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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 19 21 23 29 92 CLEVELAND 16 27 28 28 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 16, DONYELL MARSHALL 14, KARL MALONE 13 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 22, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 17, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 15

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 9, DAVID BENOIT 7 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, KARL MALONE 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,571


Extended Box

UTAH (92) AT CLEVELAND (99)

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

D BENOIT F 23 3-5 1-2 1 6 7 1 3 0 1 8 MALONE F 39 4-17 5-6 2 7 9 5 4 1 2 13 POLYNICE C 20 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 8 STARKS G 29 5-13 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 11 STOCKTON G 31 6-10 2-2 0 0 0 7 3 0 2 16 VAUGHN 17 2-6 6-6 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 10 OSTERTAG 18 2-5 1-2 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 5 LEWIS 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 MARSHALL 25 6-10 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 2 2 14 MANNING 19 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 3 STEVENSON 9 0-1 4-6 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 RUSSELL DNP - LEFT GROIN STRAIN

TOTALS 240 33-81 22-28 8 30 38 19 26 5 13 92 (.407) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 23 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 8 WEATHERSPOON F 29 6-12 3-4 2 10 12 0 4 0 2 15 ILGAUSKAS C 37 7-16 3-5 3 5 8 1 4 1 3 17 HARPRING G 28 3-5 8-9 0 4 4 3 4 0 2 14 MILLER G 38 7-12 8-9 0 5 5 8 1 3 2 22 PERSON 22 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 2 0 3 GATLING 19 3-11 4-4 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 11 C HENDERSON 24 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 6 HAWKINS 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 3 REID 10 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRAYLOR DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 34-76 26-31 8 34 42 21 23 9 18 99 (.447) (.839) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

UTAH 19 21 23 29 - 92 CLEVELAND 16 27 28 28 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - STOCKTON, MALONE, MANNING, D BENOIT, OSTERTAG. CLEVELAND - MILLER, GATLING, ILGAUSKAS, REID, C HENDERSON, WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-9 (.444), D BENOIT 1-1, STARKS 1-4, STOCKTON 2-4. CLEVELAND 5-16 (.313), MURRAY 2-4, MILLER 0-2, PERSON 1-5, GATLING 1-4, HAWKINS 1-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - STARKS. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, DICK BAVETTA, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,571. T - 2:09.


Box Score

UTAH (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Benoit 23 3-5 1-2 1-7 1 3 8 Malone 39 4-17 5-6 2-9 5 4 13 Polynice 20 4-8 0-0 1-4 0 2 8 Starks 29 5-13 0-0 0-1 0 4 11 Stockton 31 6-10 2-2 0-0 7 3 16 Vaughn 17 2-6 6-6 0-4 2 1 10 Ostertag 18 2-5 1-2 3-5 0 2 5 Lewis 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Marshall 25 6-10 2-2 1-5 0 2 14 Manning 19 1-3 1-2 0-2 2 5 3 Stevenson 9 0-1 4-6 0-1 0 0 4 Russell DNP - left groin strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 22-28 8-38 19 26 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (D Benoit 1-1, Starks 1-4, Stockton 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Stockton, Malone, Manning, D Benoit, Ostertag). Turnovers: 13 (Malone 2, Manning 2, Marshall 2, Stockton 2, D Benoit, Lewis, Ostertag, Polynice, Starks). Steals: 5 (Marshall 2, Malone, Manning, Stevenson).

