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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 18 22 29 89 WASHINGTON 28 29 21 17 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - JIMMY JACKSON 14, CHRIS GATLING 13, ANDRE MILLER 12 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 24, RICHARD HAMILTON 14, MITCH RICHMOND 12


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (89) AT WASHINGTON (95)

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

MURRAY F 25 2-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 4 WEATHERSPOON F 27 5-10 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 2 1 10 TRAYLOR C 29 4-6 1-3 5 4 9 2 4 2 3 9 JACKSON G 31 7-15 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 14 MILLER G 35 5-17 2-4 1 2 3 10 1 3 4 12 MIHM 16 1-6 2-2 4 6 10 0 4 0 0 4 C HENDERSON 23 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 2 1 10 COLES 14 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 3 LANGDON 17 3-4 3-3 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 10 GATLING 21 4-7 4-5 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 13 BROWN 2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-86 13-21 14 25 39 21 25 10 19 89 (.430) (.619) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 36 10-20 4-4 0 4 4 1 3 3 2 24 MICHAEL SMITH F 20 2-3 0-0 2 9 11 1 1 2 0 4 BOOTH C 13 2-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 1 0 4 HAMILTON G 27 4-10 6-6 0 2 2 3 1 1 5 14 C WHITNEY G 27 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 8 J WHITE 28 2-4 4-8 2 6 8 0 4 0 5 8 NESBY 28 3-9 4-4 2 1 3 1 3 2 1 10 RICHMOND 27 4-10 3-5 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 12 STRICKLAND 22 2-5 5-6 2 1 3 2 2 2 3 9 P JONES 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 2 KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 26-33 10 34 44 15 20 11 17 95 (.458) (.788) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 18 22 29 - 89 WASHINGTON 28 29 21 17 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR 2, C HENDERSON, COLES, MURRAY. WASHINGTON - BOOTH 4, J WHITE 4, C WHITNEY, MICHAEL SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-7 (.286), JACKSON 0-2, COLES 0-1, LANGDON 1-2, GATLING 1-2. WASHINGTON 3-12 (.250), HAMILTON 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-4, NESBY 0-2, RICHMOND 1-5. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - COLES, WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, DEE KANTNER. A - 12,721. T - 2:13.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 25 2-10 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Weatherspoon 27 5-10 0-0 2-7 0 3 10 Traylor 29 4-6 1-3 5-9 2 4 9 Jackson 31 7-15 0-0 0-3 2 2 14 Miller 35 5-17 2-4 1-3 10 1 12 Mihm 16 1-6 2-2 4-10 0 4 4 C Henderson 23 5-7 0-0 0-0 2 4 10 Coles 14 1-4 1-2 0-0 4 3 3 Langdon 17 3-4 3-3 0-1 1 2 10 Gatling 21 4-7 4-5 2-5 0 2 13 Brown 2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 A Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 13-21 14-39 21 25 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Jackson 0-2, Coles 0-1, Langdon 1-2, Gatling 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Traylor 2, C Henderson, Coles, Murray). Turnovers: 19 (Miller 4, Murray 3, Traylor 3, Gatling 2, Jackson 2, Brown, C Henderson, Coles, Langdon, Weatherspoon). Steals: 10 (Miller 3, C Henderson 2, Traylor 2, Weatherspoon 2, Murray).

WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 36 10-20 4-4 0-4 1 3 24 Michael Smith 20 2-3 0-0 2-11 1 1 4 Booth 13 2-4 0-0 1-6 1 2 4 Hamilton 27 4-10 6-6 0-2 3 1 14 C Whitney 27 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 8 J White 28 2-4 4-8 2-8 0 4 8 Nesby 28 3-9 4-4 2-3 1 3 10 Richmond 27 4-10 3-5 0-2 1 0 12 Strickland 22 2-5 5-6 2-3 2 2 9 P Jones 12 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 King DNP - coach's decision Lopez DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 26-33 10-44 15 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Hamilton 0-1, C Whitney 2-4, Nesby 0-2, Richmond 1-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Booth 4, J White 4, C Whitney, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 19 (Hamilton 5, J White 5, Strickland 3, Howard 2, C Whitney, Nesby). Steals: 11 (Howard 3, Michael Smith 2, Nesby 2, Strickland 2, Booth, Hamilton). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 18 22 29 - 89 Washington 28 29 21 17 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Coles, 11:39 2nd). Washington 1 (Howard, 0:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,721. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Juwan Howard finally is performing like the leader team president Michael Jordan wants him to be.

Howard scored 24 points -- 23 through three quarters -- as the last-place Wizards recorded their first five-game winning streak in more than three years with a 95-89 victory over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers.

Howard, who led the Wizards in scoring for a fourth straight game, had 16 points in the first half as Washington took a commanding 57-38 lead. Monday's performance came on the heels of Wednesday's 97-95 triumph over Charlotte in which Howard hit the winning jumper with two seconds left.

Jordan was at the MCI Center that night but has been absent for most of the Wizards' home games. The six-time NBA champion has been a harsh critic of his team's lack of effort on a nightly basis. Apparently, Howard got the message.

"We are playing hard," Howard said. "We are getting it done as a team. No mattter who is out there, they are producing."

The Wizards had not won five in a row since December 1997. They have reeled off four straight wins at the MCI Center for the first time since christening the building with eight consecutive victories.

"I don't remember. Was I here?," Howard responded jokingly when asked if he could recall the Wizards' last five-game run. "It was in 1997. I remember now. But we're not going to stop. We can't stop here. We've got a lot of ground to cover."

"We're playing with an extreme amount of confidence," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They're not allowing themselves to get rattled about too much of anything. They recognize the mistakes we were making, and they're making adjustments and coming back with the right approach."

Jim Jackson scored 14 points to lead six players in double figures for Cleveland, which rallied in the fourth quarter but lost for the 10th time in its last 14 games. The Cavs have dropped 11 of 13 on the road.

The Wizards took the lead for good 4 1/2 minutes into play and looked more like a team competing for a division title than one holding down last place in the Atlantic Division, opening a 78-60 lead after 36 minutes.

Richard Hamilton scored 14 points, Mitch Richmond 12 and Tyrone Nesby added 10 for Washington, which shot 46 percent (33-of-72) and held a 44-39 rebounding edge. The Wizards yielded 24 points off turnovers but outscored the Cavs, 26-13, at the line.

"Everything is probably coming together a little bit," Richmond said. "Everyone is playing a role and sticking to it. We're moving the ball and playing defense on the other end. Helping one another, that's the main thing."

Chris Gatling scored 13 points, Andre Miller had 12 and 10 assists and Clarence Weatherspoon, Cedric Henderson and Trajan Langdon added 10 points apiece for Cleveland, which made things interesting in the fourth quarter.

"You always expect teams to make runs on you and they made a run on us at the end of the game," Hamilton said. "But I was especially impressed by the fact that we maintained our poise and did things at the end to secure the victory."

Langdon opened the final period with a 14-footer and Henderson and Coles followed with baskets as the Cavs quickly shaved the deficit to 78-66 with 10:25 to play.

Nesby followed a missed 3-pointer by Richmond with a thunderous slam and followed a free throw by Rod Strickland with two of his own as Washington rebuilt a 17-point cushion.

But Cleveland came roaring back with a 21-9 burst that Langdon capped with a 3-pointer and a technical free throw, drawing the Cavs within 92-87 with 55 seconds to left.

Hamilton answered with two free throws on the ensuing trip as Washington held on.

Cleveland shot 43 percent (37-of-86) and outscored the Wizards, 48-30, in the paint.

"Washington played a good game. They were ready, they have been playing well," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "They are playing and feeling good, about as good about themselves than they have all year."

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