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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 18 19 34 25 96 CLEVELAND 22 25 29 27 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JASON TERRY 29, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 19, TONI KUKOC 11 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 23, WESLEY PERSON 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - TONI KUKOC 7, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 7, IRA NEWBLE 6 CLE - TYRONE HILL 12, JUMAINE JONES 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 9, TONI KUKOC 6, JASON TERRY 4 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, LAMOND MURRAY 5, RICKY DAVIS 4

ATT: 9,915


Extended Box

ATLANTA (96) AT CLEVELAND (103)

ATLANTA

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 9-19 1-2 0 7 7 9 2 1 3 19 D JOHNSON F 28 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 7 N MOHAMMED C 13 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 1 6 J TERRY G 39 12-21 2-3 2 3 5 4 2 1 3 29 I NEWBLE G 35 3-7 2-2 3 3 6 3 4 0 0 8 A HENDERSON 11 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 1 T KUKOC 29 4-11 2-4 2 5 7 6 0 0 2 11 J VAUGHN 19 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 8 H MOTTOLA 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 C BOWDLER 17 2-3 3-4 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 7 M STRICKLAND 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D GLOVER DNP - STRESS REACTION, RIGHT LE

TOTALS 240 40-83 11-17 10 32 42 27 19 3 12 96 (.482) (.647) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS)

CLEVELAND

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

L MURRAY F 37 7-16 6-6 0 7 7 5 1 3 1 23 T HILL F 29 4-9 2-5 4 8 12 2 6 0 3 10 Z ILGAUSKAS C 21 3-8 7-8 5 2 7 0 4 0 1 13 A MILLER G 37 6-14 0-0 1 2 3 7 0 2 0 13 W PERSON G 39 9-20 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 0 2 19 J JONES 27 1-6 0-0 2 6 8 3 0 1 1 2 R DAVIS 27 5-8 2-4 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 12 B STITH 9 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 M DOLEAC 8 2-4 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 B SKINNER 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 T LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION J TREPAGNIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-87 20-26 13 31 44 27 15 8 11 103 (.448) (.769) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS)

ATLANTA 18 19 34 25 - 96 CLEVELAND 22 25 29 27 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - S ABDUR-RAHIM 4, C BOWDLER, J TERRY, D JOHNSON, I NEWBLE. CLEVELAND - L MURRAY 2, B SKINNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 5-13 (.385), D JOHNSON 1-2, J TERRY 3-6, T KUKOC 1-5. CLEVELAND 5-13 (.385), L MURRAY 3-4, A MILLER 1-2, W PERSON 1- 5, J JONES 0-1, R DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, JIM CLARK, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 9,915. T - 2:04.


Box Score

ATLANTA (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-Rahim 39 9-19 1-2 0-7 9 2 19 D Johnson 28 3-6 0-0 1-3 3 1 7 N Mohammed 13 3-8 0-0 1-5 0 4 6 J Terry 39 12-21 2-3 2-5 4 2 29 I Newble 35 3-7 2-2 3-6 3 4 8 A Henderson 11 0-0 1-2 0-3 0 2 1 T Kukoc 29 4-11 2-4 2-7 6 0 11 J Vaughn 19 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 8 H Mottola 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 C Bowdler 17 2-3 3-4 1-3 1 3 7 M Strickland 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Glover DNP - STRESS REACTION, RIGHT LE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 11-17 10-42 27 19 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (D Johnson 1-2, J Terry 3-6, T Kukoc 1-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (S Abdur-Rahim 4, C Bowdler, J Terry, D Johnson, I Newble). Turnovers:12 (S Abdur-Rahim 3, J Terry 3, T Kukoc 2, J Vaughn 2, N Mohammed, D Johnson). Steals: 3 (S Abdur-Rahim, C Bowdler, J Terry).

