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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 18 21 21 26 86 CLEVELAND 21 29 18 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 22, KHALID EL AMIN 17, MARCUS FIZER 12 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 26, CHRIS GATLING 16, ANDRE MILLER 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, MARCUS FIZER 8 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9, ANDRE MILLER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - BRYCE DREW 5, RON MERCER 3 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 9, BIMBO COLES 4

ATT: 15,503


Extended Box

CHICAGO (86) AT CLEVELAND (94)

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

BRAND F 39 8-20 6-9 7 7 14 0 3 2 0 22 HOIBERG F 30 2-5 1-1 0 6 6 0 4 1 3 6 MILLER C 23 2-9 3-4 4 2 6 0 3 1 0 7 DREW G 22 1-9 1-2 1 1 2 5 0 1 2 3 MERCER G 45 5-20 1-2 2 1 3 3 2 4 4 11 CRAWFORD 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 FIZER 27 5-9 2-2 1 7 8 2 2 1 0 12 EL AMIN 26 7-12 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 2 2 17 TARLAC 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 C BENJAMIN 12 1-2 2-4 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 4 ARTEST DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-90 16-24 15 27 42 15 26 13 14 86 (.367) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(24 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 36 8-16 9-11 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 26 WEATHERSPOON F 41 5-9 2-2 0 9 9 0 2 1 3 12 TRAYLOR C 21 3-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 1 3 6 JACKSON G 30 4-8 3-4 1 3 4 3 5 0 2 12 MILLER G 34 3-8 7-8 0 7 7 9 3 2 3 13 GATLING 30 6-12 4-6 0 6 6 0 5 0 1 16 LANGDON 17 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 COLES 14 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 5 2 C HENDERSON 13 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 BOHANNON 4 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MIHM DNP - BONE BRUISE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-64 25-31 5 36 41 18 25 5 21 94 (.516) (.806) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 18 21 21 26 - 86 CLEVELAND 21 29 18 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND 2, CRAWFORD, C BENJAMIN, HOIBERG, FIZER. CLEVELAND - TRAYLOR 4, WEATHERSPOON 2, BOHANNON, MILLER, GATLING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-15 (.267), HOIBERG 1-4, DREW 0-1, MERCER 0-2, CRAWFORD 0-1, FIZER 0-1, EL AMIN 3-5, C BENJAMIN 0-1. CLEVELAND 3-9 (.333), MURRAY 1-3, JACKSON 1-3, GATLING 0-1, LANGDON 1-2. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - GATLING. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BLANE REICHELT, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,503. T - 2:09.


Box Score

CHICAGO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 39 8-20 6-9 7-14 0 3 22 Hoiberg 30 2-5 1-1 0-6 0 4 6 Miller 23 2-9 3-4 4-6 0 3 7 Drew 22 1-9 1-2 1-2 5 0 3 Mercer 45 5-20 1-2 2-3 3 2 11 Crawford 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Fizer 27 5-9 2-2 1-8 2 2 12 El Amin 26 7-12 0-0 0-0 2 5 17 Tarlac 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 C Benjamin 12 1-2 2-4 0-2 1 6 4 Artest DNP - right knee tendinitis Bagaric DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-90 16-24 15-42 15 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Hoiberg 1-4, Drew 0-1, Mercer 0-2, Crawford 0-1, Fizer 0-1, El Amin 3-5, C Benjamin 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Brand 2, Crawford, C Benjamin, Hoiberg, Fizer). Turnovers: 15 (Mercer 4, Hoiberg 3, Drew 2, El Amin 2, Tarlac 2, Crawford). Steals: 13 (Mercer 4, Brand 2, El Amin 2, Crawford, Drew, Fizer, Hoiberg, Miller).

