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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 29 26 14 17 86 WASHINGTON 26 21 23 27 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - DANNY FERRY 18, DEREK ANDERSON 16, ANDREW DECLERCQ 14 WAS - OTIS THORPE 20, BEN WALLACE 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDREW DECLERCQ 7, DEREK ANDERSON 5 WAS - BEN WALLACE 10, CALBERT CHEANEY 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - DEREK ANDERSON 7, CEDRIC HENDERSON 5 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 12,751


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (86) AT WASHINGTON (97)

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

FERRY F 39 8-12 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 18 HENDERSON F 42 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 5 1 1 4 10 DECLERCQ C 30 5-8 4-5 0 7 7 2 4 0 1 14 ANDERSON G 32 3-7 9-12 0 5 5 7 3 5 4 16 PERSON G 34 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 2 1 6 BOYKINS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BUTLER 18 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 8 NEWMAN 16 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 2 STACK 13 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 4 SURA 15 1-5 6-8 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 8 BLOUNT DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT KNEE KEMP DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 30-58 23-29 1 23 24 24 22 11 14 86 (.517) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

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

CHEANEY F 37 2-8 2-2 1 5 6 4 4 1 3 6 THORPE F 34 9-10 2-4 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 20 WALLACE C 42 9-9 2-3 4 6 10 1 3 1 3 20 RICHMOND G 35 6-15 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 3 13 STRICKLAND G 30 2-11 2-4 0 2 2 11 5 1 2 6 JACKSON 4 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 LEGLER 24 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 10 J WHITE 16 3-6 2-6 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 8 C WHITNEY 18 4-9 3-3 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 13 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MURRAY DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HIP

TOTALS 240 39-74 14-24 10 25 35 27 22 5 14 97 (.527) (.583) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

CLEVELAND 29 26 14 17 - 86 WASHINGTON 26 21 23 27 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, DECLERCQ, FERRY. WASHINGTON - J WHITE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-8 (.375), FERRY 2-4, ANDERSON 1-1, SURA 0-3. WASHINGTON 5-12 (.417), CHEANEY 0-1, RICHMOND 1-3, LEGLER 2-2, C WHITNEY 2-6. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TIM DONAGHY, DEE KANTNER. A - 12,751. T - 2:05.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ferry 39 8-12 0-0 1-2 1 3 18 Henderson 42 4-7 2-2 0-2 5 1 10 Declercq 30 5-8 4-5 0-7 2 4 14 Anderson 32 3-7 9-12 0-5 7 3 16 Person 34 3-10 0-0 0-2 4 0 6 Boykins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Butler 18 3-4 2-2 0-2 1 3 8 Newman 16 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Stack 13 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Sura 15 1-5 6-8 0-1 2 2 8 Blount DNP - inflammed left knee Kemp DNP - sprained left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-58 23-29 1-24 24 22 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.517, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Ferry 2-4, Anderson 1-1, Sura 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Henderson 2, Declercq, Ferry). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 4, Henderson 4, Butler 2, Declercq, Ferry, Newman, Person). Steals: 11 (Anderson 5, Person 2, Sura 2, Ferry, Henderson).

WASHINGTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 37 2-8 2-2 1-6 4 4 6 Thorpe 34 9-10 2-4 2-5 2 4 20 Wallace 42 9-9 2-3 4-10 1 3 20 Richmond 35 6-15 0-0 1-4 2 3 13 Strickland 30 2-11 2-4 0-2 11 5 6 Jackson 4 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Legler 24 4-5 0-0 0-1 4 1 10 J White 16 3-6 2-6 2-4 0 1 8 C Whitney 18 4-9 3-3 0-3 3 1 13 Coker DNP - coach's decision Mcinnis DNP - coach's decision T Murray DNP - strained right hip _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-74 14-24 10-35 27 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Cheaney 0-1, Richmond 1-3, Legler 2-2, C Whitney 2-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (J White). Turnovers: 15 (Cheaney 3, Richmond 3, Wallace 3, Strickland 2, C Whitney, Legler, Thorpe). Steals: 5 (C Whitney, Cheaney, Legler, Strickland, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 29 26 14 17 - 86 Washington 26 21 23 27 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,751. T: 2:05. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tim Donaghy, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- A second-half collapse sealed the Cleveland Cavaliers' fate.

Playing without leading scorer Shawn Kemp and Brevin Knight, the Cavaliers scored only 31 points in the second half and suffered their seventh straight defeat, a 97-86 setback to the Washington Wizards.

Cleveland officially was eliminated from playoff contention when eighth-place New York defeated Philadelphia and will miss the postseason for just the second time since 1991. The Cavaliers, who dropped 3 1/2 games behind New York with four remaining, could still tie the Knicks, but would lose a tiebreaker.

"We've been playing teams that are still in the playoffs and it's tough because we know we're not still in it," Cleveland guard Mitchell Butler said.

Ben Wallace scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-9 shooting and added 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak after falling behind, 51-34, in the second quarter.

"I've been getting more minutes and been able to showcase my offensive skills a little bit," Wallace said. "I just want to prove to everybody that if I get the time, I'm going to shine."

"You know he's going to give the effort on the defensive end, but now he's really gaining confidence in himself offensively," interim Washington coach Jim Brovelli added. "He hangs around the basket, he's under control, he makes nice little pump fakes and he finishes plays. He's really becoming a complete player."

Washington ended its longest slide since a 13-game losing streak in the 1994-95 season.

"Anytime you win, its always great," Wallace said. "This game, even though it didn't look very good, we were able to pull it off and snap that losing streak, which made it even more special."

Otis Thorpe also scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting for the Wizards, who used a 14-2 run and took an 82-71 lead on Tim Legler's 3-pointer with 7:49 remaining. Cleveland got no closer than six in the final minutes.

Mitch Richmond and Chris Whitney added 13 points each for the Wizards, who shot 53 percent (39-of-74) from the field and converted 16 Cleveland turnovers into 24 points. Washington also had a 35-24 edge on the board as the Cavaliers grabbed just one offensive rebound.

"Their two inside guys were 18-for-19 from the floor and then Whitney and Legler came in and hit some big shots," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "We lost momentum during the third quarter and gave them the game. Our defense became porous."

Danny Ferry scored 18 points and Derek Anderson added 16 for the Cavaliers, who led 55-47 at the half. Ferry's jumper gave Cleveland its last lead at 69-68 with 25 seconds remaining in the third period.

"We were tired early," Brovelli said. "We had a tough game in Orlando last night, came in late and we were sluggish and got down by 17."

The Cavaliers closed to 86-80 on Ferry's hook with 4:46 left, but the Wizards extended their advantage to 93-81 on Wallace's layup with 2:01 to play. Cleveland was outscored, 50-31, in the second half.

"When things go well during the game, all is great, but when there's adversity, we lose our confidence and our concentration," Ferry said.

Brovelli said he is tired of hearing people question his team's effort.

"If they were going to pack it in, they would have done that a month ago," he said. "This team is not going to pack it in with three games to go. Being down 17 tonight is another great example of our guys hanging tough. They've had opportunities to quit and they've never done that."

Andrew DeClercq added 14 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 52 percent from the field, but attempted just 58 shots.

Minus its top weapon in Kemp and floor general in Knight, Cleveland has averaged only 78 points per game during the losing streak. The Cavs have been held below 90 in all seven contests.

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