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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 16 22 25 23 86 CLEVELAND 15 18 28 24 85 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (86) AT CLEVELAND (85)

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

C PERSON F 35 3-8 0-2 1 2 3 2 1 0 3 9 DUNCAN F 38 7-16 4-5 3 7 10 3 4 0 6 18 ROBINSON C 33 7-10 13-16 3 7 10 3 5 0 1 27 JOHNSON G 45 3-10 2-4 0 2 2 12 1 1 1 8 DEL NEGRO G 33 7-12 0-1 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 14 W PERDUE 17 2-3 3-4 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 7 JACKSON 15 0-3 0-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 GEARY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 M WILLIAMS 13 1-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 3 ROSE 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 BURTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-66 23-35 10 29 39 20 20 3 16 86 (.455) (.657) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 28 2-7 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 3 2 5 KEMP F 19 3-14 1-1 2 5 7 0 5 1 1 7 ILGAUSKAS C 44 9-21 3-4 3 9 12 1 4 1 2 21 KNIGHT G 30 3-6 2-2 2 2 4 6 4 2 1 8 PERSON G 33 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 0 1 5 ANDERSON 26 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 5 1 1 3 8 POTAPENKO 14 5-8 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 11 SURA 27 2-3 3-4 0 1 1 7 2 1 1 7 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 FERRY 16 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 13 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 13-17 10 25 35 23 27 9 12 85 (.430) (.765) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 16 22 25 23 - 86 CLEVELAND 15 18 28 24 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 8, DUNCAN 2, W PERDUE. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, PERSON, SURA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-10 (.300), C PERSON 3-7, JOHNSON 0-1, JACKSON 0-2. CLEVELAND 4-8 (.500), PERSON 1-2, SURA 0-1, FERRY 3-5. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, RONNIE NUNN, RODDY MOTT. A - 17,813. T - 2:24.


SAN ANTONIO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Person 35 3-8 0-2 1-3 2 1 9 Duncan 38 7-16 4-5 3-10 3 4 18 Robinson 33 7-10 13-16 3-10 3 5 27 Johnson 45 3-10 2-4 0-2 12 1 8 Del Negro 33 7-12 0-1 0-4 0 1 14 W Perdue 17 2-3 3-4 0-3 0 3 7 Jackson 15 0-3 0-1 0-2 0 1 0 Geary 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Williams 13 1-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 3 Rose 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Burton DNP - coach's decision Herrera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-66 23-35 10-39 20 20 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.657. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (C Person 3-7, Johnson 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 11 (Robinson 8, Duncan 2, W Perdue). Turnovers: 16 (Duncan 6, C Person 3, Del Negro, Geary, Jackson, Johnson, M Williams, Robinson, W Perdue). Steals: 3 (Geary, Johnson, Rose).

CLEVELAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 28 2-7 1-2 0-0 2 1 5 Kemp 19 3-14 1-1 2-7 0 5 7 Ilgauskas 44 9-21 3-4 3-12 1 4 21 Knight 30 3-6 2-2 2-4 6 4 8 Person 33 2-5 0-0 1-5 2 2 5 Anderson 26 3-7 2-2 1-3 5 1 8 Potapenko 14 5-8 1-2 1-2 0 4 11 Sura 27 2-3 3-4 0-1 7 2 7 Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ferry 16 5-8 0-0 0-1 0 3 13 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 13-17 10-35 23 27 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Person 1-2, Sura 0-1, Ferry 3-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Ilgauskas 2, Person, Sura). Turnovers: 13 (Anderson 3, Henderson 2, Ilgauskas 2, Kemp, Knight, Person, Potapenko, Sura). Steals: 9 (Henderson 3, Knight 2, Anderson, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Sura). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 16 22 25 23 - 86 Cleveland 15 18 28 24 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,813. T: 2:24. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ronnie Nunn, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Vinny Del Negro's baseline jumper over Derek Anderson with 3.3 seconds remaining capped a game-ending 8-2 run, helping the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 10th straight time, 86-85.

San Antonio's David Robinson rejected a dunk attempt by Shawn Kemp with 46 seconds left, but the Cavaliers took an 85-84 lead on Brevin Knight's free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Avery Johnson inbounded to Del Negro, who dribbled to the left baseline and let go a jumper, allowing the Spurs to reclaim the lead.

"We diagrammed it during the timeout and we executed it well," Del Negro said. "The ball got in my hands and it was a high pick-and-roll. I knew I had to get a shot off. It's a shot that I like to take, the fadeaway on the left side. I felt if it didn't go in, then the two big guys had a chance to get it in with a few seconds left."

"I put my arms up and didn't foul him," Anderson said. "It was a tough shot and he hadn't shot the whole quarter. It was just one of those things."

On Cleveland's last possession, Bob Sura inbounded to Anderson along the right sideline, but the ball bounced through his hands and out of bounds with 2.6 seconds left. San Antonio was able to kill off the final seconds after Johnson threw a pass to Chuck Person, who avoided getting fouled.

Robinson scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds and eight blocks and Tim Duncan added 18 and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won five straight games in Cleveland. San Antonio's last loss against the Cavaliers was on March 23rd, 1993.

The Spurs took 18 more foul shots than Cleveland, but misfired on 12-of-35 attempts. The Cavs were 13-of-17 from the line.

"The best thing about the game was Avery Johnson's 12 assists and one turnover, and David with eight blocks," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Those two guys were great tonight and they really carried us. Over the last three minutes we executed on offense and made the defensive stops we needed, that's what did it."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 21 points and Danny Ferry, returning to action after missing a month with a knee injury, added 13 for the Cavs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped along with their five-game streak at Gund Arena.

"I'm sorry that our guys worked so hard and came up on the short end," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We had some good performances tonight but I have to give Vinny Del Negro credit. He made a very, very tough shot with Derek playing him very well. We never got the stop we needed defensively."

With 2:28 remaining, Cleveland took an 83-78 lead when Wesley Person -- Chuck's younger brother -- drained a three-pointer, but the Spurs answered with a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead.

Robinson started it by dunking an alley-oop pass from Duncan. After Ilgauskas had a shot blocked by Duncan, Robinson added a pair of free throws at the other end. On San Antonio's next trip down the floor, Robinson found Duncan for a layup at the 1:05 mark, giving San Antonio an 84-83 lead.

"I think a lot of teams would've folded when Person made that three-point shot," Popovich said. "That was like a stake in the heart, but the guys just ignored it and kept on playing."

The Cavaliers grabbed their first lead of the game, 65-64, with 10:01 remaining after Ilgauskas hit an 11-footer. Less than two minutes later Johnson's running jumper gave the Spurs a 68-67 advantage.

Ferry then hit three-pointers on Cleveland's next three possessions, the last which gave the Cavs a 76-72 lead with 6:27 left.

Duncan's shot in the lane pulled the Spurs into a 78-78 tie at the 3:44 mark, but the Cavs opened a five-point edge following a baseline jumper by Anderson and Person's three-pointer.

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