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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 18 26 18 24 86 NEW JERSEY 25 19 18 20 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 17, MATT HARPRING 16, BIMBO COLES 15 NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 20, STEPHEN JACKSON 15, JOHNNY NEWMAN 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 14, CHRIS GATLING 12 NJN - EVAN ESCHMEYER 11, AARON WILLIAMS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, MATT HARPRING 3 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, EVAN ESCHMEYER 4

ATT: 14,505


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (86) AT NEW JERSEY (82)

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

MURRAY F 32 8-17 0-3 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 17 WEATHERSPOON F 33 1-4 6-6 3 11 14 0 3 3 1 8 ILGAUSKAS C 12 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 0 HARPRING G 37 7-13 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 16 MILLER G 27 3-5 2-2 0 4 4 6 3 0 6 8 PERSON 22 3-10 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 1 0 6 GATLING 28 4-11 3-9 3 9 12 0 2 0 2 11 C HENDERSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 TRAYLOR 17 1-4 3-4 2 5 7 1 2 0 3 5 COLES 23 5-8 4-6 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 15 MIHM 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 20-32 11 41 52 16 27 5 19 86 (.410) (.625) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 23 6-10 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 2 4 15 K MARTIN F 30 4-16 2-2 1 6 7 2 6 1 0 10 ESCHMEYER C 27 0-1 1-2 2 9 11 4 6 0 2 1 GILL G 34 1-10 1-5 1 5 6 3 2 2 1 3 S MARBURY G 40 3-17 3-4 2 4 6 9 2 1 2 9 WILLIAMS 24 9-13 2-2 3 6 9 1 5 1 1 20 NEWMAN 31 4-9 4-5 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 13 DOUGLAS 17 3-6 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 8 MCILVAINE 11 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 SAMAKE 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 OLLIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRIS DNP - HERNIA

TOTALS 240 31-85 17-26 12 35 47 24 31 9 12 82 (.365) (.654) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

CLEVELAND 18 26 18 24 - 86 NEW JERSEY 25 19 18 20 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - HARPRING 3, TRAYLOR 2, WEATHERSPOON, ILGAUSKAS, MIHM. NEW JERSEY - ESCHMEYER 2, GILL, K MARTIN, NEWMAN, WILLIAMS, JACKSON, SAMAKE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-7 (.286), MURRAY 1-1, HARPRING 0-1, PERSON 0-3, COLES 1-2. NEW JERSEY 3-10 (.300), JACKSON 2-3, S MARBURY 0-5, NEWMAN 1-2. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - MURRAY, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 14,505. T - 2:21.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 32 8-17 0-3 1-2 2 2 17 Weatherspoon 33 1-4 6-6 3-14 0 3 8 Ilgauskas 12 0-4 0-0 1-3 0 5 0 Harpring 37 7-13 2-2 1-3 3 3 16 Miller 27 3-5 2-2 0-4 6 3 8 Person 22 3-10 0-0 0-6 1 2 6 Gatling 28 4-11 3-9 3-12 0 2 11 C Henderson 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Traylor 17 1-4 3-4 2-7 1 2 5 Coles 23 5-8 4-6 0-1 2 4 15 Mihm 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 20-32 11-52 16 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Murray 1-1, Harpring 0-1, Person 0-3, Coles 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Harpring 3, Traylor 2, Weatherspoon, Ilgauskas, Mihm). Turnovers: 19 (Miller 6, Traylor 3, Coles 2, Gatling 2, Ilgauskas 2, Harpring, Mihm, Murray, Weatherspoon). Steals: 5 (Weatherspoon 3, Murray, Person).

