Tuesday , Jan , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs use huge fourth quarter to down Spurs

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Larry Hughes scored 13 of his 18 points in a
strong 38-point fourth quarter by Cleveland, which came back from an early
deficit to beat San Antonio, 82-78, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Hughes finished 6-of-12 shooting with five rebounds and three assists while
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Drew Gooden netted 10 points
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added eight points and grabbed 13 boards in the win.

Cleveland, which has won four of its last five games, shot just 36 percent
from the floor.

Tony Parker poured in a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting for the
Spurs, who lost for only the third time in 10 contests. Tim Duncan chipped in
with 18 points while pulling down 15 boards for a San Antonio club which
finished 38 percent shooting.

After an unimpressive and low-scoring third quarter by both teams, the Spurs
held a 50-44 edge entering the final frame, but surrendered the lead and gave
away the game.

Cleveland scored eight of the first 10 points in the fourth and tied the game
at 52 on a Hughes three. The contest remained deadlocked until Hughes
converted a three-point play to give the Cavaliers the lead, 60-57, with 7:35
to play.

Minutes later, Damon Jones capped a 12-2 spurt with a pair of hits from the
charity stripe to put Cleveland up by seven, 66-59. The technical free throws
were a result of San Antonio head coach Greg Popovich’s ejection for arguing
with officials.

With just under two minutes left, Parker drained two free throws to get the
Spurs within three at 70-67, but Jones came right back and scored five of the
Cavaliers’ next seven points to make it 77-69 with 37 seconds left.

Parker then hit a driving layup to cut San Antonio’s deficit to 81-78,
however, James nailed a key free throw to seal the victory.

The Spurs went up 21-15 in the first quarter after a Matt Bonner three-
pointer, but the Cavaliers tied the game when Daniel Gibson and Donyell
Marshall drilled treys late in the period.

San Antonio opened the second with a 10-0 burst for a 31-21 lead with 8:13
remaining. Then, with 26 seconds left until halftime, Gooden’s layup cut
Cleveland’s deficit to 40-33 going into the locker room.

Both teams performed poorly in the third quarter as the Cavaliers netted just
11 points while the Spurs were held to a season-low 10 points.

Game Notes

Jones finished with 11 points…Bonner ended with eight points…Anderson
Varejao had eight points and seven rebounds for Cleveland…The Cavaliers
improved to 14-3 at home this year…The Spurs have dropped six of their last
nine trips to Cleveland.