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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 29 15 21 27 92 CLEVELAND 30 31 23 27 111 FINAL


PHILADELPHIA (92) AT CLEVELAND (111)

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

DAVIS F 24 5-6 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 0 3 10 COLEMAN F 34 3-14 1-3 4 9 13 2 2 2 5 7 RATLIFF C 32 8-11 5-6 7 2 9 0 5 2 1 21 IVERSON G 32 2-9 4-4 0 1 1 9 3 0 2 8 JACKSON G 31 3-10 5-7 4 2 6 1 1 0 1 11 CUMMINGS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SNOW 16 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 8 THOMAS 23 5-11 0-4 2 1 3 1 1 0 4 11 WEATHERSPOON 18 3-8 2-2 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 8 MCKIE 18 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 6 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 PARKER 3 2-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

TOTALS 240 35-81 20-30 20 25 45 20 18 5 19 92 (.432) (.667) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 20(34 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 32 8-13 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 0 1 16 KEMP F 33 5-11 2-5 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 12 ILGAUSKAS C 20 7-13 2-2 5 2 7 1 4 0 0 16 KNIGHT G 36 1-5 6-6 0 1 1 11 2 8 2 8 PERSON G 39 7-11 0-0 0 6 6 5 1 1 2 17 ANDERSON 24 3-9 6-6 0 5 5 5 1 2 0 12 POTAPENKO 20 4-8 2-2 1 4 5 2 3 1 3 10 FERRY 20 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 2 0 13 BROOKS 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 DUMAS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 JAMES 3 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 5 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 43-80 18-21 10 28 38 35 21 14 10 111 (.538) (.857) TEAM REBS: 1 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 29 15 21 27 - 92 CLEVELAND 30 31 23 27 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, COLEMAN, JACKSON. CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, ILGAUSKAS 2, FERRY 2, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-10 (.200), COLEMAN 0-1, IVERSON 0-3, JACKSON 0-1, SNOW 0-1, THOMAS 1-3, PARKER 1-1. CLEVELAND 7-9 (.778), PERSON 3-4, ANDERSON 0-1, FERRY 3-3, JAMES 1-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, KEN MAUER, MIKE SMITH. A - 20,562. T - 2:07.


PHILADELPHIA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 24 5-6 0-0 1-5 3 1 10 Coleman 34 3-14 1-3 4-13 2 2 7 Ratliff 32 8-11 5-6 7-9 0 5 21 Iverson 32 2-9 4-4 0-1 9 3 8 Jackson 31 3-10 5-7 4-6 1 1 11 Cummings 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Snow 16 4-6 0-0 0-1 3 2 8 Thomas 23 5-11 0-4 2-3 1 1 11 Weatherspoon 18 3-8 2-2 2-6 0 0 8 Mckie 18 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Williams 6 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Parker 3 2-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 20-30 20-45 20 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Coleman 0-1, Iverson 0-3, Jackson 0-1, Snow 0-1, Thomas 1-3, Parker 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Coleman, Jackson). Turnovers: 20 (Coleman 5, Thomas 4, Davis 3, Iverson 2, Weatherspoon 2, Jackson, Ratliff, Snow). Steals: 5 (Coleman 2, Ratliff 2, Snow).

CLEVELAND (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 32 8-13 0-0 1-3 4 3 16 Kemp 33 5-11 2-5 2-5 1 2 12 Ilgauskas 20 7-13 2-2 5-7 1 4 16 Knight 36 1-5 6-6 0-1 11 2 8 Person 39 7-11 0-0 0-6 5 1 17 Anderson 24 3-9 6-6 0-5 5 1 12 Potapenko 20 4-8 2-2 1-5 2 3 10 Ferry 20 5-7 0-0 1-5 4 3 13 Brooks 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Dumas 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 James 3 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 18-21 10-38 35 21 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 7-9, .778 (Person 3-4, Anderson 0-1, Ferry 3-3, James 1-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 7 (Kemp 2, Ilgauskas 2, Ferry 2, Anderson). Turnovers: 11 (Potapenko 3, Knight 2, Person 2, Dumas, Henderson, James). Steals: 14 (Knight 8, Anderson 2, Ferry 2, Person, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 29 15 21 27 - 92 Cleveland 30 31 23 27 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:34 1st, 2:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:07. Officials: Bill Oakes, Ken Mauer, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Wesley Person scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Cleveland Cavaliers took care of the basketball as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for the 12th straight time, 111-92.

