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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 28 21 31 104 CLEVELAND 29 20 13 15 77 FINAL


NEW YORK (104) AT CLEVELAND (77)

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

JOHNSON F 30 5-12 1-3 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 11 OAKLEY F 26 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 3 2 4 EWING C 32 9-14 4-5 1 9 10 3 4 1 4 22 WARD G 22 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 6 3 3 2 7 HOUSTON G 28 4-9 4-4 0 2 2 4 0 1 0 13 CHILDS 26 5-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 11 MILLS 29 4-10 4-4 2 4 6 2 4 0 1 12 DUDLEY 8 0-0 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 STARKS 27 5-13 2-5 0 4 4 4 5 1 1 13 B WILLIAMS 12 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 8 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-77 22-29 8 27 35 28 22 12 13 104 (.506) (.759) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 32 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 3 3 4 KEMP F 31 2-9 6-8 1 4 5 1 6 0 1 10 ILGAUSKAS C 29 7-14 2-2 5 8 13 2 4 0 4 16 KNIGHT G 30 1-5 0-0 3 0 3 11 1 2 4 2 PERSON G 34 4-9 0-1 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 9 ANDERSON 28 5-9 6-7 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 16 FERRY 15 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 1 2 2 POTAPENKO 17 3-6 3-3 1 7 8 1 2 0 0 9 BROOKS 11 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 6 JAMES 9 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 SCOTT 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 BUTLER DNP - NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN

TOTALS 240 29-74 17-21 10 29 39 21 22 8 19 77 (.392) (.810) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 28 21 31 - 104 CLEVELAND 29 20 13 15 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - B WILLIAMS 3, EWING 2, JOHNSON, OAKLEY. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, HENDERSON, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-13 (.308), WARD 1-3, HOUSTON 1-1, CHILDS 1-2, MILLS 0-4, STARKS 1-3. CLEVELAND 2-9 (.222), ILGAUSKAS 0-1, PERSON 1-4, FERRY 0-1, JAMES 1-3. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, BILL OAKES, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 18,243. T - 2:08.


NEW YORK (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 30 5-12 1-3 1-1 4 3 11 Oakley 26 2-4 0-0 2-4 3 2 4 Ewing 32 9-14 4-5 1-10 3 4 22 Ward 22 2-4 2-2 0-3 6 3 7 Houston 28 4-9 4-4 0-2 4 0 13 Childs 26 5-8 0-0 1-3 2 0 11 Mills 29 4-10 4-4 2-6 2 4 12 Dudley 8 0-0 3-4 1-1 0 1 3 Starks 27 5-13 2-5 0-4 4 5 13 B Williams 12 3-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 8 Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 22-29 8-35 28 22 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Ward 1-3, Houston 1-1, Childs 1-2, Mills 0-4, Starks 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (B Williams 3, Ewing 2, Johnson, Oakley). Turnovers: 13 (Ewing 4, Oakley 2, Ward 2, Childs, Dudley, Johnson, Mills, Starks). Steals: 12 (Oakley 3, Ward 3, B Williams 2, Childs, Ewing, Houston, Starks).

CLEVELAND (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 32 2-8 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Kemp 31 2-9 6-8 1-5 1 6 10 Ilgauskas 29 7-14 2-2 5-13 2 4 16 Knight 30 1-5 0-0 3-3 11 1 2 Person 34 4-9 0-1 0-1 1 3 9 Anderson 28 5-9 6-7 0-1 1 1 16 Ferry 15 1-6 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 Potapenko 17 3-6 3-3 1-8 1 2 9 Brooks 11 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 James 9 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Scott 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Butler DNP - neck and shoulder pain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 17-21 10-39 21 22 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Ilgauskas 0-1, Person 1-4, Ferry 0-1, James 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Ilgauskas 2, Henderson, Potapenko). Turnovers: 20 (Ilgauskas 4, Knight 4, Henderson 3, Anderson 2, Ferry 2, Person 2, Brooks, Kemp). Steals: 8 (Henderson 3, Brooks 2, Knight 2, Ferry). ____________________________________________ New York 24 28 21 31 - 104 Cleveland 29 20 13 15 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:16 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,243. T: 2:08. Officials: Jim Capers, Bill Oakes, Mark Wunderlich.


