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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 27 24 24 25 100 DENVER 22 29 26 15 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 20, ANDRE MILLER 15, SHAWN KEMP 14 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 20, RAEF LAFRENTZ 16, CHRIS GATLING 16

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 9, ANDRE MILLER 9 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 10, CHRIS GATLING 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 9, BOB SURA 5 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 17,447


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (100) AT DENVER (92)

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

KEMP F 19 5-10 4-4 0 8 8 0 5 0 2 14 MURRAY F 38 5-16 9-11 2 7 9 4 3 0 2 20 BRYANT C 19 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 4 MILLER G 32 6-12 3-4 4 5 9 9 3 3 3 15 PERSON G 30 4-13 0-0 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 10 DECLERCQ 32 4-6 1-3 2 6 8 1 3 0 3 9 FERRY 13 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 6 SURA 28 4-7 3-4 1 3 4 5 1 0 2 13 BOYKINS 14 2-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 5 KETNER 9 1-4 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 MARSHALL 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KNIGHT DNP - RIGHT QUADRICEPS TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 36-82 23-30 15 34 49 25 26 4 16 100 (.439) (.767) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 21 5-10 2-4 2 6 8 0 6 0 2 12 POSEY F 26 1-5 0-0 2 3 5 3 3 0 2 2 LAFRENTZ C 31 7-20 2-5 5 5 10 2 6 0 0 16 ABDUL-WAHAD G 21 1-5 0-0 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 VAN EXEL G 43 8-18 0-0 0 6 6 13 4 1 4 20 CLARK 27 4-9 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 10 GATLING 31 5-10 6-8 3 7 10 3 2 2 4 16 MCCLOUD 27 4-11 2-2 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 12 JONES 5 0-4 2-2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 BOWEN 8 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-93 16-23 20 31 51 28 27 5 15 92 (.376) (.696) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

CLEVELAND 27 24 24 25 - 100 DENVER 22 29 26 15 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - DECLERCQ 3, MURRAY 2, FERRY, SURA, KEMP, BRYANT. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, CLARK, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 5-15 (.333), MURRAY 1-3, PERSON 2-7, SURA 2-4, BOYKINS 0-1. DENVER 6-21 (.286), POSEY 0-2, LAFRENTZ 0-5, VAN EXEL 4-8, MCCLOUD 2-6. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TONY BROTHERS, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,447. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 19 5-10 4-4 0-8 0 5 14 Murray 38 5-16 9-11 2-9 4 3 20 Bryant 19 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 Miller 32 6-12 3-4 4-9 9 3 15 Person 30 4-13 0-0 2-3 3 0 10 Declercq 32 4-6 1-3 2-8 1 3 9 Ferry 13 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 Sura 28 4-7 3-4 1-4 5 1 13 Boykins 14 2-3 1-2 0-2 1 4 5 Ketner 9 1-4 2-2 2-2 0 0 4 Marshall 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Knight DNP - right quadriceps tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 23-30 15-49 25 26 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Murray 1-3, Person 2-7, Sura 2-4, Boykins 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (Declercq 3, Murray 2, Ferry, Sura, Kemp, Bryant). Turnovers: 16 (Declercq 3, Miller 3, Ferry 2, Kemp 2, Murray 2, Sura 2, Boykins, Bryant). Steals: 4 (Miller 3, Boykins).

DENVER (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 21 5-10 2-4 2-8 0 6 12 Posey 26 1-5 0-0 2-5 3 3 2 Lafrentz 31 7-20 2-5 5-10 2 6 16 Abdul-wahad 21 1-5 0-0 2-2 2 1 2 Van Exel 43 8-18 0-0 0-6 13 4 20 Clark 27 4-9 2-2 1-3 1 1 10 Gatling 31 5-10 6-8 3-10 3 2 16 Mccloud 27 4-11 2-2 1-1 3 2 12 Jones 5 0-4 2-2 2-2 1 0 2 Bowen 8 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 2 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-93 16-23 20-51 28 27 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Posey 0-2, Lafrentz 0-5, Van Exel 4-8, Mccloud 2-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Lafrentz 3, Clark, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 16 (Gatling 4, Van Exel 4, Mcdyess 2, Posey 2, Abdul-wahad, Clark, Mccloud). Steals: 5 (Gatling 2, Abdul-wahad, Bowen, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 27 24 24 25 - 100 Denver 22 29 26 15 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,447. T: 2:12. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Rookie Andre Miller scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and added nine rebounds and nine assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their season-high third-straight road win, 100-92 over the Denver Nuggets.

