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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 26 21 28 24 99 CLEVELAND 31 24 23 26 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - KURT THOMAS 33, ALLAN HOUSTON 20, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 13 CLE - WESLEY PERSON 29, ANDRE MILLER 23, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 20

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 15, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, MARK JACKSON 4 CLE - TYRONE HILL 9, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 8, CHRIS MIHM 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 10, MARK JACKSON 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 14, WESLEY PERSON 4, RICKY DAVIS 4

ATT: 14,085


Extended Box

NEW YORK (99) AT CLEVELAND (104)

NEW YORK

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

L SPREWELL 45 3-13 0-0 0 0 0 10 4 1 2 8 K THOMAS 43 16-19 1-2 5 10 15 1 5 1 2 33 O HARRINGTON 10 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 4 C WARD 15 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 10 A HOUSTON 41 8-18 0-1 0 3 3 6 3 0 2 20 S ANDERSON 14 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 C WEATHERSPOON 35 5-12 3-6 2 6 8 0 1 1 2 13 M JACKSON 36 4-7 2-2 2 2 4 10 0 0 3 11 L POSTELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION H EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-80 6-11 9 27 36 29 17 7 14 99 (.525) (.545) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14 (15 PTS)

CLEVELAND

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

R DAVIS 27 2-9 6-6 0 4 4 4 0 1 2 10 T HILL 33 3-8 0-0 1 8 9 0 2 0 1 6 W PERSON 44 12-14 1-1 1 3 4 4 0 2 0 29 C MIHM 19 2-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 4 A MILLER 45 8-14 6-6 1 3 4 14 3 0 4 23 J JONES 16 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 1 2 0 Z ILGAUSKAS 28 9-16 2-2 4 4 8 1 4 1 3 20 L MURRAY 28 4-14 3-4 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 12 B STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION T LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-83 18-19 13 26 39 27 12 5 13 104 (.482) (.947) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (26 PTS)

NEW YORK 26 21 28 24 - 99 CLEVELAND 31 24 23 26 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - L SPREWELL 3, K THOMAS. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 3.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 9-20 (.450), L SPREWELL 2-7, C WARD 2- 4, A HOUSTON 4-6, M JACKSON 1-3. CLEVELAND 6-9 (.667), W PERSON 4- 5, A MILLER 1-1, J JONES 0-1, L MURRAY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - T HILL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, RON GARRETSON. A - 14,085. T - 2:04.


Box Score

NEW YORK (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 45 3-13 0-0 0-0 10 4 8 K Thomas 43 16-19 1-2 5-15 1 5 33 O Harrington 10 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 C Ward 15 4-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 10 A Houston 41 8-18 0-1 0-3 6 3 20 S Anderson 14 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon 35 5-12 3-6 2-8 0 1 13 M Jackson 36 4-7 2-2 2-4 10 0 11 L Postell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION H Eisley DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 6-11 9-36 29 17 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (L Sprewell 2-7, C Ward 2-4, A Houston 4-6, M Jackson 1-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:4 (L Sprewell 3, K Thomas). Turnovers:14 (M Jackson 3, C Ward 2, C Weatherspoon 2, K Thomas 2, A Houston 2, L Sprewell 2, S Anderson). Steals: 7 (C Ward 4, C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, K Thomas).

CLEVELAND (104)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Davis 27 2-9 6-6 0-4 4 0 10 T Hill 33 3-8 0-0 1-9 0 2 6 W Person 44 12-14 1-1 1-4 4 0 29 C Mihm 19 2-6 0-0 2-6 0 2 4 A Miller 45 8-14 6-6 1-4 14 3 23 J Jones 16 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 1 0 Z Ilgauskas 28 9-16 2-2 4-8 1 4 20 L Murray 28 4-14 3-4 2-2 3 0 12 B Stith DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Skinner DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Doleac DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Langdon DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 18-19 13-39 27 12 104 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.947. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (W Person 4-5, A Miller 1-1, J Jones 0-1, L Murray 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (Z Ilgauskas 3). Turnovers:13 (A Miller 4, Z Ilgauskas 3, R Davis 2, J Jones 2, T Hill, C Mihm). Steals: 5 (W Person 2, Z Ilgauskas, R Davis, J Jones).