NEW JERSEY (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 23 6-10 1-2 1-3 1 3 15 K Martin 30 4-16 2-2 1-7 2 6 10 Eschmeyer 27 0-1 1-2 2-11 4 6 1 Gill 34 1-10 1-5 1-6 3 2 3 S Marbury 40 3-17 3-4 2-6 9 2 9 Williams 24 9-13 2-2 3-9 1 5 20 Newman 31 4-9 4-5 0-2 2 2 13 Douglas 17 3-6 2-2 1-2 2 3 8 Mcilvaine 11 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 3 Samake 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Ollie DNP - coach's decision Harris DNP - hernia _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-85 17-26 12-47 24 31 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Jackson 2-3, S Marbury 0-5, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Eschmeyer 2, Gill, K Martin, Newman, Williams, Jackson, Samake). Turnovers: 15 (Jackson 4, Eschmeyer 2, Newman 2, S Marbury 2, Gill, Williams). Steals: 9 (Gill 2, Jackson 2, Mcilvaine 2, K Martin, S Marbury, Williams). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 18 26 18 24 - 86 New Jersey 25 19 18 20 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 2 (Murray, 8:25 1st; Illegal Defense, 2:02 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,505. T: 2:21. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets hoped to move in a new direction when they hired new coach Byron Scott and won the NBA draft lottery. But like seasons past, the direction of their shots continues to be the problem.

The Nets shot poorly in an 86-82 season-opening loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers as Bimbo Coles scored 10 of his 15 points during the decisive fourth quarter, spoiling Scott's coaching debut.

Coles snapped a 62-62 tie with two free throws in the opening minute of the quarter and added a 15-footer and a 3-pointer that gave the Cavaliers a 74-67 lead with 4:48 left.

Consecutive 3-pointers by rookie Stephen Jackson and two free throws by Aaron Williams cut the deficit to 84-82 with 31 seconds remaining but Clarence Weatherspoon drained two free throws as Cleveland improved to 8-23 in season openers.

"We got down 11 in the first half but our guys did not turn it off defensively," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "I thought for 48 minutes, we really got on it. They missed some shots but most of the time we had hands in their faces."

The Nets, who have been one of the NBA's poorest shooting teams in recent years, shot only 37 percent (31-of-85), including 6-of-20 attempts in the fourth quarter.

"I thought in the first quarter we went out and did a good job of pushing the ball up and down the floor and attacking them and then we just stopped playing," Scott said. "We let that team off the hook. We had them down by 11 points and we let them back in the game. I thought we all of a sudden lost our focus, we made a lot of mental mistakes. We didn't do the things that we had been practicing all week long. I think the players had more butterflies than the coaches did."

Martin, the first selection in the 2000 NBA draft, was one of the culprits, scoring 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting before fouling out in the final minute. The starting backcourt of Stephon Marbury and Kendill Gill combined to hit just 4-of-27 from the floor.

"This is probably one of my worst games ever," said Marbury, who finished with nine points and nine assists. "I was a little hyped up for the game but I forgot my game at home. Losing at home on opening night is a bad feeling."

Williams had 20 points and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which fell to 11-14 all-time on opening night.

"In the second half, we didn't play as well as we wanted to," said Williams, an offseason free agent signee. "We didn't execute, we didn't set screens to get our guards open shots."

Coles' sideline jumper provided a 79-70 edge at 2:44 of the fourth and after Johnny Newman answered with two free thows, Lamond Murray's only 3-pointer of the contest gave Cleveland a 10-point cushion with 1:56 to play.

Two free throws by Williams and a pair of long-range bombs by from Jackson brought the Nets within two with just under a minute left.

Murray blew a chance to put Cleveland up by four when he missed two free thows with 13 seconds left but Weatherspoon, who grabbed 14 boards, snared the crucial rebound and made two from the line to end the Nets' comeback.

"Of course we made it interesting in the end and I hope we learned a lesson," Wittman said. "You have to close out games in this league and we didn't do a good job of that."

Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the early going, missing a combined 12 straight shots until Weatherspoon's dunk with 9:20 left.

Jackson, who scored 15 points, drained a 3-pointer less than a minute later and New Jersey caught fire in the waning minutes of the quarter to take a 25-18 lead after 12 minutes.

The Nets took their largest lead, 33-22, on a layup by Williams early in the second and went ahead 38-31 midway through the period. But they hit only two of their next 10 shots, allowing the the Cavailers to close the session with a 13-5 run to forge a 44-44 tie at halftime.

"Chemistry is good on this team, everybody gets along and works hard," Coles said. "The bottom line in this locker room is getting the wins and doing what it takes to get the wins. We didn't play extremely well on offense but we hung around and got some shots to fall in the fourth quarter."

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