NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Cleveland
(Wednesday, January 5th)
Final Score: Cleveland 101, Atlanta 85
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James had 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead Cleveland past Atlanta, 101-85, at Gund Arena. Zydrunas Ilgauskas poured in a game-high 28 points with nine boards for the Cavaliers, winners of four of their last five games.
Jeff McInnis had 16 points and nine assists, while Ira Newble and Drew Gooden both had 10 points in the victory. Cleveland has won the last six meetings versus the Hawks, including the first three of the 2004-05 season.
Antoine Walker paced the Hawks with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Al Harrington chipped in 16 points and nine boards for Atlanta, losers of five straight.
After three quarters of beating each other up, the Cavs pulled away at 88-77 on an Ilgauskas layup with less than nine minutes to go in the game. James then put the game out of reach with a baseline jam and a three-pointer in succession, giving Cleveland a 93-79 advantage.
"We just picked it up in the fourth quarter," Cleveland head coach Paul Silas said after the game. "We just kept attacking."
The Hawks never recovered after missing a myriad of shots to open the fourth quarter and suffered their fifth straight road loss.
The opening quarter was a battle with both teams deadlocked at 29 apiece after 12 minutes of action. Aleksandar Pavlovic buried a three-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter, staking Cleveland to a 42-35 lead. The Hawks then put together a nice run for a 49-48 halftime edge. Walker led all scorers at the break with 15 points.
Cleveland outscored the Hawks by a slim 30-28 margin in the third quarter and carried a 78-77 lead into the final stanza.
Atlanta has dropped three in a row at Cleveland...The Cavs have won 12 of their last 14 home games...The Hawks are only 2-12 on the road this season and 2-15 versus the Eastern Conference...Cleveland improved to 12-3 as the host this season...The Cavs had a 43-38 edge on the boards...Walker made 4-of-9 three-pointers...Ilgauskas was 11-of-19 from the field...The Cavs activated guard Dajuan Wagner from the injured list before the game, but sent him home with the flu...Atlanta guard Tony Delk left in the second quarter with a left hand injury.
01/05 21:56:49 ET