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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 19 29 23 92 CHICAGO 27 15 22 24 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 23, ANDRE MILLER 20, CHRIS GATLING 19 CHI - RON MERCER 34, RON ARTEST 20, MARCUS FIZER 14

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 CHI - MARCUS FIZER 8, MICHAEL RUFFIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 CHI - KHALID EL AMIN 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 21,395


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (92) AT CHICAGO (88)

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

MURRAY F 11 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 WEATHERSPOON F 35 10-14 3-3 3 5 8 0 3 4 1 23 ILGAUSKAS C 15 2-3 2-4 0 2 2 0 4 1 3 6 HARPRING G 29 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 6 6 MILLER G 45 5-13 10-11 2 5 7 14 2 1 3 20 LANGDON 23 0-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 GATLING 25 9-15 0-0 2 3 5 0 5 0 1 19 C HENDERSON 34 3-6 1-2 1 0 1 3 3 2 2 7 PERSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TRAYLOR 19 4-7 1-2 4 3 7 0 0 0 1 9 MIHM 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 37-76 17-22 14 23 37 22 25 10 18 92 (.487) (.773) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 33 7-12 6-6 0 1 1 2 3 5 2 20 FIZER F 38 4-17 6-6 3 5 8 3 3 2 1 14 TARLAC C 21 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 0 EL AMIN G 33 1-8 1-2 0 3 3 9 3 2 3 3 MERCER G 44 14-24 6-9 3 4 7 3 0 1 1 34 RUFFIN 32 2-4 1-2 6 2 8 0 4 0 4 5 C BENJAMIN 19 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 5 CRAWFORD 15 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 6 VOSKUHL 5 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 3 1 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRAND DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED LEFT KNEE HOIBERG DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 33-76 21-27 15 20 35 22 20 12 17 88 (.434) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(12 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 19 29 23 - 92 CHICAGO 27 15 22 24 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, C HENDERSON, MILLER, TRAYLOR, GATLING. CHICAGO - TARLAC 3, FIZER 3, MERCER 2, RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-6 (.167), MILLER 0-3, LANGDON 0-2, GATLING 1-1. CHICAGO 1-7 (.143), ARTEST 0-1, FIZER 0-1, EL AMIN 0-2, C BENJAMIN 1-2, CRAWFORD 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 21,395. T - 2:31.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 11 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Weatherspoon 35 10-14 3-3 3-8 0 3 23 Ilgauskas 15 2-3 2-4 0-2 0 4 6 Harpring 29 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 5 6 Miller 45 5-13 10-11 2-7 14 2 20 Langdon 23 0-7 0-0 0-1 3 0 0 Gatling 25 9-15 0-0 2-5 0 5 19 C Henderson 34 3-6 1-2 1-1 3 3 7 Person 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Traylor 19 4-7 1-2 4-7 0 0 9 Mihm 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Knight DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 17-22 14-37 22 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Miller 0-3, Langdon 0-2, Gatling 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Weatherspoon 2, C Henderson, Miller, Traylor, Gatling). Turnovers: 18 (Harpring 6, Ilgauskas 3, Miller 3, C Henderson 2, Gatling, Murray, Traylor, Weatherspoon). Steals: 10 (Weatherspoon 4, C Henderson 2, Ilgauskas, Langdon, Miller, Murray).

CHICAGO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 33 7-12 6-6 0-1 2 3 20 Fizer 38 4-17 6-6 3-8 3 3 14 Tarlac 21 0-1 0-0 1-5 3 3 0 El Amin 33 1-8 1-2 0-3 9 3 3 Mercer 44 14-24 6-9 3-7 3 0 34 Ruffin 32 2-4 1-2 6-8 0 4 5 C Benjamin 19 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 0 5 Crawford 15 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 Voskuhl 5 0-1 1-2 1-1 0 4 1 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Brand DNP - hyper-extended left knee Hoiberg DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 21-27 15-35 22 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Artest 0-1, Fizer 0-1, El Amin 0-2, C Benjamin 1-2, Crawford 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Tarlac 3, Fizer 3, Mercer 2, Ruffin). Turnovers: 19 (Ruffin 4, El Amin 3, Voskuhl 3, Artest 2, C Benjamin, Crawford, Fizer, Mercer, Tarlac). Steals: 12 (Artest 5, El Amin 2, Fizer 2, C Benjamin, Mercer, Tarlac). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 19 29 23 - 92 Chicago 27 15 22 24 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Ilgauskas, 5:58 3rd). A: 21,395. T: 2:31. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- One night after his best game of the season, Andre Miller was on his way to his worst, and he was taking the Cleveland Cavaliers with him.

After being shut out in the first half, Miller scored all of his season-high tying 20 points after the break, including four straight free throws in the final 35 seconds, and dished out 14 assists, helping the Cavaliers rally for a 92-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

"Andre has the heart of a lion," Cavaliers forward Chris Gatling said. "He's a great competitor and knows sometimes you just have to suck it up. ... That's why he's such a big part of our success."

Miller, who played 45 minutes, also had seven rebounds. He hit 4-of-7 from the field in the third quarter and scored 14 points, and he had three assists and scored six points in the fourth.

Ron Mercer scored a team season-high 34 points despite just getting over the flu, but Chicago was missing forward Elton Brand, who again sat out with a hyperextended left knee. Brand, who leads the Bulls with 18.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, sat out his second straight game.

"Man, it's hard," Brand said. "I want to get out there and get a rebound or do something. It's really tough not to play."

Miller, who scored a season-high 20 points with 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 71-66 victory over Charlotte that snapped a four-game losing streak, was 0-for-3 in the first half tonight.

With Miller struggling, the Cavaliers trailed until a 16-6 run late in the third quarter. Miller, who scored 14 in the period, put Cleveland ahead to stay at 65-62 with a three-point play with 1:01 left. His two free throws capped the run 20 seconds later.

"As our only point guard, I tried to pace myself, I started slow and tried to make plays for everyone else," said Miller, who had to come out of the game briefly in the third quarter because of a nosebleed. "After I hurt my nose. I used it for energy to go out and make things happen. I didn't feel it at first and just looked down and saw it bleeding. I don't know how it happened."

Cleveland's biggest lead was 76-66 early in the fourth quarter but Chicago rallied within 86-84 on Mercer's dunk with 56 seconds left.

Miller and Mercer traded a pair of free throws before Clarence Weatherspoon took an inbounds pass and laid it up, making it 90-86, with 16 seconds to go. Marcus Fizer followed in fellow rookie Khalid El-Amin's missed layup and the Bulls were within two points with nine seconds to play.

El-Amin fouled Miller on the inbounds and the Cleveland quard hit both free throws, sealing the victory.

Weatherspoon led the Cavs with 23 points and eight rebounds. Gatling added 19 points.

"Down the stretch, (Weatherspoon) was just spectacular," Gatling said. "He rebounded when we needed it, scored and did all the little things. He was the `Spoon' of old that I remember playing against before. We needed that kind of play from our bench and he led it."

The Bulls have just one victory in their last 13 games and are a league-worst 2-16. They have not experienced a home-court advantage, dropping four straight and seven of eight at the United Center.

Rookie Marcus Fizer scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while El-Amin dished our nine assists.

Chicago shot 52 percent (11-of-21) and scored 10 points off six Cleveland turnovers in the first quarter, when the Bulls went up 27-21.

The Bulls went cold in the second quarter, connecting on just 6-of-20 from the field, but the Cavaliers were unable to get the lead.

Weatherspoon's two free throws with 27 seconds left tied the score, 40-40, before Corey Benjamin gave the Bulls a two-point halftime lead with a dunk.

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