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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 22 23 23 85 CLEVELAND 18 21 30 29 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 17, STEVE FRANCIS 17, CUTTINO MOBLEY 11 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 17, LAMOND MURRAY 17, BOB SURA 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 7, CARLOS ROGERS 7 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 10, DANNY FERRY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4 CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 13,241


Extended Box

HOUSTON (85) AT CLEVELAND (98)

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

THOMAS F 29 2-5 0-2 0 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 WILLIAMS F 20 7-9 2-2 0 6 6 2 1 1 2 17 OLAJUWON C 16 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 0 2 2 ANDERSON G 27 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 FRANCIS G 29 8-14 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 2 5 17 NORRIS 22 3-10 1-2 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 8 CATO 24 4-10 2-2 2 5 7 0 2 3 1 10 MOBLEY 24 4-10 3-3 0 2 2 4 1 0 3 11 ROGERS 24 3-4 2-8 1 6 7 2 3 0 1 8 DREW 19 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 4 MILLER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRAY 3 1-2 2-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 35-75 12-23 8 31 39 29 18 10 20 85 (.467) (.522) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(11 PTS)

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

KEMP F 27 4-9 9-12 3 7 10 1 1 2 3 17 MURRAY F 26 7-14 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 17 BRYANT C 28 3-8 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 1 1 6 MILLER G 24 5-9 2-2 1 1 2 5 2 2 3 12 PERSON G 26 3-5 1-1 0 3 3 5 3 0 0 8 SURA 28 7-10 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 2 16 KNIGHT 25 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 10 2 1 2 6 DECLERCQ 21 4-8 0-0 3 2 5 0 4 1 3 8 FERRY 19 1-5 0-0 2 6 8 1 3 0 1 2 C HENDERSON 13 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 6 BOYKINS 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 KETNER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-83 16-19 12 32 44 29 22 9 17 98 (.470) (.842) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 22 23 23 - 85 CLEVELAND 18 21 30 29 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 3, OLAJUWON, ROGERS, THOMAS. CLEVELAND - KNIGHT, KEMP, MURRAY, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 3-12 (.250), THOMAS 0-2, WILLIAMS 1-1, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 1-4, NORRIS 1-2, MOBLEY 0-2. CLEVELAND 4-5 (.800), MURRAY 1-1, PERSON 1-1, SURA 2-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - WILLIAMS, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 13,241. T - 2:06.


Box Score

HOUSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 29 2-5 0-2 0-3 4 3 4 Williams 20 7-9 2-2 0-6 2 1 17 Olajuwon 16 1-5 0-0 1-4 3 3 2 Anderson 27 0-3 0-0 1-2 3 0 0 Francis 29 8-14 0-0 2-5 4 2 17 Norris 22 3-10 1-2 0-1 4 1 8 Cato 24 4-10 2-2 2-7 0 2 10 Mobley 24 4-10 3-3 0-2 4 1 11 Rogers 24 3-4 2-8 1-7 2 3 8 Drew 19 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Miller 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gray 3 1-2 2-4 1-1 0 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 12-23 8-39 29 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.522. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Thomas 0-2, Williams 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Francis 1-4, Norris 1-2, Mobley 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Cato 3, Olajuwon, Rogers, Thomas). Turnovers: 21 (Francis 5, Mobley 3, Thomas 3, Anderson 2, Olajuwon 2, Williams 2, Cato, Norris, Rogers). Steals: 10 (Cato 3, Thomas 3, Francis 2, Drew, Williams).

CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 27 4-9 9-12 3-10 1 1 17 Murray 26 7-14 2-2 0-1 1 0 17 Bryant 28 3-8 0-0 2-7 0 3 6 Miller 24 5-9 2-2 1-2 5 2 12 Person 26 3-5 1-1 0-3 5 3 8 Sura 28 7-10 0-0 0-5 3 3 16 Knight 25 3-9 0-0 0-2 10 2 6 Declercq 21 4-8 0-0 3-5 0 4 8 Ferry 19 1-5 0-0 2-8 1 3 2 C Henderson 13 2-4 2-2 1-1 2 1 6 Boykins 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Ketner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 16-19 12-44 29 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 4-5, .800 (Murray 1-1, Person 1-1, Sura 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Knight, Kemp, Murray, Declercq). Turnovers: 17 (Declercq 3, Kemp 3, Miller 3, Knight 2, Murray 2, Sura 2, Bryant, Ferry). Steals: 9 (Kemp 2, Miller 2, Bryant, Declercq, Knight, Murray, Sura). ____________________________________________ Houston 17 22 23 23 - 85 Cleveland 18 21 30 29 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Williams, 9:52 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:13 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,241. T: 2:06. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers found the best way to end an extended losing streak is to play a team on an even longer one.

Lamond Murray and Shawn Kemp scored 17 points apiece as the Cavaliers snapped out of a six-game funk by extending the Houston Rockets' skid to eight games, 98-85.

Kemp and Murray did not score in the fourth quarter but the Cavaliers did not need them to as the Rockets hardly put up a fight in the finale of a fruitless five-game road trip.

"It was nice to get a game where we could run up and down the court," Murray said. "I had a lot of open looks and I was just hitting my shots. The win was good for us because we are by no means out of it. If we put together a little win streak, we're right back in the playoff hunt."

Murray's 3-pointer put Cleveland ahead to stay, 59-58, with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter and rookie Andre Miller and Kemp followed with layups, sparking a 26-10 run that gave the Cavs an 82-68 cushion with 7:41 to play.

Miller scored 10 of his 12 points in the decisive third period and Bobby Sura added 16 points off the bench for Cleveland, which also snapped a six-game home losing streak. Sura, who was just 15-of-58 from the field in his previous five contests, made 7-of-10 shots.

"Right now, all wins are important for us," Sura said. "We have to match tonight's intensity with the next three games on the road. Tonight we took advantage of a very tired team."

Walt Williams and rookie Steve Francis scored 17 points apiece for the Rockets, who suffered their sixth straight road loss and remained winless since a 99-92 overtime triumph over New Jersey on March 4.

"We are a road-weary team and this is as ugly as it gets," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We couldn't shoot tonight and our turnovers really hurt us. Right now, we need rest after playing four games in five nights. Our guys need to try and stay positive and sometimes a loss is good for a young team."

"We took a step backwards in the growing process," Francis said. "Our defense was lacking and we just didn't play it. We need a better effort than this and tonight the Cavs just wanted to win more."

Brevin Knight handed out 10 assists and Kemp grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who shot 47 percent (39-of-83), held a 44-39 edge on the boards and forced 21 turnovers. Cleveland earned a split of the two-game season series with Houston after dropping a 91-83 decision at the Compaq Center on February 8.

Cuttino Mobley scored 11 points and Kelvin Cato added 10 for Houston, which shot 46 percent (35-of-76) and went a dismal 12-of-23 at the line.

"We got beat tonight, flat out," Cato said. "Nothing about the losing streak is good. We just have to try and pick each other up."

The Cavs entered the fourth quarter with a 69-62 lead before putting away the Rockets away. Sura buried a 26-footer, Cedric Henderson made a driving layup and Sura followed with two layups as Cleveland stretched the margin to 82-68 with just under eight minutes to play.

Henderson returned from a 19-game absence due to thumb surgery and scored six points. He gave the Cavs their biggest lead of the night, 96-79, on two free throws with 2:24 remaining.

"Everyone played hard," Henderson said. "We had great intensity. We played motivated and this definitely was an important win for us."

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