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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 24 21 26 26 97 PHILADELPHIA 27 23 28 20 98 FINAL


CLEVELAND (97) AT PHILADELPHIA (98)

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

HENDERSON F 26 0-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 0 KEMP F 31 7-16 6-8 2 7 9 3 6 3 2 20 ILGAUSKAS C 34 7-10 10-13 3 7 10 1 4 1 1 24 KNIGHT G 38 2-8 11-12 2 4 6 10 5 1 3 15 PERSON G 46 10-12 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 28 SURA 19 1-4 0-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 2 3 POTAPENKO 25 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 4 SCOTT 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 THOMAS 16 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 3 3 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - HEMORRHOID SURGERY

TOTALS 240 30-67 27-36 9 27 36 24 28 11 17 97 (.448) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 30 3-10 5-6 3 1 4 3 2 1 2 11 COLEMAN F 36 4-13 7-10 2 13 15 3 5 1 4 17 RATLIFF C 27 7-10 3-4 1 2 3 0 6 1 3 17 MCKIE G 32 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 3 3 1 1 2 IVERSON G 43 9-19 9-12 2 2 4 8 3 3 5 27 SNOW 24 1-3 4-4 2 0 2 7 5 2 1 6 CUMMINGS 13 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 DAVIS 16 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 19 5-10 2-2 5 2 7 0 3 1 0 12 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-75 30-38 18 23 41 24 28 10 17 98 (.440) (.789) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

CLEVELAND 24 21 26 26 - 97 PHILADELPHIA 27 23 28 20 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 4, HENDERSON, KEMP, PERSON, THOMAS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, COLEMAN 3, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 10-15 (.667), PERSON 8-10, SURA 1-1, THOMAS 1-4. PHILADELPHIA 2-4 (.500), THOMAS 0-1, COLEMAN 2-2, IVERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, PERSON, PHILADELPHIA - HEAD COACH L BROWN. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY. A - 13,187. T - 2:21.


CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 0-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Kemp 31 7-16 6-8 2-9 3 6 20 Ilgauskas 34 7-10 10-13 3-10 1 4 24 Knight 38 2-8 11-12 2-6 10 5 15 Person 46 10-12 0-1 0-0 1 1 28 Sura 19 1-4 0-2 0-1 5 3 3 Potapenko 25 2-6 0-0 1-3 1 4 4 Scott 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Thomas 16 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 2 3 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Ferry DNP - coach's decision James DNP - hemorrhoid surgery _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 27-36 9-36 24 28 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 10-15, .667 (Person 8-10, Sura 1-1, Thomas 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Ilgauskas 4, Henderson, Kemp, Person, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Knight 3, Person 3, Thomas 3, Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Sura 2, Ilgauskas, Potapenko). Steals: 11 (Person 4, Kemp 3, Ilgauskas, Knight, Scott, Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 30 3-10 5-6 3-4 3 2 11 Coleman 36 4-13 7-10 2-15 3 5 17 Ratliff 27 7-10 3-4 1-3 0 6 17 Mckie 32 1-5 0-0 1-1 3 3 2 Iverson 43 9-19 9-12 2-4 8 3 27 Snow 24 1-3 4-4 2-2 7 5 6 Cummings 13 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 0 2 Davis 16 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Williams 19 5-10 2-2 5-7 0 3 12 Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 30-38 18-41 24 28 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (Thomas 0-1, Coleman 2-2, Iverson 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 4, Coleman 3, Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Iverson 5, Coleman 4, Ratliff 3, Thomas 2, Davis, Mckie, Snow). Steals: 10 (Iverson 3, Snow 2, Coleman, Mckie, Ratliff, Thomas, Williams). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 24 21 26 26 - 97 Philadelphia 27 23 28 20 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:55 2nd, 2:03 2nd; Person, 6:53 4th). Philadelphia 1 (Head Coach L Brown, 8:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,187. T: 2:21. Officials: Jim Clark, Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey.


GAME RECAP

Brevin Knight, who had made his first 11 free throws, missed the potential game-tying foul shot with 2.6 seconds to play as the Cleveland Cavaliers saw their 12-game winning streak against the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers come to an end, 98-97.

