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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW JERSEY       28   24   26   26    104  
     CLEVELAND        24   20   31   32    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 35, KERRY KITTLES 24, 
                      LUCIOUS HARRIS 19
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 41, CARLOS BOOZER 21, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 17

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - RODNEY ROGERS 7, RICHARD JEFFERSON 6, 
                      JASON COLLINS 6
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 11, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 10,
                      LEBRON JAMES 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - LUCIOUS HARRIS 7, RICHARD JEFFERSON 7, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 13, KEVIN OLLIE 3, CARLOS 
                      BOOZER 3

         ATT:   20,562

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Rogers 35 4-9 0-2 1-7 4 5 10 R Jefferson 43 12-20 9-11 2-6 7 3 35 J Collins 37 4-8 0-0 0-6 4 5 8 K Kittles 43 9-22 2-2 1-4 4 1 24 L Harris 42 8-13 1-2 1-4 7 3 19 A Williams 13 1-3 0-0 3-3 1 1 2 B Armstrong 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 B Scalabrine 17 2-5 2-2 1-4 0 3 6 A Goldwire 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Martin DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS T Slay DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Planinic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 14-19 9-34 27 23 104 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (R Rogers 2-3, R Jefferson 2-2, K Kittles 4-9, L Harris 2-3, A Goldwire 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:1 (A Williams). Turnovers:11 (R Jefferson 4, L Harris 2, J Collins 2, B Scalabrine 2, K Kittles). Steals: 8 (R Rogers 3, K Kittles 3, R Jefferson 2). CLEVELAND (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 25 4-8 0-0 0-0 2 4 8 C Boozer 42 8-15 5-6 4-11 3 1 21 Z Ilgauskas 44 7-12 3-5 5-10 1 4 17 K Ollie 14 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 L James 43 15-29 10-10 2-6 13 1 41 K Brown 27 5-5 1-3 0-4 1 4 12 I Newble 23 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 T Battie 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 L Nailon 12 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 D Diop DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Wagner DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 19-24 11-39 25 19 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 2-3, .667 (L James 1-2, K Brown 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (Z Ilgauskas 2, T Battie, I Newble). Turnovers:14 (K Ollie 4, Z Ilgauskas 3, C Boozer 2, L James 2, E Williams, T Battie, K Brown). Steals: 5 (L James 3, E Williams, K Ollie). -------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 28 24 26 26 - 104 CLEVELAND 24 20 31 32 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:00 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:12. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dick Bavetta, James Capers.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (104) AT CLEVELAND (107) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ROGERS F 35 4-9 0-2 1 6 7 4 5 3 0 10 R JEFFERSON F 43 12-20 9-11 2 4 6 7 3 2 4 35 J COLLINS C 37 4-8 0-0 0 6 6 4 5 0 2 8 K KITTLES G 43 9-22 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 3 1 24 L HARRIS G 42 8-13 1-2 1 3 4 7 3 0 2 19 A WILLIAMS 13 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 2 B ARMSTRONG 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 B SCALABRINE 17 2-5 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 2 6 A GOLDWIRE 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K MARTIN DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS T SLAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z PLANINIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-83 14-19 9 25 34 27 23 8 11 104 (.482) (.737) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (16 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 25 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 8 C BOOZER F 42 8-15 5-6 4 7 11 3 1 0 2 21 Z ILGAUSKAS C 44 7-12 3-5 5 5 10 1 4 0 3 17 K OLLIE G 14 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 4 0 L JAMES G 43 15-29 10-10 2 4 6 13 1 3 2 41 K BROWN 27 5-5 1-3 0 4 4 1 4 0 1 12 I NEWBLE 23 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 T BATTIE 10 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 L NAILON 12 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 D DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WAGNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-80 19-24 11 28 39 25 19 5 14 107 (.538) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (20 PTS) NEW JERSEY 28 24 26 26 - 104 CLEVELAND 24 20 31 32 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - A WILLIAMS. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 2, T BATTIE, I NEWBLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 10-18 (.556), R ROGERS 2-3, R JEFFERSON 2- 2, K KITTLES 4-9, L HARRIS 2-3, A GOLDWIRE 0-1. CLEVELAND 2-3 (.667), L JAMES 1-2, K BROWN 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DICK BAVETTA, JAMES CAPERS. A - 20,562. T - 2:12.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- In the Cleveland Cavaliers' most important win of the season, LeBron James had his biggest game of the season. James had career highs of 41 points and 13 assists and took over down the stretch as the Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak with a stirring 107-104 victory over the New Jersey Nets. At 19 years, 87 days, James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points in a game, surpassing Cliff Robinson, who was 19 years, 361 days) when he scored 45 for New Jersey in 1980. "I had to turn it to another gear," said James, who scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including his team's last 10. "Tonight, playing point guard, I really felt comfortable." With point guard Jeff Mcinnis sidelined with a bruised shoulder, James was forced to reprise his point guard role from earlier this season. He made 15-of-29 shots and 10-of-10 free throws, adding six rebounds and three steals. "We needed a big night from (James) and he just carried us," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "He just was simply awesome; he did everything we needed to get the victory." Despite James' heroics, things did not look good for the Cavaliers when Rodney Rogers tipped in a missed free throw by Richard Jefferson, giving the Nets a 104-99 lead with 1:30 to play. James sped downcourt and drew a foul, sinking both free throws. He missed a jumper on the next possession, but the Nets took a rushed shot and James again beat everyone for a layup that made it 104-103 with 38 seconds left. The Nets rebounded Jefferson's missed drive with about 25 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers appeared to be ready to intentionally foul when James deflected a pass, again beat the defense downcourt and put in a layup with 16 seconds to go. "I heard coach saying, 'Foul, foul,'" Cleveland guard Kedrick Brown said. "At the same time, they got the ball to Richard Jefferson. LeBron jumped up and tipped (his pass)." "I was trying to get the ball back to Kerry (Kittles), who is our best free-throw shooter," admitted Jefferson. "I made a mistake and that's something you have to learn from, and it won't happen again." Jefferson missed a jumper that James rebounded, dribbled away from a pair of defenders trying to foul and hammered home a dunk with 1.9 seconds left. Kittles missed a desperation 50-footer at the buzzer, sending the Gund Arena crowd into pandemonium. Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points for the Nets, who again played without injured All-Stars Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin and have lost six of their last eight games. "I think (James) carried the team on his shoulders and he played extremely well," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "Regardless of his age, he's a special player." New Jersey led, 93-84, with 7:23 left after a 3-pointer by Kittles, who scored 24 points. The Cavaliers pulled even at 96-96 when James rifled a pass to Carlos Boozer for a layup at the 3:17 mark. "As basketball fans we admire what (James) does," said Boozer, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds. "Surprised isn't the word; impressed is."


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