NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Cleveland
(Sunday, April 5th)
Final Score: Cleveland 101, San Antonio 81
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James led all scorers with 38 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to an easy 101-81 win over Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mo Williams and Delonte West each donated 22 points apiece for Cleveland, which recovered after dropping its previous two games, including a 116-87 loss at Orlando on Friday. The Central Division-champion Cavs improved to a sensational 37-1 at home this season, tying the club record for wins at home.
"The last two games we didn't show what we've done all year, play Cavalier basketball and we got embarrassed," James said. "So you just can't go out there and turn it on anytime you want to because you get embarrassed at times. To come back home, to our home crowd and to play like we played tonight is a good sign."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas chipped in with a game-high 10 boards to go along with eight points for Cleveland, which is now four games ahead of idle Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs also moved 1 1/2 games in front of the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the NBA. The Lakers host the Clippers on Sunday.
Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao missed the contest with a right wrist injury and was replaced in the starting lineup by Darnell Jackson, who had four points and five rebounds.
Tony Parker had a team-high 24 points for the Spurs, who were unable to build off a 126-121 win at Indiana on Friday. San Antonio has dropped three of its last four overall and is only a half-game ahead of Houston for first place in the Southwest after the Rockets defeated Portland on Sunday.
Drew Gooden went for 15 points off the bench and Michael Finley, Matt Bonner and Roger Mason Jr. chipped in with eight points apiece in defeat. Tim Duncan was limited to six points and seven boards for the Spurs.
"LeBron did what you might assume he would do and I thought Delonte West was great tonight," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "He made a lot of things happen for a lot of people in addition to LeBron being great. So that's the deal."
Cleveland held a 28-27 lead after one quarter, then opened the second on a 10-0 run. Joe Smith's jumper got the surge started and Williams and West followed with two makes each to stretch the Cavs lead to 38-27 nearly 4 1/2 minutes in.
Williams' three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half put the hosts up by a 55-42 margin heading into the break.
In the third, a Finley trey got the Spurs back to within seven at 67-60 with 5:33 remaining. However, an Ilgauskas make ignited an 8-0 Cavaliers run and their lead quickly ballooned to 15 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the period. Cleveland led 78-63 after three quarters.
James and company had their way with things in the fourth and following a three-pointer by the Cleveland superstar, his squad had a 20-point advantage with a shade under four minutes to play.
Cleveland will end its brief two-game homestand against Washington on Wednesday, while the Spurs conclude a two-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Tuesday...San Antonio fell to 23-15 on the visitor this season...Cleveland has won six of its past seven meetings with the Spurs...Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds. He was the only Cleveland reserve to score...Cleveland finished 37-4 at home during the 1988-89 season.
04/05 21:37:29 ET