------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 26 21 28 24 - 99 CLEVELAND 31 24 23 26 - 104 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Cleveland - (T Hill, 4:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,085. T: 2:04. Officials: Jess Kersey, Ron Garretson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Wesley Person scored 29 points and Andre Miller added 23, including four free throws in the final 19 seconds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a split of their home-and-home series with a 104-99 win over the New York Knicks.

Cleveland rode Person's hot shooting most of the game as he went 12-of-14 and drilled 4-of-5 3-pointers. But he was held scoreless after converting a three-point play with 4:10 left that extended the Cavs' lead to 98-85.

Person has thrived under first-year coach John Lucas, improving his scoring to 14.8 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Last season under Randy Wittman, Person averaged 7.1 points on 44 percent shooting.

"I have to continue to move and find my open shots," Person said. "I am running a little better this year and using my screens."

The Knicks had problems with Cleveland's outside and inside game. While Person was shooting off screens, undersized New York had trouble stopping 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Ilgauskas victimized a variety of defenders, scoring 20 points in 28 minutes. Knicks coach Don Chaney opted not to double-team him.

"Ilgauskas hurt us," Chaney admitted. "We had no answer for him inside and we're afraid to double because they had Person and shooters on the perimeter. We felt we could contain him 1-on-1, but he got hot and he really hurt us inside. Mismatches hurt us. They forced us to play small most of the time and it was hard.

"We never had a chance to guard him tonight. We had slow feet. (Person) came off screens and he had good looks off screens. Person is like that; if you let have the space to get his shot off, he can bury it."

But the strategy misfired as the Cavs made 6-of-9 3-pointers and shot 48 percent (40-of-83) overall.

An 82 percent free-throw shooter, Miller was clutch after the Knicks used a 12-2 run to get within 100-97 with 36 seconds left.

"It was a struggle, but we won it," Lucas said. "We should have won the game going away. We made some youthful mistakes coming down the stretch."

"They didn't control the tempo as much," Miller added. "We kind of controlled the tempo and let the game come to us and played around `Z' (Ilgauskas). Last night, they controlled the tempo and cut us to a half-court game. That's why they won."

New York got a huge effort from forward Kurt Thomas, who scored 20 of his career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland appeared to put away the game, outscoring the Knicks, 20-10, over the first eight minutes of the final period.

But the Knicks, who have a penchant for blowing double-digit leads, began to make things interesting.

New York finally got the deficit under single digits on a tip-in by Thomas with 2:59 left. But with a chance to get the margin to four points, Charlie Ward missed a 3-pointer and a short jumper in the final two minutes.

With Cleveland tightly guarding Latrell Sprewell and Houston on the bench, Thomas became New York's main option, scoring 10 points during the fourth-quarter run. His last basket got the Knicks to 102-99 with 11.8 seconds to go.

Houston was on the bench late in the game with a sore left knee he injured in Saturday's shootaround. But he finished with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting.

Thomas had just six points at halftime, but he became New York's main inside presence, collecting 15 rebounds. In his last three games, he is averaging 26.6 points.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Thomas said of his recent success. "The feeling is even better when your teammates know that you are in that groove and they are trying to get you the ball. They thought I had the hot hand and they kept feeding me."

But Miller made two more foul shots and Clarence Weatherspoon missed an easy layup and two subsequent free throws with four seconds left.

The Cavs took the lead for good, 33-31, on a three-point play by Ricky Davis with 10:31 left in the first half.

New York hung around, but a short jumper by Person made it 55-47 at halftime.

The Knicks (25-40) have lost 40 games for the first time since the 1990-91 season, when they were 39-43 and lost to Chicago in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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