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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 23 20 18 22 83 ATLANTA 23 20 25 26 94 FINAL


CLEVELAND (83) AT ATLANTA (94)

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

HENDERSON F 36 4-10 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 10 KEMP F 35 6-16 8-10 3 2 5 1 1 1 2 20 ILGAUSKAS C 31 5-11 0-0 7 7 14 3 3 1 4 10 PERSON G 35 3-11 0-0 1 6 7 0 0 1 1 6 KNIGHT G 30 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 3 5 0 1 4 ANDERSON 35 7-12 6-6 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 20 FERRY 13 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 POTAPENKO 12 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 4 JAMES 9 2-4 1-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 5 BROOKS 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 BUTLER DNP - DID NOT TRAVEL

TOTALS 240 33-79 17-19 17 27 44 11 17 4 16 83 (.418) (.895) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

LAETTNER F 37 8-10 2-2 2 7 9 3 3 0 3 18 CORBIN F 35 4-7 0-0 0 5 5 6 1 1 2 8 MUTOMBO C 34 2-8 4-5 2 4 6 0 3 1 3 8 SMITH G 43 7-14 7-7 0 4 4 4 2 1 3 23 BLAYLOCK G 39 7-15 0-0 0 2 2 7 1 0 0 16 ANDERSON 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 RECASNER 15 4-5 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 12 GRAY 10 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 HENDERSON 14 2-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 5 BROWN 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CRAWFORD 2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 16-18 6 25 31 23 17 5 12 94 (.486) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

CLEVELAND 23 20 18 22 - 83 ATLANTA 23 20 25 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 3, FERRY 2, ANDERSON, KEMP. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, LAETTNER 2, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 0-4 (.000), PERSON 0-3, ANDERSON 0-1. ATLANTA 6-15 (.400), SMITH 2-4, BLAYLOCK 2-7, RECASNER 2-3, GRAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TERRY DURHAM, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 16,956. T - 2:01.


CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 36 4-10 2-2 1-2 0 4 10 Kemp 35 6-16 8-10 3-5 1 1 20 Ilgauskas 31 5-11 0-0 7-14 3 3 10 Person 35 3-11 0-0 1-7 0 0 6 Knight 30 2-7 0-0 2-3 3 5 4 Anderson 35 7-12 6-6 1-4 3 1 20 Ferry 13 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 Potapenko 12 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 James 9 2-4 1-1 0-2 0 1 5 Brooks 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Scott 2 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Butler DNP - did not travel _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 17-19 17-44 11 17 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 0-4, .000 (Person 0-3, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Ilgauskas 3, Ferry 2, Anderson, Kemp). Turnovers: 16 (Ilgauskas 4, Anderson 3, James 2, Kemp 2, Potapenko 2, Henderson, Knight, Person). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Person).

ATLANTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Laettner 37 8-10 2-2 2-9 3 3 18 Corbin 35 4-7 0-0 0-5 6 1 8 Mutombo 34 2-8 4-5 2-6 0 3 8 Smith 43 7-14 7-7 0-4 4 2 23 Blaylock 39 7-15 0-0 0-2 7 1 16 Anderson 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Recasner 15 4-5 2-2 0-0 2 2 12 Gray 10 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Henderson 14 2-6 1-2 2-4 0 2 5 Brown 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Crawford 2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Livingston DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 16-18 6-31 23 17 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Smith 2-4, Blaylock 2-7, Recasner 2-3, Gray 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Mutombo 6, Laettner 2, Henderson). Turnovers: 14 (Laettner 3, Mutombo 3, Smith 3, Corbin 2, Recasner). Steals: 5 (Recasner 2, Corbin, Mutombo, Smith). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 23 20 18 22 - 83 Atlanta 23 20 25 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,956. T: 2:01. Officials: Dan Crawford, Terry Durham, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith scored 23 points and Eldridge Recasner fueled a key fourth-quarter run with eight points as the Atlanta Hawks pulled away for a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a seven-game road winning streak snapped.

The teams battled to a 43-43 halftime tie, but Smith capped an 11-4 run with a pair of free throws that gave the Hawks a 60-53 lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

Cleveland got within 70-67 with 10:10 remaining on a dunk by rookie Derek Anderson. But Atlanta went on an 18-5 spurt to take command. Mookie Blaylock scored five points in the run, including a three-pointer that started it. Recasner scored eight points, including a layup that capped it at 88-72 with 3:09 left.

Christian Laettner contributed 18 points and nine boards and Blaylock 16 and seven assists for Atlanta, which won its fourth straight game overall and fourth straight over Cleveland.

"We're playing well right now and we want to keep it up. We want to keep winning and beating the teams we're supposed to," said Smith. "We need to focus on winning games and to keep improving as a team."

With a 19-5 record, the Hawks are off to their best start since the franchise moved from St. Louis to Atlanta for the 1968-69 season. That betters the 18-6 mark which opened the 1986-87 season.

"It's tough coming back from a long road trip," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens, referring to Atlanta's 3-1 West Coast trip, which ended with a victory over Portland on Monday. "When you play your first game back at home, it almost feels like you're still on the road, because you don't have the chance to get in any practice.

"I thought we let up a little bit in the first half tonight, but we stepped it up in the second half on the defensive end, and that helped us build up the lead in the fourth quarter."

Anderson collected a season-high 20 points and Shawn Kemp also had 20 for the Cavaliers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had not lost on the road since November 15th at Chicago.

"They didn't hit us with a sudden explosion in the second half. It was more like they kept building on their lead and we weren't able to come back," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "We tried to fight back but just couldn't pull even. Once they opened up their lead they were able to protect it with some defense."

Atlanta opened the game by jumping to an 11-3 lead, with Blaylock and Laettner each contributing four points.

Kemp scored six points during a 10-1 run to close the first quarter as Cleveland drew even at 23-23.

Neither team could grab a big advantage in the second quarter, with seven ties and three lead changes. The biggest lead the Hawks could muster was three points, but the half ended in a tie.

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