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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 20 12 26 78 NEW YORK 26 22 17 20 85 FINAL


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CLEVELAND (78) AT NEW YORK (85)

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

HENDERSON F 30 3-8 5-6 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 11 KEMP F 35 5-14 9-12 3 7 10 0 4 1 3 19 POTAPENKO C 35 2-9 3-4 2 8 10 1 2 1 2 7 ANDERSON G 37 3-12 9-9 2 3 5 3 1 5 1 15 KNIGHT G 33 4-11 2-4 0 1 1 6 3 3 2 10 BUTLER 9 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 FERRY 22 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 5 LANG 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 NEWMAN 18 3-7 5-6 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 11 SURA 16 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 PERSON DNP - BRUISED ULNAR NERVE RT ELBOW STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 21-71 35-43 9 29 38 13 24 11 11 78 (.296) (.814) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 38 6-13 4-5 1 5 6 3 3 0 3 16 THOMAS F 23 4-10 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 2 1 9 EWING C 38 6-14 4-6 1 11 12 1 4 0 2 16 HOUSTON G 41 5-12 4-4 0 6 6 3 3 1 3 15 WARD G 34 3-5 2-3 0 3 3 9 3 0 5 9 CAMBY 9 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 2 2 CHILDS 28 3-6 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 9 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 SCOTT 21 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 9 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-66 17-22 2 35 37 21 32 4 18 85 (.470) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 20 12 26 - 78 NEW YORK 26 22 17 20 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO, HENDERSON. NEW YORK - EWING 4, CAMBY 2, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-7 (.143), ANDERSON 0-3, FERRY 1-2, NEWMAN 0-1, SURA 0-1. NEW YORK 6-14 (.429), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-5, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-2, SCOTT 3-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, TED BERNHARDT, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:20.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 30 3-8 5-6 1-4 0 4 11 Kemp 35 5-14 9-12 3-10 0 4 19 Potapenko 35 2-9 3-4 2-10 1 2 7 Anderson 37 3-12 9-9 2-5 3 1 15 Knight 33 4-11 2-4 0-1 6 3 10 Butler 9 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Ferry 22 1-4 2-2 0-3 2 3 5 Lang 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Newman 18 3-7 5-6 0-0 1 2 11 Sura 16 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Person DNP - bruised ulnar nerve rt elbow Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-71 35-43 9-38 13 24 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.296, FT-.814. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Anderson 0-3, Ferry 1-2, Newman 0-1, Sura 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Potapenko, Henderson). Turnovers: 12 (Kemp 3, Ferry 2, Knight 2, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Henderson). Steals: 11 (Anderson 5, Knight 3, Kemp, Newman, Potapenko).

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 38 6-13 4-5 1-6 3 3 16 Thomas 23 4-10 1-2 0-4 0 4 9 Ewing 38 6-14 4-6 1-12 1 4 16 Houston 41 5-12 4-4 0-6 3 3 15 Ward 34 3-5 2-3 0-3 9 3 9 Camby 9 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 5 2 Childs 28 3-6 2-2 0-3 3 3 9 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Scott 21 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 4 9 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-66 17-22 2-37 21 32 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-5, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-2, Scott 3-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ewing 4, Camby 2, Thomas). Turnovers: 18 (Ward 5, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Camby 2, Ewing 2, Childs, Dudley, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Thomas 2, Childs, Houston). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 20 12 26 - 78 New York 26 22 17 20 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:20. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Ted Bernhardt, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The weary New York Knicks returned home and to their winning ways, avenging their worst loss of the season with an 85-78 victory over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing for the fifth time in seven days, the Knicks snapped a two-game skid with their seventh straight win at Madison Square Garden. They play for the third time in as many nights Tuesday on the road against archrival Miami.

"What difference does it make if you play three nights in a row or 11 of 14?" Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Guys aren't going to be fresh."

Patrick Ewing had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in 38 minutes for New York, which mustered enough energy in the final 17 minutes to avenge a 98-74 loss in Cleveland 11 days ago.

The Knicks nearly blew a 16-point lead before Ewing scored six points during a 15-2 run to help build a 67-52 advantage early in the fourth quarter. They led by at least six points the rest of the way.

Shawn Kemp scored 19 points for the Cavaliers, who made 35-of-43 free throws but shot just 30 percent (21-of-71) from the field. They have lost four in a row for the first time since suffering through a six-game skid from January 7-17, 1997.

"We came out flat," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "It's tough to win when you shoot 29 percent, but we knocked down our free throws, which kept us in the game."

Trailing 46-30 with 2:24 left in the first half, Cleveland used a 20-4 burst to get within two points. Derek Anderson and Vitaly Potapenko had six points each during the spurt.

Kurt Thomas started the pivotal run with a jumper at 5:09 of the third quarter and Ewing added two layups and a pair of free throws, giving the Knicks a 65-52 advantage with 42 seconds to play in the period. Marcus Camby's seven-footer 22 seconds into the fourth quarter capped the run.

"We just stepped it up," Ewing said. "We just have to get it done on the road now. Tonight we kept our composure and we limited our mistakes and put the ball in the basket."

Potapenko, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the previous meeting between the teams, finished with seven points on 2-of-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds.

"I just couldn't knock down my shots," he said. "That was the difference beteeen last game and this game. New York is one of those teams that plays great defense, especially at home."

The Cavs twice cut New York's lead to six points but they were 3-of-8 from the field in the final 5:07.

Anderson scored 15 points and Cedric Henderson and former Knick Johnny Newman contributed 11 apiece. However, the trio combined to shoot 9-of-27.

Larry Johnson scored 16 points and Allan Houston added 15 for New York, which shot 47 percent (31-of-66) and made 17-of-22 from the line.

Despite the condensed schedule, four of New York's starters played at least 34 minutes.

"We didn't think about minutes tonight," Van Gundy said. "It was about a win. You don't plan on tomorrow, even in a season like this."

Charlie Ward had nine points and nine assists and Dennis Scott added nine points off the bench for New York, sinking 3-of-5 3-point attempts.

"You really need four, five or six guys to be playing well to get the win every night," Van Gundy said. "We got that tonight."

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