James guides Cavs past Sonics
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 22 points, nine
rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-84 win
over the Seattle SuperSonics at Quicken Loans Arena.
Larry Hughes had 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted
17 for the Cavaliers, who have won two in a row and four of their last five
“Great team effort tonight,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown. “Eric Snow,
defensively, you don’t stop a guy like Rashard Lewis. Here’s a guy who in my
opinion is an NBA All-Star, 6-foot-10…He helped keep a guy like that or
contain to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting…Whoever the other team’s best post
perimeter player is, he steps up and does it night in and night out.”
Chris Wilcox had a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven boards while
Mickael Gelabale added 16 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which has
lost three straight games.
“It makes it tough when they made shots early,” said Seattle head coach Bob
Hill. “They had good momentum. But we didn’t make shots and put them in
transition and they got some easy buckets too. You got to kind of blame that
on us when we couldn’t get a second shot and we couldn’t make a shot.”
Leading 12-8, the Cavs used a 17-9 run, including six points from James and
five from Hughes, to take a 29-17 lead. Cleveland led 35-28 after the opening
12 minutes of play.
Gelabale’s layup narrowed the gap to 46-39, but the Cavaliers went on an 18-6
spurt, which began with Hughes’ three-point play. His jumper a little more
than two minutes later pushed the lead to 15, 56-41, and Ilgauskas’ layup
capped the burst for a 64-45 halftime lead.
Both teams came out cold in the second half, as Damien Wilkins tallied the
first field goal of the third at the 8:34 mark. Cleveland didn’t score for a
full minute more.
The Cavs outscored the Sonics 21-16 in the stanza to take an 85-61 lead into
the final frame.
A pair of Wilcox free throws brought Seattle within 98-84 with 4:17 to play,
but that was as close as it would get.
Cleveland is 8-0 this season when it scores at least 100 points…The Cavs are
22-2 in their last 24 home games, including 11-2 this season…Seattle’s
Earl Watson scored 10 points…The Cavaliers connected on 54.2 percent of
their shots from the field, while the Sonics shot an abysmal 36.5 percent from
the floor…Cleveland won the rebounding battle, 45-40, led by 13 from