Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – January 21

=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – January 21 ===

(Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer went off for 32 points and 20 rebounds to
lead the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a surprising 99-94 win over the
Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday at Gund Arena.

Tony Battie contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds and Dajuan Wagner had 14
points in the win. The point totals were season-highs for both players.
Kedrick Brown added 13 points for the Cavs, who have won three of their last

The Cavs played without rookie phenom LeBron James for the first time this
season. James suffered a sprained right ankle in the waning seconds of
regulation in Saturday’s overtime win over Utah.

Cleveland also was without center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in the victory. He was
suspended one game for throwing a punch at Utah center Greg Ostertag in the
Saturday’s contest.

Boozer tied his career-high with 32 points and pulled down 18 rebounds against
Utah, giving him 64 points and 38 rebounds in the last two contests. He became
only the fifth Cleveland player to record at least 30 points and 20 rebounds
in a game.

“To win without ‘Z’ [Ilgauskas] and LeBron gives everybody confidence,” said
Boozer. “Those two are a huge part of our offense, but other guys stepped up.”

The Cavs are off until Thursday when they host the Sacramento Kings.