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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 31 20 20 19 90 CLEVELAND 27 28 17 25 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JASON TERRY 32, THREE PLAYERS WITH 11 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 14, ALAN HENDERSON 7 CLE - CHRIS GATLING 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - MATT MALONEY 7, DERMARR JOHNSON 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 5, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 4

ATT: 15,766


Extended Box

ATLANTA (90) AT CLEVELAND (97)

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

HENDERSON F 33 5-14 0-0 1 6 7 1 1 1 0 10 D JOHNSON F 34 4-14 2-2 3 2 5 5 2 2 2 11 MUTOMBO C 38 4-10 3-4 6 8 14 3 5 1 1 11 MALONEY G 39 5-7 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 1 3 11 TERRY G 43 14-23 4-5 1 2 3 2 5 0 4 32 ROBINSON 11 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 WRIGHT 15 1-5 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 1 2 MOTTOLA 15 4-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 9 CRAWFORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 GLOVER 11 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 1 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-87 11-15 13 24 37 24 21 8 14 90 (.437) (.733) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 39 8-18 2-3 2 2 4 1 1 2 2 18 WEATHERSPOON F 30 3-6 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 1 1 8 ILGAUSKAS C 28 6-11 2-4 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 14 HARPRING G 28 4-9 7-9 2 5 7 2 1 2 2 15 MILLER G 43 6-13 3-3 1 0 1 5 2 1 1 15 C HENDERSON 23 5-5 5-5 0 2 2 2 3 1 2 15 GATLING 18 2-8 2-2 2 6 8 2 4 0 2 6 LANGDON 12 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 6 TRAYLOR 19 0-2 0-0 1 6 7 1 1 0 4 0 KNIGHT DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE MIHM DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 25-30 11 29 40 19 19 8 15 97 (.486) (.833) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 16(11 PTS)

ATLANTA 31 20 20 19 - 90 CLEVELAND 27 28 17 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3, WRIGHT 2, D JOHNSON, TERRY. CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 6, TRAYLOR 2, HARPRING, MILLER, WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 3-14 (.214), D JOHNSON 1-5, MALONEY 1-2, TERRY 0-1, ROBINSON 1-5, GLOVER 0-1. CLEVELAND 0-4 (.000), MURRAY 0-3, HARPRING 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, LEON WOOD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 15,766. T - 2:09.


Box Score

ATLANTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 33 5-14 0-0 1-7 1 1 10 D Johnson 34 4-14 2-2 3-5 5 2 11 Mutombo 38 4-10 3-4 6-14 3 5 11 Maloney 39 5-7 0-0 0-4 7 2 11 Terry 43 14-23 4-5 1-3 2 5 32 Robinson 11 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Wright 15 1-5 0-0 2-3 3 3 2 Mottola 15 4-6 1-2 0-0 0 2 9 Crawford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Glover 11 0-2 1-2 0-1 3 0 1 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision A Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 11-15 13-37 24 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (D Johnson 1-5, Maloney 1-2, Terry 0-1, Robinson 1-5, Glover 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 7 (Mutombo 3, Wright 2, D Johnson, Terry). Turnovers: 15 (Terry 4, Maloney 3, D Johnson 2, Crawford, Glover, Mutombo, Robinson, Wright). Steals: 8 (D Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Glover, Henderson, Maloney, Mutombo).

CLEVELAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 39 8-18 2-3 2-4 1 1 18 Weatherspoon 30 3-6 2-2 1-4 4 2 8 Ilgauskas 28 6-11 2-4 2-7 1 2 14 Harpring 28 4-9 7-9 2-7 2 1 15 Miller 43 6-13 3-3 1-1 5 2 15 C Henderson 23 5-5 5-5 0-2 2 3 15 Gatling 18 2-8 2-2 2-8 2 4 6 Langdon 12 2-2 2-2 0-0 1 3 6 Traylor 19 0-2 0-0 1-7 1 1 0 Knight DNP - sore right knee Mihm DNP - coach's decision Person DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 25-30 11-40 19 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 0-4, .000 (Murray 0-3, Harpring 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 11 (Ilgauskas 6, Traylor 2, Harpring, Miller, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 16 (Traylor 4, C Henderson 2, Gatling 2, Harpring 2, Murray 2, Ilgauskas, Miller, Weatherspoon). Steals: 8 (Harpring 2, Murray 2, C Henderson, Langdon, Miller, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 31 20 20 19 - 90 Cleveland 27 28 17 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:30 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:52 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,766. T: 2:09. Officials: Don Vaden, Leon Wood, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Matt Harpring ignited a game-ending 11-4 spurt by hitting two foul shots with 4:01 remaining as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away for a 97-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Harpring's free throws gave Cleveland an 88-86 lead before Andre Miller drilled a jumper to make it 90-86 with 3:28 left. The Cavaliers held on by scoring their final five points from the foul line.

Cleveland posted its third straight win, overcoming a career-high 32 points by Atlanta's Jason Terry, who scored seven in an 11-4 run that helped the Hawks forge an 86-86 tie.

The Cavaliers allowed just 39 points in the second half after giving up 31 in the opening 12 minutes.

"The second half, we came at them very focused defensively," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "That got us this win. We came out too soft and allowed them to do what they wanted in the first half, especially (with) 31 points in the first quarter."

Terry kept the Hawks in the game, making 14-of-23 shots. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter but was a non-factor down the stretch as Atlanta was held to only four points in the final four minutes.

"I think our defense picked up and we shut Terry down," Miller said. "We were able to get some steals and some hustle plays at the end."

Lamond Murray had 18 points and Harpring and Miller added 15 apiece for Cleveland, which has won eight of its last 10 home games.

"The last couple of possessions, we moved Andre to Terry and he did a good job in forcing him to take some bad shots," Wittman said.

Atlanta has dropped six of its last eight and fell to 1-10 on the road this season. Dikembe Mutombo and Matt Maloney scored 11 points apiece for the Hawks.

"We were right there in the last four minutes of the game and it's a matter of who converts down the strech," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "Jason had really done a terrific job of carrying us all the way through and there were a couple of boards that we didn't get back on and a couple loose balls that the Cavs got. That was the difference in the ballgame."

Terry said he had extra incentive after watching Arizona, his former college team, lose to Connecticut early in the day.

"That's the most shots I've taken in a game," Terry said. "One thing that motivated me was watching Arizona lose to Connecticut. The coach has has put me in a position to be a scorer and I think that's one of my strong points."

But Cleveland forward Chris Gatling suggested Terry was hurting the Hawks by taking too many shots and not getting his teammates involved enough.

"Terry kept shooting the ball so you only had one guy to concentrate on," Gatling said. "He maybe was doing the majority of the scoring but he's not distributing the ball. Guys get cold and miss shots. Mutombo couldn't really get into the flow."

Cleveland opened a 65-55 lead when Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit 1-of-2 foul shots with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Atlanta responded with a 10-0 burst, tying it on Terry's 16-footer with 4:34 left in the quarter.

After taking a 72-71 lead into the period, the Cavaliers stretched their advantage to 82-75 on Gattling's two foul shots with 8:34 to play. Atlanta tied it for the final time, 86-86, on Terry's short jumper in the lane with 4:20 left.

"I thought tonight we played with a little more energy," Gatling said. "We had a couple days off to get our legs under us. Atlanta played last night and that was good for us."

Cleveland's defense took over down the stretch, helping the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 this season in games decided by eight points or less.

"Defensively, we're better and I think that's the main thing," said Wittman in explaining the Cavs' penchant for close victories. "When it gets down to make or break, we've been really resilient. We're making them (opponents) take tough shots."

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