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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 24 20 23 93 CLEVELAND 37 18 22 25 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 22, JOHN WALLACE 18 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 25, BREVIN KNIGHT 18, DANNY FERRY 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 11, CHRIS DUDLEY 6 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 9, ANDREW DECLERCQ 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 10, LATRELL SPREWELL 6 CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 7, BOB SURA 6

ATT: 17,604


Extended Box

NEW YORK (93) AT CLEVELAND (102)

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

SPREWELL F 46 8-21 6-6 4 7 11 6 1 0 4 22 THOMAS F 10 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 2 0 4 CAMBY C 25 2-4 6-7 1 2 3 1 5 0 1 10 HOUSTON G 43 10-19 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 0 4 22 WARD G 35 4-13 0-0 1 4 5 10 1 1 2 11 DUDLEY 19 1-2 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 1 1 2 WALLACE 28 7-14 4-6 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 18 CHILDS 27 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 5 0 2 4 LANG 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 L JOHNSON DNP - BACK INJURY TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 16-19 10 30 40 26 28 4 15 93 (.439) (.842) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 18 1-3 0-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 2 2 KEMP F 32 4-12 17-18 3 6 9 1 6 1 5 25 DECLERCQ C 31 4-7 3-7 4 4 8 1 3 0 3 11 KNIGHT G 34 8-17 2-2 0 4 4 7 4 0 3 18 SURA G 28 1-6 4-4 1 3 4 6 0 0 1 7 PERSON 30 3-6 1-2 1 5 6 1 0 1 0 9 FERRY 21 5-8 3-3 0 4 4 1 5 1 1 13 LANGDON 26 2-4 4-4 1 3 4 3 1 0 0 8 MILLER 15 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 2 3 2 1 7 BENJAMIN 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-72 35-44 10 34 44 22 27 6 16 102 (.444) (.795) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 24 20 23 - 93 CLEVELAND 37 18 22 25 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 4. CLEVELAND - FERRY 2, DECLERCQ, BENJAMIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-12 (.417), HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 3-7, CHILDS 0-2. CLEVELAND 3-11 (.273), SURA 1-4, PERSON 2-5, FERRY 0-1, MILLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS 2 (EJECTED), CAMBY. OFFICIALS: TOMMIE WOOD, RON OLESIAK, JOE DEROSA. A - 17,604. T - 2:22.


Box Score

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 46 8-21 6-6 4-11 6 1 22 Thomas 10 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Camby 25 2-4 6-7 1-3 1 5 10 Houston 43 10-19 0-0 0-3 4 3 22 Ward 35 4-13 0-0 1-5 10 1 11 Dudley 19 1-2 0-0 3-6 0 4 2 Wallace 28 7-14 4-6 1-5 1 1 18 Childs 27 2-6 0-0 0-3 3 5 4 Lang 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 L Johnson DNP - back injury Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 16-19 10-40 26 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Houston 2-3, Ward 3-7, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 4). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 4, Sprewell 4, Childs 2, Ward 2, Camby, Dudley, Lang). Steals: 4 (Thomas 2, Dudley, Ward).

CLEVELAND (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 18 1-3 0-2 0-1 0 4 2 Kemp 32 4-12 17-18 3-9 1 6 25 Declercq 31 4-7 3-7 4-8 1 3 11 Knight 34 8-17 2-2 0-4 7 4 18 Sura 28 1-6 4-4 1-4 6 0 7 Person 30 3-6 1-2 1-6 1 0 9 Ferry 21 5-8 3-3 0-4 1 5 13 Langdon 26 2-4 4-4 1-4 3 1 8 Miller 15 3-6 1-2 0-3 2 3 7 Benjamin 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Stack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 35-44 10-44 22 27 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.795. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Sura 1-4, Person 2-5, Ferry 0-1, Miller 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ferry 2, Declercq, Benjamin). Turnovers: 16 (Kemp 5, Declercq 3, Knight 3, Henderson 2, Ferry, Miller, Sura). Steals: 6 (Miller 2, Ferry, Henderson, Kemp, Person). ____________________________________________ New York 26 24 20 23 - 93 Cleveland 37 18 22 25 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 3 (Thomas 2 (ejected), 1:19 2nd; Camby, 3:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,604. T: 2:22. Officials: Tommie Wood, Ron Olesiak, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Shawn Kemp rebounded from a single-digit game to score 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged their lone loss of the season by handing the New York Knicks' their first defeat, 102-93.

