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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 18 22 18 79 NEW YORK 26 31 26 15 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - CHRIS GATLING 13, ANDRE MILLER 12, CHRIS MIHM 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 20, MARCUS CAMBY 18, GLEN RICE 17

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CHRIS MIHM 7, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 7 NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, WESLEY PERSON 3 NYK - MARK JACKSON 10, CHARLIE WARD 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (79) AT NEW YORK (98)

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

HARPRING F 26 4-8 3-5 3 1 4 2 1 3 2 11 WEATHERSPOON F 34 2-7 3-4 2 5 7 1 1 1 1 7 MIHM C 31 5-11 2-3 2 5 7 0 4 0 3 12 MILLER G 28 5-11 2-2 1 1 2 6 0 0 2 12 PERSON G 27 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 1 0 10 MURRAY 20 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 4 GATLING 22 5-11 2-2 1 5 6 1 1 2 0 13 JACKSON 17 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 6 COLES 20 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 TRAYLOR 9 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 LANGDON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 C HENDERSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 30-77 16-20 9 28 37 16 16 8 12 79 (.390) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

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

RICE F 42 7-15 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 17 THOMAS F 34 4-10 1-2 1 8 9 2 2 1 0 9 CAMBY C 34 9-16 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 0 1 18 HOUSTON G 36 7-16 5-5 0 2 2 5 2 0 3 20 JACKSON G 24 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 10 2 1 1 5 WARD 24 4-5 2-2 0 3 3 6 1 1 1 10 HARRINGTON 26 5-8 2-4 2 5 7 0 3 1 2 12 POSTELL 18 1-2 5-6 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 7 KNIGHT 2 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 L JOHNSON DNP - SORE BACK SPENCER DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION SPREWELL DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION

TOTALS 240 39-80 17-21 8 32 40 25 17 4 9 98 (.488) (.810) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 18 22 18 - 79 NEW YORK 26 31 26 15 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MIHM 2, WEATHERSPOON, MURRAY, TRAYLOR, PERSON. NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, THOMAS 3, HARRINGTON 3, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-7 (.429), MILLER 0-1, PERSON 2-2, MURRAY 0-2, GATLING 1-1, LANGDON 0-1. NEW YORK 3-8 (.375), RICE 1-2, HOUSTON 1-4, JACKSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, SEAN CORBIN, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 26 4-8 3-5 3-4 2 1 11 Weatherspoon 34 2-7 3-4 2-7 1 1 7 Mihm 31 5-11 2-3 2-7 0 4 12 Miller 28 5-11 2-2 1-2 6 0 12 Person 27 4-8 0-0 0-3 3 2 10 Murray 20 2-8 0-0 0-3 0 0 4 Gatling 22 5-11 2-2 1-6 1 1 13 Jackson 17 3-8 0-0 0-2 1 0 6 Coles 20 0-2 2-2 0-1 2 3 2 Traylor 9 0-1 2-2 0-2 0 2 2 Langdon 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 C Henderson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 16-20 9-37 16 16 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Miller 0-1, Person 2-2, Murray 0-2, Gatling 1-1, Langdon 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mihm 2, Weatherspoon, Murray, Traylor, Person). Turnovers: 12 (Mihm 3, Harpring 2, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Coles, Murray, Weatherspoon). Steals: 8 (Harpring 3, Gatling 2, Jackson, Person, Weatherspoon).

