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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 25 19 16 7 85 CLEVELAND 21 22 18 17 10 88 FINAL IN 1ST OT


NEW YORK (85) AT CLEVELAND (88) - FINAL IN OT

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

MILLS F 43 3-10 8-9 3 3 6 1 6 1 0 14 JOHNSON F 41 5-12 2-2 4 3 7 2 5 0 2 12 OAKLEY C 45 8-12 2-2 4 8 12 4 5 3 3 18 WARD G 45 5-12 2-2 0 8 8 5 4 2 1 15 HOUSTON G 44 7-25 2-4 0 2 2 5 2 1 3 18 BOWIE 11 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 CUMMINGS 12 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 5 1 1 2 STARKS 18 1-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 3 2 H WILLIAMS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHILDS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE THOMPSON DNP - BULGING DISC

TOTALS 265 31-86 18-21 16 27 43 18 30 8 13 85 (.360) (.857) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 34 3-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 5 1 3 6 KEMP F 45 7-12 8-12 0 10 10 6 4 1 6 22 ILGAUSKAS C 36 7-12 4-5 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 18 KNIGHT G 36 3-9 4-6 1 2 3 4 3 3 2 10 PERSON G 45 4-9 1-2 0 6 6 2 3 0 1 13 SURA 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 POTAPENKO 22 1-2 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 0 2 2 ANDERSON 35 7-14 3-4 2 2 4 3 3 1 2 17 BROOKS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 THOMAS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - DIABETES MELLITUS

TOTALS 265 32-68 20-29 4 35 39 23 23 8 17 88 (.471) (.690) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19(13 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 25 19 16 7 - 85 CLEVELAND 21 22 18 17 10 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD 3, JOHNSON 2, HOUSTON. CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, ILGAUSKAS 2, POTAPENKO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), MILLS 0-2, JOHNSON 0-1, WARD 3-5, HOUSTON 2-6, STARKS 0-2. CLEVELAND 4-8 (.500), PERSON 4-7, SURA 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TERRY DURHAM, DEE KANTNER. A - 20,562. T - 2:47.


NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 43 3-10 8-9 3-6 1 6 14 Johnson 41 5-12 2-2 4-7 2 5 12 Oakley 45 8-12 2-2 4-12 4 5 18 Ward 45 5-12 2-2 0-8 5 4 15 Houston 44 7-25 2-4 0-2 5 2 18 Bowie 11 1-3 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 Cummings 12 1-4 0-0 2-4 1 5 2 Starks 18 1-7 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 H Williams 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Childs DNP - sprained left ankle Thompson DNP - bulging disc _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 31-86 18-21 16-43 18 30 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Mills 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Ward 3-5, Houston 2-6, Starks 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Ward 3, Johnson 2, Houston). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 3, Oakley 3, Starks 3, Johnson 2, Cummings, Ward). Steals: 8 (Oakley 3, Ward 2, Cummings, Houston, Mills).

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 34 3-9 0-0 0-4 2 5 6 Kemp 45 7-12 8-12 0-10 6 4 22 Ilgauskas 36 7-12 4-5 1-7 0 3 18 Knight 36 3-9 4-6 1-3 4 3 10 Person 45 4-9 1-2 0-6 2 3 13 Sura 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Potapenko 22 1-2 0-0 0-5 3 2 2 Anderson 35 7-14 3-4 2-4 3 3 17 Brooks 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Thomas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott DNP - coach's decision James DNP - diabetes mellitus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 32-68 20-29 4-39 23 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Person 4-7, Sura 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Henderson 2, Ilgauskas 2, Potapenko). Turnovers: 19 (Kemp 6, Henderson 3, Anderson 2, Knight 2, Potapenko 2, Person, Sura). Steals: 8 (Knight 3, Brooks 2, Anderson, Henderson, Kemp). _________________________________________________ New York 18 25 19 16 7 - 85 Cleveland 21 22 18 17 10 - 88 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:47. Officials: Hugh Evans, Terry Durham, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Derek Anderson scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and added a key steal and free throw in the waning seconds as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out an 88-85 victory over the fading New York Knicks.

After getting his shot blocked by Allan Houston as time expired in regulation, Anderson opened the extra session with a dunk to give the Cavaliers an 80-78 lead.

