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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 12 18 29 82 SACRAMENTO 30 36 26 24 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 19, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 15 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 16, BOBBY JACKSON 15, HIDAYET TURKOGLU 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 12, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 14, SCOT POLLARD 9, VLADE DIVAC 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 5, HOWARD EISLEY 5, MARK JACKSON 3 SAC - DOUG CHRISTIE 8, CHRIS WEBBER 7, MIKE BIBBY 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

CHICAGO (101) AT CLEVELAND (120)

CHICAGO

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

J ROSE F 42 12-24 3-3 0 3 3 9 5 0 5 30 T CHANDLER F 18 4-6 3-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 11 E CURRY C 27 6-11 4-4 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 16 T BEST G 28 6-9 2-2 0 4 4 7 0 0 0 15 T HASSELL G 27 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 3 0 3 2 M FIZER 27 0-5 0-0 0 6 6 1 4 1 1 0 F HOIBERG 21 1-4 4-4 0 2 2 5 2 2 0 6 J CRAWFORD 21 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 11 D BAGARIC 21 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6 N RICHARDSON 8 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 C OAKLEY DNP - SORE BACK E ROBINSON DNP - LEFT GROIN PULL

TOTALS 240 39-81 18-19 5 27 32 30 23 3 13 101 (.481) (.947) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (16 PTS)

CLEVELAND

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

T HILL F 28 2-7 2-3 3 10 13 1 3 2 1 6 L MURRAY F 34 7-17 4-4 2 1 3 4 2 0 0 19 Z ILGAUSKAS C 20 7-19 2-4 10 3 13 1 4 0 0 16 A MILLER G 36 8-14 7-8 1 2 3 16 3 7 3 23 W PERSON G 40 7-18 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 16 C MIHM 22 5-9 0-2 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 10 B SKINNER 11 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 R DAVIS 25 7-10 4-4 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 18 T LANGDON 12 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 6 J JONES 6 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 M DOLEAC 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 B STITH 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 48-101 21-27 23 34 57 34 20 11 9 120 (.475) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (7 PTS)

CHICAGO 21 26 31 23 - 101 CLEVELAND 34 37 31 18 - 120

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - M FIZER 2, T CHANDLER 2, D BAGARIC, E CURRY. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 3, W PERSON, T HILL, L MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-11 (.455), J ROSE 3-5, T BEST 1-1, T HASSELL 0- 1, F HOIBERG 0-1, J CRAWFORD 1-3. CLEVELAND 3-10 (.300), L MURRAY 1- 2, A MILLER 0-1, W PERSON 2-6, J JONES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHICAGO - E CURRY. CLEVELAND - T HILL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, KEN MAUER, MARC DAVIS. A - 20,342. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 43 6-16 3-3 0-2 2 2 19 C Weatherspoon 31 1-6 1-2 4-10 0 0 3 K Thomas 35 6-15 1-4 0-7 1 4 13 A Houston 44 7-19 2-2 2-12 5 3 18 M Jackson 21 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 4 4 C Ward 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 S Anderson 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 O Harrington 16 5-7 5-6 3-7 0 4 15 T Knight 15 2-5 0-0 1-5 0 4 4 H Eisley 17 2-7 1-2 1-2 5 0 6 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - LEFT ANKLE BRUISE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 13-19 11-47 18 24 82 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (L Sprewell 4-6, A Houston 2-6, M Jackson 0-1, H Eisley 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (T Knight). Turnovers:22 (A Houston 5, K Thomas 5, L Sprewell 4, M Jackson 4, C Weatherspoon, H Eisley, T Knight, O Harrington). Steals: 6 (A Houston 3, C Weatherspoon, K Thomas, H Eisley).

