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NBA   FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHARLOTTE        23   19   32   13   11    98   
      CLEVELAND        19   26   19   23   13    100     FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   CHA - GERALD WALLACE 18, PRIMOZ BREZEC 18, 
                      KEITH BOGANS 17
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 29, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 22, 
                      DREW GOODEN 17

HIGH REBOUND:   CHA - EMEKA OKAFOR 9, KEITH BOGANS 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 11, LEBRON JAMES 8, 
                      ROBERT TRAYLOR 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHA - BREVIN KNIGHT 20, JASON HART 2, JAMAL 
                      SAMPSON 2
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 9, ERIC SNOW 7, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 3

         ATT:   18,494

Box Score

CHARLOTTE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 37 8-15 2-3 1-4 1 2 18 E Okafor 38 3-9 0-0 2-9 0 2 6 P Brezec 36 9-15 0-0 3-3 0 2 18 B Knight 40 4-9 7-7 0-3 20 3 15 K Rush 17 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 2 4 J Kapono 16 4-9 0-0 0-0 0 1 11 J White 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 J Hart 13 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 4 2 M Ely 14 3-5 1-3 1-3 1 1 7 K Bogans 32 7-16 1-2 2-5 0 4 17 J Sampson 15 0-2 0-0 1-3 2 0 0 B Robinson Jr 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-87 11-15 10-38 27 21 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (G Wallace 0-1, K Rush 0-1, J Kapono 3-3, K Bogans 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:7 (P Brezec 3, J Sampson 3, G Wallace). Turnovers:15 (B Knight 5, P Brezec 2, M Ely 2, J Kapono 2, G Wallace, K Rush, J Sampson, K Bogans). Steals: 9 (J Hart 3, B Knight 2, M Ely 2, J Kapono, K Bogans). CLEVELAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 49 11-24 5-7 1-8 9 1 29 D Gooden 34 8-13 1-2 3-5 1 3 17 Z Ilgauskas 38 6-11 10-10 8-11 2 5 22 J McInnis 35 4-15 0-0 0-2 3 1 8 I Newble 20 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 E Snow 30 3-5 0-1 0-3 7 3 7 L Harris 13 2-4 0-1 0-2 0 1 4 A Varejao 18 2-4 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 R Traylor 16 1-4 0-0 2-7 1 2 2 A Pavlovic 12 1-4 3-4 1-2 0 2 5 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Wagner DNP - COLITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-89 19-25 17-47 25 23 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (L James 2-5, D Gooden 0-1, J McInnis 0-5, E Snow 1-2, A Pavlovic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:9 (Z Ilgauskas 2, D Gooden 2, E Snow, A Varejao, L James, R Traylor, L Harris). Turnovers:18 (L James 8, E Snow 3, Z Ilgauskas 2, D Gooden 2, R Traylor, A Varejao, A Pavlovic). Steals: 9 (E Snow 3, R Traylor 2, L James 2, Z Ilgauskas, D Gooden). ----------------------------------------------- CHARLOTTE 23 19 32 13 11 - 98 CLEVELAND 19 26 19 23 13 - 100 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Charlotte - 2 (J Sampson, 8:46 2nd; Defensive Three, 2:08 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,494. T: 2:31. Officials: Bill Spooner, Jason Phillips, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (98) AT CLEVELAND (100) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 37 8-15 2-3 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 18 E OKAFOR F 38 3-9 0-0 2 7 9 0 2 0 0 6 P BREZEC C 36 9-15 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 2 18 B KNIGHT G 40 4-9 7-7 0 3 3 20 3 2 5 15 K RUSH G 17 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 4 J KAPONO 16 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 11 J WHITE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J HART 13 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 3 0 2 M ELY 14 3-5 1-3 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 7 K BOGANS 32 7-16 1-2 2 3 5 0 4 1 1 17 J SAMPSON 15 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 B ROBINSON JR 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 265 41-87 11-15 10 28 38 27 21 9 15 98 (.471) (.733) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17 (18 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 49 11-24 5-7 1 7 8 9 1 2 8 29 D GOODEN F 34 8-13 1-2 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 17 Z ILGAUSKAS G 38 6-11 10-10 8 3 11 2 5 1 2 22 J MCINNIS G 35 4-15 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 8 I NEWBLE 3G 20 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 2 E SNOW 30 3-5 0-1 0 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 L HARRIS 13 2-4 0-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 A VAREJAO 18 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 0 1 4 R TRAYLOR 16 1-4 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 2 1 2 A PAVLOVIC 12 1-4 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 5 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WAGNER DNP - COLITIS TOTALS 265 39-89 19-25 17 30 47 25 23 9 18 100 (.438) (.760) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19 (20 PTS) CHARLOTTE 23 19 32 13 11 - 98 CLEVELAND 19 26 19 23 13 - 100 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - P BREZEC 3, J SAMPSON 3, G WALLACE. