Cavs, minus LeBron, clobber Warriors
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Sasha Pavlovic led eight players in double
figures with a career-high 24 points, as Cleveland looked impressive without
LeBron James in a 124-97 rout of the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans
It was no LeBron, no problem for the Cavaliers, who received 15 points from
Donyell Marshall and 14 points and 10 rebounds from Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Daniel
Gibson tallied 12 points, Larry Hughes led three players with 11 points
apiece, while Damon Jones added 10 points in a bounce-back game.
Playing with an ailing James, Cleveland dropped a 115-100 decision against
Phoenix on Sunday. The franchise player decided to sit out this contest with a
sore big toe.
Baron Davis totaled 21 points and eight assists and Al Harrington added 13
points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who saw a brief two-game winning
streak come to an end.
The first quarter told the tale of a Cleveland rout, as the Cavs opened an
18-18 tie with a 19-4 stretch to end the quarter. Anderson Varejao scored
back-to-back buckets for a 27-20 edge then after a pair of Hughes free throws,
Jones buried a trey and converted a jumper for a 34-20 game.
After cutting the deficit to 10 points, Golden State saw Cleveland rip off
six points in succession. Pavlovic’s jumper made the score 46-30, and
Cleveland ended up holding a 67-47 advantage at the half.
Stephen Jackson made two free throws to bring the Warriors within 12 points at
88-76 with 1:02 left in the third, and Golden State entered the final stanza
Jackson had just six points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Marshall converted an easy slam and David Wesley buried a trey to start the
fourth period, and the Cavs cruised from there.
“Great team effort tonight,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown.
“Offensively, I thought your guys did a nice job executing.”
The game featured three ties and four lead changes…Cleveland made 12-of-22
from beyond the arc and outrebounded Golden State 48-35…The Cavs won both
meetings on the season…Andris Biedrins tallied 12 points in the
loss…Golden State has lost 14 of its last 16 at Cleveland…The Warriors
went 2-for-20 from three-point range.