Trailing 86-83 with 15 seconds to play, New York was attempting to inbound the ball at halfcourt. Houston was knocked to the floor by Cedric Henderson but no foul was called, and Charlie Ward threw a soft, cross-court pass that was picked off by Anderson.

"I did not anticipate stealing the pass, but I knew they needed a three," Anderson said. "So I was playing on top of the three-point line and I knew those guys were going to go to the three-point line instead of the basket. Cedric Henderson was guarding Houston and when Houston fell, I was able to get the ball."

"We thought we set a good pick to get Al (Houston) open and the guy jumped out in front of him and tripped him up," said Knicks forward Chris Mills, for whom the inbounds pass was intended. "It was one of those calls that maybe should be made. We're here on Cleveland's homecourt and down the stretch of a game a lot of times, they (officials) get tight and don't blow the whistle."

Anderson, who finished with 17 points, hit the second of two free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game for the Knicks. Houston, who scored 18 points, missed a three-point attempt before Wesley Person tacked on a foul shot to increase Cleveland's lead to 88-83 with five seconds to go.

Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 and seven for the Cavs, who won their fifth straight home game and moved within 1 1/2 games of New York for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"That was a real big win for us and an important one against a good New York team. We needed it, they needed it," Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello said. "We caught a couple bounces of the ball and we made some key free throws when we had to. Down the stretch, Kemp got some real big rebounds for us. Derek Anderson coming off the bench gave us a big, big lift."

Charles Oakley had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost five of their last six games and four in a row on the road.

Ward contributed 15 points for New York and his three-pointer pulled New York within 73-72 with 6:04 left in regulation. But the Knicks did not make another field goal for the next 5:33.

Kemp and Anderson hit jumpers around a free throw by Brevin Knight to put the Cavs in front by a 78-72 margin with 2:55 to go. Former Cavalier Chris Mills ended New York's scoring drought 30 seconds later with a pair of free throws and hit a crucial lay-in with 31 seconds to play, trimming the deficit to 78-76.

Anderson missed a 17-footer off the back rim and Larry Johnson grabbed the rebound as the Knicks called timeout with 8.9 seconds to play. Houston drove on the left side and missed a short pull-up jumper, but his effort drew the defense and left the Knicks open on the other side of the basket for the rebound. Oakley missed the first tip-in attempt, but Johnson was there to hit the tying follow shot with 2.2 seconds remaining.

Ilgauskas buried a jumper in the lane to give Cleveland an 84-80 lead with 2:09 left in overtime. Oakley made a tip-in on the other end, and after Ilgauskas missed his next attempt, Houston hit one of two from the foul line to make it 84-83 with 1:02 to go.

Ilgauskas threw up an air ball as the shot clock expired on Cleveland's next possession but New York was unable to take advantage, as Houston's long jumper failed to draw iron. Kemp grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Knight, who sank two foul shots to push the advantage to 86-83.

"We had some good looks and we had plenty of opportunities but we were just not knocking down the shots and that's what's so disappointing," Houston said.

Person drained four three-pointers en route to his 13 points and Knight chipped in 10 for the Cavs, who had lost three of their last four games. They shot 47 percent (32-of-68) from the field and defeated New York for just the second time in the last eight meetings.

Mills scored 14 points and Johnson 12 for New York, which made 18-of-21 free throws but shot just 36 percent (31-of-86) from the floor. The Knicks, who missed 11-of-16 three-pointers, lost for just the second time in their last 11 trips to Cleveland.

"I thought there were some tough shots, but I thought for the most part we had some good looks," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "The best players had the most shots and missed."

Kemp had six points in an early 17-2 run, capped by a follow shot from Ilgauskas for a 19-9 lead with 4:04 left in the opening quarter. Houston answered with a three-pointer to spark a 9-0 spurt, before Anderson's basket gave Cleveland a 21-18 lead after one period.

Neither team led by more than six points the rest of the way as there were 10 ties and 10 lead changes. The Knicks, who led 62-61 heading into the final period, lost for the first time in their last 12 games when leading after three quarters.

Kemp, who tops the Cavs at 17.7 points per game, broke out of a recent slump to lead the team in scoring for the first time in six contests.

"No doubt about it, I had been struggling. The last three or four games had been under par for myself," Kemp said. "By keeping out of foul trouble, I was able to focus more on my offensive game and put some points up there."

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