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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 27 18 18 83 MILWAUKEE 26 17 26 19 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - CHRIS MIHM 18, CHRIS GATLING 18, LAMOND MURRAY 17 MIL - RAY ALLEN 25, SAM CASSELL 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CHRIS MIHM 15, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9 MIL - TIM THOMAS 10, ERVIN JOHNSON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 4, ANDRE MILLER 4 MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 13,817


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (83) AT MILWAUKEE (88)

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

MURRAY F 41 6-15 3-4 0 3 3 4 3 0 4 17 WEATHERSPOON F 29 4-9 0-0 3 6 9 1 1 0 1 8 MIHM C 36 8-14 2-4 8 7 15 0 5 0 2 18 C HENDERSON G 19 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 MILLER G 37 4-7 3-3 0 3 3 4 5 4 6 11 BRYANT 34 3-9 1-1 0 4 4 2 4 0 6 7 A JOHNSON 14 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 4 GATLING 29 7-11 2-2 2 4 6 1 2 0 2 18 ROBINSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 HARPRING DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ACHILLES LANGDON DNP - SORE LOWER BACK TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-73 11-14 13 29 42 15 25 4 24 83 (.466) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 24(23 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 38 3-17 4-4 2 4 6 7 3 1 3 10 THOMAS F 33 4-12 0-1 2 8 10 3 1 3 0 10 S WILLIAMS C 24 4-7 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 8 ALLEN G 40 8-20 7-8 3 1 4 4 0 6 6 25 CASSELL G 39 5-14 6-6 2 4 6 4 2 1 2 16 CAFFEY 18 2-2 3-3 3 1 4 0 4 0 2 7 JOHNSON 26 3-3 0-2 3 7 10 2 5 2 0 6 HUNTER 17 2-11 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 3 1 6 KERSEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-87 20-24 18 28 46 22 19 17 17 88 (.356) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 27 18 18 - 83 MILWAUKEE 26 17 26 19 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 4, C HENDERSON, MURRAY, MIHM. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON, S WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-9 (.444), MURRAY 2-5, BRYANT 0-2, GATLING 2-2. MILWAUKEE 6-21 (.286), ROBINSON 0-1, THOMAS 2-5, S WILLIAMS 0-1, ALLEN 2-8, CASSELL 0-1, HUNTER 2-5. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MILWAUKEE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, GARY BENSON. A - 13,817. T - 2:09.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 41 6-15 3-4 0-3 4 3 17 Weatherspoon 29 4-9 0-0 3-9 1 1 8 Mihm 36 8-14 2-4 8-15 0 5 18 C Henderson 19 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Miller 37 4-7 3-3 0-3 4 5 11 Bryant 34 3-9 1-1 0-4 2 4 7 A Johnson 14 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Gatling 29 7-11 2-2 2-6 1 2 18 Robinson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Harpring DNP - sprained left achilles Langdon DNP - sore lower back Traylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 11-14 13-42 15 25 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Murray 2-5, Bryant 0-2, Gatling 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Weatherspoon 4, C Henderson, Murray, Mihm). Turnovers: 24 (Bryant 6, Miller 6, Murray 4, C Henderson 2, Gatling 2, Mihm 2, Robinson, Weatherspoon). Steals: 4 (Miller 4).

MILWAUKEE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 38 3-17 4-4 2-6 7 3 10 Thomas 33 4-12 0-1 2-10 3 1 10 S Williams 24 4-7 0-0 3-6 0 2 8 Allen 40 8-20 7-8 3-4 4 0 25 Cassell 39 5-14 6-6 2-6 4 2 16 Caffey 18 2-2 3-3 3-4 0 4 7 Johnson 26 3-3 0-2 3-10 2 5 6 Hunter 17 2-11 0-0 0-0 2 2 6 Kersey 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Alston DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-87 20-24 18-46 22 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Robinson 0-1, Thomas 2-5, S Williams 0-1, Allen 2-8, Cassell 0-1, Hunter 2-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Johnson, S Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Allen 6, Robinson 3, Caffey 2, Cassell 2, S Williams 2, Hunter, Kersey). Steals: 17 (Allen 6, Hunter 3, Thomas 3, Johnson 2, Cassell, Kersey, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 27 18 18 - 83 Milwaukee 26 17 26 19 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:31 2nd). Milwaukee 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,817. T: 2:09. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks continue to win even when they do not play well.

Ray Allen scored 25 points as the surging Bucks overcame 36 percent shooting and a pair of late turnovers for an 88-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We keep getting better," forward Glenn Robinson said. "Tonight, we played good `D' and forced turnovers and won the game on the defensive end."

Milwaukee (18-13) has been the NBA's best team over the last month, winning 15 of 19 games to climb to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

In this one, the Bucks looked bad at times but still had enough to beat the Cavaliers for the third time in as many games this season. Milwaukee had 18 offensive rebounds and forced 24 turnovers.

"I thought we did a good job forcing turnovers and getting offensive rebounds," Bucks coach George Karl said. "I don't think there's a lot of wins by shooting 35 percent but tonight, we persevered."

Sam Cassell added 16 points for Milwaukee, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland and within one game of the first-place Charlotte Hornets in the Central Division.

Rookie center Chris Mihm posted a season high for the second straight game with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who have lost seven straight visits here dating to December 11, 1997.

"This time we played them close. We were right there," Mihm said. "They have really talented players. They made some tough shots when it really mattered."

The Cavs pulled into a 63-63 tie on a jumper by Chris Gatling with 1:54 left in the third quarter. But Jason Caffey had a three-point play and Allen sank a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks the lead for good.

Lindsey Hunter opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that widened Milwaukee's lead to 72-65. Cleveland slowly pecked away and pulled within 83-81 on Mihm's two free throws with 2:50 to go.

On the next possession, Cassell and Tim Thomas missed 3-pointers but the Bucks rebounded and Cassell made a driving layup for an 85-81 lead with 1:41 reamining.

"We were down two and we had them but we gave them three chances," Mihm said. "They got up by four and that killed us."

"We couldn't seem to come up with any loose balls," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "Toward the end there they had three shots on one possession. All night we played good initial defense but they were quicker to the loose balls than we were."

Milwaukee had a chance to extend the lead but Allen committed turnovers on consecutive fast breaks. Mihm's short jumper made it 85-83 with 40 seconds left but Robinson was fouled with four seconds on the shot clock and made both, restoring the Bucks' four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining.

The Cavs turned it over and Allen added a free throw to close the scoring.

Thomas had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Robinson scored 10 points and Ervin Johnson grabbed 10 boards for the Bucks, who held a 46-42 edge on the glass and committed 17 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Cavs.

"The defensive attitude was good and we got lots of rebounds to balance out all the misses," Karl said.

Gatling scored 18 points and Lamond Murray added 17 for the Cavs, who shot 47 percent (34-of-73) and surrendered 23 points off their giveaways.

"Turnovers really killed us," Gatling said. "If we take care of the ball, it's a different outcome."

Guard Jim Jackson, an Ohio native acquired from Atlanta in the deal that sent guard Brevin Knight to Atlanta on Tuesday, was the first player off the bench and scored seven points with six turnovers in 34 minutes.

"He played fine. He was aggressive," Wittman said. "He's got to be more sure passing the ball."

Gatling scored 14 points in the first half as Cleveland opened a 47-43 lead.

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