NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Cleveland
(Wednesday, February 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 94, LA Clippers 77
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points and added a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-77, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Aleksandar Pavlovic also chipped in with 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who have won two of their last three games despite coming into the contest just 4-8 since January 16.
Larry Hughes had 15 points, Drew Gooden finished with 13 and LeBron James ended the night with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting for Cleveland.
"Guys took advantage of what we had," said James. "I never forced anything tonight. I never do anyway. Guys were able to step in there and we got a big win."
Elton Brand led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped three straight. Shaun Livingston donated 19 points and seven boards, while Sam Cassell had 14 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Daniel Gibson hit back-to-back three pointers to open the game for the Cavs, who jumped out to an early 9-4 lead less than two minutes in.
The Clippers bounced back behind the strong play of Brand, who's turnaround jumper gave him eight points just six minutes in, and eventually powered LA to its first lead with under three minutes left in the stanza.
Gooden's tip shot and Donyell Marshall's trey, however, gave Cleveland a 28-26 edge heading into the second quarter.
James' driving dunk keyed a 16-5 surge with 4:29 remaining before the half. Gibson's buzzer-beating trey finally capped the rally, as Cleveland took a 54-43 lead into the locker room.
Ilgauskas has 11 points and nine boards at intermission.
Los Angeles pulled within nine, 69-60, on a pair of Cassell free throws at 2:27 of the third quarter. The Clippers, however, couldn't get any closer and trailed 74-61 heading into the fourth.
Cleveland then pulled away in the final stanza, starting on a 6-0 run and eventually extending its lead to 20 points.
The Clippers made just one field goal over the last five minutes as the Cavs cruised to the finish.
"Whenever we can get out and attack a team from start to finish, I think it works best in our favor," said Hughes. "We have the athletes to do it. We have the big guys that can shoot the ball. Teams really don't like to play defense. The more and more you attack, the more you take their confidence away on the offensive end."
The Clippers were held to 35 percent shooting...The Cavs opened the season 15-3 at Quicken Loans Arena, but have won only three of their last seven home games...The Clippers have lost five straight visits to Cleveland and 11 of their last 13 road games against the Cavaliers.
02/07 23:50:49 ET