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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 22 34 18 30 104 DALLAS 14 19 30 35 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 22, CEDRIC HENDERSON 15, BREVIN KNIGHT 12 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 29, DIRK NOWITZKI 17, STEVE NASH 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 12, DANNY FERRY 7 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 10, SHAWN BRADLEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 DAL - STEVE NASH 6, GREG BUCKNER 5

ATT: 13,043


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (104) AT DALLAS (98)

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

KEMP F 25 7-16 8-9 3 9 12 1 5 1 6 22 MURRAY F 23 4-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 2 8 BRYANT C 25 4-7 2-2 4 2 6 1 3 1 0 10 MILLER G 16 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 5 0 1 1 4 PERSON G 17 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 9 KNIGHT 32 4-11 4-5 0 5 5 11 5 1 3 12 SURA 31 4-6 0-0 0 5 5 5 3 0 2 9 FERRY 28 4-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 0 1 9 C HENDERSON 32 5-6 5-5 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 15 DECLERCQ 11 3-7 0-1 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6 BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION KETNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-84 19-22 13 39 52 27 29 5 17 104 (.488) (.864) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 46 10-20 7-8 2 8 10 3 2 0 2 29 NOWITZKI F 22 6-13 3-3 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 17 BRADLEY C 22 2-6 4-5 5 4 9 0 4 0 1 8 NASH G 42 6-13 2-2 2 0 2 6 2 1 1 15 STRICKLAND G 29 6-15 0-0 0 7 7 2 6 3 2 12 CEBALLOS 12 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 ROOKS 14 1-7 1-2 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 3 BUCKNER 26 2-6 0-2 2 2 4 5 4 0 3 4 DAVIS 13 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 PACK 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 JONES 9 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-92 21-26 17 27 44 17 25 4 13 98 (.391) (.808) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

CLEVELAND 22 34 18 30 - 104 DALLAS 14 19 30 35 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MILLER, BRYANT. DALLAS - BRADLEY 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-5 (.600), MURRAY 0-1, PERSON 1-2, SURA 1-1, FERRY 1-1. DALLAS 5-19 (.263), FINLEY 2-5, NOWITZKI 2-4, NASH 1-4, STRICKLAND 0-4, CEBALLOS 0-1, DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - BRYANT. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, TED BERNHARDT, SCOTT WALL. A - 13,043. T - 2:10.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 25 7-16 8-9 3-12 1 5 22 Murray 23 4-10 0-0 1-2 2 3 8 Bryant 25 4-7 2-2 4-6 1 3 10 Miller 16 2-8 0-0 1-4 5 0 4 Person 17 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 3 9 Knight 32 4-11 4-5 0-5 11 5 12 Sura 31 4-6 0-0 0-5 5 3 9 Ferry 28 4-5 0-0 2-7 1 3 9 C Henderson 32 5-6 5-5 0-4 1 3 15 Declercq 11 3-7 0-1 2-4 0 1 6 Boykins DNP - coach's decision Ketner DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-84 19-22 13-52 27 29 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Murray 0-1, Person 1-2, Sura 1-1, Ferry 1-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Miller, Bryant). Turnovers: 17 (Kemp 6, Knight 3, Murray 2, Sura 2, C Henderson, Ferry, Miller, Person). Steals: 5 (Bryant, C Henderson, Kemp, Knight, Miller).

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 46 10-20 7-8 2-10 3 2 29 Nowitzki 22 6-13 3-3 2-5 0 3 17 Bradley 22 2-6 4-5 5-9 0 4 8 Nash 42 6-13 2-2 2-2 6 2 15 Strickland 29 6-15 0-0 0-7 2 6 12 Ceballos 12 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Rooks 14 1-7 1-2 3-6 1 2 3 Buckner 26 2-6 0-2 2-4 5 4 4 Davis 13 2-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 6 Pack 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 9 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-92 21-26 17-44 17 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Finley 2-5, Nowitzki 2-4, Nash 1-4, Strickland 0-4, Ceballos 0-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Bradley 3). Turnovers: 14 (Buckner 3, Finley 2, Pack 2, Strickland 2, Bradley, Davis, Nash, Nowitzki). Steals: 4 (Strickland 3, Nash). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 22 34 18 30 - 104 Dallas 14 19 30 35 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Bryant, 10:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,043. T: 2:10. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ted Bernhardt, Scott Wall.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Shawn Kemp scored eight of his 22 points during a decisive second-quarter run and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Dallas Mavericks, 104-98.

Cedric Henderson came off the bench to score 15 points and Brevin Knight added 12 with 11 assists as Cleveland won for only the second time in nine games, rekindling its dim playoff hopes.

Michael Finley scored 29 points with 10 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 for Dallas, which lost for just the second time in seven games.

Ahead 37-28 with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Cavaliers went on a 19-5 run to take a 56-33 lead into halftime. Kemp started the stretch with two free throws and a dunk before adding a pair of layups. Danny Ferry scored seven points during the surge, including a 3-pointer.

"Our guys came out at the start of the game and I thought that was the difference defensively," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We really came out and attacked them and made them react to us in instead of us reacting to them. They've done a nice job of that lately in the way we played."

Dallas, which pulled off a miraculous 97-96 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday in which it erased a 22-point deficit, nearly did it again. The Mavericks outscored Cleveland 30-18 in the third quarter and cut the deficit to six points with 68 seconds remaining but got no closer.

"We just didn't come out the way we were supposed to," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "I suppose it's human nature after an emotional win like that. Maybe it's hard to get cranked up, same coach, different team. The second half we started to turn it up. If we would have started the game the way we did in the second half, we would have won the game. Unfortunately, we have to deal with reality and we stunk up the place in the first half."

The Mavericks set a season low with only 14 points in the first quarter and also their second-lowest first half with just 33 points. However, Dallas was one point off its season high in the second half with 65 points.

"This loss tonight teaches us about how important energy and passion is," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "They were on fire and we were cold, but we would have been a lot better off if we would have played with more passion, commitment and ablilty."

Cleveland was dominant in the paint, outscoring Dallas, 52-23. The Cavs held a 20-7 edge in fast-break points and 52-44 advantage on the boards.

"Watching them on tape in five out of the six games they have won, we saw they were breaking to the hole," Wittman said. "They've been breaking people down and getting layups. I thought particularly in the first half as we eliminated that part of the game, then we were able to get out on the break."

Each of the 10 Cavaliers who played scored at least four points. Cleveland shot 48 percent (41-of-84) from the field.

"We got some fast break points," Cleveland rookie guard Andre Miller said. "The guys that came off the bench extended the lead and kept playing hard. Brevin and Cedric came off the bench and gave the team a good lift."

Dallas shot just 39 percent (36-of-92), including a dismal 5-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Mavericks entered the game as the NBA's best 3-point shooting team.

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