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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 26 32 20 27 105 CLEVELAND 37 23 16 20 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - TONI KUKOC 24, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 19, NAZR MOHAMMED 16 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 21, WESLEY PERSON 20, JUMAINE JONES 17

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - NAZR MOHAMMED 14, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 12 CLE - JUMAINE JONES 12, CHRIS MIHM 6

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JACQUE VAUGHN 7, TONI KUKOC 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 11,201


Extended Box

ATLANTA (105) AT CLEVELAND (96)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 7-12 5-6 1 11 12 3 2 0 2 19 GLOVER F 15 1-6 1-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 5 3 MOHAMMED C 34 7-12 2-3 5 9 14 1 4 0 2 16 DAVIS G 34 6-15 0-0 2 2 4 3 1 2 0 15 TERRY G 32 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 4 3 0 0 9 VAUGHN 22 3-4 2-2 0 3 3 7 3 2 2 8 C BOWDLER 14 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 KUKOC 33 8-11 7-8 1 1 2 6 2 4 2 24 MOTTOLA 7 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 D JOHNSON 8 2-4 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-79 22-26 12 35 47 27 20 8 13 105 (.494) (.846) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

JONES F 43 7-15 0-0 3 9 12 0 3 1 0 17 MURRAY F 34 9-19 1-2 1 4 5 4 2 2 5 21 MIHM C 33 3-9 6-8 2 4 6 0 4 1 2 12 MILLER G 37 5-10 2-2 1 1 2 10 4 3 3 12 PERSON G 38 5-13 9-11 2 1 3 4 1 0 0 20 COLES 12 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 4 SKINNER 21 1-2 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 0 0 4 DAVIS 22 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 6 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TREPAGNIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 22-27 9 26 35 23 21 7 13 96 (.430) (.815) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

ATLANTA 26 32 20 27 - 105 CLEVELAND 37 23 16 20 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - ABDUR-RAHIM 3, DAVIS, VAUGHN, MOHAMMED, MOTTOLA. CLEVELAND - MIHM 4, PERSON, MURRAY, DAVIS, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 5-15 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, GLOVER 0-2, DAVIS 3-5, TERRY 1-3, KUKOC 1-2, D JOHNSON 0-2. CLEVELAND 6-12 (.500), JONES 3-6, MURRAY 2-3, PERSON 1-3. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ABDUR-RAHIM, KUKOC, DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, TERRY DURHAM, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 11,201. T - 2:10.


Box Score

ATLANTA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 41 7-12 5-6 1-12 3 2 19 Glover 15 1-6 1-2 1-5 1 2 3 Mohammed 34 7-12 2-3 5-14 1 4 16 Davis 34 6-15 0-0 2-4 3 1 15 Terry 32 3-8 2-2 0-3 4 3 9 Vaughn 22 3-4 2-2 0-3 7 3 8 C Bowdler 14 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Kukoc 33 8-11 7-8 1-2 6 2 24 Mottola 7 1-5 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 D Johnson 8 2-4 1-1 1-2 0 2 5 Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-79 22-26 12-47 27 20 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Glover 0-2, Davis 3-5, Terry 1-3, Kukoc 1-2, D Johnson 0-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 7 (Abdur-rahim 3, Davis, Vaughn, Mohammed, Mottola). Turnovers: 13 (Glover 5, Abdur-rahim 2, Kukoc 2, Mohammed 2, Vaughn 2). Steals: 8 (Kukoc 4, Davis 2, Vaughn 2).

CLEVELAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 43 7-15 0-0 3-12 0 3 17 Murray 34 9-19 1-2 1-5 4 2 21 Mihm 33 3-9 6-8 2-6 0 4 12 Miller 37 5-10 2-2 1-2 10 4 12 Person 38 5-13 9-11 2-3 4 1 20 Coles 12 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Skinner 21 1-2 2-2 0-4 0 3 4 Davis 22 2-8 2-2 0-1 3 3 6 Diop DNP - coach's decision Doleac DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision Trepagnier DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 22-27 9-35 23 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Jones 3-6, Murray 2-3, Person 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Mihm 4, Person, Murray, Davis, Miller). Turnovers: 14 (Murray 5, Miller 3, Coles 2, Mihm 2, Davis). Steals: 7 (Miller 3, Murray 2, Jones, Mihm). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 26 32 20 27 - 105 Cleveland 37 23 16 20 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 4 (Abdur-rahim, 2:45 1st; Kukoc, 0:21 1st; Defensive Three 2, 3:32 3rd, 3:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,201. T: 2:10. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Terry Durham, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Toni Kukoc scored a season-high 24 points off the bench as the Atlanta Hawks earned a rare road victory, 105-96 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Atlanta trailing, 83-82, Kukoc made a pair of free throws with 8:40 remaining to start a 21-9 run. He had eight points during the outburst, and the Hawks held on down the stretch.

"I felt pretty good right from the start," Kukoc said. "I got a couple of post-ups and a couple of shots that went in for me. I had a couple of free throws and the game opened up nicely."

"One thing I told the guys is if Toni Kukoc comes in, don't let him get started," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "The first thing we do is let him get wide-open for a three. I told our coaches, `That's the ballgame.'"

The win was just Atlanta's second in 11 road games this season and third in its last 32 away from home. The victory also snapped a three-game losing streak.

"When Toni plays like that, it's a big added dimension," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "He not only scores points, but he draws attention and he passes to others and creates opportunities for others. It was good to see that."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 points and 12 rebounds and Nazr Mohammed had 16 and 14 for the Hawks, who have taken 18 of the last 24 meetings with Cleveland.

The Cavs were paced by Lamond Murray's 21 points. Wesley Person added 20 but only four after the first quarter. Jumaine Jones contributed 17 and 12 rebounds.

Sparked by Kukoc, the Hawks' bench outscored Cleveland's, 43-14.

"It would be great if we could do this every night," Kukoc said. "It's hard and it's a gamble that the people off the bench have got to find their rhythm right away. They have to find the feel of the game right away, and that is not easy to do every time. When it happens, it's a nice addition to the starting five."

Person scored 16 points in the opening 12 minutes as the Cavs raced to a 37-26 lead.

"I felt good, but then they did a good job of switching out and sagging their defense," Person said. "We just couldn't adjust to it. In the first quarter, we were running and getting easy baskets. Then the game slowed down, we lost focus and didn't execute like we should. And that was the difference."

"In the first quarter, our defense was pretty loose," Kruger said. "After that, we played with much better awareness, much better activity and we got to the shooters a little bit better."

Atlanta went on a 16-3 run midway through the second quarter to tie it at 54-54, but Cleveland scored the next four points and took a 60-58 advantage into halftime.

The Hawks outrebounded the Cavs, 47-35, and had a 44-30 edge in points in the paint.

"They killed us on the boards in the second half," Lucas said. "Any team that has size like that is going to give us problems."

Both teams shot well from the line. Atlanta made 22-of-26 free throws and Cleveland was 22-of-27.

"It was a weird game," said Cavs point guard Andre Miller, who had 12 points and 10 assists but played much of the game in foul trouble. "We had lapses out there, particularly me, and they played well down the stretch. We had control of this game, had a decent lead and they just made their run."

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