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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        30   18   21   27    96   
      NEW YORK         20   24   31   24    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 24, DREW GOODEN 21, 
                      ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIC 17
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 22, JAMAL CRAWFORD 22, 
                      NAZR MOHAMMED 21

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 14, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9, 
                      ROBERT TRAYLOR 9
                NYK - NAZR MOHAMMED 10, KURT THOMAS 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - JEFF MCINNIS 6, ERIC SNOW 3, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 2
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 5, JAMAL CRAWFORD 4, 
                      KURT THOMAS 3

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

CLEVELAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 42 7-18 7-11 6-14 0 2 21 A Pavlovic 43 7-12 3-4 1-5 2 2 17 Z Ilgauskas 30 8-16 8-8 5-9 0 5 24 J McInnis 41 4-20 4-4 0-3 6 5 12 E Snow 40 1-4 1-2 1-2 3 4 3 R Traylor 21 5-8 5-8 5-9 0 2 15 L Harris 20 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 4 D Diop 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Newble DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ACHILLES A Varejao DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE L James DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 28-37 18-43 13 21 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 0-10, .000 (A Pavlovic 0-3, J McInnis 0-5, E Snow 0-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:6 (Z Ilgauskas 3, R Traylor, D Gooden, A Pavlovic). Turnovers:10 (D Gooden 4, E Snow 2, J McInnis 2, L Harris, D Diop). Steals: 7 (A Pavlovic 4, E Snow, J McInnis, R Traylor). NEW YORK (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Ariza 20 3-9 0-0 1-1 2 2 6 K Thomas 32 2-9 0-0 2-8 3 4 4 N Mohammed 39 8-14 5-6 4-10 2 4 21 J Crawford 44 8-20 3-3 0-4 4 3 22 S Marbury 41 4-9 14-16 0-2 5 3 22 M Sweetney 14 1-2 2-2 3-3 1 4 4 P Hardaway 28 5-9 2-2 0-4 1 2 12 Je Williams 8 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 0 2 J Brewer 10 1-3 2-2 2-2 0 0 4 V Baker 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 B Sundov 3 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 M Norris DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 30-33 16-41 18 24 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (J Crawford 3-7, S Marbury 0-1, P Hardaway 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (N Mohammed 2, M Sweetney 2, K Thomas). Turnovers:12 (P Hardaway 4, S Marbury 4, J Crawford 2, Je Williams, N Mohammed). Steals: 5 (J Crawford 3, N Mohammed, J Brewer). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 30 18 21 27 - 96 NEW YORK 20 24 31 24 - 99 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 2 (Defensive Three, 5:57 1st; J McInnis, 7:17 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:32. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Kevin Fehr, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (96) AT NEW YORK (99) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 42 7-18 7-11 6 8 14 0 2 0 4 21 A PAVLOVIC F 43 7-12 3-4 1 4 5 2 2 4 0 17 Z ILGAUSKAS C 30 8-16 8-8 5 4 9 0 5 0 0 24 J MCINNIS G 41 4-20 4-4 0 3 3 6 5 1 2 12 E SNOW G 40 1-4 1-2 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 R TRAYLOR 21 5-8 5-8 5 4 9 0 2 1 0 15 L HARRIS 20 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 4 D DIOP 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION I NEWBLE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ACHILLES A VAREJAO DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE L JAMES DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE TOTALS 240 34-82 28-37 18 25 43 13 21 7 10 96 (.415) (.757) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 11 (11 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T ARIZA F 20 3-9 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 6 K THOMAS F 32 2-9 0-0 2 6 8 3 4 0 0 4 N MOHAMMED C 39 8-14 5-6 4 6 10 2 4 1 1 21 J CRAWFORD G 44 8-20 3-3 0 4 4 4 3 3 2 22 S MARBURY G 41 4-9 14-16 0 2 2 5 3 0 4 22 M SWEETNEY 14 1-2 2-2 3 0 3 1 4 0 0 4 P HARDAWAY 28 5-9 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 4 12 JE WILLIAMS 8 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 J BREWER 10 1-3 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 V BAKER 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 B SUNDOV 3 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 2 M NORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-80 30-33 16 25 41 18 24 5 12 99 (.413) (.909) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12 (16 PTS) CLEVELAND 30 18 21 27 - 96 NEW YORK 20 24 31 24 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 3, R TRAYLOR, D GOODEN, A PAVLOVIC. NEW YORK - N MOHAMMED 2, M SWEETNEY 2, K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 0-10 (.000), A PAVLOVIC 0-3, J MCINNIS 0- 5, E SNOW 0-2. NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), J CRAWFORD 3-7, S MARBURY 0-1, P HARDAWAY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE, J MCINNIS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, KEVIN FEHR, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,763. T - 2:32.