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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 20 30 34 108 CLEVELAND 23 25 14 32 94 FINAL


ATLANTA (108) AT CLEVELAND (94)

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

CORBIN F 38 7-10 6-6 0 6 6 0 0 1 1 23 LAETTNER F 33 7-11 4-4 0 3 3 1 3 3 1 18 MUTOMBO C 43 3-7 6-9 3 7 10 2 4 1 2 12 BLAYLOCK G 38 6-9 4-4 2 3 5 5 1 2 3 17 SMITH G 44 2-12 14-15 3 2 5 10 4 0 3 18 RECASNER 13 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 3 6 ANDERSON 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 2 0 HENDERSON 14 2-5 4-4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 BROWN 7 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 CRAWFORD 2 0-0 5-6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 BARRY 2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 MILLER 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-59 46-52 9 27 36 23 21 8 15 108 (.492) (.885) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 34 6-13 4-4 2 4 6 4 4 1 1 16 KEMP F 34 5-11 3-4 0 3 3 2 6 1 6 13 ILGAUSKAS C 39 9-18 2-2 5 6 11 1 6 1 2 20 KNIGHT G 27 4-9 3-3 0 0 0 9 2 2 1 11 PERSON G 37 5-8 0-3 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 13 BROOKS 21 4-7 0-1 0 1 1 6 2 1 1 10 SURA 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 6 POTAPENKO 9 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 1 2 0 FERRY 13 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 5 JAMES 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 SCOTT 1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-80 12-17 10 21 31 30 31 8 15 94 (.475) (.706) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 20 30 34 - 108 CLEVELAND 23 25 14 32 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 7, BLAYLOCK, SMITH, HENDERSON. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, KEMP, KNIGHT, SCOTT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-8 (.500), CORBIN 3-3, BLAYLOCK 1-2, SMITH 0-2, HENDERSON 0-1. CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), KNIGHT 0-1, PERSON 3-6, BROOKS 2-2, SURA 0-1, FERRY 1-2, JAMES 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - HENDERSON, HEAD COACH WILKENS, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, HEAD COACH FRATELLO, POTAPENKO. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BILL SPOONER, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 15,914. T - 2:07.


ATLANTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 38 7-10 6-6 0-6 0 0 23 Laettner 33 7-11 4-4 0-3 1 3 18 Mutombo 43 3-7 6-9 3-10 2 4 12 Blaylock 38 6-9 4-4 2-5 5 1 17 Smith 44 2-12 14-15 3-5 10 4 18 Recasner 13 2-3 2-2 0-0 3 2 6 Anderson 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Henderson 14 2-5 4-4 0-0 0 4 8 Brown 7 0-0 1-2 0-2 2 0 1 Crawford 2 0-0 5-6 0-0 0 1 5 Barry 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Miller 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-59 46-52 9-36 23 21 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.492, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Corbin 3-3, Blaylock 1-2, Smith 0-2, Henderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 10 (Mutombo 7, Blaylock, Smith, Henderson). Turnovers: 15 (Blaylock 3, Recasner 3, Smith 3, Anderson 2, Mutombo 2, Corbin, Laettner). Steals: 8 (Laettner 3, Blaylock 2, Anderson, Corbin, Mutombo).

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 34 6-13 4-4 2-6 4 4 16 Kemp 34 5-11 3-4 0-3 2 6 13 Ilgauskas 39 9-18 2-2 5-11 1 6 20 Knight 27 4-9 3-3 0-0 9 2 11 Person 37 5-8 0-3 2-6 1 1 13 Brooks 21 4-7 0-1 0-1 6 2 10 Sura 17 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 6 Potapenko 9 0-3 0-0 1-1 2 2 0 Ferry 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 5 James 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Scott 1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 12-17 10-31 30 31 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Knight 0-1, Person 3-6, Brooks 2-2, Sura 0-1, Ferry 1-2, James 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Ilgauskas 2, Kemp, Knight, Scott). Turnovers: 16 (Kemp 6, Ilgauskas 2, Potapenko 2, Brooks, Henderson, Knight, Person, Sura). Steals: 8 (Knight 2, Brooks, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Potapenko, Scott). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 20 30 34 - 108 Cleveland 23 25 14 32 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 2 (Henderson, 7:43 2nd; Head Coach Wilkens, 5:27 3rd). Cleveland 4 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:37 1st, 6:53 2nd; Head Coach Fratello, 4:37 3rd; Potapenko, 3:42 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,914. T: 2:07. Officials: Steve Javie, Bill Spooner, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

Tyrone Corbin scored a season-high 23 points against one of his former teams as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fifth straight time, 108-94, and ended a two-game losing streak.

Christian Laettner and Steve Smith each added 18 points as Atlanta also snapped a two-game road skid and improved to 13-1 this season when scoring 100 points. The Hawks have won all three meetings with Cleveland this season, last losing in the series on April 16th, 1996.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out and fellow rookie Cedric Henderson added 16 points for Cleveland, which has dropped consecutive games and had a four-game home winning streak come to an end. The Cavs have surrendered 100 points in back-to-back contests after holding 11 straight foes to double digits.

The Hawks finished 46-of-52 (88.5 percent) from the foul line. They fell three shy of the team record for free throws made, set on March 7th, 1959, when the franchise was located in St. Louis. Cleveland committed 31 fouls to Atlanta's 21.

"I find it very hard to understand how there could be such a disparity in free throws if both teams are playing with the same intensity and both teams are playing hard," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "How you can have one team shoot 18 in a half and one team shoot three. Then in the third quarter, have the same team shoot 18 more free throws and the other team shoot three to make it a 36-6 differential."

Corbin, who played with Cleveland from 1987-88, netted 10 points in the first quarter as Atlanta assumed a 24-23 edge. The lead was 42-36 with under three minutes to go in the second period before Wesley Person and Danny Ferry each hit three-pointers in a 12-2 run that ended the half and gave the Cavs a 48-44 bulge.

Cleveland extended its lead to 52-44 on Ilgauskas' tip-in and Brevin Knight's jumper 50 seconds into the third quarter before Smith hit three free throws to begin a 20-2 burst. He and Dikembe Mutombo scored six points apiece in the run and Laettner made two foul shots with 3:42 left to give Atlanta a 64-54 cushion.

"At halftime we talked about wanting to get going and we came out and corrected a few things defensively," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "When they double-team, I want guys diving to the basket, not standing on the perimeter always looking for that shot. That gets you to the hoop and several times we got fouled."

Mookie Blaylock had 15 of his 17 points through three quarters as the Hawks led, 74-62. They took their biggest lead at 86-69 on Laettner's jumper with 7:33 remaining. Cleveland drew no closer than 10 points thereafter.

"We planned to establish our rotations because our rotations have been poor for the past two weeks," said Mutombo. "We tried to find a way to come out with great chemistry to get our defense where it was before. Coach Wilkens has been mad about it for a long time. He was really pleased with our effort in the third quarter."

Smith added 10 assists and Mutombo had 12 points and 10 boards for Atlanta, which shot 49 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle, 36-31.

Shawn Kemp and Person each had 13 points, while Knight collected 11 and nine assists for Cleveland, which was 6-for-13 from three-point range.

"You can not give a team 52 free throws and expect to win," said Knight. "No matter what, good calls or bad calls, calls were made. We needed to adjust and we did not. We were playing well and we even started the third quarter well, but after that it was downhill."

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