NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Cleveland
(Friday, January 4th)
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Sacramento 93
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James posted game-highs with 24 points and 10 assists as Cleveland staged a fourth-quarter comeback to best injury- riddled Sacramento, 97-93, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 14 points and a game-best 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won four of their last five. Daniel Gibson and Devin Brown contributed 13 points apiece off the bench and Anderson Varejao chipped in with 11 points.
John Salmons led the way with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who have dropped five of their last six. Brad Miller added 17 points, Francisco Garcia had 15, and both Mikki Moore and Beno Udrih added 11 points each in the loss.
Cleveland trailed by six at the start of the fourth quarter, but quickly caught fire and gained an 85-77 lead with an 18-4 burst ending on Varejao's three-point play midway through. Gibson came up huge with seven points during the stretch, including a three-pointer.
The Kings, though, narrowed the gap to 90-89 with 3:29 remaining on a Salmons three, but Varejao's putback with 1:03 left boosted the Cavs to a 94-91 edge.
Udrih responded with a runner on the next trip down the court, then Gibson drained a three from the right side with 11.8 to go which gave Cleveland breathing room at 97-93.
Garcia then unloaded a three off the back of the rim, and Sasha Pavlovic's loose-ball foul gave possession back to the Kings with 5.4 on the clock. Miller unloaded a desperation three which bounced off the rim and out to end the game.
Sacramento began the game with an 11-4 run, then increased its lead to eight, 19-11, with 3:37 left on a Moore lay-in. The visitors' lead ballooned to as much as 12, and the Kings took a 29-21 lead after one.
The Cavs began the second with six straight points, all on dunks, then rallied to tie the game at 34-34 on Brown's pair from the line. After an Udrih jumper made it 40-36 for the Kings, they stayed a step ahead of Cleveland until Pavlovic's layup gave the Cavs a one-point edge.
It was 49-49 at the break thanks to a Dahntay Jones jumper followed by one from the line by Ilgauskas.
The Kings led by six early in the third, but the Cavs responded with a 10-2 run to take a 61-59 lead on a James free throw with 5:22 to go. However, Sacramento came right back with a 12-3 run to assume a 71-64 edge on a Miller jumper with 1:28 left. Sacramento then had a 73-67 advantage heading into the fourth.
The Cavs have won five of the last six meetings...Moore led the Kings with 11 rebounds...Sacramento forward Ron Artest did not play. He will be sidelined up to four weeks following right elbow surgery...The Kings also played without Kevin Martin, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and guard Mike Bibby...The Cavs went without forward Donyell Marshall, out after wrist surgery...Cleveland outrebounded Sacramento 43-41...Garcia led all players with six turnovers.
01/04 22:31:34 ET