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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 15 23 21 11 70 CLEVELAND 17 24 29 30 100 FINAL


HOUSTON (70) AT CLEVELAND (100)

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

ELIE F 24 3-5 3-3 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 9 BARKLEY F 16 1-5 1-2 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 3 WILLIS C 32 5-17 2-2 0 6 6 1 2 2 2 12 MALONEY G 30 1-6 4-4 0 3 3 1 2 4 4 7 DREXLER G 35 6-15 4-6 1 0 1 4 4 2 3 18 BULLARD 22 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 2 2 4 PRICE 18 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 0 1 8 RHODES 24 0-1 5-6 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 5 HARRINGTON 24 1-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 5 0 3 2 JONES 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 DAVIS 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-70 19-23 7 22 29 16 24 12 21 70 (.329) (.826) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(21 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 35 4-10 2-4 0 4 4 3 3 4 3 10 KEMP F 31 5-10 4-5 1 11 12 2 1 1 5 14 ILGAUSKAS C 28 3-7 2-2 3 4 7 1 2 0 1 8 KNIGHT G 26 6-8 0-0 1 3 4 8 2 2 4 12 PERSON G 37 6-12 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 2 1 15 ANDERSON 25 6-12 7-11 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 19 POTAPENKO 17 3-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 6 DUMAS 14 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 5 FERRY 18 2-2 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 6 BROOKS 3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 JAMES 3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 SCOTT 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 38-70 19-26 8 34 42 28 20 13 19 100 (.543) (.731) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 15 23 21 11 - 70 CLEVELAND 17 24 29 30 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - DREXLER 5, HARRINGTON. CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO 2, HENDERSON, KEMP, ANDERSON, FERRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-19 (.263), ELIE 0-2, BARKLEY 0-1, MALONEY 1-3, DREXLER 2-4, BULLARD 0-4, PRICE 2-4, DAVIS 0-1. CLEVELAND 5-8 (.625), PERSON 3-4, ANDERSON 0-1, DUMAS 1-2, JAMES 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JOE BORGIA, GREG WILLARD. A - 15,406. T - 1:59.


HOUSTON (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elie 24 3-5 3-3 1-1 4 1 9 Barkley 16 1-5 1-2 0-4 2 0 3 Willis 32 5-17 2-2 0-6 1 2 12 Maloney 30 1-6 4-4 0-3 1 2 7 Drexler 35 6-15 4-6 1-1 4 4 18 Bullard 22 2-8 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Price 18 3-5 0-0 2-4 3 2 8 Rhodes 24 0-1 5-6 0-3 1 2 5 Harrington 24 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 5 2 Jones 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Davis 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-70 19-23 7-29 16 24 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.329, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Elie 0-2, Barkley 0-1, Maloney 1-3, Drexler 2-4, Bullard 0-4, Price 2-4, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Drexler 5, Harrington). Turnovers: 21 (Maloney 4, Drexler 3, Harrington 3, Bullard 2, Davis 2, Rhodes 2, Willis 2, Barkley, Elie, Price). Steals: 12 (Maloney 4, Bullard 2, Drexler 2, Willis 2, Barkley, Rhodes).

CLEVELAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 35 4-10 2-4 0-4 3 3 10 Kemp 31 5-10 4-5 1-12 2 1 14 Ilgauskas 28 3-7 2-2 3-7 1 2 8 Knight 26 6-8 0-0 1-4 8 2 12 Person 37 6-12 0-0 0-2 5 2 15 Anderson 25 6-12 7-11 0-1 3 2 19 Potapenko 17 3-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 6 Dumas 14 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 5 Ferry 18 2-2 2-2 2-5 1 2 6 Brooks 3 0-0 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 James 3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Scott 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-70 19-26 8-42 28 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Person 3-4, Anderson 0-1, Dumas 1-2, James 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Potapenko 2, Henderson, Kemp, Anderson, Ferry). Turnovers: 19 (Kemp 5, Knight 4, Henderson 3, Anderson 2, Potapenko 2, Ilgauskas, Person, Scott). Steals: 13 (Henderson 4, Anderson 2, Knight 2, Person 2, Brooks, Kemp, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ Houston 15 23 21 11 - 70 Cleveland 17 24 29 30 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,406. T: 1:59. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Joe Borgia, Greg Willard.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Derek Anderson scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and Wesley Person added 15 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight win, 100-70 over the Houston Rockets.

The Cavs recorded their largest margin of victory this season and handed the Rockets their worst loss. Cleveland snapped a three-game losing streak to Houston overall and ended a four-game home skid against the Rockets, defeating them for the first time since December 15th, 1992.

Clyde Drexler netted 18 points and Kevin Willis had 12 and six rebounds for Houston, which lost Charles Barkley to a right foot injury late in the second quarter. The Rockets downed the Cavs in the season opener, 94-86.

"I hurt it last night (at Toronto) and tried to play, but just couldn't," said Barkley, who finished with three points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. "They think it is a stress fracture. We're going to get more tests run tomorrow and we'll know exactly what it is. Right now I can't play, hopefully at the end of the week."

Person and Shawn Kemp each scored 10 points as Cleveland assumed a 41-38 halftime advantage. The score was knotted at 49-49 with 8:09 left in the third quarter before the Cavs took control with a 16-6 run.

Rookie Brevin Knight's four points led six different Cavs in scoring during the spurt, which was capped by Anderson's two foul shots that made it 65-55 with 1:34 to go.

"When Barkley left the game, I don't think Houston let up, I just think they were out of sync," said Anderson. "We got some easy baskets off their turnovers to help us break it out. After that it was all over."

The margin was 70-59 after three periods and the teams swapped baskets to begin the fourth. But Cleveland went on an 8-0 burst, capped by a Vitaly Potapenko hook that extended the gap to 80-61 with 9:14 to play.

Houston answered with four straight points, but Anderson's four points highlighted a 10-0 run that bumped the lead to 90-65 with 4:02 remaining.

"We really had a terrific second half," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "We caught a team that we understood played the night before. One of our objectives was to try to carry the game and energy to the level we wanted to, tempo-wise and aggressiveness. We caught them on the second night and minus Barkley in the second half, but when you run into a situation like that, you have to capitalize on it."

"Too many games and not enough manpower," said Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "Fourth game in five nights. Barkley going down, our first half was ugly, but we had a shot at it. But then we just wore out. Not much more to say. The Cavs took advantage of the situation just like you should. We couldn't make any shots inside, outside, anything. You can't beat a good time like that."

Kemp recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Knight finished with 12 points and eight assists for Cleveland, which shot 54 percent (38-of-70) from the floor and won the rebounding battle, 42-29. The Cavs bench outscored Houston's, 41-21.

"I was sorry to see Barkley go out of the game, we only play them twice," said Kemp. "I'll probably see him at the All-Star Game."

The Rockets shot a measly 33 percent (23-for-70) from the field, including 5-of-19 from three-point range. They committed 21 turnovers and 24 personal fouls.

"Cleveland played a lot better, they made their shots," said Drexler. "We didn't and we had far too many turnovers."

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