NBA Game Summary - Washington at Cleveland
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Cleveland 105, Washington 74
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in a team-high 24 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 as Cleveland routed Washington, 105-74, in an afternoon affair at Gund Arena.
Drew Gooden netted 14 with 15 rebounds, while Lucious Harris contributed 11 points off the bench for Cleveland, which owned the glass, outrebounding the Wizards by a 62-32 margin. Jeff McInnis added 13 for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight after starting the season 0-3.
The Cavs also dominated the paint by scoring 58 points down low.
"We were able to shut them (Wizards) down today," said James. "The key was definitely our defense. Every run we had was started by our defense stepping up."
Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 25 points for the Wizards, who shot 33.3 percent from the field and have dropped three of four.
Antawn Jamison had 14 and Brendan Haywood chipped in 10 points in a losing cause.
Cleveland jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on Ilgauskas' free throw with just under nine minutes left in the stanza and never looked back.
"We just got off to a bad start," said Arenas. "There was no energy, we didn't have any energy at the beginning of the game."
After 12 minutes of action the Cavs' margin grew to a 28-11 score. The two teams played even in the second quarter and Cleveland maintained a 17-point lead, 52-35, as both teams headed into the locker room.
Ilgauskas netted 11 for the Cavs, while the Wizards were led by Arenas's 13 points in the first 24 minutes of play. . Washington used a 19-8 flurry to start the third, trimming the deficit to a four point game. Arenas' jumper capped the run, making it 60-54 with 6:20 remaining in the stanza.
However, that was as close as the Wizards would get the rest of the way. Cleveland closed out the frame on a 16-7 spurt, ending on Ilgauskas' hook shot that made it 76-61 heading into the fourth.
The Cavs then put the game away in the early stages of the fourth quarter. A 16-6 flurry to start the stanza was capped by a Gooden free throw, staking Cleveland to a commanding 92-67 lead with around six minutes left.
The two teams split four meetings last year with each team winning one at the foe's building...Cleveland shot just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, while the Wizards finished 5-of-9 from three-point land.
11/13 17:23:55 ET