SACRAMENTO (116)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Stojakovic 27 6-11 0-0 0-0 3 1 13 C Webber 30 8-15 0-0 1-14 7 1 16 V Divac 25 6-10 1-2 3-8 0 2 14 D Christie 25 4-7 2-2 1-2 8 6 10 M Bibby 27 4-10 4-7 0-1 6 0 12 H Turkoglu 21 6-9 1-2 1-4 1 2 15 B Jackson 17 6-11 2-3 2-4 0 0 15 S Pollard 19 4-6 4-4 4-9 0 2 12 G Wallace 20 0-9 0-0 3-4 0 2 0 L Funderburke 13 1-4 1-3 1-3 0 3 3 M Cleaves 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 C Brown 8 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 3

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-97 16-25 16-50 25 20 116 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (P Stojakovic 1-2, V Divac 1-1, D Christie 0-1, M Bibby 0-1, H Turkoglu 2-2, B Jackson 1-2, M Cleaves 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (V Divac 3). Turnovers:6 (P Stojakovic 2, C Webber, S Pollard, H Turkoglu, M Bibby). Steals: 13 (D Christie 6, P Stojakovic 3, C Webber, H Turkoglu, B Jackson, L Funderburke).

------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 23 12 18 29 - 82 SACRAMENTO 30 36 26 24 - 116 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: New York - 1 (L Sprewell, 6:36 3rd). Sacramento - 1 (D Christie, 6:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:08.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- In a battle of NBA also-rans, Andre Miller again led the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Chicago Bulls.

Miller scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures and added 16 assists and seven steals to help lift the Cavaliers to a 120-101 rout of the Bulls.

Cleveland took three of four from Chicago this season and has won 13 of the last 16 meetings. However, the Cavs improved to just 2-7 in their last nine games overall.

The Central Division rivals were knotted at 17-17 with 5:10 left in the opening quarter when Miller fed Wesley Person for a 3-pointer that sparked a 17-4 run. Ricky Davis made a driving layup at the buzzer to cap the outburst and give Cleveland a 34-21 cushion.

"The guys rebounded well and we got into a rhythm in that first quarter," Miller said. "It's about time I started hitting those 15-footers. We got a lot of offensive rebounds, second- and third-chance points on tip-ins and stuff like that. It was good to get a win."

Jalen Rose collected 30 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who have lost nine straight.

"We just can't overcome that kind of a deficit," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "We didn't bring energy early. We opted to our zone defense. But it was too little and too late as far as deciding when you're going to guard and when you're going to play."

It proved to be a game full of season highs for the Cavaliers. They recorded their best point total, improving upon the 116 they posted against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 26. Cleveland also attempted 101 field goals, collected 57 rebounds and recorded 34 assists.

The Cavaliers were particularly dominant on the offensive glass. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a career-high 10 offensive rebounds as Cleveland owned a decisive 23-5 edge.

"We mauled them on the glass," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "I'd like to see us to be able to do that on a continuing basis, make sure we can rebound the ball and run."

Rose, who reached the 30-point plateau for the third straight game and the seventh time since coming over from Indiana, hit a reverse layup to tie it for the final time with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter.

Off Miller's second steal of the game, Person nailed a jumper with 3:23 to go to make it 22-19. Miller drilled a jumper and fed Davis for another basket as Cleveland opened a seven-point cushion with 2:24 remaining.

"We came out and moved the ball and got it around the horn and got guys easy looks," said Davis, who scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench. "We usually don't get that many easy looks while we are playing. We just needed to come out and execute the way we should and the way we know how."

After Miller found forward Lamond Murray for a dunk, the point guard hit a turnaround jumper and another shot in the final minute to complete the opening period with nine points and six assists.

The Bulls never got within double digits over the final three quarters.

"I thought we had a cast of people play well. That was the best that we could play within our roles in the first half," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "Tyrone (Hill) rebounded, Zee scored and Wes, Lamond and Andre were shooting the shots they can make, and we did a very good job in the first."

Chicago trailed, 71-47, at halftime, marking the second time in three games it yielded at least 70 points through 24 minutes.

Rookie Tyson Chandler said the solution is not a mystery.

"It's defense, and defense takes heart," he said. "Coaches are preparing us. It's us as players have to come in and say, `My man ain't going to go around me and score.' One man breaks down and somebody has to help. It's got to stop. And that's got to be started as soon as the ball is taken out."

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