Thursday , Apr , 26 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Drew Gooden and LeBron James Lead Cavaliers To Game 2 Win

Last night, in game 2, LeBron James had plenty of help from teammates … Has King James finally have found his court? … Gooden and Larry Hughes are producing … But do the Cavaliers have enough of a supporting cast to breakthrough in the East? … Get your game 2 recap and weigh in on this question ….

What Happened: jumped from the supporting cast to a co-starring role.

Gooden scored 19 of his 24 points in the opening half, leading his to a 109-102 victory over the in game two of their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Cavaliers lead the series 2-0.

Gooden’s remarkable first-half, he scored 15 points in five minutes, took some pressure off of superstar , who was nursing a sore left ankle.

James still hit for 27 points along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Most of his points came in the second half, helping the Cavaliers stave off a late Wizards run.

had another strong game, contributing 19 points, while chipped in with 16 points.

Washington deserves credit for keeping things close. They were within 3 points with a minute to go. , once again, shouldered the load on offense for the Wizards. He had a double-double, scoring 31 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Game 3 is Saturday in Washington.

Reaction of Cleveland forward LeBron James on pushing Gooden to step-up:
“I kind of got on him. I wanted him to be aggressive. After I got on him, he carried us." (ESPN)

Reaction of Washington center Brendan Haywood
on James’ second half:
"We thought we had a chance to win, but LeBron made a lot of great plays. He showed why he’s one of the best players in the league.” (ESPN)

My Take: Cleveland, if they get consistent play out of their supporting cast, can challenge Detroit. Yes, I said it. After all, the Cavaliers have the best player in King James.

I like Larry Hughes at the one-spot. He’s not a table setter, but he can score, rebound, and defend. And James plays like a point forward on offense, so Hughes’ doesn’t have to worry about involving teammates.

Right now, Ilgauskas and Gooden are rolling. Cleveland should try and wrap this series up quickly, so they can get some rest.

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