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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 21 30 27 20 98 CLEVELAND 25 25 33 34 117 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 32, CHUCKY ATKINS 16, MATEEN CLEAVES 11 CLE - TRAJAN LANGDON 31, LAMOND MURRAY 16, ROBERT TRAYLOR 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 13, ERIC MONTROSS 5 CLE - CHRIS GATLING 9, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 12,683


Extended Box

DETROIT (98) AT CLEVELAND (117)

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

CURRY F 27 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 10 B WALLACE F 32 4-7 0-2 9 4 13 1 1 1 1 8 MONTROSS C 20 0-5 1-4 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 1 ATKINS G 33 6-13 3-3 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 16 STACKHOUSE G 33 9-30 13-15 2 1 3 4 0 5 2 32 M MOORE 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 J WILLIAMS 16 4-7 0-2 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 8 CLEAVES 22 4-7 3-4 2 1 3 3 3 1 1 11 BUECHLER 23 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 6 CEBALLOS 13 1-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 4 J WALLACE 9 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 SMITH DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 35-90 24-34 20 19 39 23 15 10 11 98 (.389) (.706) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 29 7-14 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 16 WEATHERSPOON F 23 5-8 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 1 2 10 ILGAUSKAS C 20 2-4 2-4 4 3 7 3 2 0 2 6 HARPRING G 21 4-7 0-0 2 2 4 4 4 0 3 8 MILLER G 44 6-11 1-2 0 4 4 17 4 2 3 13 TRAYLOR 24 6-9 3-4 3 2 5 3 3 0 2 15 LANGDON 35 11-13 3-3 0 4 4 4 4 2 1 31 GATLING 23 3-11 1-2 1 8 9 2 1 0 1 8 C HENDERSON 18 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 8 MIHM 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - PATELLAR TENDINITIS BOTH KNEES

TOTALS 240 49-83 10-15 13 33 46 38 24 6 18 117 (.590) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

DETROIT 21 30 27 20 - 98 CLEVELAND 25 25 33 34 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - MONTROSS, CEBALLOS, B WALLACE, M MOORE. CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR 4, GATLING 3, ILGAUSKAS 2, MILLER, WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-18 (.222), ATKINS 1-4, STACKHOUSE 1-7, BUECHLER 2-4, CEBALLOS 0-3. CLEVELAND 9-12 (.750), MURRAY 2-2, MILLER 0-1, LANGDON 6-6, GATLING 1-3. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - B WALLACE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, MIKE CALLAHAN, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 12,683. T - 2:00.


Box Score

DETROIT (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 27 4-7 2-2 0-1 3 3 10 B Wallace 32 4-7 0-2 9-13 1 1 8 Montross 20 0-5 1-4 2-5 1 2 1 Atkins 33 6-13 3-3 1-2 4 0 16 Stackhouse 33 9-30 13-15 2-3 4 0 32 M Moore 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 J Williams 16 4-7 0-2 2-4 1 0 8 Cleaves 22 4-7 3-4 2-3 3 3 11 Buechler 23 2-4 0-0 0-2 4 1 6 Ceballos 13 1-5 2-2 1-2 1 3 4 J Wallace 9 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Smith DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-90 24-34 20-39 23 15 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Atkins 1-4, Stackhouse 1-7, Buechler 2-4, Ceballos 0-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Montross, Ceballos, B Wallace, M Moore). Turnovers: 11 (Atkins 2, Curry 2, M Moore 2, Stackhouse 2, B Wallace, Ceballos, Cleaves). Steals: 10 (Stackhouse 5, Atkins, B Wallace, Buechler, Cleaves, Curry).