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers could have used LeBron James in the waning seconds against the New York Knicks. With a chance to give his team the lead, Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed a jumper with four seconds left as the Cavaliers blew an early 16-point advantage and fell to the reeling Knicks, 99-96. Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford scored 22 points apiece and Nazr Mohammed added 21 and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who had lost seven straight games and 11 of 12. Despite playing without superstar swingman James, who sprained his left ankle vs. Memphis on Wednesday, the Cavaliers raced to a 41-25 lead less than four minutes into the second quarter and appeared well on their way to handing the Knicks a sixth straight home loss. "Without your dominant player, you have to make up 25-7-7," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said of James' average stat line. "But I thought the guys played really hard and gave their all. That's all I can ask - for them to give us a chance to win. That's what they did." "There was no doubt in my mind if we had (James), the outcome of the game would have been different," Ilgauskas said. "We got to give New York credit, they lost seven in a row or something and they came out and fought us hard." New York pulled within 48-44 at the half and took the lead for good, 63-62, on a dunk by rookie Trevor Ariza with 5:01 left in the third quarter. The Knicks, who led by as many as eight points early in the fourth, saw the Cavaliers climb within one point four times, including 97-96 on a pair of free throws by Ilgauskas with 31 seconds left. After Mohammed missed a fadeaway in the paint, Cleveland grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 15 seconds left. The inbounds pass went to guard Jeff McInnis, who found Ilgauskas just outside the foul line. But the 7-3 center missed an open look from the left side. "When I released it, the first half-second I just thought it came out kind of funny," Ilgauskas said. "I saw it going towards the right side of the rim. It was a good look. I couldn't ask for a better look." Knicks guard Penny Hardaway grabbed the rebound and passed to guard Jamison Brewer, who sank two free throws with 0.9 seconds to play. Cleveland, which could not get a shot off before the clock expired, also was without injured regulars Anderson Varejao and Ira Newble. Ilgauskas scored 24 points and Drew Gooden added 21 and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who were 0-of-10 on 3-pointers. The Knicks won their first game under new coach Herb Williams, who was promoted when Lenny Wilkens resigned last Saturday less than 24 hours after a one-point loss to Houston. Williams watched his team lose by five to Milwaukee on Sunday and allow 133 points to Phoenix on Tuesday before sweating out the ending of his first win. "It's always a relief to win," Williams said. "We came back, went back and forth. In the back of your mind, you wondered if it was going to happen again. I was holding my breath during the 20-second timeout and didn't stop until Penny got the rebound." After falling behind by 16 points, the Knicks outscored Cleveland, 74-55, the rest of the way. They also limited the Cavaliers to just 42 percent (34-of-82) after allowing them shoot 54 percent in a 104-79 loss on January 8 in Cleveland. "Once we saw we can get back in this game with our defense, we just utilized our defense to play offense as well," Marbury said. "It feels like an elephant was lifted off our back. Down the stretch we picked our defense up tremendously." The Knicks had lost their last seven games decided by six points or fewer since a 94-93 win over Utah on December 19 and this one looked like another tough defeat was possible. But Hardaway, who was activated from the injured list before the game and sprained his ankle in the first half, hit a key jumper from the right elbow that made it 97-94 with 36 seconds to play. "We're in the huddle and we called a play for Stephon to (isolate) on Eric Snow, who is a great defender," Hardaway explained. "He fell down but in the huddle I told Steph to watch for me sliding open opposite the baseline and (swingman Sasha) Pavlovic kept turning his head, so I was just saying to Steph, 'If you need me, I'll be there.' And he gave it to me and I knocked down the shot." In his first significant action in nearly two months, Hardaway came off the bench and contributed 12 points in 28 minutes that normally might go to Allan Houston, who returned to the injured list with left knee pain. "Penny is huge for us," New York forward Kurt Thomas said. "He gives us another jump shooter, a guy who can create and post up."


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