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 36 8-16 9-11 1-4 1 1 26 Weatherspoon 41 5-9 2-2 0-9 0 2 12 Traylor 21 3-3 0-0 1-6 0 4 6 Jackson 30 4-8 3-4 1-4 3 5 12 Miller 34 3-8 7-8 0-7 9 3 13 Gatling 30 6-12 4-6 0-6 0 5 16 Langdon 17 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 5 Coles 14 1-2 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 C Henderson 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Bohannon 4 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 A Johnson DNP - coach's decision Mihm DNP - bone bruise right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-64 25-31 5-41 18 25 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.516, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Murray 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Gatling 0-1, Langdon 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Traylor 4, Weatherspoon 2, Bohannon, Miller, Gatling). Turnovers: 21 (Coles 5, Miller 3, Traylor 3, Weatherspoon 3, Jackson 2, Murray 2, C Henderson, Gatling, Langdon). Steals: 5 (Miller 2, Murray, Traylor, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Chicago 18 21 21 26 - 86 Cleveland 21 29 18 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Gatling, 11:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Tarlac, 9:59 4th). A: 15,503. T: 2:09. Officials: Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt, Marc Davis.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- After laying waste to the Western Conference's best team Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers had more than a little trouble disposing of the NBA's worst unit.

Lamond Murray scored 26 points and Chris Gatling had 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter, when the Cavaliers turned away a furious rally by the Chicago Bulls, holding on for a 94-86 victory and their first back-to-back wins in over a month.

Cleveland smothered Western Conference-leading Portland, 84-58, on Monday in perhaps its most dominant performance of the season. The Cavaliers appeared to be building on that effort when they opened an 18-point lead late in the third quarter against the last-place Bulls.

But rookie Khalid El-Amin drilled a pair of 3-pointers to spark an improbable comeback as Chicago outscored Cleveland, 34-15, over the next nine minutes. Elton Brand's 10-footer gave the Bulls an 82-81 lead with 4:53 to play before the Cavaliers awoke from their slumber.

"Our intensity was up and down," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We had too many lapses. We are up by 18 and they take out Brand and (Brad) Miller. Our guys thought this one was over because we became individualized and started playing for stats."

Andre Miller hit two free throws, Murray followed a missed layup by Miller with a two-hand dunk and Jim Jackson drilled a 3-pointer as Cleveland took an 88-84 lead with 3:46 remaining.

"Chicago plays hard," Jackson said. "I've been on teams like that. They can't seem to finish it off. We stopped executing and they didn't quit. We finally got back to doing the things we did at the start."

Murray hit two free throws, Gatling knocked down a 17-footer and Murray fed Clarence Weatherspoon for a dunk that made it 94-86 with 54 seconds left, securing the Cavs' first consecutive wins since December 15-16.

"We knew they were going to make a run," Murray said. "Because they did it against Portland on Tuesday. But they tired at the end of the game."

Miller had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Jackson and Weatherspoon added 12 points apiece for Cleveland, which extended Chicago's losing streak to a league season-high 10 games.

"I think the real story for us tonight was our bench play," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "We came out and I didn't feel we had our best effort early on. Our guys played a lot of minutes against Portland and we were really struggling with our legs early on."

Brand had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. He provided Chicago's last win with a buzzer-beating basket vs. Washington on January 4.

El-Amin scored 17 points off the bench and and fellow rookie Marcus Fizer added 12 for the Bulls, who shot 37 percent (33-of-90) and surrendered 24 points off turnovers. Ron Mercer, Chicago's second-leading scorer, was the worst culprit, misfiring on 15-of-20 attempts.

The Cavs shot 52 percent (33-of-64) but went stone cold at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the final period.

Jackson's free throw with 3:04 left in the third quarter gave Cleveland a 67-49 cushion. But rookie Dragan Tarlac hit a five-foot hook, El-Amin drilled his two 3-pointers and the Bulls were off and running.

"Chicago put more quickness out there and changed the tempo of the game," Weatherspoon said. "El-Amin started hitting threes and we didn't keep our intensity."

Mercer's dunk with 19 seconds remaining in the period cut the margin to 68-60 and Fizer's layup three minutes into the fourth quarter capped a 21-4 burst to shave the deficit to 71-70.

Gatling scored on consecutive trips but Cory Benjamin and Mercer answered for the Bulls, who refused to go away until running out of steam later in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

"They looked a little winded after their 21-4 run," Gatling said. "And I told the guys to start running. They tried to pull a trap on us but we went through that like a truck."

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