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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 22 17 27 33 99 CLEVELAND 28 25 30 26 109 FINAL


MINNESOTA (99) AT CLEVELAND (109)

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

MITCHELL F 37 1-5 5-6 2 5 7 5 4 0 4 7 K GARNETT F 32 5-7 4-6 1 5 6 2 5 3 2 14 PARKS C 25 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 0 5 0 0 10 MARBURY G 40 7-21 8-10 0 0 0 5 5 1 3 27 WEST G 33 4-8 2-3 1 4 5 5 1 0 0 10 ROBERTS 18 4-7 2-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 10 PORTER 31 7-13 5-5 2 4 6 1 1 2 1 20 JORDAN 8 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 HAMMONDS 16 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION GUGLIOTTA DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 32-70 29-37 8 23 31 18 26 6 13 99 (.457) (.784) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 40 12-17 0-0 1 5 6 4 1 2 5 24 KEMP F 27 5-8 6-10 2 10 12 1 6 2 1 16 ILGAUSKAS C 28 8-16 3-3 7 3 10 1 6 0 1 19 KNIGHT G 31 4-12 1-1 0 3 3 14 6 0 3 9 PERSON G 42 6-13 3-4 4 4 8 1 3 1 1 18 BROOKS 17 1-2 4-4 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 6 POTAPENKO 20 2-7 4-4 4 5 9 0 1 0 4 8 SURA 14 2-4 2-3 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 6 FERRY 21 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 3 0 3 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-81 23-29 18 33 51 27 28 8 17 109 (.506) (.793) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(28 PTS)

MINNESOTA 22 17 27 33 - 99 CLEVELAND 28 25 30 26 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - ROBERTS 2, PARKS. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS, KNIGHT, FERRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-16 (.375), MARBURY 5-11, PORTER 1-5. CLEVELAND 4-6 (.667), PERSON 3-4, FERRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DAVID JONES, SEAN CORBIN. A - 13,841. T - 2:15.


MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mitchell 37 1-5 5-6 2-7 5 4 7 K Garnett 32 5-7 4-6 1-6 2 5 14 Parks 25 4-7 2-2 1-2 0 5 10 Marbury 40 7-21 8-10 0-0 5 5 27 West 33 4-8 2-3 1-5 5 1 10 Roberts 18 4-7 2-3 0-1 0 2 10 Porter 31 7-13 5-5 2-6 1 1 20 Jordan 8 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Hammonds 16 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Wheat DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Gugliotta DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 29-37 8-31 18 26 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Marbury 5-11, Porter 1-5). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Roberts 2, Parks). Turnovers: 15 (Mitchell 4, Marbury 3, Roberts 3, K Garnett 2, Porter). Steals: 6 (K Garnett 3, Porter 2, Marbury).

CLEVELAND (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 40 12-17 0-0 1-6 4 1 24 Kemp 27 5-8 6-10 2-12 1 6 16 Ilgauskas 28 8-16 3-3 7-10 1 6 19 Knight 31 4-12 1-1 0-3 14 6 9 Person 42 6-13 3-4 4-8 1 3 18 Brooks 17 1-2 4-4 0-0 3 2 6 Potapenko 20 2-7 4-4 4-9 0 1 8 Sura 14 2-4 2-3 0-2 1 0 6 Ferry 21 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 3 3 James DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-81 23-29 18-51 27 28 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Person 3-4, Ferry 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Ilgauskas, Knight, Ferry). Turnovers: 18 (Henderson 5, Potapenko 4, Knight 3, Brooks, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Person, Sura). Steals: 8 (Ferry 3, Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Person). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 22 17 27 33 - 99 Cleveland 28 25 30 26 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,841. T: 2:15. Officials: Dick Bavetta, David Jones, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Cedric Henderson scored a season-high 24 points and Shawn Kemp added 16 and 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers posted their season-high fourth straight home win, 109-99 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Fellow rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 19 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out and Wesley Person had 18 and eight for Cleveland, which has won five of its last seven games overall. The Cavs have won the last six meetings with Minnesota to take a 15-3 lead in the series.

"That was a big win for us," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "We are trying to stay in the hunt with all of these teams winning games around us. If you look at the standings every day, each of these wins that you can build up right now is obviously letting you hang around. This race is going to be wild down the stretch in the Eastern Conference."

Stephon Marbury poured in 27 points and Terry Porter had 20 for Minnesota, which has dropped three games in a row since winning nine of 10. The Timberwolves, who have lost their last eight visits to Cleveland, were playing without starting forward Tom Gugliotta, who has a sore right ankle and sprained left knee.

Cleveland improved to 13-0 this season when scoring at least 100 points and has not allowed 100 in any of its last 11 games. Minnesota failed to score 100 for the first time in 12 contests.

Minnesota's last lead was 11-10 on Marbury's three-pointer 4:41 into the game. Person hit a three 50 seconds later to put Cleveland on top for good at 14-13. Henderson and Ilgauskas combined for 18 points in the first quarter to pace the Cavs to a 28-22 lead.

"I got in a nice rhythm," said Henderson, who was 12-for-17 tonight after going 2-of-17 over the last two games. "They were trapping hard off me, so I had to make the shots to open it up. After practice, I stayed around to work to get my confidence going. I try to stay more focused and you have to let the game come to you. Everything just went my way tonight."

Cleveland extended a 36-29 lead by scoring eight straight points. Danny Ferry had a three-point play and Henderson's jumper capped the run and made it 44-29 with 4:18 left in the half.

The halftime margin was 53-39 and the Cavs were up 83-66 heading into the fourth period. Bob Sura's three-point play bumped the gap to 89-70 with 9:21 to play before Minnesota rallied with a 12-4 spurt that cut it to 93-82 with 5:39 remaining.

The closest the Timberwolves would get, however, would be 107-99 on Marbury's fifth three-pointer with 13.9 seconds to go.

"We came out real sluggish and we weren't on top of our game," said Marbury. "It's no excuse, but we just came up short tonight. We came out in the second half and did everything we were supposed to, but I think it was too late by then."

Rookie Brevin Knight chipped in nine points and 14 assists for Cleveland, which was 23-of-29 (79 percent) from the foul line and won the battle of the boards, 51-31.

"Minnesota gives us a chance to get up and down," said Knight. "It is a wide-open game because they are a running team and we are a running team, and that helps us."

Minnesota's Kevin Garnett was in foul trouble for much of the evening and finished with 14 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes. The Wolves shot 78 percent (29-for-37) from the foul line.

"We fought back but we got our butts kicked on the boards," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, who grew up in Cleveland. "They outrebounded us, 51-31. They had too many second-chance opportunities. We made some defensive stops, but they seemed to get all the long rebounds and loose rebounds. They made the plays."

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