Kemp was just 4-of-12 from the floor, but the 6-10 forward sank 17-of-18 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds for Cleveland, which opened the campaign with a 92-84 setback at Madison Square Garden but has reeled off three straight wins since.

"We played hard in the opening game, but without any purpose," Cavaliers first-year coach Randy Wittman said. "We got the foul line working tonight. Our bench outscored theirs and our bench has outscored all four teams we've played so far. I thought the whole key to the game was the way we came out. We came out with intensity defensively."

Kemp was coming off a poor performance Friday at Orlando, where he scored just eight points on 3-of-14 shooting. He set an instant tone tonight, scoring 13 of his 15 first-quarter points from the line.

"New York is a team that doesn't like to double-team down in the post," Wittman added. "They like to play everybody straight up. So we were going to find out who had the advantage. We were going to go to Shawn and see what he had going. He got to the foul line 14 times in the first quarter."

Brevin Knight scored 18 points and Danny Ferry added 13 for the Cavaliers, who trailed 68-67 with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter before ending the period with a 10-2 run to pull ahead for good.

"We wanted to push the ball up the court in the beginning and we came out with energy right away," Ferry said.

The dynamic duo of Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston had helped New York to a perfect 3-0 mark despite the absence of injured center Patrick Ewing, who is out until at least December. The two scored 22 points apiece tonight, but could not compensate for the loss of starting forward Larry Johnson, who sat out with back pain.

"That was a game about mental toughness for both teams," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Both teams were playing their fourth game in five nights and the Cavs were just tougher than we were tonight."

Kemp took advantage of Johnson's absence along the interior, helping the Cavs to a 44-40 rebounding advantage and 35-of-44 free-throw shooting. The Knicks were 16-of-19 at the stripe.

John Wallace scored 18 points off the bench for New York, which had won three of the previous four meetings from Cleveland.

Charlie Ward had a solid night running the point for the Knicks. He had 11 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and committed only two turnovers.

Marcus Camby, who has been starting at the pivot in place of Ewing, was held to 10 points and three rebounds after amassing 19 and 13 in Thursday's victory at Detroit.

"I don't know what (Kemp) was doing effectively," Camby said. "But I know we couldn't touch him. He went (to the line) 14 times in the first quarter. He was making agressive moves, getting in there and drawing contact and getting to the line. He did a real good job of initiating contact and drawing that whistle."

Cleveland center Andrew DeClercq had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 44 percent (32-of-72) and forced 16 turnovers.

The Knicks also shot 44 percent (36-of-82) and appeared to be rallying for their fourth straight win in the third quarter.

DeClercq made a driving layup to give Cleveland a 59-52 lead just over 1 1/2 minutes into the second half, but Sprewell and Houston hit back-to-back jumpers before Chris Dudley's layup made it a one-point deficit with 8:09 left in the third quarter.

The teams battled back-and-forth over the next four minutes before Wallace's driving layup gave New York its final lead at 68-67 with 3:34 remaining in the third period.

Rookie Trajan Langdon put Cleveland ahead to stay with a 20-footer and fellow first-round pick Andre Miller ended the decisive run with a short jumper in the lane that increased the bulge to 77-70 with four seconds to go in the quarter.

The run continued into the fourth quarter as Kemp hit a jumper, Bobby Sura made two free throws and Kemp sank a 15-footer to make it 83-70 with 10:29 to play. The Knicks would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

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