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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         20   19   26   15    80   
     CLEVELAND        32   24   18   20    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 22, KURT THOMAS 14, 
                      CHARLIE WARD 12
                CLE - CHRIS MIHM 19, LEBRON JAMES 17, RICKY 
                      DAVIS 16

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, KEITH VAN HORN 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 8, RICKY DAVIS 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - CHARLIE WARD 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 8, LEBRON JAMES 4, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   16,422

Box Score

NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 33 2-10 4-4 0-5 1 2 8 K Thomas 36 6-12 2-2 2-9 1 3 14 D Mutombo 22 1-3 0-0 1-4 2 2 2 C Ward 31 4-7 0-0 0-3 8 2 12 A Houston 43 9-25 2-2 1-3 4 2 22 S Anderson 20 1-3 2-2 0-4 1 1 4 M Doleac 8 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 O Harrington 19 2-3 1-2 1-3 0 1 5 H Eisley 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 F Williams 16 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 M Sweetney 6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 11-12 5-34 21 16 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (K Van Horn 0-2, C Ward 4-5, A Houston 2-7, S Anderson 0-1, H Eisley 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (K Van Horn 2, K Thomas). Turnovers:13 (C Ward 5, S Anderson 2, F Williams 2, A Houston, K Van Horn, K Thomas, O Harrington). Steals: 7 (C Ward 3, D Mutombo, A Houston, S Anderson, K Van Horn). CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 6 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 C Boozer 28 7-11 1-1 2-8 3 2 15 Z Ilgauskas 27 4-10 5-6 0-3 3 3 13 L James 34 7-12 0-0 1-5 4 0 17 R Davis 32 7-12 1-2 0-7 8 1 16 K Ollie 27 0-5 3-3 1-5 3 0 3 J Bremer 22 1-7 0-0 0-3 3 2 3 D Diop 21 2-3 0-0 4-6 3 2 4 I Newble 19 0-3 0-0 1-6 0 1 0 C Mihm 17 6-13 7-7 2-4 0 0 19 J Kapono 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 M Stewart 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 17-19 12-49 29 12 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (D Miles 0-1, L James 3-3, R Davis 1-1, J Bremer 1-3, I Newble 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (D Diop 2, Z Ilgauskas, L James, D Miles). Turnovers:14 (R Davis 4, C Boozer 3, J Bremer 2, L James 2, Z Ilgauskas, D Diop, K Ollie). Steals: 10 (R Davis 2, C Boozer 2, J Bremer 2, C Mihm, L James, D Diop, I Newble). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 20 19 26 15 - 80 CLEVELAND 32 24 18 20 - 94 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,422. T: 2:00. Officials: David Jones, Eddie F. Rush, Rodney Mott.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (80) AT CLEVELAND (94) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K VAN HORN F 33 2-10 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 8 K THOMAS F 36 6-12 2-2 2 7 9 1 3 0 1 14 D MUTOMBO C 22 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 0 2 C WARD G 31 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 8 2 3 5 12 A HOUSTON G 43 9-25 2-2 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 22 S ANDERSON 20 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 1 1 1 2 4 M DOLEAC 8 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 O HARRINGTON 19 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 5 H EISLEY 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 F WILLIAMS 16 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 4 M SWEETNEY 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-77 11-12 5 29 34 21 16 7 13 80 (.403) (.917) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (18 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 C BOOZER F 28 7-11 1-1 2 6 8 3 2 2 3 15 Z ILGAUSKAS C 27 4-10 5-6 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 13 L JAMES G 34 7-12 0-0 1 4 5 4 0 1 2 17 R DAVIS G 32 7-12 1-2 0 7 7 8 1 2 4 16 K OLLIE 27 0-5 3-3 1 4 5 3 0 0 1 3 J BREMER 22 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 D DIOP 21 2-3 0-0 4 2 6 3 2 1 1 4 I NEWBLE 19 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 1 0 0 C MIHM 17 6-13 7-7 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 19 J KAPONO 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 M STEWART 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 36-81 17-19 12 37 49 29 12 10 14 94 (.444) (.895) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14 (10 PTS) NEW YORK 20 19 26 15 - 80 CLEVELAND 32 24 18 20 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K VAN HORN 2, K THOMAS. CLEVELAND - D DIOP 2, Z ILGAUSKAS, L JAMES, D MILES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 7-16 (.438), K VAN HORN 0-2, C WARD 4- 5, A HOUSTON 2-7, S ANDERSON 0-1, H EISLEY 1-1. CLEVELAND 5-9 (.556), D MILES 0-1, L JAMES 3-3, R DAVIS 1-1, J BREMER 1-3, I NEWBLE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, EDDIE F. RUSH, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,422. T - 2:00.