NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Cleveland
(Wednesday, November 9th)
Final Score: Cleveland 112, Seattle 85
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored a game-high 31 points, as the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated on the glass to rout the Seattle SuperSonics, 112-85, at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers outrebounded Seattle, 56-21.
James shot 10-of-18 from the floor, including 11-of-11 from the free-throw line for the Cavaliers, who won for the third time in five games this season. Larry Hughes added 13 points and five assists, while Donyell Marshall contributed 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Ray Allen scored 28 points while distributing seven assists for the SuperSonics, losers of two in a row and three of four to begin the season. Ronald Murray was Seattle's second-highest scorer with 15 points.
Luke Ridnour added six assists as the Sonics shot only 41 percent from the floor compared to the Cavaliers' 50 percent. Cleveland's largest lead in the game was 29, as Seattle wasn't close after the first quarter.
Cleveland jumped out to an early 9-2 lead after James' layup just over two minutes into the game, but Allen's three-point field goal would tie the contest at 9-9 with 7:55 remaining in the frame. The two clubs remained close through most of the period until the Cavaliers closed out the stanza on a 13-6 run to hold a 34-26 lead.
An 11-2 run extended Cleveland's lead to 47-32 just under five minutes into the second. Two Drew Gooden free throws would later give the Cavaliers a 57-39 lead and James' dunk with 28 seconds left lifted Cleveland a 65-43 advantage heading into the second half.
The Cavs outscored the Sonics 31-17 in the second quarter.
A 12-5 Seattle run in the third cut it a 76-60, but the Cavs responded with a 9-2 spurt to make it 85-62 and Cleveland carried an 89-67 lead into the final stanza as the SuperSonics found themselves down 22 points.
It stayed all Cleveland, as the Cavaliers opened up the fourth with an 8-2 run and James' alley-oop from Marshall gave the Cavs a 99-71 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. Seattle would close it to within 103-80 until Cleveland scored five straight points and Luke Jackson's basket then gave the Cavs a 110-83 lead.
Vladimir Radmanovic had 12 points for Seattle...Zydrunas Ilgauskas had nine rebounds. Marshall pulled down five offensive boards...Cleveland had 21 fast break points compared to Seattle's one...Seattle's Rashard Lewis left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.
11/09 21:50:07 ET