Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron leads Cavs to blowout win

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in a game-high 27 points,
pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists as Cleveland crushed
Indiana, 107-75, at Quicken Loans Arena.

James finished a sizzling 11-of-16 shooting while Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Damon
Jones each scored 15 points for the Cavaliers, who have won two straight and
three of four.

Anderson Varejao netted 13 points and Donyell Marshall had 11 with 17 boards
in the win.

Cleveland shot 53 percent from the field.

Darrell Armstrong led the Pacers with 13 points off the bench and Danny
Granger contributed 12 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have
dropped four of their last six games.

Jamaal Tinsley added 11 points on 9-of-13 from the line, despite shooting a
dismal 1-of-10 from the floor, and Sarunas Jasikevicius donated 10 in the
loss.

The Cavaliers opened the game with a 15-5 run, capped by James’ driving layup
midway through the first. Indiana got as close as eight on a Tinsley free
throw, but Cleveland answered with six straight points before James hit a
layup for a 31-16 advantage after one.

With just under three minutes remaining in the second, James drained a layup
to give the Cavaliers a commanding 52-28 advantage. The Pacers, though, came
back with a 14-4 burst led by Armstrong’s 10 points to make it a 56-42 contest
at the break.

It was all Cleveland in the second half as they outscored Indiana, 28-13 in
the third and finished the frame with a 9-0 spurt en route to a 84-55 lead.

The Pacers never threatened in the fourth and Hughes’ jumper opened up a 34-
point advantage, 99-65, midway through the period as the Cavaliers cruised to
the blowout victory.

Indiana finished a lousy 32.5 percent shooting.

Game Notes

Armstrong finished 5-of7 shooting…Cleveland went 9-of-19 from three-point
range while Indiana was 5-of-14 from beyond the arc…Cleveland activated
guard Larry Hughes, who missed 10 games with a sprained right ankle. He
finished with eight points and four assists…Indiana forward Jermaine O’Neal
missed his second straight game with a sore left hamstring…Cleveland travels
to New Orleans/Oklahoma City on Monday while Indiana visits Chicago.

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