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NBA LA CLIPPERS AT CLEVELAND

HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER

LAC - JAMES ROBINSON 7, LAMOND MURRAY 6 CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 6, WESLEY PERSON 6


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (93) AT CLEVELAND (94)

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

MURRAY F 44 8-17 6-6 3 4 7 5 4 3 2 23 WRIGHT F 44 3-9 2-4 4 11 15 1 5 3 4 8 AUSTIN C 37 10-17 4-5 4 4 8 1 5 1 5 24 MARTIN G 24 1-11 2-2 0 0 0 6 3 1 1 4 ROBINSON G 41 10-18 1-3 1 2 3 5 2 0 3 26 VRANKOVIC 15 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 RICHARDSON 24 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 1 1 4 SMITH 11 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION COLLINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS TAYLOR DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-79 19-24 13 23 36 26 25 9 17 93 (.430) (.792) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 37 3-6 5-6 0 3 3 2 2 2 1 11 KEMP F 28 7-12 11-17 0 3 3 3 6 2 3 25 ILGAUSKAS C 36 2-7 7-8 3 7 10 0 3 0 2 11 KNIGHT G 29 2-7 3-4 0 2 2 8 4 0 1 7 PERSON G 41 7-14 0-0 1 7 8 1 1 0 1 16 ANDERSON 21 3-8 3-5 2 1 3 4 1 0 1 9 POTAPENKO 14 3-4 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 0 3 6 SURA 16 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 3 FERRY 18 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 6 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-68 30-42 10 24 34 22 22 5 15 94 (.456) (.714) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 22 32 12 27 - 93 CLEVELAND 20 24 23 27 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - VRANKOVIC 3. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, HENDERSON, KEMP. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-17 (.353), MURRAY 1-3, MARTIN 0-3, ROBINSON 5-9, RICHARDSON 0-1, SMITH 0-1. CLEVELAND 2-9 (.222), PERSON 2-6, SURA 0-1, FERRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - VRANKOVIC. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BENNIE ADAMS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,606. T - 3:52.


Agate Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 44 8-17 6-6 3-7 5 4 23 Wright 44 3-9 2-4 4-15 1 5 8 Austin 37 10-17 4-5 4-8 1 5 24 Martin 24 1-11 2-2 0-0 6 3 4 Robinson 41 10-18 1-3 1-3 5 2 26 Vrankovic 15 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 4 2 Richardson 24 2-5 0-0 0-1 6 2 4 Smith 11 0-1 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 Closs DNP - coach's decision Collins DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - left knee tendinitis Taylor DNP - hyperextended left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 19-24 13-36 26 25 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Murray 1-3, Martin 0-3, Robinson 5-9, Richardson 0-1, Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (Vrankovic 3). Turnovers: 18 (Austin 5, Wright 4, Robinson 3, Murray 2, Martin, Richardson, Smith). Steals: 9 (Murray 3, Wright 3, Austin, Martin, Richardson).

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 37 3-6 5-6 0-3 2 2 11 Kemp 28 7-12 11-17 0-3 3 6 25 Ilgauskas 36 2-7 7-8 3-10 0 3 11 Knight 29 2-7 3-4 0-2 8 4 7 Person 41 7-14 0-0 1-8 1 1 16 Anderson 21 3-8 3-5 2-3 4 1 9 Potapenko 14 3-4 0-0 3-4 0 2 6 Sura 16 1-4 1-2 0-0 3 1 3 Ferry 18 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 2 6 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 30-42 10-34 22 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Person 2-6, Sura 0-1, Ferry 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Ilgauskas 2, Henderson, Kemp). Turnovers: 15 (Kemp 3, Potapenko 3, Ilgauskas 2, Sura 2, Anderson, Ferry, Henderson, Knight, Person). Steals: 5 (Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Sura). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 22 32 12 27 - 93 Cleveland 20 24 23 27 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Vrankovic, 0:04 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,606. T: 3:52. Officials: Terry Durham, Bennie Adams, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Recap

Shawn Kemp returned from a one-game suspension to score 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for their sixth victory in seven games, a 94-93 triumph over the lowly Los Angeles Clippers.

Kemp and teammates Vitaly Potapenko and Shawnelle Scott sat out Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers for coming off the bench during an altercation in Wednesday's win at Detroit.

Before fouling out for a league-leading 15th time this season, Kemp scored eight straight Cleveland points in under two minutes to give his team the lead for good.

Wesley Person scored 16 points and Cedric Henderson added 11 for the surging Cavaliers (43-32), who have won 10 of their last 12 to open a 2 1/2 game lead over the seventh-place New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"We were very fortunate to come away with the win," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "The Clippers played a great game. They play hard, shoot the ball well and somehow get snake-bitten at the end. They did one heck of a job coming in here short-handed."

James Robinson scored a season-high 26 points despite a left thigh injury and Isaac Austin added 24 for the Clippers, who have lost eight in a row to Cleveland and nine of 10 overall.

Los Angeles, which was without injured forwards Rodney Rogers and Maurice Taylor, went 0-4 on its road trip and is a loss away from the ninth 60-loss season in the 28-year history of the franchise.

Kemp's layup gave Cleveland an 85-82 lead before a three-pointer by Robinson gave Los Angeles its last tie with 2:07 remaining. Kemp answered with a three-point play, giving the Cavs the lead for good at 88-85 with 1:51 left.

Kemp added a free throw 39 seconds later and sank two more with 40 seconds left for a 91-85 bulge. Austin responded with a foul shot as Kemp fouled out, but a pair of free throws by Zydrunas Ilgauskas sealed matters at 93-86 with 30 seconds to play.

"I thought he (Kemp) played very strong when he came back in, and it couldn't have come at a better time," Fratello said.

Ilgauskas had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Brevin Knight handed out eight assists for the Cavs, who shot 46 percent (31-of-68) from the field and made 30-of-42 free throws, including 11-of-17 by Kemp.

Lamond Murray scored 23 points and Lorenzen Wright grabbed 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 43 percent (34-of-79) but made just 19-of-24 free throws and committed 18 turnovers.

Los Angeles led 54-44 at halftime and Robinson's solid outside shooting kept the margin at 62-53 before his injury forced him out with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter.

"I think it happened on a pick for Wesley Person," Robinson said. "I got kneed in the thigh. It was bothering me a little bit until the point where I was running. Then the stiffness came and I had a pad on it, so I felt a little more comfortable."

"The fact that Robinson scored 26 points doesn't surprise me," Fratello said. "He's a terrific scorer."

Without a perimeter game, Los Angeles' offense bogged down and Cleveland took advantage, scoring 21 of the next 27 points. Six different Cavs scored during the burst, including Bob Sura, who capped it at 74-68 with a free throw with nine minutes to play.

"They were moving the ball well, getting it to the weak side and getting clean looks," Cavs guard Brevin Knight said. "We cut down on that and tried to tune up more on offense."

"Turnovers killed us," Clippers coach Bill Fitch said. "When you take Robinson out, we really struggled. But he was about to get some rest anyway."

Robinson scored seven points and Lamond Murray added six in the first quarter as the Clippers grabbed a 22-20 lead. Murray got hot with 12 more points in the second quarter and Los Angeles opened its biggest advantage at 52-40 on a three-point play from Lorenzen Wright with 1:44 left in the first half.

"We felt our energy was not what it was supposed to be, even in the beginning," Fratello said. "They had less energy than we had, but all of a sudden they picked up the intensity, started making shots and we let them back in the game."

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