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- LeBron James' jump shot certainly was not a weakness against the New York Knicks. James showcased his jumper for 10 first-quarter points as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a quick start to post a 94-80 victory over the Knicks. The only knock on James, whose rookie season has drawn rave reviews, is a suspect outside shot and his 43 percent shooting mainly has been the result of easy baskets. After finally earning his first win Saturday, James went about addressing his reputation as a jump shooter. James opened the game with a 10-footer and added a 16-foot jumper at the nine-minute mark for a 6-0 lead. On Cleveland's next possession, James took a feed from Ricky Davis and drained a 3-pointer. Dunks by Davis and Carlos Boozer made it 13-0 with 7:28 left in the quarter. "I just keep working at it," James said. "Every day in practice I go to the gym and I hear the voices in my head saying 'He can't shoot.' I know they're going to fall for me and they did tonight." "There's only one other person who's been blessed with everything and that's Mike (Jordan)," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "This kid has it. (LeBron) has a long way to go. I'm not putting him in the Mike category yet." New York missed its first eight shots and never seriously threatened, getting within nine points at the end of the third quarter before struggling in the fourth. The Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 visits to Cleveland. "We played scared," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "We respected their athleticism and their speed too much and we didn't get into guys." James finished with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting - all jumpers - and had four assists and five rebounds. After failing to score in the second and third quarters, he added three more jumpers in a 16-4 run to open the fourth, including a 3-pointer that resulted in a 90-69 cushion with just over six minutes to go. "He's holding his follow through and not falling back," Silas said. "He's going straight up and down. The kid learns so quickly." James nailed all three of his 3-point attempts after entering just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. "I think LeBron will be a great shooter and I thought he shot the ball very well tonight," Chaney said. "But I think I can make a couple of shots if nobody is in my face." Chris Mihm led Cleveland with a season-high 19 points and Davis had 16, eight assists and seven rebounds. Boozer added 15 points and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers used 55 percent (23-of-42) shooting for a 56-39 halftime advantage. While James did his work on the perimeter, Davis ran wild through New York's sluggish defense. His best work came in the first quarter when he threw home a one-handed dunk over a still Charlie Ward, who was trying to draw a charge. "He's (Davis) playing such unselfish basketball right now that everybody is picking up on that," Silas said. "He's almost coming up with a triple-double every night. That's what we need from him." Davis was 7-of-12 from the floor and Boozer 7-of-11 as Cleveland overcame the loss of starting forward Darius Miles, who left the game in the first quarter with a nose contusion and did not return. Cleveland had a 49-34 edge on the glass, including six apiece for DeSagana Diop and Ira Newble. The Cavaliers' edge in points in the paint was even wider, 28-12. Allan Houston made 9-of-25 shots for 22 points to lead New York, which sports an identical 2-5 record with Cleveland. Kurt Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds. "It's frustrating," Houston said. "The reality is we didn't come ready to play. It's inexplicable and it's inexcusable." Keith Van Horn was 2-of-10 from the floor for a season-low eight points. Van Horn also matched his worst output on the boards this season with five.


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