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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 13 15 29 25 82 CLEVELAND 18 34 29 16 97 FINAL


CHARLOTTE (82) AT CLEVELAND (97)

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

RICE F 35 5-13 2-2 1 4 5 3 0 0 3 15 MASON F 36 3-9 1-6 3 7 10 3 3 0 0 7 GEIGER C 31 12-18 3-3 3 4 7 0 3 1 2 27 WESLEY G 34 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 7 4 0 2 2 PHILLS G 33 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 7 1 0 2 6 DIVAC 13 3-3 2-2 3 5 8 2 2 1 2 8 MAXWELL 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 REID 16 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 4 CURRY 14 4-8 0-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 10 ARMSTRONG 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 BECK 12 0-3 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 ROYAL DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 34-78 9-16 13 27 40 25 18 2 12 82 (.436) (.563) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 40 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 1 6 KEMP F 38 10-21 5-6 3 8 11 1 4 3 1 25 ILGAUSKAS C 35 8-13 2-2 1 6 7 2 2 0 1 18 KNIGHT G 24 3-5 1-2 1 2 3 11 5 2 1 7 PERSON G 36 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 9 ANDERSON 28 5-11 6-6 2 1 3 6 1 1 1 16 SURA 14 1-4 0-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 3 POTAPENKO 16 5-7 1-1 1 5 6 0 3 0 2 11 FERRY 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 BROOKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-78 17-21 8 29 37 29 22 6 8 97 (.500) (.810) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(14 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 13 15 29 25 - 82 CLEVELAND 18 34 29 16 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - RICE 2, DIVAC 2. CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, KEMP 2, ILGAUSKAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 5-11 (.455), RICE 3-4, WESLEY 0-1, CURRY 2-3, ARMSTRONG 0-3. CLEVELAND 2-8 (.250), PERSON 1-3, ANDERSON 0-1, SURA 1-2, FERRY 0-1, THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - MAXWELL 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE FORTE, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,764. T - 1:58.


CHARLOTTE (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 35 5-13 2-2 1-5 3 0 15 Mason 36 3-9 1-6 3-10 3 3 7 Geiger 31 12-18 3-3 3-7 0 3 27 Wesley 34 1-6 0-0 0-2 7 4 2 Phills 33 3-9 0-0 1-2 7 1 6 Divac 13 3-3 2-2 3-8 2 2 8 Maxwell 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Reid 16 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 Curry 14 4-8 0-1 0-2 1 0 10 Armstrong 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Beck 12 0-3 1-2 1-1 1 1 1 Royal DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 9-16 13-40 25 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Rice 3-4, Wesley 0-1, Curry 2-3, Armstrong 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Rice 2, Divac 2). Turnovers: 15 (Rice 3, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Phills 2, Wesley 2, Armstrong). Steals: 2 (Divac, Geiger).

CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 40 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 1 6 Kemp 38 10-21 5-6 3-11 1 4 25 Ilgauskas 35 8-13 2-2 1-7 2 2 18 Knight 24 3-5 1-2 1-3 11 5 7 Person 36 3-8 2-2 0-2 4 1 9 Anderson 28 5-11 6-6 2-3 6 1 16 Sura 14 1-4 0-2 0-0 2 3 3 Potapenko 16 5-7 1-1 1-6 0 3 11 Ferry 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Brooks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 17-21 8-37 29 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Person 1-3, Anderson 0-1, Sura 1-2, Ferry 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Ilgauskas 2). Turnovers: 8 (Potapenko 2, Anderson, Ferry, Henderson, Ilgauskas, Kemp, Knight). Steals: 6 (Kemp 3, Knight 2, Anderson). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 13 15 29 25 - 82 Cleveland 18 34 29 16 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 2 (Maxwell 2 (ejected), 9:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,764. T: 1:58. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Forte, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Shawn Kemp scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half, when the Cleveland Cavaliers held the Charlotte Hornets to just 28 points en route to a 97-82 victory that vaulted them into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hornets entered this weekend with a club-record seven-game road winning streak, but were hammered in Indiana, 133-96, on Friday and followed with today's poor performance. Charlotte shot just 29 percent (12-of-42) from the field in the first half and trailed, 52-28, at intermission.

Charlotte scored just 13 points in the first quarter on 6-of-22 shooting from the field and shot 30 percent (6-of-20) in the second period. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers hit 13-of-21 shots (62 percent) in the second quarter to open the huge halftime lead.

"We are just getting too far behind early in the game," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said. "The second quarter was a train wreck for us. They picked us apart."

The Hornets barely averted setting a team record for fewest points in a half. They managed 27 points in the first half at Minnesota on November 9th, 1990 and 27 at Cleveland on January 25th, 1997.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 points and Derek Anderson added 16 for Cleveland (40-31), which has won seven of its last eight games and moved into sole possession of sixth place in the East, one-half game ahead of New York.

"That was a terrific performance from the beginning to the end," Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello said. "We had early energy, sustained it throughout and built on the lead."

Matt Geiger led Charlotte with 27 points, including 17 in the third quarter. Hornets All-Star forward Glen Rice, sixth in the league in scoring at 22.5 points per game, managed 15 on 5-of-13 shooting.

"We wanted to come out and play real aggressive, but we just couldn't seem to get it going," Geiger said.

Charlotte guard Vernon Maxwell was assessed two technical fouls and ejected for arguing with officials in the second quarter.

Kemp scored eight points in the first quarter, when the Cavs built an 18-13 lead. Cleveland started the second quarter with a 13-4 run to open a 31-17 advantage. Vitaly Potapenko scored nine of his 11 points in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the quarter to spark the spurt.

Wesley Person scored six consecutive points on a pair of free throws, a driving layup and a dunk to increase the lead to 39-21 with 4:19 left in the second quarter. A three-point play by Kemp with 34 seconds left gave Cleveland a 24-point halftime bulge.

Rice and fellow starters Anthony Mason, David Wesley and Bobby Phills were a combined 5-for-25 in the first half.

"Today, we took Rice out of the first half," said Anderson. "We dictated the game and that is why we won."

The Hornets hit 75 percent (12-of-16) from the field in the third quarter but were unable to cut into the deficit as Cleveland shot 11-of-17. The Cavs maintained an 81-57 advantage after three quarters and the Hornets pulled no closer than the final score.

"It was 58-34 in the paint and that's a big number," Cowens said. "They just got to the basket too easy. Our defense against dribble drive was not very good."

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