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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 27 18 19 84 NEW YORK 30 25 19 18 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 17, WESLEY PERSON 16, BOB SURA 15 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 24, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, LATRELL SPREWELL 17

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDREW DECLERCQ 7, BREVIN KNIGHT 6 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, LARRY JOHNSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BOB SURA 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (84) AT NEW YORK (92)

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

KEMP F 31 6-20 5-8 0 5 5 0 4 0 2 17 HENDERSON F 20 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 1 1 0 DECLERCQ C 27 4-12 2-2 3 4 7 0 4 3 3 10 SURA G 41 6-12 0-0 1 1 2 8 5 5 2 15 KNIGHT G 35 6-11 1-1 1 5 6 4 4 1 6 14 BRYANT 15 1-3 1-2 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 3 PERSON 33 5-9 3-4 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 16 FERRY 22 2-7 1-2 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 5 MILLER 13 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 2 BENJAMIN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANGDON 2 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-77 17-23 9 29 38 23 27 10 18 84 (.390) (.739) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 41 6-14 5-6 0 3 3 4 3 3 6 17 L JOHNSON F 35 9-16 3-4 1 6 7 3 4 1 3 24 CAMBY C 32 4-7 6-7 6 11 17 0 3 3 1 14 HOUSTON G 44 5-15 5-6 0 5 5 5 3 1 3 18 WARD G 31 1-5 1-2 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 3 THOMAS 22 3-5 1-1 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 7 CHILDS 23 4-8 1-1 0 3 3 2 4 0 2 9 WALLACE 7 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 22-27 9 35 44 17 23 10 15 92 (.432) (.815) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 27 18 19 - 84 NEW YORK 30 25 19 18 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - HENDERSON, KEMP. NEW YORK - CAMBY 5, HOUSTON 3, THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 7-14 (.500), SURA 3-7, KNIGHT 1-2, PERSON 3-4, FERRY 0-1. NEW YORK 6-15 (.400), SPREWELL 0-1, L JOHNSON 3-5, HOUSTON 3-5, WARD 0-3, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, SCOTT FOSTER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 31 6-20 5-8 0-5 0 4 17 Henderson 20 0-1 0-0 0-2 3 4 0 Declercq 27 4-12 2-2 3-7 0 4 10 Sura 41 6-12 0-0 1-2 8 5 15 Knight 35 6-11 1-1 1-6 4 4 14 Bryant 15 1-3 1-2 2-3 1 2 3 Person 33 5-9 3-4 0-4 1 2 16 Ferry 22 2-7 1-2 1-5 1 1 5 Miller 13 0-2 2-2 0-3 4 1 2 Benjamin 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Langdon 2 0-0 2-2 1-1 1 0 2 Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 17-23 9-38 23 27 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Sura 3-7, Knight 1-2, Person 3-4, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Henderson, Kemp). Turnovers: 19 (Knight 6, Declercq 3, Bryant 2, Kemp 2, Sura 2, Henderson, Miller, Person). Steals: 10 (Sura 5, Declercq 3, Henderson, Knight).

NEW YORK (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 41 6-14 5-6 0-3 4 3 17 L Johnson 35 9-16 3-4 1-7 3 4 24 Camby 32 4-7 6-7 6-17 0 3 14 Houston 44 5-15 5-6 0-5 5 3 18 Ward 31 1-5 1-2 0-3 2 1 3 Thomas 22 3-5 1-1 0-2 1 3 7 Childs 23 4-8 1-1 0-3 2 4 9 Wallace 7 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Dudley 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 22-27 9-44 17 23 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Sprewell 0-1, L Johnson 3-5, Houston 3-5, Ward 0-3, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Camby 5, Houston 3, Thomas 2). Turnovers: 18 (Sprewell 6, Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Childs 2, Camby). Steals: 10 (Camby 3, Sprewell 3, Houston, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 27 18 19 - 84 New York 30 25 19 18 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 7:34 1st, 8:10 2nd, 1:18 2nd). New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Jess Kersey, Scott Foster, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Neither team had its center, but the New York Knicks had the better supporting cast and began defense of their Eastern Conference title with a season-opening 92-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks played without perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing, who is out until at least December with Achilles tendinitis. However, Larry Johnson scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures. Marcus Camby started at center for Ewing and had 14 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.

"We did some very good things tonight," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Marcus was terrific, Larry was great and we had good play from the others."

Those efforts spoiled the debut of Cleveland coach Randy Wittman, who took over for the fired Mike Fratello this summer but started a lineup missing injured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Without Ilgauskas, the Cavaliers went 5 1/2 minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter. They were were led by Shawn Kemp with 17 points.

The Knicks showed their resiliency of a season ago, when they advanced to the NBA Finals as a No. 8 seed. They had a pair of 15-point leads cut to three and two points before pulling away in the fourth quarter.

"I think in the NBA teams are going to make runs at you," Van Gundy said. "Very few times you get on a good run and continue with it. I didn't think our bench as a group played well with the lead. We have to get better in that area."

A 3-pointer by Bob Sura moved the Cavs within 74-72 but Allan Houston scored five points and Latrell Sprewell added four during a 14-0 run as the Knicks built an 88-72 cushion with five minutes to play.

"You have to try to get their fans against them and show them that you will continue to come after them," Cavs guard Brevin Knight said. "Every time we made a run, they came right back. It just gave them more confidence."

Houston, who scored 18 points, began the run with a 3-pointer. Chris Childs hit a jumper and Johnson buried a 3-pointer before a leaner by Sprewell made it 84-72. Houston sank a jumper from the corner and Sprewell added a pair of free throws to cap the burst.

Sprewell, who officially agreed to a reported five-year, $61.8 million deal earlier today, was erratic, scoring 17 points but committing six of New York's 15 turnovers.

The Cavs closed to 88-80 with three minutes left on three free throws and a 3-pointer by Sura, but Camby blocked Sura and scored at the other end for 90-80 advangtage with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

"Our guys played hard but we didn't play smart," Wittman said. "In this league if you're going to be good you must have that combination."

Camby, who played only 19 seconds in last season's opener, set a personal high in rebounds with the Knicks and added three steals.

"No one really gave me a shot when I first came here last year," he said. "But that's fine. I don't care about any praise. I just want to win the championship and that's what we're trying to do here."

Johnson chipped in with seven boards while shooting 9-of-16 from the field. The Knicks shot 43 percent (32-of-74) overall and hit 22-of-27 free throws.

Kemp also was erratic, going 6-for-20 from the field as the Cavs shot only 39 percent (30-of-77) and hit 17-of-23 free throws.

Wesley Person scored 16 points off the bench, Sura added 15 and and eight assists and Knight added 14 points, six boards and four assists for Cleveland.

"We fought uphill all night and we cut it down a few times but we didn't make the plays when we had to," Sura said.

Rookie first-round picks Andre Miller and Trajan Langdon each had two points for the Cavs.

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