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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 22 28 35 109 CLEVELAND 28 22 30 31 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 29, STEVE FRANCIS 25, OSCAR TORRES 13 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 31, WESLEY PERSON 23, RICKY DAVIS 13

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 4 CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 8, LAMOND MURRAY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 10, CUTTINO MOBLEY 4 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 13, WESLEY PERSON 6

ATT: 12,442


Extended Box

HOUSTON (109) AT CLEVELAND (111)

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

GRIFFIN F 23 4-12 1-2 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 11 MORRIS F 20 3-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 6 CATO C 26 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 4 0 6 FRANCIS G 45 10-22 4-4 2 4 6 10 3 0 2 25 MOBLEY G 44 12-21 4-4 0 4 4 4 1 1 3 29 COLLIER 15 1-4 2-4 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 NORRIS 24 2-2 5-6 0 3 3 2 5 1 2 9 LANGHI 19 3-6 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 6 TORRES 24 4-8 3-4 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 13 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - LEFT CALF STRAIN K WILLIS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 41-85 21-26 9 24 33 21 20 8 9 109 (.482) (.808) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

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

JONES F 33 3-6 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 6 MURRAY F 30 4-14 4-5 3 5 8 4 2 1 4 12 MIHM C 19 4-5 2-3 1 3 4 1 4 0 2 10 MILLER G 45 12-21 7-8 3 4 7 13 3 0 4 31 PERSON G 45 10-12 2-5 0 4 4 6 1 0 2 23 ILGAUSKAS 18 3-11 6-6 3 5 8 1 5 0 0 12 DAVIS 31 5-10 3-3 2 1 3 2 4 0 2 13 COLES 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 SKINNER 16 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 4 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-82 24-30 14 31 45 28 22 2 14 111 (.524) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 22 28 35 - 109 CLEVELAND 28 22 30 31 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - GRIFFIN 2, TORRES, MORRIS, NORRIS, MOBLEY. CLEVELAND - MILLER 2, MURRAY 2, ILGAUSKAS, MIHM, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-13 (.462), GRIFFIN 2-4, MORRIS 0-1, FRANCIS 1-1, MOBLEY 1-2, TORRES 2-5. CLEVELAND 1-3 (.333), JONES 0-2, PERSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH. OFFICIALS: GEORGE TOLIVER, KEN MAUER, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 12,442. T - 2:12.


Box Score

HOUSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 23 4-12 1-2 2-4 1 4 11 Morris 20 3-5 0-0 1-4 2 0 6 Cato 26 2-5 2-2 0-3 0 2 6 Francis 45 10-22 4-4 2-6 10 3 25 Mobley 44 12-21 4-4 0-4 4 1 29 Collier 15 1-4 2-4 0-1 0 1 4 Norris 24 2-2 5-6 0-3 2 5 9 Langhi 19 3-6 0-0 2-4 0 3 6 Torres 24 4-8 3-4 2-4 2 1 13 Brown DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - left calf strain K Willis DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-85 21-26 9-33 21 20 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Griffin 2-4, Morris 0-1, Francis 1-1, Mobley 1-2, Torres 2-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Griffin 2, Torres, Morris, Norris, Mobley). Turnovers: 9 (Mobley 3, Francis 2, Norris 2, Collier, Torres). Steals: 8 (Cato 4, Collier, Mobley, Norris, Torres).

CLEVELAND (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 33 3-6 0-0 1-6 0 1 6 Murray 30 4-14 4-5 3-8 4 2 12 Mihm 19 4-5 2-3 1-4 1 4 10 Miller 45 12-21 7-8 3-7 13 3 31 Person 45 10-12 2-5 0-4 6 1 23 Ilgauskas 18 3-11 6-6 3-8 1 5 12 Davis 31 5-10 3-3 2-3 2 4 13 Coles 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Skinner 16 2-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 Diop DNP - coach's decision Doleac DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-82 24-30 14-45 28 22 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.524, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-3, .333 (Jones 0-2, Person 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Miller 2, Murray 2, Ilgauskas, Mihm, Jones). Turnovers: 14 (Miller 4, Murray 4, Davis 2, Mihm 2, Person 2). Steals: 2 (Coles, Murray). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 22 28 35 - 109 Cleveland 28 22 30 31 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Head Coach Tomjanovich, 12:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,442. T: 2:12. Officials: George Toliver, Ken Mauer, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Andre Miller had 31 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers barely held on to edge the Houston Rockets, 111-109, for just their second win in 17 games.

