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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 18 31 22 19 90 CLEVELAND 14 29 19 16 78 FINAL


MIAMI (90) AT CLEVELAND (78)

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

MAJERLE F 26 5-6 1-2 1 4 5 3 0 1 0 14 BROWN F 27 3-6 1-2 0 5 5 1 5 0 0 7 MOURNING C 33 2-10 2-6 5 7 12 3 4 0 1 6 HARDAWAY G 39 12-23 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 2 4 29 LENARD G 37 4-12 2-3 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 11 AUSTIN 12 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 4 ASKINS 22 3-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 8 MURDOCK 20 4-11 0-0 2 1 3 4 2 0 1 8 MILLS 19 1-3 0-0 2 6 8 0 4 0 1 3 STRICKLAND 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MASHBURN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-82 6-13 10 34 44 22 25 6 9 90 (.439) (.462) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(4 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 37 5-8 2-2 1 7 8 0 2 1 0 12 KEMP F 35 6-12 3-6 1 9 10 3 2 1 3 15 ILGAUSKAS C 27 2-5 2-3 0 3 3 1 5 0 1 6 ANDERSON G 30 4-13 4-4 0 2 2 5 2 2 2 12 PERSON G 42 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 7 POTAPENKO 9 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 0 2 6 BROOKS 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 FERRY 17 1-4 1-1 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 3 JAMES 6 1-1 4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 KNIGHT 18 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 2 8 SCOTT 8 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 2 2 BUTLER DNP - HERNIATED DISC

TOTALS 240 29-66 18-22 5 30 35 19 18 5 14 78 (.439) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

MIAMI 18 31 22 19 - 90 CLEVELAND 14 29 19 16 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BROWN 3, MOURNING. CLEVELAND - KEMP 3, ILGAUSKAS 3, KNIGHT 2, BROOKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 12-25 (.480), MAJERLE 3-4, HARDAWAY 5-10, LENARD 1-6, ASKINS 2-2, MURDOCK 0-2, MILLS 1-1. CLEVELAND 2-8 (.250), ANDERSON 0-2, PERSON 1-5, JAMES 1-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, HUE HOLLINS, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,962. T - 2:04.


MIAMI (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 26 5-6 1-2 1-5 3 0 14 Brown 27 3-6 1-2 0-5 1 5 7 Mourning 33 2-10 2-6 5-12 3 4 6 Hardaway 39 12-23 0-0 0-4 7 2 29 Lenard 37 4-12 2-3 0-3 2 0 11 Austin 12 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 Askins 22 3-3 0-0 0-3 1 3 8 Murdock 20 4-11 0-0 2-3 4 2 8 Mills 19 1-3 0-0 2-8 0 4 3 Strickland 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Causwell 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mashburn DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 6-13 10-44 22 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.462. 3-Point Goals: 12-25, .480 (Majerle 3-4, Hardaway 5-10, Lenard 1-6, Askins 2-2, Murdock 0-2, Mills 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Brown 3, Mourning). Turnovers: 9 (Hardaway 4, Austin 2, Mills, Mourning, Murdock). Steals: 6 (Hardaway 2, Lenard 2, Austin, Majerle).

CLEVELAND (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 37 5-8 2-2 1-8 0 2 12 Kemp 35 6-12 3-6 1-10 3 2 15 Ilgauskas 27 2-5 2-3 0-3 1 5 6 Anderson 30 4-13 4-4 0-2 5 2 12 Person 42 3-9 0-0 1-2 3 0 7 Potapenko 9 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 5 6 Brooks 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Ferry 17 1-4 1-1 0-3 2 1 3 James 6 1-1 4-4 0-0 0 0 7 Knight 18 4-5 0-0 0-2 3 1 8 Scott 8 1-4 0-0 2-4 1 0 2 Butler DNP - herniated disc _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-66 18-22 5-35 19 18 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Anderson 0-2, Person 1-5, James 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Kemp 3, Ilgauskas 3, Knight 2, Brooks). Turnovers: 15 (Kemp 3, Anderson 2, Knight 2, Potapenko 2, Scott 2, Ferry, Ilgauskas, Person). Steals: 5 (Anderson 2, Henderson, Kemp, Knight). ____________________________________________ Miami 18 31 22 19 - 90 Cleveland 14 29 19 16 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Hardaway, 5:28 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Mills, 8:54 4th). A: 18,962. T: 2:04. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Hue Hollins, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway drained five three-pointers and finished with 29 points and the Miami Heat held the Cleveland Cavaliers to just two baskets over the first 9 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, pulling away to a 90-78 victory.

