Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – March 7
=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – March 7 ===
(Sports Network) – Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored a game-high 29 points, pulled
down seven rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to
a 106-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at Gund Arena.
LeBron James was three rebounds shy of a triple-double with 24 points, 10
assists and seven boards, and Jeff McInnis scored 10 to go along with a
season-high 12 assists for the Cavs, who snapped a five-game losing streak at
the hands of the Bucks.
Carlos Boozer scored 22 points to go along with his game-high 13 rebounds, as
Cleveland won its third straight game.
Milwaukee fought back after trailing for most of the game to take an 83-81
lead with 9:37 to go in the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Brian
Skinner. But the Cavs quickly re-established a four-point lead with a 6-0
Cleveland held that lead throughout the rest of the game, although the Bucks
did pull within two points at 93-91 with just under five minutes to play on a
pair of Redd free throws.
But over the next two minutes, Cleveland outscored Milwaukee 8-2 and led
101-93 on an Ilgauskas hook with three minutes to go. The Bucks would get no
closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Cavs didn’t commit a turnover in the final 18 minutes of the game.
Cleveland, which has won 27 games, has 10 more wins than it had all of last
Ilgauskas has scored in double digits in 15 of his last 16 games. He has
averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in his last 10 contests.
The Cavaliers are off until Monday when they visit the Atlanta Hawks. It will
be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Cavs
are 2-1 against the Hawks, as they won the two games in Cleveland and lost at
Philips Arena on November 22, 2003.