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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 31 25 16 18 9 99 CLEVELAND 28 22 15 25 7 97 FINAL IN 1ST OT


ATLANTA (99) AT CLEVELAND (97) - FINAL IN OT

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

CORBIN F 46 5-10 1-1 1 3 4 4 0 1 1 11 LAETTNER F 40 3-8 6-6 1 7 8 5 0 1 4 12 MUTOMBO C 43 5-12 6-8 2 11 13 1 1 0 6 16 BLAYLOCK G 49 6-12 2-4 1 8 9 7 4 3 4 16 SMITH G 40 7-10 5-6 1 2 3 3 3 0 5 21 LIVINGSTON 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 BROWN 8 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 HENDERSON 18 3-4 1-2 2 4 6 0 5 0 0 7 GRAY 16 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 10 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-66 25-31 8 37 45 23 14 6 22 99 (.530) (.806) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(30 PTS)

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

PERSON F 39 6-16 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 3 0 15 KEMP F 38 13-24 1-2 2 3 5 2 6 3 3 28 ILGAUSKAS C 11 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 4 KNIGHT G 40 4-11 4-6 2 3 5 10 3 1 1 12 ANDERSON G 48 4-11 4-4 1 3 4 5 3 2 2 12 POTAPENKO 35 8-17 0-0 8 6 14 2 3 0 1 16 BUTLER 18 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 4 FERRY 22 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 6 HENDERSON 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JAMES 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SURA DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 265 41-95 9-12 15 21 36 27 24 10 9 97 (.432) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

ATLANTA 31 25 16 18 9 - 99 CLEVELAND 28 22 15 25 7 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 7, LAETTNER 2, SMITH 2, CORBIN, GRAY. CLEVELAND - KEMP, KNIGHT, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-11 (.364), BLAYLOCK 2-6, SMITH 2-4, GRAY 0-1. CLEVELAND 6-17 (.353), PERSON 3-9, KEMP 1-1, ANDERSON 0-2, FERRY 2-5. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, NOLAN FINE, TIM DONAGHY. A - 14,356. T - 2:14.


ATLANTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 46 5-10 1-1 1-4 4 0 11 Laettner 40 3-8 6-6 1-8 5 0 12 Mutombo 43 5-12 6-8 2-13 1 1 16 Blaylock 49 6-12 2-4 1-9 7 4 16 Smith 40 7-10 5-6 1-3 3 3 21 Livingston 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brown 8 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 6 Henderson 18 3-4 1-2 2-6 0 5 7 Gray 16 4-6 2-2 0-2 2 1 10 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-66 25-31 8-45 23 14 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Blaylock 2-6, Smith 2-4, Gray 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 13 (Mutombo 7, Laettner 2, Smith 2, Corbin, Gray). Turnovers: 24 (Mutombo 6, Smith 5, Blaylock 4, Laettner 4, Corbin, Gray, Livingston). Steals: 6 (Blaylock 3, Corbin, Laettner, Livingston).

CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Person 39 6-16 0-0 1-4 2 0 15 Kemp 38 13-24 1-2 2-5 2 6 28 Ilgauskas 11 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 3 4 Knight 40 4-11 4-6 2-5 10 3 12 Anderson 48 4-11 4-4 1-4 5 3 12 Potapenko 35 8-17 0-0 8-14 2 3 16 Butler 18 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 Ferry 22 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Henderson 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 James 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Scott DNP - coach's decision Sura DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-95 9-12 15-36 27 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Person 3-9, Kemp 1-1, Anderson 0-2, Ferry 2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Kemp, Knight, Potapenko). Turnovers: 11 (Kemp 3, Anderson 2, Butler, Ilgauskas, Knight, Potapenko). Steals: 10 (Kemp 3, Person 3, Anderson 2, Ferry, Knight). _________________________________________________ Atlanta 31 25 16 18 9 - 99 Cleveland 28 22 15 25 7 - 97 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,356. T: 2:14. Officials: Joe Crawford, Nolan Fine, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith scored 21 points, including all nine of his team's points in overtime, as the Atlanta Hawks captured their franchise-record sixth straight win to start the season, 99-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Hawks, one of two unbeaten teams in the NBA, eclipsed their best previous start, a 5-0 run in 1986-87.

Atlanta had a seemlingly safe 90-85 lead with 29 seconds left, but the Cavs scored the final five points of regulation, capped by Danny Ferry's three-pointer with 18.6 seconds left, to send the game to overtime.

Wesley Person's layup and three-pointer gave the Cavs a 95-90 lead in overtime before Smith took over. He connected on two free throws to bring the Hawks within 95-92 with 3:34 left and nailed a three-pointer 19 seconds later to tie it.

Smith's layup at the 1:36 mark put the Hawks ahead for good, 97-95. He followed with a jumper for a four-point lead before Cleveland's Vitaly Potapenko connected on a hook shot.

"I hit a couple of shots and it kept going," Smith said. "Once you get in a rhythm you feel like you could do anything. After that three-point field goal they just started going in."

Following an Atlanta turnover, the Cavs had a chance to tie, but Ferry's runner with four seconds left clanged off the rim.

"It's nice that we won but that doesn't move me one way or the other," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens. "I think the thing that moved me is that we played four games in five nights. We very easily could've let this one get away. We should've won this game in regulation."

Shawn Kemp led Cleveland with 28 points while Potapenko had 16 and a career-high 14 rebounds. Wesley Person also had 16 points for the Cavaliers.

"I do not feel good about the game," Kemp said. "Our main purpose is to win. We have played five games and had a chance to win all five. That should be a calling card to us, telling us that we are more talented than we thought. To win some of these games, we need to play smarter at the end."

Atlanta led virtually the entire first half until the Cavaliers took their first lead of the game, 44-42 on Potapenko's layup with 5:46 left in the second quarter.

The Hawks closed the half on a 14-6 run to take a 56-50 halftime lead. Dikembe Mutombo, who finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks, led Atlanta with 11 first-half points.

Kemp scored 21 of his points in the first half to keep the Cavaliers in the game. He finished 13-for-24 from the field.

The Hawks led 72-65 after three quarters and they took their biggest lead of the game at 74-65 with 11:37 remaining on a layup by Christian Laettner.

Rookie Brevin Knight, making his second start of the season for the Cavaliers, finished with 12 points and 10 assists.

The Hawks shot 53 percent (35-of-66) from the field while Cleveland finished at 43 percent (41-for-95).

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