James hits milestone as Cavs top Magic in OT
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed five
rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic, 108-98, in
overtime at the TD WaterHouse Centre.
After James scored his 10th point of the game, he became the youngest player
in NBA history to reach 4,000 points at 20 years and 318 days old.
“I don’t let individual statistics make me a focus or more of a focus,” said
James. “I just tried to come out and attack early and get a big lead. We were
able to take it in overtime and win.”
Larry Hughes chipped in with 22 points and had seven assists for the Cavs, who
have won four straight. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 points and five rebounds.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, as the
loss snapped Orlando’s two-game win streak. Steve Francis netted 20 points and
also had seven assists in defeat.
After playing from behind most of the game, Orlando pulled ahead at 86-84
after Francis hit two shots from the free throw line in the fourth quarter
with 1:14 to go.
With 14.4 seconds left, Donyell Marshall drained a three-point shot to tie
it up at 88-88.
“It was the way Coach (Mike Brown) drew it up,” said Marshall of his big shot.
“(Ilgauskas) set the last screen on me, I knew his man wasn’t going to come
out. When they came off, I knew we needed three (points) and I got a good
Francis had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but he missed a long fade-away
jump shot, sending the game into overtime.
Cleveland opened the overtime with a 6-0 run, going up 94-88 after Ilgauskas
hit a jump shot with 3:20 to play.
With 49.2 seconds to go, Hughes slammed home two points, putting the Cavs up
The Cavaliers would end up outscoring Orlando, 20-10, in the extra session.
Cleveland ended the first quarter of action up 20-18 led by James’ 10
points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Cavs continued to cruise in the second quarter, outscoring the Magic
28-13 for a 17-point lead with the score at 48-31.
Drew Gooden dropped in 10 points at the half to go with James’ 11 as Cleveland
shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half.
The Magic turned the ball over 14 times before halftime as Cleveland was
applying a full court press for most of the second quarter.
Orlando would use a strong third quarter to get back into the game. With 2:07
left in the frame, Tony Battie hit a jump shot to make the score 67-61.
Orlando ended the quarter outscoring Cleveland, 32-21, putting the score at
69-63 heading into the final period.
The Magic went on a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter and cut the Cavaliers
lead down to two points at 79-77 after Turkoglu hit two free throws with 5:40
Howard attempted to tie the game with 4:56 left, but James blocked his layup
attempt and stormed down the court, completing a three-point play after being
fouled on his layup to put the Cavs up 81-77.
Cleveland has defeated Orlando four games in a row in the series and six of
the last seven meetings…Orlando guard Keyon Dooling made his season debut
and finished the game with two points in 9:17 of action. He was out of action
with a bruised heal.