 0 3 6 J White 30 2-6 3-7 2-10 2 6 7 Richmond 43 5-12 3-3 1-3 4 3 14 Strickland 43 5-12 2-2 1-3 6 4 12 Parks 7 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 Lopez 9 0-0 1-4 0-1 2 1 1 Michael Smith 14 0-2 1-2 3-7 0 0 1 Hamilton 18 5-9 6-6 0-0 0 1 16 C Whitney 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Booth 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-65 20-29 12-41 14 26 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Richmond 1-3, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (J White 4, Booth). Turnovers: 25 (Strickland 7, J White 4, Richmond 3, Hamilton 2, Howard 2, King 2, Michael Smith 2, Booth, C Whitney, Lopez). Steals: 5 (Strickland 2, C Whitney, Howard, J White).

CLEVELAND (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 17 4-11 0-0 0-1 3 4 8 Weatherspoon 28 3-4 0-0 2-8 0 2 6 Ilgauskas 28 6-9 9-12 2-4 1 4 21 Harpring 30 2-7 0-0 0-2 4 4 5 Miller 30 3-11 2-2 1-8 3 1 9 C Henderson 21 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Gatling 18 2-6 4-4 1-4 0 3 9 Traylor 22 5-5 0-4 2-5 0 5 10 Langdon 20 2-6 2-2 0-2 3 4 7 Coles 20 2-5 3-4 1-5 4 0 7 Mihm 6 0-3 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Person DNP - right elbow contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 22-30 10-41 19 30 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Harpring 1-2, Miller 1-2, C Henderson 0-1, Gatling 1-3, Langdon 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Traylor 2, C Henderson, Weatherspoon, Ilgauskas). Turnovers: 20 (Miller 5, Gatling 3, Murray 3, Ilgauskas 2, Traylor 2, C Henderson, Weatherspoon). Steals: 11 (Harpring 4, Langdon 2, Murray 2, Traylor 2, Miller). ____________________________________________ Washington 20 17 23 13 - 73 Cleveland 28 22 6 30 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (King, 2:51 3rd). Cleveland 2 (Traylor, 2:51 3rd; Gatling, 10:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: Washington 1 (Richmond, 7:00 4th). A: 17,336. T: 2:16. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jack Nies, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- After enduring their first loss of the young season Friday and their worst quarter in recent history tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned to Zydrunas Ilgauskas to lead them to victory.

Ilgauskas scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, hitting all eight of his free throws in the final 12 minutes, as the Cavaliers stormed past the Washington Wizards, 86-73.

Having won their first four games by a combined 10 points, the Cavaliers suffered an 112-85 setback against Toronto on Friday. They appeared to be cruising to their first blowout win of the season tonight with a 50-37 halftime lead but suddenly lost their shooting touch.

Cleveland was a dreadful 1-of-16 from the floor over the next 12 minutes and was outscored 23-6 in the third period as Washington rallied to take a 60-56 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The six points were the least in a quarter by the Cavs since they established a team record low with five in the first quarter at Chicago on December 15, 1990.

"From the last two minutes of the second quarter through the third quarter, we played bad basketball," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We got selfish. We were up by 18 and then it became an individual game. We couldn't make plays and we couldn't catch the ball."

Cleveland was a lackluster 8-of-16 from the foul line in the first half but went 14-of-14 thereafter, thanks to Ilgauskas' clutch shooting down the stretch. The 7-3 center, plagued by foot injuries each of the previous two seasons, finished 6-of-9 from the field and 9-of-12 at the line.

"Every day I see (Ilgauskas) moving along and I see something better and better," Wittman said. "He was pretty good tonight and this should be good for his confidence."

"I feel pretty good," Ilgauskas said. "I made my shots that I usually make and I didn't make them in preseason or early in the season. We can't let teams like that come back. We have to continue to improve and put games away. When I made that first foul shot in the first quarter, it gave me confidence."

After Matt Harpring buried a 3-pointer to open the final period, turning the boos to cheers at Gund Arena, Ilguaskas made six free throws during a 23-5 run that gave Cleveland a 79-65 lead with 2:34 to play.

Ilgauskas' backup, Robert Traylor, was the only other Cav in double figures with 10 points.

"I thought once we got over that third quarter, (Traylor) got his head and mind into it," Wittman said. "He made some big plays and big buckets to give us a little cushion."

Richard Hamilton scored 16 points off the bench and Juwan Howard added 15 for Washington, which has lost its last five visits to Gund Arena and 15 of 18 in Cleveland. The Wizards' last win in Cleveland came on April 20, 1997, when the team was still known as the Bullets.

"I thought our guys fought their butts off to come back from the deficit of the hole we dug ourselves in the first half," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "The Cavs made some big plays and we didn't. I told the guys that I hope we learn something about ourselves in this game."

Mitch Richmond scored 14 points and Rod Strickland added 12 for the Wizards, who were outscored 30-13 in the fourth quarter.

"It was a rough reaction," Richmond said. "We definitely fought back and had opportunities to take advantage of it. It was a close-fought game in the fourth but we just couldn't put anything down. When you hold a team to 80 points, you've gotta win those games."

Washington appeared lifeless in the first half but got back in it thanks to Cleveland's poor shooting in the third quarter. Gerard King opened the second half with a 13-foot jumper and the Wizards reeled off 21 of the next 23 points, opening a 58-52 lead on King's layup with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.

Lamond Murray's slam was the Cavs' lone basket of the period and Chris Gatling's free throws with 48 seconds remaining ended a 7 1/2-minute scoring drought for Cleveland.

After hearing it from the crowd of 17,336, the Cavs turned it back on in the fourth quarter. Harpring's 3-pointer was answered by Howard's jumper and a technical foul shot from Richmond before Cleveland took control.

Andre Miller and rookie Chris Mihm hit two free throws apiece to forge a 63-63 tie with 7:15 remaining and Trajan Langdon made two more from the line before Traylor's jumper and layup put Cleveland ahead to stay, 69-63, with 6:11 left.

"I missed those four free throws (in the third quarter) and if we were going to lose, I was going to take it as a personal loss," Traylor said. "I went after King near the end of that third quarter and got a double technical. I thought that would start something. I had to do something to start something."

Ilgauskas hit two free throws, Harpring a layup and Traylor slammed to make it 75-63 with 4:17 to go. Jahidi White responded with two free throws for Washington but fouled out when he slammed into Ilgauskas on the ensuing trip. The Wizards were unable to challenge thereafter.

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