Cavs work overtime to slip by Warriors
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – LeBron James posted 32 points and seven
rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the new-look Golden State
Warriors, 106-104, in overtime at ORACLE Arena.
Larry Hughes scored 15 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 11
rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Aleksandar
Pavlovic contributed 13 points and Anderson Varejao had 12 points and 12
boards off the bench.
Golden State made a blockbuster trade Wednesday, revamping their lineup by
acquiring Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell
from the Indiana Pacers for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu and
Jackson finished with 29 points and seven rebounds, but missed a game-winning
three-point attempt at the buzzer, while Harrington posted 14 points and 12
boards. Jasikevicius scored 10 points in the Golden State debut for all three
Monta Ellis notched 16 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who have
dropped five of six. Matt Barnes posted 12 points and seven boards off the
Also playing shorthanded, however, Golden State’s Baron Davis was suspended
one game by the league on Saturday for swinging at Quinton Ross of the
Clippers on Wednesday. The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of the
Warriors’ 115-109 loss to Los Angeles with 1:47 on the clock.
Cleveland got its largest lead of the night, 103-98, on a James layup with
3:40 to go in overtime.
Jasikevicius later drilled a trey with 8.2 seconds left to cut the Golden
State deficit to just two. James then mistakenly bounced the inbound pass off
his own knee to allow the Warriors another chance to win the game.
Barnes drove through the lane but had the ball stripped, turning it back over
to Cleveland. David Wesley was immediately fouled, but missed both free
Jackson then got a good look from just above the top of the key, but the shot
fell just short along with Golden State’s chances to pull out the win.
With the score deadlocked at 96, James missed a pair of free throws, but
Varejao gathered the rebound and got fouled himself. He was successful on both
for a two-point Cavs lead with 32.9 seconds left in regulation.
Ellis converted a pair of free throws with 27.9 seconds on the clock to tie
the game again, and Pavlovic and James both missed on jumpers in the final
seconds to send the game into overtime.
Golden State edged an early 27-25 first-quarter lead, but broke the game open
in the second. With just a two-point lead, the Warriors exploded on a 20-4
burst ignited by a Jackson trey with five minutes left, and led 62-44 at
Cleveland was down, but not out. The Cavs came out of the locker room on a
16-3 run capped by an Eric Snow jumper with 7:46 to go, and cut their deficit
to just five.
Golden State regtained control, however, closing the quarter on a 15-5 run
capped by an Andris Biedrins layup with just under a minute left to lead 85-73
heading into the final stanza.
Cleveland rallied again down the fourth-quarter stretch. The Cavs went on a
16-2 run capped by a James slam with 2:34 left to take a three-point lead.
Harrington and Jackson, who were the second and third leading scorers for the
Pacers this season, are the keys to the deal for the Warriors. Harrington, who
can play all three frontcourt positions, averaged 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds
in 36 games for Indiana, while Jackson, a guard/forward, tallied 14.1 points
in 37 games…This was the first of two meetings between the squads this
season…Cleveland is scheduled to host the Warriors on January 30th…
Cleveland has lost four of its last six at Golden State…The Warriors
had a modest two-game winning streak in this series snapped.