James and Cavs finally beat the Kings
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – LeBron James erupted for 30 points, six
rebounds and six assists, as the Cleveland Cavaliers held on to defeat the
Sacramento Kings, 102-97, at ARCO Arena.
Larry Hughes made eight of his 10 free throw attempts en route to a 24-point
night, while Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each chipped in 14 points.
Eric Snow added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting for Cleveland, which snapped a
two-game slide overall and a nine-game skid against the Kings. This was the
first win for the Cavs at ARCO Arena in seven tries.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 25 points for the Kings, who have dropped four
straight. Bonzi Wells had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and
Mike Bibby tallied 16 points in the loss. Each of Sacramento’s starters
finished in double-digits, but the team was unable to keep up with James and
company down the stretch.
The Kings trailed 51-44 at the half, but outscored the Cavaliers 28-22 in the
third quarter to pull within one.
Sacramento then went up by two with 10 minutes remaining on a Francisco Garcia
layup, only to see the Cavs reestablish their edge immediately with an 8-0
Peja Stojakovic pulled up and sank a jumper from the key with 5:12 left in the
contest to cut the Kings’ deficit to three points.
James, however, erased Sacramento’s momentum with a three-pointer on the other
end of the floor to make it 87-81.
Abdur-Rahim tried to keep it close with a dunk with 2:40 on the clock that put
the score at 91-85, but Hughes responded with a jumper to keep Cleveland
Bibby made one last ditch effort for Sacramento. He drained a three with 26
seconds left then was fouled beyond the arc on his next attempt and made each
of his shots from the charity stripe to pull the Kings to within four.
Cleveland made enough free throws down the stretch, though, to capture the
The Cavs last topped the Kings back on November 1, 2000…Cleveland’s last win
as the visitor in this series came way back in March of 1998…Sacramento is
6-6 in its arena this season…Cleveland, which concluded a three-game road
trip, is 4-5 away from home this year…Stojakovic had 15 points and Brad
Miller had 12 points and 10 boards for the Kings.