The Heat (20-9) took over the best record in the Eastern Conference from the Chicago Bulls with their sixth straight win over Cleveland and their fifth victory in six games overall.

Hardaway scored seven points in a 12-2 first-quarter surge that put the Heat ahead for good, as well as sinking key buckets in the third period, when the Cavaliers pulled close on several occasions.

"I took some tough shots and made some tough shots and took some bad ones and missed them," Hardaway said. "I was flowing, and when you're flowing you feel good about your shots and the team just keeps going to you."

Dan Majerle netted 14 points, including three three-pointers, and Voshon Lenard added 11 as Miami improved to a season-best 11 games over .500. The Heat made 12-of-25 three-pointers.

Cleveland's Shawn Kemp had 15 points and 10 rebounds, scoring all but two of his points in the first half. Kemp left with an apparent right leg injury in the third quarter and returned briefly in the fourth, but was ineffective.

Rookie Brevin Knight scored eight points playing only in the second half due to an ankle injury suffered on Friday against Charlotte. Fellow rookie Derek Anderson started and scored 12 points and dished out five assists, but also was forced out with a cut lip that required 14 stitches to close.

Cleveland led 5-4 before Hardaway led the Heat on the run that opened a 16-7 lead. The Cavs aided Miami's cause with some horrendous shooting, hitting just one of their first 15 shots.

Hardaway, who had seven assists, netted 14 points at the break as the Heat took a 49-43 halftime edge.

"Hardaway was outstanding and he totally controlled the game," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "We were terrible in our halfcourt defense tonight. There was nothing there. We lacked defense tonight and were beaten badly on the boards."

The Cavaliers came out fast in the third quarter, scoring six of the first eight points to cut the deficit to 51-49. But Hardaway answered, following a free throw by teammate Alonzo Mourning with a three-pointer. Majerle also hit from behind the arc, capping a 7-0 run and giving the Heat a 58-49 lead.

Mourning grabbed 12 boards but was a non-factor in the scoring column with just six points. Backup center Isaac Austin managed just two baskets in 12 minutes for the Heat, who got the bulk of their points via the backcourt and bench.

"We made a lot of shots tonight," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "We were shooting the ball pretty well from the perimeter and we were fortunate that they went in. It was pretty much the story of the game."

Reserves Eric Murdock and Keith Askins each scored eight points for Miami, which shot 44 percent (36-of-82) from the field and committed just nine turnovers. Murdock added four assists and three rebounds in 20 minutes as Miami held a 44-35 edge on the backboards. The Heat won despite hitting just 6-of-13 shots from the foul line.

Knight led Cleveland on one last run, hitting a bucket with 6:33 left in the third period to narrow the gap to 58-55. The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes until Miami pulled away with another 7-0 run.

With 3:35 remaining, Lenard and Austin sank jumpers before Majerle, who started and played significant minutes for injured forward Jamal Mashburn, built Miami's lead to 70-60 with a three-pointer with 1:34 to go.

The Cavs closed to 72-66 on a bucket by Anderson with 8:54 to play, but the Heat clamped down on defense and Hardaway scored his last seven points as Miami outscored the Cavaliers 18-12 the rest of the way.

"They made some big shots in the fourth quarter," said Cleveland's Wesley Person, who was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. "Every time we tried to make a run Hardaway broke our backs."

Rookie Cedric Henderson added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who hit just 44 percent (29-of-66) of their shots and turned the ball over 14 times.

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