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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 29 20 12 15 76 SAN ANTONIO 21 27 23 25 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 15, LAMOND MURRAY 14, BOB SURA 13 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 17, JAREN JACKSON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, WESLEY PERSON 6 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 17, JEROME KERSEY 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, BREVIN KNIGHT 5 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, AVERY JOHNSON 7

ATT: 35,217


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (76) AT SAN ANTONIO (96)

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

KEMP F 21 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 2 5 2 2 8 MURRAY F 28 7-17 0-1 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 14 BRYANT C 28 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 4 MILLER G 29 5-9 5-5 0 6 6 8 2 2 5 15 PERSON G 16 1-6 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 0 2 SURA 31 6-8 0-3 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 13 FERRY 29 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 8 KNIGHT 19 1-2 2-4 0 2 2 5 1 3 1 4 DECLERCQ 15 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 2 C HENDERSON 20 2-5 2-3 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 6 KETNER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOYKINS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 32-78 11-18 3 28 31 22 22 11 16 76 (.410) (.611) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 44 5-12 7-12 4 13 17 11 2 1 4 17 S ELLIOTT F 19 0-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 ROBINSON C 25 3-4 4-4 0 6 6 0 2 0 5 10 ELIE G 26 5-7 2-2 1 4 5 0 3 1 1 14 JOHNSON G 31 7-13 0-0 0 1 1 7 3 1 1 14 J KERSEY 28 2-6 0-0 3 7 10 0 1 1 0 4 DANIELS 12 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 2 1 4 WALKER 9 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 4 JACKSON 18 6-11 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 16 ROSE 16 2-6 1-1 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 5 DIAL 9 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 6 SPENCER 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 37-77 17-22 11 40 51 27 21 8 15 96 (.481) (.773) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

CLEVELAND 29 20 12 15 - 76 SAN ANTONIO 21 27 23 25 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MILLER 2, KEMP, MURRAY, BRYANT. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON 4, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-6 (.167), MURRAY 0-2, SURA 1-2, FERRY 0-2. SAN ANTONIO 5-15 (.333), S ELLIOTT 0-4, ELIE 2-3, JACKSON 3-7, DIAL 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH WITTMAN, SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 35,217. T - 2:10.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 21 3-12 2-2 0-3 2 5 8 Murray 28 7-17 0-1 0-0 2 0 14 Bryant 28 2-5 0-0 2-4 1 2 4 Miller 29 5-9 5-5 0-6 8 2 15 Person 16 1-6 0-0 1-6 1 1 2 Sura 31 6-8 0-3 0-2 2 2 13 Ferry 29 4-9 0-0 0-2 0 4 8 Knight 19 1-2 2-4 0-2 5 1 4 Declercq 15 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 C Henderson 20 2-5 2-3 0-3 1 1 6 Ketner 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Boykins 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 11-18 3-31 22 22 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Murray 0-2, Sura 1-2, Ferry 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Miller 2, Kemp, Murray, Bryant). Turnovers: 17 (Miller 5, Murray 3, Bryant 2, Kemp 2, Boykins, Declercq, Ferry, Knight). Steals: 11 (Knight 3, Kemp 2, Miller 2, Bryant, Declercq, Murray, Sura).

SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 44 5-12 7-12 4-17 11 2 17 S Elliott 19 0-7 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 Robinson 25 3-4 4-4 0-6 0 2 10 Elie 26 5-7 2-2 1-5 0 3 14 Johnson 31 7-13 0-0 0-1 7 3 14 J Kersey 28 2-6 0-0 3-10 0 1 4 Daniels 12 2-4 0-0 0-1 5 2 4 Walker 9 1-1 2-2 1-3 1 1 4 Jackson 18 6-11 1-1 0-0 0 1 16 Rose 16 2-6 1-1 0-2 1 4 5 Dial 9 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 6 Spencer 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 17-22 11-51 27 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (S Elliott 0-4, Elie 2-3, Jackson 3-7, Dial 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4, Walker). Turnovers: 17 (Robinson 5, Duncan 4, Daniels, Dial, Elie, Jackson, Johnson, Walker). Steals: 8 (Daniels 2, Dial, Duncan, Elie, J Kersey, Jackson, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 29 20 12 15 - 76 San Antonio 21 27 23 25 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Head Coach Wittman, 8:52 4th). San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 5:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: San Antonio 1 (Walker, 5:36 4th). A: 35,217. T: 2:10. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan's first career triple-double and a suffocating second-half defense gave the playoff-bound San Antonio Spurs a 96-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Recovering nicely from a first-quarter collision, Duncan had 17 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists as the Spurs defeated the Cavaliers at home for the 10th straight time since December 8, 1988.

"We started moving the ball," said Duncan, explaining his career-high assist total. "It's great when people start knocking down shots."

"I'm excited. Big guys don't get triple-doubles very often," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I know he's thrilled even though he doesn't show it."

As Dallas was losing to Washington to assure San Antonio of its 10th playoff berth in 11 years, the defending NBA champion Spurs were surging to the lead in the third quarter by shutting down the Cavaliers. In the second half, Cleveland shot just 35 percent (12-of-34) from the field and scored 27 points.

Jaren Jackson scored 16 points for the Spurs, who overcame a lackluster first half and avenged a 92-81 loss at Cleveland on February 15 that Popovich called "the worst exhibition of basketball ever that I've seen by any team all season."

Rookie guard Andre Miller, who bowled over Duncan in the first quarter, had 15 points and eight assists for the Cavs, who have lost eight of 10.

"We just really couldn't score any in the second half," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "We just didn't swing the ball from the strong side to the weak side of their defense and with big guys like Tim Duncan and David Robinson, that is what they want you to do. They want to trap you over on that strong side."

Cleveland got off to a quick start and led by as much as 15 points in the first quarter. It still held a 38-27 lead with 8:44 left in the second quarter on a dunk by Andrew DeClercq.

The Spurs looked lethargic until Popovich picked up a technical foul for arguing with 5:19 remaining and his team trailing by eight points. San Antonio closed the quarter with a 15-8 spurt and cut the deficit to 49-48.

"I figured the technical would generate something," Popovich said. "They really dug down. Each of these guys has pride and they couldn't keep playing the way we were playing."

After a jumper by Wesley Person gave the Cavs a 57-56 lead with 6:36 left in the third quarter, the Spurs scored eight straight points to take the lead for good. Mario Elie had four, with his layup giving San Antonio a 64-57 lead with 4:23 remaining. Duncan had four assists in the period, which ended with the Spurs holding a 71-61 lead.

"He's playing great the last couple of games," said Robinson, who scored 10 points. "He has really gotten his rhythm back. He had a great all-around game. He was fantastic. I thought he actually should have had more points. He should have gone to the line more."

"Tim Duncan did a great job of picking the guys he wanted to pass the ball to out of our traps and those guys hit the shots," Miller said.

Cleveland's Danny Ferry opened the final quarter with a jumper before Jackson made two 3-pointers and a technical foul shot to give San Antonio a 78-63 lead with 8:52 to play.

Jackson had 11 points in the fourth quarter as San Antonio led by as much as 22 points.

Elie scored 14 points and Avery Johnson added 14 and seven assists for the Spurs, who shot 48 percent (37-of-77) and held a 51-31 rebounding edge. Jerome Kersey grabbed 10 boards.

Lamond Murray collected 14 points and Bob Sura had 13 for the Cavs, who sprinted to a 10-2 lead. Just 8 1/2 minutes into the contest, Miller drove and was fouled by Antonio Daniels as he crashed into Duncan, knocking the big man to the floor.

Cleveland relied on its fast break and opened a 27-12 advantage on a dunk by Murray with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

"We had a rough start," Robinson said. "We didn't get back on defense. Our transition defense wasn't good. That is normally one of our strengths."

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