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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        28   10   29   23    90   
      NEW JERSEY       18   31   19   24    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 23, JEFF MCINNIS 17, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 42, RODNEY BUFORD 22, 
                      JASON COLLINS 10

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 11, LEBRON JAMES 9, ZYDRUNAS
                      ILGAUSKAS 8
                NJN - NENAD KRSTIC 8, RODNEY BUFORD 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 9, JEFF MCINNIS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 7, JASON KIDD 6, 
                      RODNEY BUFORD 4

         ATT:   16,327

Box Score

CLEVELAND (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp I Newble 31 7-12 0-2 1-7 2 2 14 D Gooden 36 6-10 2-2 4-11 1 5 14 Z Ilgauskas 27 2-9 4-4 3-8 1 5 8 L James 42 7-18 8-10 1-9 9 2 23 J McInnis 40 5-17 4-4 0-4 4 2 17 L Harris 20 1-7 3-3 3-5 2 2 5 A Varejao 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 E Snow 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 S Williams 7 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 D Diop 22 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 A Pavlovic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-84 22-27 14-48 20 23 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (I Newble 0-1, L James 1-1, J McInnis 3-7, L Harris 0-2, E Snow 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (Z Ilgauskas 3, D Diop, D Gooden). Turnovers:9 (L James 4, D Gooden 3, Z Ilgauskas, J McInnis). Steals: 6 (I Newble 2, Z Ilgauskas, A Varejao, L James, J McInnis). NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 47 12-20 16-17 0-6 7 1 42 J Collins 28 4-9 2-2 3-6 0 6 10 N Krstic 33 4-8 0-0 4-8 1 4 8 R Buford 41 10-18 0-0 1-7 4 3 22 J Kidd 31 1-9 0-0 0-3 6 2 2 B Scalabrine 10 0-3 1-2 2-4 0 0 1 J Vaughn 17 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 4 J Smith 24 0-6 1-4 1-5 3 4 1 T Best 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 K Dickens 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 20-25 11-41 24 21 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (R Jefferson 2-4, R Buford 2-2, J Kidd 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (J Smith 2, N Krstic 2, R Jefferson, J Collins). Turnovers:11 (R Jefferson 3, N Krstic 3, J Vaughn 2, J Kidd, R Buford, J Smith). Steals: 3 (R Buford, J Smith, R Jefferson). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 28 10 29 23 - 90 NEW JERSEY 18 31 19 24 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 1 (L James, 1:20 4th). New Jersey - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:40 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,327. T: 2:17. Officials: Ed Malloy, Marc Davis, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (90) AT NEW JERSEY (92) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === I NEWBLE F 31 7-12 0-2 1 6 7 2 2 2 0 14 D GOODEN F 36 6-10 2-2 4 7 11 1 5 0 3 14 Z ILGAUSKAS C 27 2-9 4-4 3 5 8 1 5 1 1 8 L JAMES G 42 7-18 8-10 1 8 9 9 2 1 4 23 J MCINNIS G 40 5-17 4-4 0 4 4 4 2 1 1 17 L HARRIS 20 1-7 3-3 3 2 5 2 2 0 0 5 A VAREJAO 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 E SNOW 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 S WILLIAMS 7 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 D DIOP 22 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 A PAVLOVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-84 22-27 14 34 48 20 23 6 9 90 (.381) (.815) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9 (11 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R JEFFERSON F 47 12-20 16-17 0 6 6 7 1 1 3 42 J COLLINS F 28 4-9 2-2 3 3 6 0 6 0 0 10 N KRSTIC C 33 4-8 0-0 4 4 8 1 4 0 3 8 R BUFORD G 41 10-18 0-0 1 6 7 4 3 1 1 22 J KIDD G 31 1-9 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 0 1 2 B SCALABRINE 10 0-3 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 J VAUGHN 17 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 4 J SMITH 24 0-6 1-4 1 4 5 3 4 1 1 1 T BEST 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 K DICKENS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 34-78 20-25 11 30 41 24 21 3 11 92 (.436) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (18 PTS) CLEVELAND 28 10 29 23 - 90 NEW JERSEY 18 31 19 24 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 3, D DIOP, D GOODEN. NEW JERSEY - J SMITH 2, N KRSTIC 2, R JEFFERSON, J COLLINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-12 (.333), I NEWBLE 0-1, L JAMES 1- 1, J MCINNIS 3-7, L HARRIS 0-2, E SNOW 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-8 (.500), R JEFFERSON 2-4, R BUFORD 2-2, J KIDD 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - L JAMES. NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED MALLOY, MARC DAVIS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 16,327. T - 2:17.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Richard Jefferson did his best Vince Carter impersonation. After his new teammate Carter was introduced in a pregame news conference, Jefferson scored a career-high 42 points, including an alley-oop layup with eight-tenths of a second left, as the New Jersey Nets edged the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-90. New Jersey held a media briefing prior to its first home game since trading for Carter, a five-time All-Star who came from Toronto on Friday in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and a pair of first-round draft picks. Sidelined due to a strained Achilles tendon, Carter was on the bench and received a huge ovation from the crowd before watching his new team outlast the Cavaliers. Jefferson was a dominant force, making 12-of-20 shots from the floor and a career-high 16 free throws on 17 attempts. He surpassed his previous career high of 39 points at New York on March 28, 2003, capping the performance in dramatic fashion. "It's not about points, it's about wins," Jefferson said. "I had 38 against Toronto (on Sunday) and I was (ticked) off because we lost. Winning is what this team is all about." The game was tied, 90-90, when Cleveland star swingman LeBron James missed a leaner over Jefferson with about two seconds left. Rodney Buford grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 1.5 seconds remaining. Jabari Smith inbounded the ball to a wide-open Jefferson, who caught it at the rim and casually dropped it in. Jason Kidd set the screen that freed Jefferson, causing confusion between James and teammate Jeff McInnis. "It was an unbelievable pass," Jefferson said. "(Smith) put it so on the money, you get kind of nervous when you catch it. Jason made a great pick. He could probably stab someone in the back and they're not going to call a foul on him." "It's a lack of communication, that's all," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "We were supposed to switch and didn't switch it. We didn't execute defensively and that cost us the game." Following a timeout, James inbounded to former Net Lucious Harris, who hit the rim on a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Buford added a career-best 22 points for the Nets, who beat the Cavaliers at home for a sixth straight time. "We're really starting to become a team in a sense that obviously we are shorthanded," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "For the second straight night, Rodney Buford was very good. It's just the essence of everyone helping each other out." James collected 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists but was called for traveling twice down the stretch. He complained to referee Mike Davis and was whistled for a technical foul with 1:20 left. "I've been doing those moves since I started playing basketball and they've never been a travel," James said. "I've been doing it all year and they call traveling now? I thought they gave an extra step in the NBA." McInnis finished with 17 points and Drew Gooden had 14 and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot just 38 percent (32-of-84). Cleveland jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but the New Jersey closed the first half with 22-2 run. The Cavaliers missed their final 11 shots of the first half and faced a 49-38 halftime deficit. Cleveland came back from a 12-point deficit by bridging the final two quarters with an 18-4 run to reclaim the lead. James scored 15 points in the third period, which he capped with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to pull the Cavaliers within 68-67. "It's disappointing because we fought so hard to get back in the game," James said. "They played well, but this is another one we let slip away. As hard as we fought, that last basket was too easy."


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