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FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 20 24 32 96 ATLANTA 22 23 29 27 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - WESLEY PERSON 26, BREVIN KNIGHT 16, DEREK ANDERSON 14 ATL - STEVE SMITH 33, MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 18, ALAN HENDERSON 17


CLEVELAND (96) AT ATLANTA (101)

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

HENDERSON F 36 4-8 1-2 1 5 6 5 4 4 0 9 KEMP F 32 3-10 2-2 2 5 7 3 6 1 2 8 ILGAUSKAS C 24 3-8 1-2 2 4 6 2 3 0 1 7 PERSON G 36 9-16 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 26 KNIGHT G 29 6-11 4-6 0 3 3 7 4 3 2 16 SURA 22 1-4 0-1 2 1 3 2 4 2 1 2 ANDERSON 30 6-17 2-4 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 14 POTAPENKO 16 3-8 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 6 SCOTT 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 THOMAS 11 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-87 12-19 10 23 33 25 33 12 9 96 (.437) (.632) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 37 8-17 1-7 6 7 13 1 2 0 5 17 CORBIN F 39 3-8 6-6 0 8 8 4 3 1 3 13 MUTOMBO C 32 2-8 6-10 5 14 19 1 3 0 2 10 SMITH G 45 12-17 8-9 6 2 8 5 1 2 3 33 BLAYLOCK G 42 7-16 3-6 2 5 7 6 5 1 2 18 LAETTNER 24 2-6 4-4 1 1 2 0 6 1 4 8 BARRY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 BROWN 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 OLIVER 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 28-42 21 40 61 18 22 5 20 101 (.473) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 20 24 32 - 96 ATLANTA 22 23 29 27 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, PERSON 2, ILGAUSKAS, KEMP. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, HENDERSON 2, BLAYLOCK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 8-16 (.500), PERSON 6-11, SURA 0-1, ANDERSON 0-2, THOMAS 2-2. ATLANTA 3-11 (.273), CORBIN 1-4, SMITH 1-2, BLAYLOCK 1-5. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - HENDERSON. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, KEN MAUER, JIM CAPERS. A - 8,512. T - 2:17.


CLEVELAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 36 4-8 1-2 1-6 5 4 9 Kemp 32 3-10 2-2 2-7 3 6 8 Ilgauskas 24 3-8 1-2 2-6 2 3 7 Person 36 9-16 2-2 0-3 1 3 26 Knight 29 6-11 4-6 0-3 7 4 16 Sura 22 1-4 0-1 2-3 2 4 2 Anderson 30 6-17 2-4 0-1 4 2 14 Potapenko 16 3-8 0-0 2-2 0 3 6 Scott 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Thomas 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 6 Brooks DNP - coach's decision James DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 12-19 10-33 25 33 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Person 6-11, Sura 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Thomas 2-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 2, Person 2, Ilgauskas, Kemp). Turnovers: 9 (Anderson 2, Kemp 2, Knight 2, Ilgauskas, Potapenko, Sura). Steals: 12 (Henderson 4, Knight 3, Sura 2, Anderson, Kemp, Person).

ATLANTA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 37 8-17 1-7 6-13 1 2 17 Corbin 39 3-8 6-6 0-8 4 3 13 Mutombo 32 2-8 6-10 5-19 1 3 10 Smith 45 12-17 8-9 6-8 5 1 33 Blaylock 42 7-16 3-6 2-7 6 5 18 Laettner 24 2-6 4-4 1-2 0 6 8 Barry 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Brown 12 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Oliver 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 28-42 21-61 18 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Corbin 1-4, Smith 1-2, Blaylock 1-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 3, Henderson 2, Blaylock). Turnovers: 20 (Henderson 5, Laettner 4, Corbin 3, Smith 3, Blaylock 2, Mutombo 2, Barry). Steals: 5 (Smith 2, Blaylock, Corbin, Laettner). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 20 24 32 - 96 Atlanta 22 23 29 27 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Henderson, 0:59 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,512. T: 2:17. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Ken Mauer, Jim Capers.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith returned from a knee injury to score a game-high 33 points as the streaking Atlanta Hawks won their third straight, 101-96, over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers at Georgia Tech's Alexander Coliseum.

The All-Star guard, who had fluid drained from his knee last week and missed two games, has scored 95 points in four wins against the Cavaliers this season. He shot 12-of-17 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line, leading Atlanta to its sixth straight win in the series.

"It's hard to beat a team four times," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens. "I give them (Cavaliers) credit. They didn't quit. They didn't give up. They kept playing hard. But we did what we had to do."

The Hawks led Cleveland, 83-80, with 4:51 left but Smith, who recorded his fourth 30-point game of the season, scored four points during a 9-0 run, helping Atlanta to a 92-80 lead with under three minutes to play.

The Cavs would scrap their way to within three points on a number of occasions but could not keep the Hawks off the free-throw line, where Smith and Tyrone Corbin combined to sink four down the stretch.

"We definitely played pretty well," said Smith. "We didn't shoot our free throws well until the end. But we just went out and got the win."

Alan Henderson totaled 17 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which converted 28-of-42 from the line (66.7 percent), attempting 23 more free throws than the Cavs (12-of-19).

Dikembe Mutombo scored 10 points and matched a season best with 19 rebounds for the Hawks, who outrebounded Cleveland, 61-33, setting a season high. Atlanta, though, committed 20 turnovers to the Cavaliers' nine.

"I thought we played real well for most of the game," Wilkens added. "But when you get up, you can't think the game's over. They started pressing and trapping and we were slow getting into our offense against that."

Cleveland All-Star forward Shawn Kemp, who averaged 20.3 points in the previous three games against Atlanta, was held scoreless until 1:46 was left in the third quarter. He finished with just eight points and fouled out with 3:37 to go.

"(I) just couldn't get it going today," said Kemp. "There wasn't nothing going out there for me. ... They did a great job early on the double team. They did what they had to do to take the ball out of my hands."

"You concentrate on the guy (Kemp) that's their key guy," said Corbin, who was one of several players to defend Kemp. "You want to make things tough on him."

Atlanta led 57-53 in the third before outscoring the Cavs, 15-4, to open up its biggest lead of the game, 72-57. Mookie Blaylock scored seven of his 18 points during the burst and Mutombo added six, capping the run on two free throws with 2:31 left in the period.

Derek Anderson sparked the Cavs with 14 points in 30 minutes off the bench as Cleveland responded with a 13-4 spurt to cut the deficit to 76-70 three minutes into the fourth quarter.

"I thought that the group at the end really played hard and fought and scrapped it back into a competitive game," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "We weren't getting it done with the first group. We just had to find a way to make it happen."

Smith, who added eight rebounds and five assists, started slowly, hitting his first field goal 7:18 into the game, but closed the first quarter with 10 points as the Hawks gained a 22-20 edge.

Atlanta, which improved to 20-2 when scoring at least 100 points, has won six of its last seven games and trails Charlotte by just one game for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks, who are 10-1 at Georgia Tech this season, have broken the 100-point barrier on six of their last seven games and 9-of-12, posting an 8-4 mark in that span.

Wesley Person scored 26 points and Brevin Knight added 16 and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who keep their tenuous hold on the eighth spot in the East, one-half game in front of Orlando. They are 5-11 in their last 16 games and have dropped five straight on the road.

Atlanta guard Drew Barry, who set a career high with 10 assists in Friday's 115-94 win over Denver, left the game early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle and did not return. He is listed as day-to-day.

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