NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Dallas
(Monday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Cleveland 100, Dallas 81
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in 29 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Cleveland pulled away in the fourth quarter and shut down Dirk Nowitzki for a 100-81 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points and 11 boards for the Cavaliers, who beat the Mavs for just the fourth time in the last 16 meetings. This was Cleveland's largest margin of victory ever in Dallas.
Mo Williams and Delonte West each scored 14 for the Cavs, who bounced back from a 12-point loss at New Orleans on Saturday.
James went 8-of-20 from the floor, but 13-of-15 at the foul line.
"I was in attack mode all night, taking some shots I know I can make and I felt good," said James. "The guys really took care of their business early in the fourth."
Josh Howard had 18 points to lead the Mavs, who got just eight points from Nowitzki on 3-of-11 shooting. Antoine Wright and Gerald Green each had 10 points for the Mavericks, who were coming off a 10-point win at Minnesota on Saturday.
"We got off to a slow start and that put us behind the eight-ball and we had to play catch-up," said Dallas guard Jason Kidd. "In that fourth quarter, we just couldn't get any stops and they scored six or seven times in a row."
Jason Terry's three-pointer for the Mavs tied the game at 63 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third, but James then took over, first rebounding Daniel Gibson's missed three-pointer and scoring on a bank shot putback. After Howard hit one free throw, James converted a three-point play and sank two additional foul shots a minute later.
It was 72-66 going into the fourth, and the Cavs widened the margin thanks to a 13-0 run to begin the frame. Williams had nine points during the spurt, including a three-ball to culminate the flurry with just under nine minutes left.
Nowitzki was held scoreless in the final quarter, and the Mavs suffered by hitting 40.8 percent of their shots from the field and being outrebounded by a 52-35 margin.
Dallas' only lead was 2-0, on a jumper by Nowitzki. West's three-pointer capped an early rally for a 9-2 Cavs advantage and the difference was 28-16 after one period. Cleveland led, 51-42 at the half.
Wally Szczerbiak had 10 points, while Ben Wallace had 13 rebounds for Cleveland...The Cavaliers won for the second straight time at Dallas after losing their previous seven road games versus the Mavericks...Cleveland will play five of its next six at home, starting with Wednesday's game versus the Bulls...Dallas plays on the road against San Antonio on Tuesday...This is the first time since Dec. 14, 2007 Nowitzki was held under 10 points.
11/04 01:56:44 ET