The Cavaliers trailed by seven points with two minutes to go but had cut the deficit to 98-96 when Wesley Person stripped Allen Iverson as he rose for a shot. Person passed to Knight, who was fouled by Eric Snow.

Knight, a rookie shooting 77 percent from the line, made the first attempts but missed the second. The rebound was knocked out of bounds by Iverson as time expired, giving Philadelphia its first win over Cleveland since December 3rd, 1994.

"I finally found a way to get off my butt and finally found a way to help this team win," Knight said. "That's the only positive I can take out of this right now. I don't feel frustrated, there's nothing I can do. The game's over, I have to move on to the next game."

Iverson had 27 points and eight assists and Derrick Coleman added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the 76ers, who were without new acquisitions Joe Smith and Brian Shaw. The pair were acquired from the Golden State Warriors for Jimmy Jackson and Clarence Weatherspoon earlier in the day.

"Joe Smith is a basketball player, a real good basketball player, a player I love to have on my team," said Iverson. "We played together for six straight years in AAU (under-17 national championship team). I thought we were going to end up on the same college team. When he went to Maryland, it was my intention to go play with him. Now we meet again."

Theo Ratliff also contributed 17 points and Scott Williams came off the bench to record season highs with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who had lost their last 11 home meetings with Cleveland since last winning on March 31st, 1991.

"I think we tried to maintain and made sure that we executed each time down the floor," Coleman said. "We got into foul trouble early on, but coach kept saying, `Let's slow the game down. Let's not try to get out and run, let's make sure that we execute.'"

Person scored 28 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 24 and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won 24 of the previous 25 meetings with the 76ers. Shawn Kemp tallied 20 points and nine boards before fouling out with 5:13 left and Knight had 15 points and 10 assists as Cleveland dropped its third straight game.

"We made a terrific effort down the stretch," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "We had a different life, a different energy that we hadn't seen for a number of games now. Larry (Brown, 76ers coach) was shorthanded with the trade, but did a terrific job. Their players rallied together. Scott Williams came off the bench and had a good game."

"We put the pressure on ourselves by not playing aggressive in the first half," Kemp said. "We put them in a comfort zone. If we had come out and played aggressive in the first half with all that they were dealing with, they would have packed it up and gone home. But by us not playing well in the first half, they were able to concentrate on the game and were able to beat us."

Williams hit a 15-footer to cap a 7-2 burst, giving the Sixers an 89-80 lead with 6:36 remaining. But the Cavaliers answered with their own 7-2 surge to close to deficit to 91-87 when Knight made two free throws with 4:49 left. Philadelphia built the lead to 96-89 when Iverson made a jumper with 2:05 left. The Cavs closed to 98-96 when Knight converted two free throws with 29 seconds to go.

Ratliff had 10 points in the first period as the Sixers took a 27-24 lead. Mark Davis dunked to cap 7-0 burst, giving Philadelphia a 34-26 cushion with 9:50 left in the second period.

Cleveland answered with an 8-2 burst, tying it at 36-36 when Ilgauskas hit two free throws with 6:10 remaining in the period. Cleveland took a 43-41 lead on two more free throws by Ilgauskas with 3:12 to go, but Philadelphia scored the final six points of the half, taking a 50-45 lead when Snow converted two free throws with 18 seconds left.

"We had a five-point lead and then they were up quickly," said Brown. "I don't know what the answer is. I tried to keep them out there for a long time. I don't get on them at halftime, we just talk about what we need to do and we did well. The big thing for us is just to maintain concentration and then have the ability to finish, and we did that tonight."

Another pair of free throws by Ilgauskas gave Cleveland its last lead, 55-53, with 8:43 left in the third quarter. Aaron McKie hit a 15-footer 15 seconds later to ignite a 14-0 run that was capped by Tim Thomas' dunk for a 67-55 advantage with 5:48 remaining.

Philadelphia had its biggest lead at 70-57 on Iverson's running jumper with 4:13 to play in the quarter.

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