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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 25 20 24 39 108 CLEVELAND 22 22 31 37 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - TRACY MURRAY 23, RICHARD HAMILTON 22, ROD STRICKLAND 15 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 28, DANNY FERRY 18, WESLEY PERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 11, ROD STRICKLAND 10 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 9, JUWAN HOWARD 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 11,298


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (108) AT CLEVELAND (112)

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

HOWARD F 44 7-12 0-0 3 8 11 6 4 2 2 14 T MURRAY F 40 7-13 4-4 0 3 3 3 4 1 4 23 J WHITE C 20 3-6 3-5 3 5 8 0 3 2 3 9 HAMILTON G 38 7-16 7-7 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 22 STRICKLAND G 31 6-14 3-6 6 4 10 9 4 1 6 15 AUSTIN 17 1-1 2-6 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 4 C WHITNEY 22 3-8 2-2 1 1 2 5 5 0 3 10 PROFIT 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 A WILLIAMS 22 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 1 0 8 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - STRAINED RIGHT ELBOW L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-80 21-30 17 28 45 26 34 7 21 108 (.488) (.700) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(24 PTS)

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

KEMP F 32 7-15 14-17 7 5 12 0 4 2 2 28 MURRAY F 19 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 7 BRYANT C 21 5-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 5 0 1 10 KNIGHT G 29 1-7 0-2 0 1 1 5 3 3 3 2 SURA G 29 4-11 4-4 2 5 7 5 1 6 0 13 DECLERCQ 11 1-2 3-4 2 3 5 0 4 0 1 5 C HENDERSON 29 1-7 9-12 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 11 FERRY 28 8-11 0-0 3 4 7 2 4 1 0 18 MILLER 19 0-9 3-6 2 1 3 7 0 2 0 3 PERSON 21 6-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 15 STACK 2 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 33-47 20 24 44 24 25 15 12 112 (.434) (.702) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

WASHINGTON 25 20 24 39 - 108 CLEVELAND 22 22 31 37 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, AUSTIN, STRICKLAND, A WILLIAMS. CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, KNIGHT, C HENDERSON, FERRY, BRYANT, DECLERCQ, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 9-14 (.643), T MURRAY 5-7, HAMILTON 1-2, C WHITNEY 2-4, PROFIT 1-1. CLEVELAND 7-12 (.583), MURRAY 1-1, SURA 1-4, FERRY 2-3, MILLER 0-1, PERSON 3-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TONY BROTHERS, MARC DAVIS. A - 11,298. T - 2:22.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 44 7-12 0-0 3-11 6 4 14 T Murray 40 7-13 4-4 0-3 3 4 23 J White 20 3-6 3-5 3-8 0 3 9 Hamilton 38 7-16 7-7 0-2 1 3 22 Strickland 31 6-14 3-6 6-10 9 4 15 Austin 17 1-1 2-6 2-5 1 4 4 C Whitney 22 3-8 2-2 1-2 5 5 10 Profit 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 A Williams 22 4-8 0-0 2-4 0 5 8 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - strained right elbow L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 21-30 17-45 26 34 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (T Murray 5-7, Hamilton 1-2, C Whitney 2-4, Profit 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (J White 2, Austin, Strickland, A Williams). Turnovers: 21 (Strickland 6, T Murray 4, C Whitney 3, J White 3, Hamilton 2, Howard 2, Austin). Steals: 7 (Howard 2, J White 2, A Williams, Strickland, T Murray).

CLEVELAND (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 32 7-15 14-17 7-12 0 4 28 Murray 19 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 7 Bryant 21 5-7 0-0 2-5 0 5 10 Knight 29 1-7 0-2 0-1 5 3 2 Sura 29 4-11 4-4 2-7 5 1 13 Declercq 11 1-2 3-4 2-5 0 4 5 C Henderson 29 1-7 9-12 0-1 3 2 11 Ferry 28 8-11 0-0 3-7 2 4 18 Miller 19 0-9 3-6 2-3 7 0 3 Person 21 6-7 0-0 1-1 0 1 15 Stack 2 0-1 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 33-47 20-44 24 25 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.702. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Murray 1-1, Sura 1-4, Ferry 2-3, Miller 0-1, Person 3-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (Kemp 2, Knight, C Henderson, Ferry, Bryant, Declercq, Miller). Turnovers: 12 (Knight 3, Murray 3, C Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Bryant, Declercq). Steals: 15 (Sura 6, Knight 3, Kemp 2, Miller 2, C Henderson, Ferry). ____________________________________________ Washington 25 20 24 39 - 108 Cleveland 22 22 31 37 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,298. T: 2:22. Officials: Jack Nies, Tony Brothers, Marc Davis.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan is learning fast that you cannot will a team to victory from the executive offices.

