NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Philadelphia|
(Friday, January 26th)
Final Score: Cleveland 105, Philadelphia 97
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Drew Gooden poured in 21 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds as Cleveland came back from a 17-point halftime deficit
without superstar LeBron James and toppled Philadelphia, 105-97, in the back
end of a home-and-home series at the Wachovia Center.
James missed the game due to a sprained right toe, which he suffered in
Wednesday's 118-115 double-overtime loss to the Sixers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The fourth-year player had an MRI exam on Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic and
the results came back negative. Cleveland's medical staff re-examined James on
Friday and, along with head coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry,
a decision was made that James would sit out against the Sixers.
Donyell Marshall scored 17 points and pulled down nine boards off the bench
while Larry Hughes had 16 points for the Cavaliers, who won for just the
second time in their last seven games.
"We wanted to take it one possession at a time," Gooden said. "I think we
played well offensively in the first half. In the half-court set, they
[Sixers] had their way with us in the first half, but that changed in the
Andre Iguodala, who netted a career-high 34 points in Wednesday's win,
finished with 22 points and seven assists while Andre Miller recorded his
seventh career triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 13 helpers for
the Sixers, who were trying for their first three-game winning streak since
starting the season 3-0.
"Well, the first half was good," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks stated. "I
thought our defense was good in the first half, our offense, obviously, was
pretty good, and we shot sixty-some percent. In the second half, they
continued to make shots."
Joe Smith added 15 points off the bench, Rodney Carney contributed 14 and Kyle
Korver donated 13 in defeat.
Down 60-43 at the half, Cleveland won the battle in the third by scoring 15 of
the first 20 points, and with under one minute to play in the quarter,
Anderson Varejao hit a running layup and added a free throw to cut within
Iguodala followed up by converting 1-of-2 from the charity stripe as the
Sixers held a six-point edge entering the final frame.
In the fourth, Gooden's hook shot tied the game at 83 with 7:14 remaining and
the Cavaliers went up 90-86 on David Wesley's trey just under two minutes
Philadelphia, though, scored the next six points to go up by two.
Then, after Daniel Gibson drained a three, Iguodala followed with a layup for
a 94-93 Sixers lead, but it was all Cleveland the rest of the way as it went
on a 12-3 spurt to seal the come-from-behind victory.
"We have a good team here," Marshall said. "A lot of people think we're
underachieving but we're starting to come together as a team. We needed
somebody to step up with LeBron being out, but we all stepped up."
Steven Hunter's layup capped a 10-0 burst by the Sixers and gave them a 22-7
lead with 5:34 left in the first quarter. Cleveland then cut its deficit to
six at 26-20 2 1/2 minutes later, but Philadelphia netted 12 of the final 17
points in the frame for a 38-25 advantage.
The Sixers finished an incredible 81 percent (17-of-21) shooting from the
field in the first.
In the second, the Cavaliers got as close as seven after a Gooden jumper at
the 3:12 mark, however, Philadelphia went on a 12-2 scamper -- led by Smith's
nine points -- for a 17-point halftime lead.
Miller became the 24th player in Sixers franchise history to record a triple-
double...Damon Jones scored 15 points for Cleveland...Hunter ended with 12
points...Philadelphia finished 50 percent from the floor while the Cavaliers
shot 49.4 percent in the game.
01/26 23:40:17 ET