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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 28 23 20 24 95 CLEVELAND 16 20 31 39 106 FINAL


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (95) AT CLEVELAND (106)

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

THOMAS F 21 4-9 1-1 0 2 2 0 3 0 3 9 COLEMAN F 29 3-14 6-8 2 6 8 2 2 1 2 13 RATLIFF C 25 3-3 4-4 1 3 4 1 4 1 5 10 IVERSON G 40 10-15 11-13 0 1 1 5 6 1 5 32 MCKIE G 28 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 2 4 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS 17 4-6 3-3 3 1 4 1 4 0 0 11 BENJAMIN 22 3-6 0-0 4 3 7 2 2 0 1 6 DAVIS 21 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 4 SNOW 27 1-4 2-4 0 2 2 4 2 3 3 4 SMITH 10 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 6 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-72 29-35 13 25 38 18 29 6 20 95 (.444) (.829) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(26 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 29 1-5 1-1 1 2 3 3 2 2 4 3 KEMP F 25 4-8 4-6 0 3 3 1 4 2 2 12 ILGAUSKAS C 44 6-12 4-6 9 6 15 0 6 2 3 16 KNIGHT G 34 4-10 12-15 0 5 5 14 5 3 0 20 PERSON G 44 9-14 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 2 2 25 POTAPENKO 21 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 6 SURA 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ANDERSON 22 6-11 8-8 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 20 FERRY 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 THOMAS 9 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 BROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 30-38 11 26 37 25 27 11 16 106 (.486) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 28 23 20 24 - 95 CLEVELAND 16 20 31 39 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - COLEMAN 2, RATLIFF. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 3, HENDERSON, KEMP, PERSON, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-6 (.333), COLEMAN 1-2, IVERSON 1-2, MCKIE 0-1, DAVIS 0-1. CLEVELAND 8-16 (.500), PERSON 7-10, ANDERSON 0-2, FERRY 1-2, THOMAS 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON, COLEMAN 2 (EJECTED), CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH FRATELLO. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GARY BENSON, SEAN CORBIN. A - 17,235. T - 2:17.


Agate Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 21 4-9 1-1 0-2 0 3 9 Coleman 29 3-14 6-8 2-8 2 2 13 Ratliff 25 3-3 4-4 1-4 1 4 10 Iverson 40 10-15 11-13 0-1 5 6 32 Mckie 28 0-3 0-0 1-6 2 4 0 S Williams 17 4-6 3-3 3-4 1 4 11 Benjamin 22 3-6 0-0 4-7 2 2 6 Davis 21 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Snow 27 1-4 2-4 0-2 4 2 4 Smith 10 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 1 6 Parker DNP - coach's decision Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 29-35 13-38 18 29 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Coleman 1-2, Iverson 1-2, Mckie 0-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Coleman 2, Ratliff). Turnovers: 20 (Iverson 5, Ratliff 5, Snow 3, Thomas 3, Coleman 2, Benjamin, Mckie). Steals: 6 (Snow 3, Coleman, Iverson, Ratliff).

CLEVELAND (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 29 1-5 1-1 1-3 3 2 3 Kemp 25 4-8 4-6 0-3 1 4 12 Ilgauskas 44 6-12 4-6 9-15 0 6 16 Knight 34 4-10 12-15 0-5 14 5 20 Person 44 9-14 0-0 0-5 2 2 25 Potapenko 21 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 6 Sura 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson 22 6-11 8-8 1-3 3 1 20 Ferry 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Thomas 9 0-3 1-2 0-2 0 2 1 Brooks DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 30-38 11-37 25 27 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Person 7-10, Anderson 0-2, Ferry 1-2, Thomas 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ilgauskas 3, Henderson, Kemp, Person, Thomas). Turnovers: 16 (Henderson 4, Anderson 3, Ilgauskas 3, Kemp 2, Person 2, Ferry, Sura). Steals: 11 (Knight 3, Henderson 2, Ilgauskas 2, Kemp 2, Person 2). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 28 23 20 24 - 95 Cleveland 16 20 31 39 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 3 (Iverson, 4:13 2nd; Coleman 2 (ejected), 7:33 4th). Cleveland 1 (Head Coach Fratello, 7:10 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,235. T: 2:17. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Gary Benson, Sean Corbin.