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 2, D GOODEN 2, E SNOW, A VAREJAO, L JAMES, R TRAYLOR, L HARRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 5-9 (.556), G WALLACE 0-1, K RUSH 0-1, J KAPONO 3-3, K BOGANS 2-4. CLEVELAND 3-14 (.214), L JAMES 2-5, D GOODEN 0- 1, J MCINNIS 0-5, E SNOW 1-2, A PAVLOVIC 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHARLOTTE - J SAMPSON, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JASON PHILLIPS, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 18,494. T - 2:31.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The expansion Charlotte Bobcats need a player they can go to down the stretch. Someone like LeBron James. James had clutch baskets at the end of regulation and overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a 100-98 victory over the Bobcats, their fourth straight win. James had 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the four-game season series and improved to 14-3 at home. They may have been looking past the Bobcats to a six-game road trip beginning Thursday. "Sometimes you're not as amped to play teams that are not at the same level as Phoenix and Minnesota," James admitted. "You play a team three times and it's difficult to beat any team four times," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "I don't think we approached the game in the manner that (we) should've." Riding the floor leadership of former Cavalier Brevin Knight, who had 15 points and a league season-high 20 assists to equal his career high, the Bobcats led by 12 points early in the fourth quarter and 83-76 with less than four minutes to play before James had a 3-pointer and driving layup to start a comeback. Charlotte had just four points in the last four minutes on two jumpers by Knight. On the final possession of regulation, he found a wide-open Keith Bogans, who missed a 12-footer. "We should have been sitting on the bus (with the win)," said Bogans, who scored 17 points. "It felt perfect from the point it left my hand. It was on target, but it hit the back of the rim." After not leading in the fourth quarter, Cleveland never trailed in overtime. A 20-foot fadeaway by James opened a 97-93 lead with 57 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers held on. "It's a lot better to go out to the West Coast with this record (21-12) rather than with a loss," Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas said. "It was a huge win, a tough one, but I'm happy we won." James got some help from Ilgauskas, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Drew Gooden, who scored nine of his 17 points in the final six minutes. "I think we need to open up games like we did against the Knicks (a 104-79 win Saturday)," Gooden said. "We were focused and brought the intensity." Gerald Wallace and Primoz Brezec scored 18 points apiece for Charlotte, which has lost eight of nine. In the final nine minutes, they were the only Bobcats besides Knight to score. "We obviously don't have a go-to guy," said Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff, whose team fell to 1-15 on the road. "I thought Bogans had a nice shot (to win it). We had the ball in Brevin's hands. We put ourselves in a position to win. That's all I can ask." At the end of regulation, the Cavaliers also had a chance to win it - and lose it. After Gooden's layup forged an 87-87 tie with 33 seconds left, Cleveland forced a turnover. But Jeff McInnis missed a jumper before the miss by Bogans. "I don't think we have one person to go to," Knight said. "That's not our team. We try to get the ball to whoever has it rolling. We look for matchups that are in our favor." Knight's sharp passing fueled a 12-2 third-quarter surge that gave the Bobcats a 71-61 lead. On consecutive possessions, he set up a hammer dunk by Wallace with a lob and zipped a pass between defenders to give Brezec a layup. A 20-footer by Bogans gave Charlotte its largest lead at 78-66 early in the fourth quarter. "That is the best game (in four) we played against Cleveland," Bickerstaff said. "Where they really hurt us was on the offensive glass." "We played hard, but things didn't go our way," said Charlotte rookie forward Emeka Okafor, who after a string of 19 straight double-doubles has just one in his last four. Bickerstaff implied Okafor might be wearing down 31 games into his first season. "I think Emeka is having a difficult time right now," he said. "It probably started the last time we played Cleveland, so I don't know if I can just assess that the problem he is having right now is all Cleveland."


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