Rookies Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Cedric Henderson added 16 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who lead the NBA with 18.6 turnovers per game but committed just one in the first half, racing to a 61-44 lead. They also forced 10 turnovers, converting them into 20 points.

"We took care of the basketball," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We had only one turnover and 19 assists at halftime, which means we're passing the basketball and making shots."

"They executed so much better and took care of the ball when it really mattered," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We let them run their plays without being real aggressive. We've had some periods in the last three games where we didn't move the ball and that concerns me."

Cleveland has not lost to Philadelphia since December 3rd, 1994. It has won 25 of the last 26 meetings between the clubs, including both this season. The Cavs are 12-0 when scoring 100 points or more.

Cleveland held 76ers guard Allen Iverson to eight points overall and no baskets in the second half. Cavs rookie guard Brevin Knight, matched up against Iverson for much of the game, matched his league season high with eight steals, increasing his average to 2.97, tops in the NBA.

"I like stealing," the 5-10 Knight said. "When you play up and down, you get those opportunities."

Knight also added eight points and 11 assists as he again got the better of Iverson, who scored a career-high 50 points in a game at Cleveland last season but has shot 6-of-27 in two games against the Cavs this season.

"I really got up for this game," Knight added. "Iverson is a good player. If he gets that sense he can do well, he'll eat you up. I just tried to stay in front of him and keep him out of the middle."

"This team has taken it to Allen twice," Brown said. "He was 4-of-18 the last time we played them and 2-for-9 tonight. It wasn't one guy that lost the game, we just didn't defend in the post very well."

Theo Ratliff scored a season-high 21 points for the 76ers, who trailed by as many as 27 points. Philadelphia had won five of its last six.

The 7-3 Ilguaskas scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Cavs grabbed a 30-29 lead. They widened the advantage to six points before a hoop by Clarence Weatherspoon pulled the Sixers within 39-35 with 7:17 to go in the second quarter.

But Cleveland responded with a 14-0 run. Danny Ferry and Person made three-pointers around a basket by rookie Derek Anderson and Knight made two free throws, extending the lead to 49-35 with 4:44 left. A jumper by Person and a layup by Shawn Kemp capped the burst at 53-35 with four minutes left.

"I tried to create for myself a little more and start working off the team to get me open looks," Person said. "I think we struggle when I am just floating around. When I am more aggressive, the team is more aggressive."

"We wanted to try and take the ball and push it down the floor and see how many opportunities we could create," Fratello said. "We knew that they had played last night. They had a tough game against Portland, who we know is a very good team."

The Cavs extended the margin to 17 points at halftime, but the Sixers closed to 72-61 on two free throws by Iverson with 5:28 left in the third quarter.

However, Philadelphia committed turnovers or took bad shots on five straight possessions as Cleveland scored eight straight points. Four free throws by Anderson and a jumper by Person extended the lead to 80-61 with 2:25 remaining.

The Cavs led 84-65 after three quarters and opened their biggest advantage, 100-73, on a three-pointer by Ferry with 5:18 left.

Ferry scored 13 points, Kemp and Anderson added 12 and Vitaly Potapenko 10 for the Cavs, who shot 54 percent (43-of-80) from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range. Cleveland also made 18-of-21 free throws.

Jimmy Jackson and rookie Tim Thomas scored 11 points apiece for the Sixers, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and held a 45-38 edge on the glass. Iverson had nine assists but shot just 2-of-9 and Derrick Coleman grabbed 13 rebounds but was held to seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Philadelphia committed 20 turnovers, leading to 34 points. Cleveland committed 11 turnovers, but just three through three quarters.

"Maybe we're too used to playing against the West," Brown said. "We played real soft. We got into a rat race and scored too quickly and showed that we didn't have too much aggressiveness in the first half."

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