Game Recap

Wesley Person nailed seven three-pointers en route to 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 20-point deficit to win for the 12th time in 15 games, 106-95 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Derek Anderson and Brevin Knight each added 20 points for Cleveland, which trailed 48-28 late in the second quarter and 51-36 at the half. But the Cavs scored a season-high 70 points in the final 24 minutes to capture their 11th home victory in their last 13 tries.

Cleveland, which clinched a playoff berth Friday, won the season series, 3-1, claiming 26 of the last 28 meetings and seven in a row at home. The Cavs scored over 100 points for the first time in 11 games and for just the second time in 19 contests. They are 20-0 when reaching triple figures this season.

Allen Iverson led the 76ers in scoring for the eighth straight game with 32 points before fouling out late. Philadelphia has dropped three of its last four games overall and three in a row on the road.

Iverson netted nine points and Derrick Coleman had six of his 13 to lead Philadelphia to a 28-16 advantage after 12 minutes. The Sixers continued their push in the second quarter, holding Cleveland without a basket for over five minutes. Joe Smith's layup with 2:38 left boosted the gap to 48-28.

The Cavs narrowed the margin to 15 points at the break and began the third period with a 14-4 run. Knight had seven points in the burst and Anderson's two foul shots with 6:32 to go cut the deficit to 55-50.

The Sixers held a 71-67 lead after three quarters, but Anderson converted two free throws with 9:06 remaining to give Cleveland a 74-73 lead -- its first since 2-0.

The lead changed hands over the next 74 seconds before Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit two foul shots to give the Cavs the lead for good at 78-77.

After Coleman was called for a foul and ejected for arguing with 7:33 to play, Person took over, hitting a trio of three-pointers in an 18-7 surge that extended Cleveland's lead to 94-84 with 2:58 left. Coleman's ejection was his second this week.

"Losing Coleman was bad and it hurt us," said Iverson. "We'd rather have him in the game than in the locker room. Derrick is a big part of what we are doing on the court and when they took him out, it just somewhat killed us."

Scott Williams' two free throws with 53 seconds left reduced the deficit to 100-95, but Shawn Kemp hit a jumper and Anderson made two more foul shots to seal the win.

"I guess it was one of those nights where I had it going," said Person. "I threw a couple of shots up that I thought had no chance of going in, but they went down for me. My confidence got really high. I got some great looks and just gets easier for you."

"I think it was our defense and our intensity that changed the whole game around in the second half," said Kemp. "One thing we didn't do in the first half was keep them off the offensive boards, which led to some easy baskets. At halftime, Fratello sure let us know where we stood. I didn't have a great game, so the guys picked up where it needed and that is what you need to do to win games."

Knight dished out 14 assists and Ilgauskas totaled 16 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, which made 30-of-38 (79 percent) free throws and 8-of-16 three-pointers. The Cavs shot 11-of-18 from the field in the third period and finished at 49 percent (34-of-70).

"We weren't very good in that first half," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "We had poor shot selection, we were down 12 on the glass and that fastbreak scoring was 17-3 in their favor. We had 10 turnovers at halftime versus six in the second half. I'm just proud that we found some guys in the second half by mixing and matching some combinations."

Williams scored 11 points for Philadelphia, which allowed 100 points for the fifth straight game. The team shot 83 percent (29-of-35) from the line, but committed 20 turnovers.

"We didn't execute and meet their aggressiveness in the second half," said 76ers coach Larry Brown. "We were great in the first half, but you knew they were going to come out, and when things started to go bad, we didn't respond very well. The Cavs bench was terrific."

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