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Cavaliers 111, Rockets 109

February 7, 2002

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CLEVELAND (AP) _ Andre Miller scored 31 points, and Lamond Murray scored the go-ahead basket with 21 seconds remaining and blocked a shot with 9 seconds left to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-109 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Steve Francis took Houston’s last shot. The ball bounced around the rim and fell through the basket, but the referees ruled the shot came after time had expired.

Francis knelt at midcourt in disbelief and Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich went to the scorer’s table to protest the call. A television replay appeared to show the call was correct.

Miller finished with 13 rebounds, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak. Cleveland had lost 15 of its last 16 games.

Cuttino Mobley scored 29 points, and Francis added 25 for Houston.

Miller snapped a 106-all tie with a turnaround jumper from along the baseline with 55 seconds left, giving Cleveland a 108-106 lead.

Nine seconds later, Francis drove the lane for an easy basket, was fouled, and completed the three-point play to give Houston a 109-108 lead.

Murray scored his first points of the second half with 21 seconds left to give Cleveland a 110-109 lead.

After Francis missed a layup, Eddie Griffin grabbed the rebound and had his shot swatted away by Murray.

Miller made one free throw with 6.8 seconds left for the final margin.

Wesley Person made 10 of his first 11 shots from the field and helped the Cavaliers build a 72-62 lead with 3:52 left in the third quarter. Person finished with 23 points.

Cuttino, limited to two points on 1-for-2 shooting in the first half, scored nine straight points in the third quarter to rally the Rockets.

Miller and Person each had 12 first-half points as the Cavs built a 50-46 lead by the break.

Notes: Houston’s Kevin Willis missed his second straight game because of personal reasons, and Kenny Thomas was sidelined after straining his left calf in a win over Utah on Monday night. ... Cleveland’s Chris Mihm got his first assist in 12 games, dating to Jan. 10. He has 16 assists in 1,267 minutes. ... Cleveland went 2-0 against Houston this season. The Cavs had not taken the season series from the Rockets since 1982-83.

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