Miller, who has filled in admirably for the injured Brevin Knight, hit all three of his shots in the final period and fell one rebound and assist short of his second triple-double of the season.

With wins over Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland can cap a perfect road trip on Tuesday in Utah. The Cavaliers' three-game streak follows an 11-game road skid.

Cleveland took the lead for good, 80-79, on a 3-pointer by Bobby Sura with 10:34 to play. The Nuggets were within a point on several occasions, but the Cavs hit key shots down the stretch to preserve the victory.

"I'm excited about the three-game win streak," Miller said. "The team stepped up and played good defense. Towards the end, I just kind of let the game come to me. I know that (Nick) Van Exel can get hot, so I stepped it up defensively and kept him from getting 3s at the end."

Van Exel had 20 points and his 13 assists marked the fifth straight game the Nuggets point guard has reached double figures.

Denver drew within 89-88 on a 3-pointer by Van Exel with 4:43 remaining. But Miller nailed an 11-footer and answered a bucket by George McCloud with a layup, giving the Cavs a 93-90 lead with 3:27 to play. On the next sequence, Miller rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Raef LaFrentz and fed Shawn Kemp for an emphatic slam as Cleveland took a five-point lead.

McCloud's running jumper cut the deficit to 95-92 with 2:38 left, but the Nuggets failed to score thereafter. Lamond Murray sank two free throws and Miller added three down the stretch to account for the final margin.

"I am extremely happy with the win," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "I was a little disappointed going into halftime with the game tied. Offensively, we didn't make them pay as much as we should have. But our defense was active and caused a lot of trouble."

Murray had 20 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland, which swept the season series for the second straight year and third time overall. The Cavaliers improved to 6-20 all-time in Denver.

"I didn't think I shot the ball all that great, but I got to the free-throw line and that made a difference," said Murray, who was 5-of-16 from the field but made 9-of-11 free throws.

Denver's frontcourt was plagued by foul trouble throughout. LaFrentz had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Antonio McDyess scored 12 points in 21 minutes. Both players fouled out in the waning moments. It was McDyess' eight disqualification of the season.

"We couldn't get the big stop when we need it," LaFrentz said. "We couldn't make shots from the perimeter, myself included."

Cleveland led 27-22 after 12 minutes as the Nuggets shot 31 percent (9-of-29). The score was tied, 51-51, at halftime and Denver took a 77-75 lead into the final period.

The Nuggets lost for only the fourth time this season (20-4) when leading after three quarters.

Rookie forward James Posey, who injured his right leg in Wednesday's loss to New Jersey, returned to the starting lineup but scored only two points in 26 minutes.

Also plagued by foul trouble, Kemp had 14 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes. Cleveland shot 44 percent (36-of-82) from the floor and was 23-of-30 from the line.

Chris Gatling collected 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and McCloud added 12 points for Denver, which shot 38 percent (35-of-93) and sank 16-of-23 free throws. The Nuggets shot under 40 percent for the third time in the last six games.

"We seem to let teams just hang around and can't put them away," McCloud said. "We keep taking steps backwards. The playoffs seem further and further out of reach. I can't put my finger on why we play this way. It seems like we need to get down in order to play hard. We need to put ourselves in the mode that we have nothing to lose."

"Several things hurt us," Denver coach Dan Issel added. "I thought we gave an OK effort, but when a game means this much, your effort needs to be more than just OK. We shot only (38) percent from the field and our two big guys had 31 and 21 minutes, respectively, before fouling out."

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