Shawn Kemp overcame early foul trouble to score 26 of his 28 points in the second half as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to their fifth straight home win and spoiled the debut of Jordan's new coach Darrell Walker in a 112-106 triumph over the Washington Wizards.

Walker was hired Monday after new club president Jordan fired coach Gar Heard moments after the Wizards upended the Cavaliers, 103-98, in Washington on Saturday in the first half of this home-and-home series.

Kemp fouled out before being ejected from that contest and picked up three quick fouls while managing just two points in the first half tonight. But the 6-10 power forward took charge over the final 24 minutes. He knocked down 6-of-11 shots and 14-of-17 free throws while grabbing nine of his 12 rebounds, imposing his will on the floor much the way Jordan did as one of the league's greatest players.

"It's a team that I thought we should have beat on Saturday night and we were disappointed in ourselves for not coming out and finishing the game strong," Kemp said. "I thought we did a pretty good job tonight. We took care of the ball late in the ballgame and that was the key."

Danny Ferry scored a season-high 18 points off the bench and drained seven straight shots after replacing Kemp early in the first half to keep Cleveland within 45-44 at intermission.

"If we can continue to get some play like that off the bench, we're going to be in good shape for the remainder of the season," Kemp said.

Walker, who has had previous NBA coaching experience with Toronto and is a former teammate of his new boss, could not prevent Washington from slipping to 2-4 since Jordan took over basketball operations on January 19.

"I thought it was a hell of an effort," Walker said. "I thought the guys played hard and they did everything I asked of them. We just turned the ball over 21 times and when you do that, you take chances of not giving yourself chances to score. But if we keep this energy up the whole year, we'll have a chance to win some basketball games."

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, has made his presence felt in the Wizards' practices, hoping to light a fire beneath his underachieving team.

Wesley Person scored 15 points and hit three big 3-pointers off the bench in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers, who scored a season-high 31 third-quarter points to take a 75-69 advantage entering the final period. They would not trail thereafter.

The Cavs won the season series, 3-1, and improved to 15-8 at Gund Arena.

"I thought this was a game with a little bit of everything," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We got in early foul trouble with Shawn, Mark (Bryant) and Andrew (DeClercq) in the first half. But Danny Ferry kept us alive and was big in the first half, offensively and defensively."

Tracy Murray scored 23 points and rookie Richard Hamilton added a season-high 22 for the Wizards, who battled the Cavs to the buzzer but fell to 5-18 on the road.

Rod Strickland had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Juwan Howard added 14 points and 11 boards for Washington, which was outscored 33-21 at the line due to Kemp's ferocity around the basket.

"We played hard," Strickland said. "There was a lot of positive reinforcement. I think, overall, it was good. But things are not going to change overnight. We just have to keep playing."

"I think the one thing we didn't want to do was just give up and just lay over," Hamilton added. "We went down at a crucial part of the game. One thing we always say is there's a lot of time on the clock. We just have to stay aggressive and hope things go our way, and they almost did."

Kemp scored 11 points during Cleveland's third-quarter explosion and made 11-of-12 from the line over the final 12 minutes. Bob Sura scored 13 points and Cedric Henderson added 11 for the Cavs, who shot 43 percent (36-of-83) and established a franchise record with 39 free throws in the second half.

Washington got off to a promising start, opening the game with a 13-6 burst and holding a 17-10 lead with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter. But Ferry hit a 16-footer, a 12-footer and buried a 3-pointer to help Cleveland close to 25-22 at the end of the period.

Ferry opened the second quarter with a follow shot, a 3-pointer, a 20-footer and a 10-footer to forge a 34-34 tie with 8:15 remaining in the first half. Hamilton's two free throws gave Washington a 45-44 halftime lead before Kemp took control in the third quarter.

"It was just one of those nights where you feel good," said Ferry, who shot 8-of-11. "It was me in the first half and Wes Person in the second half. You let go of the ball and before you even shoot it, you know it's going in."

The Cavs started the second half with a 9-2 run, which Kemp capped with an emphatic dunk to make it 53-47 with 9:34 left in the third quarter. Sura's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the third gave Cleveland a six-point cushion entering the final period.

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