Cleveland led, 104-99, after a driving dunk by Ricky Davis with 3:10 remaining, but Houston went on a run and tied the game at 106 on a 3-pointer by rookie Oscar Torres with 1:17 left.

Miller hit a jumper form the right baseline with 54 seconds to go, but Steve Francis responded with a layup and free throw for a 109-108 lead with 46 seconds remaining.

Lamond Murray scored on a layup in traffic with 20 seconds left but missed the subsequent free throw. After Francis missed a layup, Eddie Griffin got the rebound and went for a follow shot, but Murray swatted the ball to Miller, who was fouled with six seconds to play and sank 1-of-2 free throws to make it 111-109.

"We missed a rebound and they ended up getting the ball back," Murray said. "Griffin was shooting a fadeaway and I was just right there to swing at the ball. I blocked his shot and we went the other way."

Francis raced down the left side of the court, dribbled into the lane and sank a floater, but the officials waved it off, saying he released it after the buzzer.

"I thought I did get the shot off," Francis said. "I didn't even look at the clock. Six seconds is plenty of time. I drove it up and down the court in two seconds, so six seconds is enough to get up and down the court to get a good look at the bucket. Unfortunately, the referee saw it different."

"I was just told there were three-tenths of a second left," Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley said. "(The referee) was running to the table like he's Superman, like he's the president who called the game. C'mon, man, that's a good game. You're that anxious to get to the All-Star break? That's terrible. That's a good game, don't take the game away from us like that."

Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich was similarly upset before he saw a Cavaliers television feed that seemed to indicate Francis did not get the shot off in time.

"I don't know if the clock is right on that TV, so they might've gotten it right," Tomjanovich said. "On that TV, the shot was late. It was a good call on the (Cavs) feed."

Miller finished 12-of-21 and played 45 minutes for Cleveland, which had lost three straight entering the contest.

"I knew they would let me shoot tonight," Miller said. "I got the shots I've been working on and they were going in. I try to play well every night."

Wesley Person nailed 10-of-12 shots and scored 23 points for Cleveland, which shot 52 percent (43-of-82) and had six players in double figures.

"We dared Miller to shoot, and he burned us," Francis said. "He made his shots. Person hit all his open shots and we tried to get to him. We just overlooked this game."

Mobley scored 27 of hiss 29 points in the second half and Francis added 25, 10 assists and six rebounds for Houston, which was swept by Cleveland one year after sweeping the entire Central Division.

"In the first half I was missing easy shots," Mobley said. "In the second half I figured I'd have to come out hot, so I came out aggressive and played my game, and the shots wents in."

Houston shot the ball well, making 46 percent from the arc (6-of-13) and 48 percent overall (41-of-85). But it was often one shot and out for the Rockets, who were outrebounded, 45-33.

Cleveland took a 50-46 lead into halftime and extended its advantage to 72-62 on a 20-foot jumper from Miller with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

But Houston, which trailed, 80-74, entering the fourth quarter, rallied to take an 88-87 lead on a driving layup by Mobley with 8:13 left. Cleveland took the lead for good at 91-90 on yet another jumper from Miller with 7:09 to go.

"That was a fun game to play, but it was more fun to win it," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "It's a good win against a strong perimeter team, with Francis, Mobley, (Moochie) Norris and Torres. I thought those guys were really tough to cover. I liked our effort. We hung in there and didn't get rattled the whole night."

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