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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 21 31 28 105 CLEVELAND 36 29 27 25 117 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 32, NICK VAN EXEL 26, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 24, CHRIS GATLING 20, LAMOND MURRAY 16

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, RAEF LAFRENTZ 6 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 13, WESLEY PERSON 11

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, ROBERT PACK 7 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 13, WESLEY PERSON 6

ATT: 16,519


Extended Box

DENVER (105) AT CLEVELAND (117)

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

MCDYESS F 43 12-22 8-10 6 7 13 1 4 0 2 32 POSEY F 25 2-4 3-4 0 3 3 3 1 1 2 7 LAFRENTZ C 21 1-2 1-2 0 6 6 1 5 1 1 3 LENARD G 36 3-6 4-5 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 11 VAN EXEL G 44 10-23 6-6 1 2 3 8 1 2 2 26 WILLIS 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 MCCLOUD 19 4-7 2-3 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 10 BOWEN 9 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 PACK 20 4-11 2-3 1 1 2 7 1 2 2 11 DAVIS 5 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 3 CHEANEY 9 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 GOLDWIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 27-34 11 26 37 22 26 7 12 105 (.458) (.794) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

HARPRING F 25 6-10 1-1 2 2 4 3 4 0 1 13 WEATHERSPOON F 38 6-11 3-5 3 10 13 2 1 0 1 15 MIHM C 15 0-2 7-8 3 1 4 0 4 1 2 7 MILLER G 42 6-10 12-12 2 0 2 13 4 0 4 24 PERSON G 30 5-13 2-2 0 11 11 6 3 0 1 12 COLES 15 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 LANGDON 21 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 10 GATLING 27 8-16 3-5 2 3 5 1 1 3 3 20 MURRAY 26 5-14 4-4 4 4 8 0 3 0 0 16 A JOHNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 40-85 32-37 16 32 48 31 25 6 13 117 (.471) (.865) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

DENVER 25 21 31 28 - 105 CLEVELAND 36 29 27 25 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 2, LAFRENTZ 2. CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 2, LANGDON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-12 (.167), POSEY 0-2, LENARD 1-2, VAN EXEL 0-3, MCCLOUD 0-2, PACK 1-3. CLEVELAND 5-11 (.455), PERSON 0-3, LANGDON 2-3, GATLING 1-1, MURRAY 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, GARY BENSON, RONNIE NUNN. A - 16,519. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DENVER (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 43 12-22 8-10 6-13 1 4 32 Posey 25 2-4 3-4 0-3 3 1 7 Lafrentz 21 1-2 1-2 0-6 1 5 3 Lenard 36 3-6 4-5 0-3 1 2 11 Van Exel 44 10-23 6-6 1-3 8 1 26 Willis 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Mccloud 19 4-7 2-3 0-2 0 2 10 Bowen 9 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Pack 20 4-11 2-3 1-2 7 1 11 Davis 5 1-2 1-1 1-1 0 3 3 Cheaney 9 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 3 0 Goldwire DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 27-34 11-37 22 26 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Posey 0-2, Lenard 1-2, Van Exel 0-3, Mccloud 0-2, Pack 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcdyess 2, Lafrentz 2). Turnovers: 12 (Mccloud 2, Mcdyess 2, Pack 2, Posey 2, Van Exel 2, Lafrentz, Lenard). Steals: 7 (Pack 2, Van Exel 2, Bowen, Lafrentz, Posey).

CLEVELAND (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 25 6-10 1-1 2-4 3 4 13 Weatherspoon 38 6-11 3-5 3-13 2 1 15 Mihm 15 0-2 7-8 3-4 0 4 7 Miller 42 6-10 12-12 2-2 13 4 24 Person 30 5-13 2-2 0-11 6 3 12 Coles 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 Langdon 21 4-8 0-0 0-1 2 3 10 Gatling 27 8-16 3-5 2-5 1 1 20 Murray 26 5-14 4-4 4-8 0 3 16 A Johnson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - plantar fascitis left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-85 32-37 16-48 31 25 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.865. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Person 0-3, Langdon 2-3, Gatling 1-1, Murray 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Weatherspoon 2, Langdon). Turnovers: 13 (Miller 4, Gatling 3, Mihm 2, Coles, Harpring, Person, Weatherspoon). Steals: 6 (Gatling 3, Coles 2, Mihm). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 21 31 28 - 105 Cleveland 36 29 27 25 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,519. T: 2:15. Officials: Bill Spooner, Gary Benson, Ronnie Nunn.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be confused with a dominant team. But against the Denver Nuggets, they are dominant at home.

Cleveland put together back-to-back wins for the first time in two months with a 117-105 victory over the Nuggets, who have not won here in nearly six years.

The Cavaliers played like a dominant team, seizing control early and never letting go as they won consecutive contests for the first time since January 22-24.

Cleveland shot 47 percent (40-of-85) from the floor, 32-of-37 from the line and 5-of-11 from 3-point range.

"I think this outcome and stats are similar to other wins that we have had," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We have seven guys in double figures, 31 assists, turned the ball over only 13 times and got 48 rebounds. That's how we have to play."

Andre Miller led the offensive explosion with 24 points and 13 assists and was one of three Cavs to post a double-double. He made 6-of-10 shots from the field and all 12 foul shots.

Clarence Weatherspoon had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley Person added 12 and 11 for Cleveland, which has won four of its last six at home.

Chris Gatling added 20 points and Lamond Murray chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds as they led a bench that scored 46 points.

"It's always good to get a win and when you get two in a row, you never know what could happen," Gatling said. "You might build some momentum and might go out there and get them all. It also cures those locker room blues."

Cleveland pulled away early with a 23-11 run to close the first quarter. Matt Harpring scored seven of his 13 points during that spurt and the Cavaliers held a 36-25 lead heading into the second quarter.

"We came out and played so soft against a team that struggles to score and we gave them 36 in the first quarter," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "We didn't start playing until the second half."

Cleveland extended its lead to as many as 22 in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit lead until the final period, taking advantage of Denver's soft defense.

"You have to have some pride that you go out and try to defend somebody and stop somebody," Issel said. "It's not a question of being tired. I just dont think it bothers us enough that people run by us."

The Cavs had a 105-88 lead when Denver went on an 11-2 run led by Voshon Lenard, who collected six of his 11 points during the comeback.

The run brought the Nuggets within 107-99 on a dunk by Antonio McDyess with three minutes to go, but they would make just three shots the rest of the way while Cleveland made 8-of-8 from the line in the final 2:32.

"We picked up the intensity in the second half, but the lead was long gone by then," McDyess said. "The Cavs really weren't going to let us catch up."

McDyess had 32 points and 13 rebounds and Nick Van Exel scored 26 points for Denver, which has lost five straight here since a win on March 2, 1995.

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