CLEVELAND (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 23 3-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 8 Weatherspoon 29 6-12 3-4 2-12 0 4 15 Ilgauskas 37 7-16 3-5 3-8 1 4 17 Harpring 28 3-5 8-9 0-4 3 4 14 Miller 38 7-12 8-9 0-5 8 1 22 Person 22 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 3 Gatling 19 3-11 4-4 1-4 2 2 11 C Henderson 24 3-7 0-0 0-2 0 0 6 Hawkins 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 3 3 Reid 10 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 1 0 Langdon DNP - coach's decision Traylor DNP - strained lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 26-31 8-42 21 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Murray 2-4, Miller 0-2, Person 1-5, Gatling 1-4, Hawkins 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Miller, Gatling, Ilgauskas, Reid, C Henderson, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 19 (C Henderson 3, Ilgauskas 3, Gatling 2, Harpring 2, Hawkins 2, Miller 2, Murray 2, Weatherspoon 2). Steals: 9 (Miller 3, Person 2, Gatling, Ilgauskas, Murray, Reid). ____________________________________________ Utah 19 21 23 29 - 92 Cleveland 16 27 28 28 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Starks, 6:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Person, 9:13 4th). A: 18,571. T: 2:09. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Dick Bavetta, Scott Wall.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Andre Miller and the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers are more than just legitimate. They are getting downright dangerous.

Miller matched a season high with 22 points as the surprising Cavaliers completed their first six-game winning streak in over three years with a 99-92 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Miller, who leads Cleveland in scoring and assists, hit 7-of-12 shots, 8-of-9 free throws and handed out eight assists while picking up three steals in 38 strong minutes.

Perhaps more impressive was the second-year point guard's poise in the fourth quarter, when he made all the right decisions and limited the production of Utah's certain Hall of Fame playmaker John Stockton.

"I look forward to games like this, especially playing against the superstars," Miller said. "I try to keep myself mentally excited and enthusiastic about the game. I also try to play good defense and hopefully it will filter out to the rest of the team."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 17 points and Clarence Weatherspoon added 15 and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which had not won six in a row since a 10-game run from November 21-December 11, 1997.

The Cavaliers improved to 10-2 at Gund Arena and have impressive home wins against Western Conference contenders Sacramento, Dallas and now the Jazz. Cleveland had lost its previous four encounters with Utah.

"It's probably as good as you can play against a team like Utah," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "I think that's probably as good as you can play for 48 minutes. It wasn't always pretty. We never once conceded anything or put our head down. It was like two battling rams out there, just banging heads and who stood last was going to win it."

Karl Malone endured a difficult night for the Jazz, making just 4-of-17 shots for 13 points in 39 minutes. Stockton had 16 points and seven assists in 31 minutes but he and Malone had no answer for Miller and Ilgauskas down the stretch.

"I just learn from him every time I step on the court against him," Miller said in praise of Stockton. "It's just a privilege to play against guys like him."

The Cavs took a 43-40 halftime lead thanks to a 12-4 run to close the second quarter. Miller hit a 13-footer and dished out three assists during the run before capping it with a nine-footer from the right side with 14 seconds left in the half.

Olden Polynice and Stockton made back-to-back baskets to open the second half but Miller answered with two free throws and a jumper to spark a 13-5 run that put Cleveland ahead to stay, 56-49, with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter.

The Jazz were within five just before the close of the period but Lamond Murray beat the buzzer with a 44-footer to make it 71-63 entering the final 12 minutes.

The savvy Jazz appeared poised to take control against the upstart Cavs midway through the fourth quarter, closing within 81-77 on two free throws by Stockton with 6:51 to play. But Weatherspoon hit a free throws, Miller fed Matt Harpring for layup before driving the lane for a three-point play as Cleveland extended the advantage to 87-77 with 5:01 remaining.

"They have a nice team. They played intelligently down the stretch," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said of Cleveland. "They did the right things. It's hard to beat a team like that. I'm impressed by the way they play, what they try to do, the way they're coached and they do a great job. It's good for basketball."

Ilgauskas put an exclamation point on the impressive win, blowing by Danny Manning with a fancy spin move in the lane before slamming the ball home for a 92-81 lead with 3:07 to go.

Harpring scored 14 points and Chris Gatling added 11 off the bench for the Cavs, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and held a 42-38 rebounding edge.

"Everybody says we are this and we are that," Gatling said. "How much more do we have to prove ourselves? I think a lot of people now know that we are for real. I think the key is defense. It's all defense and all hard work."

Donyell Marshall scored 14 points, John Starks 11 and Jacque Vaughn added 10 for the Jazz, who shot 41 percent (33-of-81) and forced 19 turnovers.

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