James, Cavs down Grizzlies to win seventh straight
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 29 points as the Cleveland
Cavaliers won their season-high seventh straight game by crushing the Memphis
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 points, while Larry Hughes donated 13 and Donyell
Marshall 12 for Cleveland, which put the game away by outscoring Memphis 35-12
in the third quarter. Sasha Pavlovic scored 11, and Drew Gooden and Anderson
Varejao added 10 apiece for the Cavaliers, who shot 54.1 percent.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Pau Gasol finished with 23 points and 10 boards
for Memphis, which has lost two in a row and eight of nine. Mike Miller,
Memphis’ second leading scorer, was held to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting
for the Grizzlies, who continue to hold the league’s worst record.
James took over in the third. James, hit his first five shots of the frame and
finished 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range on
his way to 15 points in the quarter.
Memphis trailed 97-63 after three quarters and both teams played their subs in
the final 12 minutes.
James, who sat out Cleveland’s 124-100 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday
night with back spasms, finished 11-of-17 with six rebounds, four assists and
three steals in 29 minutes.
Leading 16-15, Cleveland went on a 12-0 run to take a 28-15 lead with just
over four minutes left in the opening quarter. Larry Hughes and Donyell
Marshall score all 12 points during the spurt.
The Cavaliers led 36-25 after one quarter.
Memphis went on a 13-2 run early in the second session to pull within two,
40-38, with 8 1/2 minutes until the half. Cleveland reestablished their grip
on the game with an ensuing 10-2 spurt, capped by a Zydrunas Ilgauskas hook
shot which put the Cavaliers ahead, 50-40, just over midway through the second
Cleveland led 62-51 at the intermission.
Cleveland outrebounded Memphis 45-40…The Grizzlies committed 14
turnovers…Cleveland won for just the second time in its last seven tries in
Memphis…Memphis has now dropped a season-high five straight games at home.