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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 22 21 21 84 NEW JERSEY 26 18 27 25 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 24, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 19, WESLEY PERSON 13 NJN - KERRY KITTLES 23, KENYON MARTIN 19, KEITH VAN HORN 17

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 NJN - TODD MACCULLOCH 10, KENYON MARTIN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 NJN - JASON KIDD 9, KERRY KITTLES 6

ATT: 8,209


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (84) AT NEW JERSEY (96)

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

JONES F 32 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 1 4 MURRAY F 38 8-18 5-6 1 6 7 1 1 0 2 24 MIHM C 30 1-10 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 3 2 MILLER G 31 3-9 1-4 3 4 7 10 3 2 1 8 PERSON G 30 5-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 13 ILGAUSKAS 18 6-9 7-8 2 5 7 2 2 0 3 19 STITH 21 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 COLES 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 4 SKINNER 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 14 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 8 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 13-18 9 28 37 18 16 7 11 84 (.427) (.722) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

MARTIN F 40 6-15 6-9 4 5 9 1 2 1 2 19 VAN HORN F 38 8-16 0-2 0 8 8 5 2 0 2 17 MACCULLOCH C 33 4-8 4-5 3 7 10 4 3 0 1 12 KIDD G 42 5-10 0-0 0 7 7 9 1 2 1 11 KITTLES G 35 10-17 1-2 1 1 2 6 0 0 1 23 JEFFERSON 18 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 6 WILLIAMS 15 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 HARRIS 16 3-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 6 ARMSTRONG 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 COLLINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOODRICH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-83 11-18 11 32 43 28 13 4 10 96 (.482) (.611) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 22 21 21 - 84 NEW JERSEY 26 18 27 25 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS 2, MILLER, MIHM, SKINNER, JONES. NEW JERSEY - MACCULLOCH 5, KIDD, MARTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 7-15 (.467), MURRAY 3-6, MIHM 0-1, MILLER 1-2, PERSON 3-4, STITH 0-2. NEW JERSEY 5-17 (.294), MARTIN 1-1, VAN HORN 1-6, KIDD 1-4, KITTLES 2-5, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GARY BENSON, KEN MAUER. A - 8,209. T - 1:56.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 32 2-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Murray 38 8-18 5-6 1-7 1 1 24 Mihm 30 1-10 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Miller 31 3-9 1-4 3-7 10 3 8 Person 30 5-9 0-0 0-0 1 3 13 Ilgauskas 18 6-9 7-8 2-7 2 2 19 Stith 21 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Coles 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Skinner 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Davis 14 4-5 0-0 1-4 2 1 8 Diop DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 13-18 9-37 18 16 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Murray 3-6, Mihm 0-1, Miller 1-2, Person 3-4, Stith 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Ilgauskas 2, Miller, Mihm, Skinner, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Ilgauskas 3, Mihm 3, Murray 2, Jones, Miller, Person). Steals: 7 (Miller 2, Person 2, Coles, Jones, Mihm).

NEW JERSEY (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Martin 40 6-15 6-9 4-9 1 2 19 Van Horn 38 8-16 0-2 0-8 5 2 17 Macculloch 33 4-8 4-5 3-10 4 3 12 Kidd 42 5-10 0-0 0-7 9 1 11 Kittles 35 10-17 1-2 1-2 6 0 23 Jefferson 18 3-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 6 Williams 15 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Harris 16 3-8 0-0 2-3 2 1 6 Armstrong 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Collins DNP - coach's decision Dial DNP - coach's decision Goodrich DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 11-18 11-43 28 13 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Martin 1-1, Van Horn 1-6, Kidd 1-4, Kittles 2-5, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Macculloch 5, Kidd, Martin). Turnovers: 10 (Jefferson 2, Martin 2, Van Horn 2, Armstrong, Kidd, Kittles, Macculloch). Steals: 4 (Kidd 2, Harris, Martin). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 22 21 21 - 84 New Jersey 26 18 27 25 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,209. T: 1:56. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Gary Benson, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kerry Kittles is starting to provide the New Jersey Nets with another viable offensive option.

Kittles had his second straight strong game with 23 points to lead a balanced attack as the surprising Nets posted a 96-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hampered by a knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 2000-01 season and put his career in doubt, Kittles scored a season-high 24 points in Wednesday's 106-87 victory over Phoenix.

On Friday, Kittles built off that performance, scoring 15 points in the opening quarter. The 6-5 guard had 20 through three quarters, helping the Nets open a 71-63 advantage.

"I've been working really hard trying to get my shot, my rhythm back and running the floor," Kittles said. "Jason (point guard Jason Kidd) has been doing a great job in finding me."

Kenyon Martin, who is improving offensively, added 19 points and Keith Van Horn, the club's top offensive option, chipped in 17 for New Jersey, which placed all five starters in double figures and completed a 3-1 homestand.

The Nets improved to 12-6 on the season. Last season, New Jersey did not win its 12th game until January 15, its 39th game.

"We played a team we thought was a much team than their record (7-12) indicated," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They have a lot of talent over there. We did what we had to do in the second half, especially to win the game."

Lamond Murray scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half for Cleveland, which failed in a bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, playing in his second game since returning from his latest foot surgery, added 19 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench for the Cavs.

Clinging to a two-point lead at halftime, the Nets opened a 58-48 advantage five minutes into third quarter on driving shot off the baseline by Van Horn, who made 8-of-15 shots and added eight rebounds and five assists.

The Cavs answered that burst with one of their own and closed to 62-58 with 2:29 left in the period on a pair of foul shots by Ilgauskas.

Ilgauskas, who will be brought along slowly by coach John Lucas after undergoing five foot surgeries since 1995, got the best of Nets big man Todd MacCulloch. The 7-3 Lithuanian, who scored 11 points in his season debut Tuesday, made 6-of-9 shots and went 7-of-8 from the line.

"I've been practicing with the team since training camp," said Ilgauskas. "Games are different than the practices, but still the practices get you in decent shape."

The big effort by Ilgauskas helped the Cavs' reserves outscore New Jersey's bench, 33-14.

MaCculloch, however, also was effective, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 7-footer scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including four in a 7-0 burst that Martin capped with a dunk for an 88-77 lead with 3:53 remaining.

Kidd continued to do his best to set up his big man and the rest of his teammates as he finished with 11 points, seven assists and nine rebounds.

Kidd got the best of Cavs point guard Andre Miller, who scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes. Miller finished with 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Kittles came out on fire, making 7-of-10 shots in the first quarter, doing most of his damage in transition. He went 8-of-12 in the half as the Nets opened a 46-42 lead.

Kittles said the Nets' up-tempo style has helped him.

"That is my style of play. I am a guy that drives in transition and drives in the open court," Kittles said. "When we get a rebound, we are pushing the ball in transition, spotting up, making plays and just being real active on the offensive end."

Murray kept the Cavs in it in the half by going 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. But he made just 2-of-9 shots after halftime and did not get the line.

Wesley Person added 13 points for the Cavs, who shot 43 percent (32-of-75). New Jersey shot 48 percent (40-of-83) and held a 43-37 rebounding advantage.

"We had droughts tonight and I don't think a lot of guys played well," Lucas said. "We didn't make shots and a lot of what we do is predicated on making shots."

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