CLEVELAND (103)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Murray 37 7-16 6-6 0-7 5 1 23 T Hill 29 4-9 2-5 4-12 2 6 10 Z Ilgauskas 21 3-8 7-8 5-7 0 4 13 A Miller 37 6-14 0-0 1-3 7 0 13 W Person 39 9-20 0-0 1-5 3 1 19 J Jones 27 1-6 0-0 2-8 3 0 2 R Davis 27 5-8 2-4 0-1 4 2 12 B Stith 9 1-1 2-2 0-0 1 1 4 M Doleac 8 2-4 1-1 0-0 2 0 5 B Skinner 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 T Langdon DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Trepagnier DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-87 20-26 13-44 27 15 103 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Murray 3-4, A Miller 1-2, W Person 1-5, J Jones 0-1, R Davis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:3 (L Murray 2, B Skinner). Turnovers:11 (T Hill 3, R Davis 3, W Person 2, L Murray, Z Ilgauskas, J Jones). Steals: 8 (L Murray 3, A Miller 2, B Stith, J Jones, M Doleac).

------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 18 19 34 25 - 96 CLEVELAND 22 25 29 27 - 103 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,915. T: 2:04. Officials: Gary Benson, Jim Clark, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Lamond Murray scored 23 points as all five starters reached double figures in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 103-96 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

After missing eight of his first nine shots, Murray turned back an Atlanta rally by scoring 17 points in the second half.

Following a sluggish first half in which each team shot below 40 percent, the Hawks caught fire in the third quarter, cutting a 10-point halftime deficit to 69-67 on Toni Kukoc's driving layup with 1:10 left in the period.

But Murray, playing with a mask to protect a broken nose, erupted for nine points in less than two minutes, allowing Cleveland to take control. His driving layup gave the Cavaliers an 81-73 lead with 10:21 remaining in the contest.

"The forwards were switching off and weren't crowding me," Murray said. "If they did, I drove to the basket and tried to create something. I just took what they gave me. When they backed off, I took the shot."

"I put Lamond at the point tonight," Cleveland coach John Lucas added. "I thought he did some good things, took tough shots but they went in."

The Hawks closed to 91-88 on Kukoc's 3-pointer with 3:33 left, but Murray answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Wesley Person hit a 12-footer in the lane to make it 96-88 with 2:37 to play.

Person added 19 points for the Cavaliers, who snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Hawks for the first time in three meetings this season.

"We got ourselves in an up-tempo, which was hard to defend, and we didn't have to call a play every time," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "That was good for us."

Jason Terry fueled the Hawks' rally with 17 of his 29 points in the second half.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Atlanta, whose only lead came at 2-0. The Cavaliers led by as many as 12 points in the first half.

"The Cavs were quick out of the backcourt and we just did not seem to have the readiness to contest the transition," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We didn't a very good job in the transition. It just seemed like we were fighting uphill all night."

Andre Miller and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, while Tyone Hill chipped in with 10 and 12 rebounds.

Overall, Cleveland had six players reach double figures as Ricky Davis contributed 12 points off the bench.

"We played solid defense tonight," Person said. "We didn't want Kukoc to beat us for the third time. The main thing was to get to him first and make him pass the ball."

Kukoc averaged 23.5 points and was 17-of-22 from the field in the teams' two previous games this season. But he was held to just 11 points Tuesday on 4-of-11 shooting.

"I think it was a combination of the Cavs' defense and Kukoc having an off night," Kruger said. "A guy has a couple good games against you, they are going to battle him a little harder. I'm sure they turned it up a little bit. He (Kukoc) seeemed to be fighting uphill all night."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19 points for Atlanta despite suffering a rib injury. Terry (12-of-21) and Abdur-Rahim (9-of-19) were a combined 21-of-40 for the field but did not get much help from their teammates.

"The Cavs played good defense, causing turnovers," Abdur-Rahim said. "We didn't take care of the ball and took quick shots at times. That leads to fast-break points."

Cleveland hurt Atlanta in transition throughout, holding a 31-10 edge in fast-break points.

"Our bench played more and they will play even more," Lucas said. "Lamond Murray withstood a lot of runs and it was Tyrone Hill's rebounding that was very effective."

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