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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 25 24 29 25 103 TORONTO 24 19 25 26 94 FINAL


CLEVELAND (103) AT TORONTO (94)

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

HENDERSON F 37 1-7 3-4 0 5 5 2 6 3 1 5 KEMP F 36 10-17 7-7 6 1 7 2 5 2 3 27 ILGAUSKAS C 41 10-14 4-5 5 9 14 5 1 0 5 24 PERSON G 45 8-20 7-7 2 3 5 2 2 3 3 28 KNIGHT G 31 3-6 1-2 0 1 1 9 5 3 2 7 SURA 26 3-4 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 1 3 6 BROOKS 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 POTAPENKO 11 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 6 THOMAS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FERRY 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 24-27 14 25 39 24 27 13 18 103 (.474) (.889) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

CAMBY F 11 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 SLATER F 32 4-12 5-6 1 4 5 2 4 0 3 13 MILLER C 35 2-3 0-0 3 5 8 10 4 2 4 4 CHRISTIE G 44 7-11 10-12 0 5 5 2 4 1 6 26 STOUDAMIRE G 39 7-14 2-3 1 1 2 4 3 3 5 19 WALLACE 28 4-10 1-2 1 4 5 1 6 1 2 9 WILLIAMS 27 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 4 5 1 2 7 MCGRADY 23 5-9 4-6 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 14 GARNER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 RESPERT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 22-29 10 25 35 24 26 9 22 94 (.471) (.759) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(31 PTS)

CLEVELAND 25 24 29 25 - 103 TORONTO 24 19 25 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, KEMP, HENDERSON. TORONTO - CAMBY 3, MILLER 2, WALLACE, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 5-14 (.357), PERSON 5-11, KNIGHT 0-1, FERRY 0-2. TORONTO 6-16 (.375), CHRISTIE 2-4, STOUDAMIRE 3-7, WILLIAMS 1-5. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MCGRADY. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TERRY DURHAM, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 14,348. T - 2:13.


CLEVELAND (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 37 1-7 3-4 0-5 2 6 5 Kemp 36 10-17 7-7 6-7 2 5 27 Ilgauskas 41 10-14 4-5 5-14 5 1 24 Person 45 8-20 7-7 2-5 2 2 28 Knight 31 3-6 1-2 0-1 9 5 7 Sura 26 3-4 0-0 1-5 3 4 6 Brooks 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Potapenko 11 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 4 6 Thomas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ferry 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 James DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 24-27 14-39 24 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Person 5-11, Knight 0-1, Ferry 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Ilgauskas 2, Kemp, Henderson). Turnovers: 20 (Ilgauskas 5, Kemp 3, Person 3, Sura 3, Knight 2, Henderson, Potapenko). Steals: 13 (Henderson 3, Knight 3, Person 3, Kemp 2, Ferry, Sura).

TORONTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 11 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Slater 32 4-12 5-6 1-5 2 4 13 Miller 35 2-3 0-0 3-8 10 4 4 Christie 44 7-11 10-12 0-5 2 4 26 Stoudamire 39 7-14 2-3 1-2 4 3 19 Wallace 28 4-10 1-2 1-5 1 6 9 Williams 27 3-7 0-0 1-4 4 5 7 Mcgrady 23 5-9 4-6 1-3 0 0 14 Garner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Respert DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 22-29 10-35 24 26 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Christie 2-4, Stoudamire 3-7, Williams 1-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Camby 3, Miller 2, Wallace, Williams). Turnovers: 23 (Christie 6, Stoudamire 5, Miller 4, Slater 3, Wallace 2, Williams 2). Steals: 9 (Stoudamire 3, Miller 2, Christie, Mcgrady, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 25 24 29 25 - 103 Toronto 24 19 25 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:20 3rd, 1:59 4th; Mcgrady, 1:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,348. T: 2:13. Officials: Dan Crawford, Terry Durham, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Hours after being sold by owner Allan Slaight, the Toronto Raptors continued their downward spiral of a season with a 103-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who received 28 points from Wesley Person.

Slaight, who would not sell the Raptors to Isiah Thomas last summer, sold the expansion franchise to Steve Stavros of Maple Leaf Gardens, Ltd., which also bought the Air Canada Centre and plans to house both the Raptors and NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in the new building upon its completion.

Thomas resigned as vice president in November and the team has tumbled, enduring numerous injuries, a 17-game losing streak and the impending departure of guard Damon Stoudamire, who is a free agent at the end of the season. The Raptors lost forward Marcus Camby at the close of the first quarter with a sprained right thumb.

"I haven't talked to the owner so I don't know anything about him," Stoudamire said. "As far as I know, I don't know what he's going to do. I really can't comment more until I know more about the ownership."

The Raptors have lost two in a row and five of six, allowing the Cavaliers to snap a three-game losing streak. Shawn Kemp added 27 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 24 and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which also ended a three-game road skid.

Doug Christie scored 26 points, Stoudamire added 19 and Oliver Miller had eight rebounds and a season-high 10 assists for the Raptors, who had won their last two meetings with Cleveland, including 102-93 at Gund Arena on January 10th.

"What it boils down to is that we weren't big enough," said Stoudamire. "They have a pretty big front line. Ilgauskas played a great game for them. Shawn Kemp did some good things and Wesley Person was hitting from the outside. That's a deadly inside-outside combination."

"They are a really good team that can control the tempo and control the game," Christie said. "Ilgauskas played really well and it looks like he's got the confidence he needs. When Marcus went down that really hurt us because we missed his shot-blocking."

Cleveland shot 47 percent (37-for-78) from the field and 89 percent (24-for-27) from the line, with Kemp and Person hitting each of their seven attempts. The Cavs also outrebounded Toronto 39-35 and turned 23 Raptors turnovers into 31 points.

"I tried to come out and provide some scoring for this team," Person said. "I wanted to be aggressive and put some points on the board. My job is to score and I got some open looks.

"They were going to double-team and trap and I knew there would be open looks. I came out and knocked my shots down. Give credit to Shawn and Zydrunas. It was their presence and their good job of finishing that brought the double-teams."

Led by 16 points from Ilgauskas, Cleveland jumped out to a 25-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"Some nights you have one guy you can go to and you want to ride him for a while," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said.

Reggie Slater's dunk at the 9:55 mark of the second quarter gave the Raptors a 29-27 lead, but Cleveland broke a 31-31 tie and took the lead for good less than two minutes later on Person's three-pointer.

The Cavaliers took a 49-43 halftime lead and used a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 63-51. A jumper by Knight opened the spurt and a three-pointer by Person capped it at the 7:04 mark.

Toronto used a 12-5 spurt to pull within 68-63 with 3:29 left in the quarter. Stoudamire sank two three-pointers and Tracy McGrady finished it off with a fast-break dunk.

Cleveland regained control with an 11-0 run that began at the end of the third quarter and carried over into the final period. Ilgauskas contributed seven points, opening the burst with a tip-in and closing it with a pair of free throws, giving the Cavaliers an 84-68 lead with 10:10 remaining.

Toronto never got closer than five points down the stretch, the last time at 96-91 with only 46 seconds left on Slater's dunk.

"I have respect for what Darrell Walker has done here," Fratello said. "If you look at the players they've had out (Camby, Popeye Jones, Walt Williams) they've still been competitive. We weren't playing well. It was time for our guys to do a little soul searching. Person, Kemp and Ilgauskas really stepped up huge for us."

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