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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 25 18 21 88 CLEVELAND 18 32 16 17 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 17, RICHARD HAMILTON 17, HUBERT DAVIS 14 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 21, CHRIS GATLING 13, ANDRE MILLER 11

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 13, MICHAEL SMITH 8 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - HUBERT DAVIS 7, MITCH RICHMOND 7 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, BIMBO COLES 5

ATT: 11,742


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (88) AT CLEVELAND (83)

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

RICHMOND F 40 5-11 7-8 0 4 4 7 1 0 4 17 MICHAEL SMITH F 26 5-6 3-4 2 6 8 0 3 2 0 13 J WHITE C 35 4-8 3-3 4 9 13 1 2 0 3 11 DAVIS G 38 6-11 0-0 2 3 5 7 2 2 2 14 HAMILTON G 34 6-16 5-5 3 1 4 4 1 1 2 17 LAETTNER 22 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 P JONES 13 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 ALEXANDER 26 5-8 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 12 MIKE SMITH 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 VANTERPOL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-69 20-22 11 29 40 21 15 7 18 88 (.478) (.909) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

HARPRING F 20 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 6 WEATHERSPOON F 31 3-8 1-2 2 5 7 2 3 1 2 7 MIHM C 15 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 JACKSON G 17 0-6 1-1 0 5 5 4 0 1 2 1 MILLER G 34 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 6 2 2 2 11 PERSON 28 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 5 GATLING 26 6-11 1-2 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 13 TRAYLOR 24 5-6 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 2 10 MURRAY 31 9-17 1-1 2 0 2 1 4 2 1 21 COLES 14 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 0 1 9 C HENDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 6-8 11 22 33 23 21 8 14 83 (.456) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 25 18 21 - 88 CLEVELAND 18 32 16 17 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND, J WHITE. CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, PERSON, GATLING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-8 (.250), RICHMOND 0-2, DAVIS 2-3, HAMILTON 0-2, ALEXANDER 0-1. CLEVELAND 5-13 (.385), MILLER 1-2, PERSON 1-2, GATLING 0-1, MURRAY 2-6, COLES 1-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - MICHAEL SMITH. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEON WOOD, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 11,742. T - 2:07.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Richmond 40 5-11 7-8 0-4 7 1 17 Michael Smith 26 5-6 3-4 2-8 0 3 13 J White 35 4-8 3-3 4-13 1 2 11 Davis 38 6-11 0-0 2-5 7 2 14 Hamilton 34 6-16 5-5 3-4 4 1 17 Laettner 22 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 P Jones 13 0-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 Alexander 26 5-8 2-2 0-1 0 2 12 Mike Smith 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Vanterpol 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Profit DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 20-22 11-40 21 15 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Richmond 0-2, Davis 2-3, Hamilton 0-2, Alexander 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Richmond, J White). Turnovers: 19 (Richmond 4, Alexander 3, J White 3, Laettner 3, Davis 2, Hamilton 2, Mike Smith). Steals: 7 (Davis 2, Laettner 2, Michael Smith 2, Hamilton).

CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 20 3-8 0-0 2-2 1 2 6 Weatherspoon 31 3-8 1-2 2-7 2 3 7 Mihm 15 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Jackson 17 0-6 1-1 0-5 4 0 1 Miller 34 4-9 2-2 0-1 6 2 11 Person 28 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 2 5 Gatling 26 6-11 1-2 3-6 1 3 13 Traylor 24 5-6 0-0 1-6 1 1 10 Murray 31 9-17 1-1 2-2 1 4 21 Coles 14 4-7 0-0 0-1 5 3 9 C Henderson DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 6-8 11-33 23 21 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Miller 1-2, Person 1-2, Gatling 0-1, Murray 2-6, Coles 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Weatherspoon 2, Person, Gatling). Turnovers: 15 (Jackson 2, Miller 2, Person 2, Traylor 2, Weatherspoon 2, Coles, Gatling, Mihm, Murray). Steals: 8 (Miller 2, Murray 2, Harpring, Jackson, Person, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 25 18 21 - 88 Cleveland 18 32 16 17 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Michael Smith, 4:57 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,742. T: 2:07. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leon Wood, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- In a battle of teams struggling for a victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers proved to be more inept than the Washington Wizards.

Richard Hamilton scored 17 points and the Wizards used an 18-4 run in the final four minutes for an 88-83 victory over the stunned Cavaliers that snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Lamond Murray's layup capped a 13-3 run that gave Cleveland a 79-70 lead with just under four minutes to play before everything went wrong. Washington scored 10 straight points, including 7-of-8 free throws, for an 80-79 lead with 2:11 left.

Cleveland regained the lead on a basket by Chris Gatling with 1:35 remaining but Michael Smith scored 19 seconds later to give the Wizards the lead for good at 82-81.

After Matt Harpring missed a jumper with 62 seconds to go, the Wizards sealed the victory with six free throws in the final 20 seconds.

"I thought we struggled at the beginning of the fourth quarter," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "The Cavs increased their defensive pressure and I thought Bimbo Coles did a very good job of pressuring our guys."

Richmond scored 17 points and Hubert Davis added 14 for Washington, which has lost 13 out of 15.

"It feels good to win and we were lucky to get (it) tonight," Richmond said.

All five starters scored in double figures for Washington as Smith scored 13 points and Jahidi White added 11 and 13 rebounds.

"Once we made some adjustments and stepped it up defensively ourselves, we were able to gain a little bit of confidence and get to the free throw line and hit a couple of baskets," Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought it made the difference in the game."

Murray came off the bench to score 17 of his 21 points in the second quarter for the Cavaliers, who have lost six in a row. Gatling added 13 and Andre Miller had 11 and six assists.

"I thought we broke down when we were up 79-70," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We lost that aggression of coming down and demanding the ball. It was hard to get anything established and that was the difference."

The Wizards made 20-of-22 free throws, including 7-of-8 by Richmond and 5-of-5 by Hamilton. In comparison, Cleveland made 6-of-8 from the line.

"We just didn't attack the basket like they did," Wittman said. "They attacked the basket all night."

Cleveland's reserves outscored Washington's, 58-16. Murray made 9-of-17 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.

"We had good looks in the fourth quarter and they just didn't go down," Murray said. "And Washington made the plays down the stretch."

Hamilton's layup capped a 6-0 spurt that gave the Wizards a 55-50 lead with 9:36 to play in the third quarter. Washington held a 67-66 edge heading into the final period.

The Wizards led by as many as 12 points in the first half but Murray's 3-pointer with one second left gave Cleveland a 50-49 lead at intermission.

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