NEW YORK (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 42 7-15 2-2 1-6 1 3 17 Thomas 34 4-10 1-2 1-9 2 2 9 Camby 34 9-16 0-0 2-7 0 2 18 Houston 36 7-16 5-5 0-2 5 2 20 Jackson 24 2-6 0-0 1-2 10 2 5 Ward 24 4-5 2-2 0-3 6 1 10 Harrington 26 5-8 2-4 2-7 0 3 12 Postell 18 1-2 5-6 0-3 1 1 7 Knight 2 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 L Johnson DNP - sore back Spencer DNP - upper respiratory infection Sprewell DNP - upper respiratory infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 17-21 8-40 25 17 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Rice 1-2, Houston 1-4, Jackson 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 11 (Camby 4, Thomas 3, Harrington 3, Knight). Turnovers: 9 (Houston 3, Harrington 2, Camby, Jackson, Postell, Ward). Steals: 4 (Harrington, Jackson, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 18 22 18 - 79 New York 26 31 26 15 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Weatherspoon, 0:57 2nd). New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Forte, Sean Corbin, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston scored 20 points and Marcus Camby added 18 as the New York Knicks used a balanced attack and won for the fourth time in five games with a 98-79 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Houston made 7-of-16 shots and Camby knocked down 9-of-16 as New York shot 49 percent (39-of-80) and won for just the second time in the last five meetings with Cleveland.

Glen Rice contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who overcame the absence of Latrell Sprewell, their best player, and Larry Johnson. Sprewell sat with an upper respiratory infection and Johnson missed his fourth straight game with back trouble.

Point guards Mark Jackson and Charlie Ward each played 24 minutes ran New York's offense almost flawlessly. The pair had 15 points and 16 assists while committing just two turnovers. They made 6-of-11 shots from the floor.

"I thought Mark did a good job controlling the offense and I thought Charlie did as well," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We kept our turnovers (nine) down very well tonight, which was very good."

Othella Harrington again filled in adequately for Johnson, totaling 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Seldom-used reserve Lavor Postell scored seven points in 18 minutes.

"I thought we played good basketball even though we had just nine guys," Van Gundy added. "I thought everybody contributed. I thought we had play and energy from the bench. Lavor had a couple of defensive mistakes, but I thought he played hard and played well. Othella was extremely active, he gave us some good scoring inside and I thought Charlie played well. All the guys coming off the bench did a very good job."

Camby and Kurt Thomas, who had nine points and nine boards, dominated inside, helping New York to outscore Cleveland in the paint, 42-18.

"It's a big win," Camby said. "We are missing two guys from our starting lineup. Guys stepped up and played well and contributed well. Othella came in again and set the tone for us. He has been playing the last two ballgames and we will nee him to play like that depending on how long Larry Johnson is out."

The Knicks moved one half-game in front of the idle Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Gatling scored 13 points off the bench and rookie Chris Mihm and Andre Miller each added 12 for Cleveland, which shot just 39 percent (30-of-77) and lost for the eighth time in nine games.

"Defensively we just didn't take anything away from them," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "They played a fine game. They made us work for whatever we had to get. To come here and play this team you have to match that intensity. We allowed ourselves to succumb to it which makes it difficult to score. They played a good game."

New York came out hot, shooting 57 percent (12-of-21) in the first quarter and taking a 26-21 lead.

Cleveland closed within 28-27 when Gatling made a pair of free throws with 9:36 left in the second quarter. Harrington answered with a hook shot and after Cleveland missed on its next possession, Camby hit a shot inside the paint to push New York's lead to 32-27 with 8:39 remaining.

After Jim Jackson hit a basket to trim the margin to 36-31 with 6:58 left in the first half, Rice converted a three-point play to ignite a 15-0 run. Rice had a 3-pointer during that run that was capped by Harrington's layup for a 51-31 with 4:09 left.

"I think we had a lot of fun and when you're having fun you allow things to go your way," Rice said. "The idea was once we got the big lead to keep the pressure. It is something that we need to achieve this year. Tonight was a gut-check for us. I think we did a very good job. We believe in each and every one of the guys' talent on the team."

Rice scored 13 points in the first two quarters when the Knicks shot 60.5 percent (23-of-38) and built a 57-39 lead.

The Knicks did not let the margin fall below 13 points after the break and built as big as 90-67 when Thomas made a layup with 6:24 to play in the fourth.

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