National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 25 points and dished out
11 assists, and the Cavaliers got a huge contribution from rookie Daniel
Gibson in a 91-87 win over Detroit, as Cleveland evened the Eastern Conference
finals after four games. James, who also had seven rebounds, scored 13
points in the final quarter. Gibson had a career-best 21 points, hitting
all 12 of his foul shots and getting 35 minutes of playing time thanks to a
foot injury to Larry Hughes. Drew Gooden added 19 points and eight rebounds
for Cleveland, which won both of its games at home and can go ahead in the
series with a victory in Game 5 Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Cavaliers were in the same position last year in the conference semifinals
going to Detroit and won Game 5, but lost the final two games. Chauncey
Billups had 23 points and nine rebounds, but he missed his last six shots
from the field for Detroit, which ended 3-of-17 from three-point range.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 points, Tayshaun Prince 15 and Antonio McDyess 12
for Detroit. Hughes started the game for Cleveland despite a partial tear
of the plantar fascia in his foot. He had just two points in 16 minutes of
court time before yielding to Gibson.