Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – February 14
=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – February 14 ===
(Sports Network) – Cleveland spoiled Kobe Bryant’s return to the court on
Sunday afternoon, as it registered a 103-89 victory over the Lakers at Gund
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to the
win. LeBron James added 25 points, nine assists and eight boards for the
Cavaliers, who have won three of their last four.
James is posting 25.3 points (7th-NBA), 7.7 assists (5th), 7.2 rebounds and
2.34 steals (2nd) per contest. The All-Star is also playing 41.5 minutes (4th)
per game. Ilgauskas, also an All-Star, is tallying 17.3 points and 8.3
rebounds per contest.
Drew Gooden tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Sasha Pavlovic chipped in
12 points. Jeff McInnis rounded out Cleveland’s double-figure scorers with 11
points and nine assists.
Cleveland shot an impressive 52.7 percent from the field, but missed all five
of its three-point attempts. The Cavaliers drained 25-of-29 (.862) from the
free throw line.
The Cavaliers outrebounded the Lakers, 45-35, and scored 17 points off 12 Los
Cleveland’s Ira Newble missed the contest with an left Achilles’ strain and
will likely be sidelined until after the All-Star break. Newble has played in
just two games since January 26 against Memphis.
The Cavaliers are 11th in the league in scoring (98 ppg), while sitting eighth
in the points allowed (94.8 ppg). Cleveland is shooting 45.8 percent (7th)
from the field, while allowing foes to hit 44.6 percent (17th) of its shots.
Cleveland has the next two days off before hosting Atlanta on Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers will finish their pre All-Star slate against Minnesota at the
Target Center on Thursday night.