GAME RECAP

Patrick Ewing scored 22 points -- six less than the Cavaliers managed as a team in the second half -- as the New York Knicks ended their longest road losing streak in almost 10 years with a 104-77 romp over Cleveland.

New York stopped a six-game road losing streak in improving to 8-1 at Gund Arena. The skid was the Knicks' longest away from Madison Square Garden since dropping 18 in a row from December 2nd to February 22nd of the 1987-88 season.

Cleveland built an early lead and went ahead by as many as 12 points in the second quarter before the Knicks roared back. Ewing sank two free throws and Larry Johnson hit a layup as New York used a 14-0 tear to take the lead.

It was the worst home loss in nearly three years for the Cavaliers, who were manhandled by Seattle, 116-85, back on January 4th, 1995.

"There's not really a lot for me to say, we were beaten from the point we went up 12," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "The game just completely turned around and we were beaten in every facet of the game."

"Basketball is a game of runs and we made a run at that point," said Ewing. "We were moving the ball, setting good picks for the guards and just making plays."

John Starks, who had 13 points, put the Knicks ahead for good at the halftime buzzer with a 38-footer that snapped a 49-49 tie. New York held the Cavs to a season-low 28 points in the second half, and would lead by that same number late in the final quarter.

"I thought about shooting from halfcourt, but I looked up and saw I had another two seconds," said Starks. "So I took a couple of more dribbles. I think it helped, but it only put us up by three points."

Former Cavalier Chris Mills contributed to his old club's downfall, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds off the bench. After falling behind 42-30 with 6:46 left in the second quarter, New York went on a 43-16 run until 94 seconds into the third quarter.

"Everybody did what we needed to do," Ewing said. "We passed the ball, made open shots, put it on the floor and did everything Jeff has been talking about."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Derek Anderson had 16 points apiece for Cleveland, which has lost three of four games after a 10-game winning streak. Ilgauskas added 13 rebounds as the Cavs held a 39-35 edge on the backboards. Shawn Kemp was the only other scorer in double figures for Cleveland, netting 10 points before fouling out.

Anderson scored 11 points in the second quarter for the Cavaliers, including the bucket just before the Knicks comeback run. Ewing, who connected on 9-of-14 shots and had 10 rebounds, capped the burst with a three-point play that gave New York a 44-42 edge with 2:19 to play.

The Knicks, who shot 51 percent (39-of-77) from the field, got a healthy contribution from their bench. Chris Childs scored 11 and Buck Williams had eight and three blocks as New York's reserves poured in 47 points.

"Our unit of Johnson, Starks, Houston and (Charlie) Ward got us back into the game," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "Starks' three-point field goal at the end of the first half was good momentum-booster."

Cleveland rookie Brevin Knight made just one field goal but passed for 11 assists. Wesley Person continued to be the missing man for the Cavs, hitting just 4-of-9 shots in 34 minutes for nine points. He is 13-of-35 from the field over his last four games.

The Cavaliers were unable to gain ground but kept it close until midway through the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 63-58 when Kemp hit a pair from the line with 6:33 to go. New York answered with a 10-0 run that would give them a double-digit lead thereafter, ignited by Mills' slam off a feed from Charles Oakley.

"A veteran team like New York can take advantage of your mistakes," Kemp said. "After winning those 10 games in a row, and you are a young team, you sometimes go up and down. I think a game like this is what it takes to wake you up and get refocused."

Cleveland never got as close as 11 points and fell behind 98-70 on two free throws by Chris Dudley.

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