CLEVELAND (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 29 7-14 0-0 3-5 1 3 16 Weatherspoon 23 5-8 0-0 0-6 0 0 10 Ilgauskas 20 2-4 2-4 4-7 3 2 6 Harpring 21 4-7 0-0 2-4 4 4 8 Miller 44 6-11 1-2 0-4 17 4 13 Traylor 24 6-9 3-4 3-5 3 3 15 Langdon 35 11-13 3-3 0-4 4 4 31 Gatling 23 3-11 1-2 1-9 2 1 8 C Henderson 18 4-5 0-0 0-2 4 3 8 Mihm 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Coles DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - patellar tendinitis both knees _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-83 10-15 13-46 38 24 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.590, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 9-12, .750 (Murray 2-2, Miller 0-1, Langdon 6-6, Gatling 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 11 (Traylor 4, Gatling 3, Ilgauskas 2, Miller, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 19 (Harpring 3, Miller 3, Ilgauskas 2, Murray 2, Traylor 2, Weatherspoon 2, C Henderson, Gatling, Langdon, Mihm). Steals: 6 (Langdon 2, Miller 2, Murray, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Detroit 21 30 27 20 - 98 Cleveland 25 25 33 34 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (B Wallace, 4:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,683. T: 2:00. Officials: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- A different player stepping up virtually every game has been the key to the Cleveland Cavaliers' early-season success. Tonight, it was Trajan Langdon's turn to be the go-to guy.

Langdon had the finest game of his career with 31 points as the Cavaliers used a 16-0 run to start the fourth quarter and coasted to a 117-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

A 1999 first-round pick, Langdon hit an incredible 11-of-13 shots from the field, including 6-of-6 from 3-point range. He actually surpassed his career high in the third quarter alone, when he scored 13 points and hit all four of his shot from behind the arc.

The injury-plagued second-year guard's previous high was 12 against Milwaukee on November 13, 1999.

"Everybody was looking for me when I was hot and the game came to me," Langdon said. "I've waited a year for this kind of a game. I went down with an injury to my right knee last November 22 and sat out the rest of the season. It's like a rookie year all over again. It was a lot of hard work this summer paying off tonight."

The Cavaliers are off to a surprising 7-3 start, with six different players pacing the team in scoring. They improved to 5-0 at home this season, their best run to open a season since 1991-92.

"That's the thing about this team, you never know whose going to be the step-up guy," Cleveland forward Robert Traylor said. "Tonight, Trajan came up real big for us and we did an excellent job getting him the ball in situations (where) he could score."

The Pistons missed their first 12 shots of the final period as part of a 6:04 drought before rookie Mateen Cleaves sank a free throw with 5:56 left. But by that time, they trailed, 99-79.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 32 points for the Pistons but shot miserably, making just 9-of-30 shots from the field. He was 3-of-17 in the second half as he was hounded by Langdon.

"Trajan had a fabulous game," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "Not only was he 11-of-13 with six 3-point shots but he really fought Stackhouse defensively, as well."

"We played hard for three quarters then let the game slip away," Stackhouse said. "The Cavs weren't doing anything differently."

If was a cold, snowy night in Cleveland, but Langdon, who went to high school in Anchorage, Alaska, was hot from the moment he stepped onto the court.

"It was tough getting to the game," Langdon said. "It usually takes me 15 minutes but tonight it took me an hour and 15 minutes. After I hit my first two threes and two free throws, I felt pretty good."

Cavaliers guard Andre Miller, who collected 13 points and 17 rebounds, recognized it would be Langdon's night early on.

"We knew he was hot so I just started calling plays for him coming off screens," Miller said. "If he couldn't get the ball, I'd call a play to penetrate and kick out. Fortunately, he was hitting those shots."

Stackhouse scored 21 points in a first half that featured 19 lead changes and ended with the Pistons leading, 51-50.

Cleveland began to turn the tide in the third quarter on the strength of a tremendous outside shooting display. Led by Langdon's marksmanship, the Cavaliers made all seven of their shots from behind the arc to take an 83-78 edge into the final period.

Langdon began the decisive fourth-quarter surge with a 3-pointer but Cleveland began to attack the inside and Detroit was unable to respond.

Detroit could get nothing going offensively in the period and did not score from the field until Michael Curry's 19-footer at the 5:21 mark.

The Cavaliers opened their largest lead, 111-85, on a free throw by Traylor with 3:42 to play.

"We gave up 67 points in the second half," Pistons coach George Irvine said. "The start of the fourth quarter is exactly what I told everybody at the start of the season -- if we don't guard, we give up easy baskets and if we don't make stops we have a hard time scoring in a half-court offense."

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