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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        28   21   23   20    92   
      MEMPHIS          21   30   22   13    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 31, JEFF MCINNIS 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11
                MEM - PAU GASOL 19, LORENZEN WRIGHT 16, MIKE 
                      MILLER 16

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9, DREW GOODEN 8, 
                      SCOTT WILLIAMS 7
                MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, PAU GASOL 7, EARL 
                      WATSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 8, JEFF MCINNIS 7, DREW 
                      GOODEN 7
                MEM - EARL WATSON 7, MIKE MILLER 6, PAU GASOL 
                      5

         ATT:   15,516

Box Score

CLEVELAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 33 5-8 1-2 1-8 7 4 11 L James 46 14-22 2-4 0-5 8 2 31 Z Ilgauskas 33 4-12 3-4 3-9 0 5 11 J McInnis 44 6-14 3-4 1-5 7 3 18 I Newble 25 4-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 9 L Harris 18 0-6 0-0 3-3 0 1 0 E Snow 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 A Varejao 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 S Williams 12 2-3 2-2 3-7 0 4 6 D Diop 11 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 D Wagner DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Pavlovic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 11-16 12-40 23 25 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (L James 1-3, J McInnis 3-6, I Newble 1-1, L Harris 0-1, A Varejao 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (Z Ilgauskas, D Diop, D Gooden). Turnovers:14 (Z Ilgauskas 4, D Gooden 3, L James 3, S Williams, J McInnis, D Diop, L Harris). Steals: 10 (L James 7, I Newble 2, L Harris). MEMPHIS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 37 1-4 2-3 0-1 3 3 5 P Gasol 40 8-14 3-9 1-7 5 1 19 L Wright 28 8-11 0-0 2-10 0 5 16 E Watson 35 2-9 0-0 1-4 7 3 5 M Miller 38 6-11 1-1 0-3 6 2 16 J Posey 18 2-7 0-0 2-3 0 3 5 D Jones 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Burks 13 3-3 1-1 0-1 3 2 7 S Swift 26 4-10 5-6 1-2 1 3 13 J Tsakalidis 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Wells DNP - PERSONAL REASONS R Humphrey DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 12-20 7-31 25 22 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (S Battier 1-2, E Watson 1-2, M Miller 3-3, J Posey 1-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (S Battier 2, S Swift, E Watson, M Miller). Turnovers:17 (P Gasol 7, E Watson 3, L Wright 2, J Posey 2, S Swift 2, A Burks). Steals: 8 (J Posey 2, A Burks 2, L Wright, S Swift, S Battier, E Watson). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 28 21 23 20 - 92 MEMPHIS 21 30 22 13 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 3 (D Gooden, 7:21 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:13 2nd; J McInnis, 9:30 3rd). Memphis - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:43 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,516. T: 2:16. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jason Phillips, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (92) AT MEMPHIS (86) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 33 5-8 1-2 1 7 8 7 4 0 3 11 L JAMES F 46 14-22 2-4 0 5 5 8 2 7 3 31 Z ILGAUSKAS C 33 4-12 3-4 3 6 9 0 5 0 4 11 J MCINNIS G 44 6-14 3-4 1 4 5 7 3 0 1 18 I NEWBLE G 25 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 9 L HARRIS 18 0-6 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 E SNOW 13 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 A VAREJAO 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 S WILLIAMS 12 2-3 2-2 3 4 7 0 4 0 1 6 D DIOP 11 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 D WAGNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION A PAVLOVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-78 11-16 12 28 40 23 25 10 14 92 (.487) (.688) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (12 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 37 1-4 2-3 0 1 1 3 3 1 0 5 P GASOL F 40 8-14 3-9 1 6 7 5 1 0 7 19 L WRIGHT C 28 8-11 0-0 2 8 10 0 5 1 2 16 E WATSON G 35 2-9 0-0 1 3 4 7 3 1 3 5 M MILLER G 38 6-11 1-1 0 3 3 6 2 0 0 16 J POSEY 18 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 2 2 5 D JONES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A BURKS 13 3-3 1-1 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 7 S SWIFT 26 4-10 5-6 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 13 J TSAKALIDIS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B WELLS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS R HUMPHREY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-71 12-20 7 24 31 25 22 8 17 86 (.479) (.600) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17 (21 PTS) CLEVELAND 28 21 23 20 - 92 MEMPHIS 21 30 22 13 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS, D DIOP, D GOODEN. MEMPHIS - S BATTIER 2, S SWIFT, E WATSON, M MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 5-12 (.417), L JAMES 1-3, J MCINNIS 3- 6, I NEWBLE 1-1, L HARRIS 0-1, A VAREJAO 0-1. MEMPHIS 6-9 (.667), S BATTIER 1- 2, E WATSON 1-2, M MILLER 3-3, J POSEY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - D GOODEN, DEFENSIVE THREE, J MCINNIS. MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JASON PHILLIPS, RON OLESIAK. A - 15,516. T - 2:16.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Cleveland's LeBron James torched the Memphis Grizzlies for most of the game and Jeff McInnis finished them off. James scored 27 of his 31 points in the first three quarters and McInnis scored eight of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers closed out a three-game road trip with a 92-86 triumph over the Grizzlies. "Seven steals, eight assists and 31 points," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said of James' performance. "He's going to be pretty good someday." In the first half, James had 19 points on 9-of-11 shoooting and six steals to help Cleveland stay within 51-47. The reigning NBA Rookie of the year added eight more points in the third, which ended with Memphis ahead, 73-72, before McInnis took over in the final period. "I can get off to a slow start at home, but on the road I've got to really start attacking," James said. "I can't wait on the road. That's what I'd been doing the last two games, and it didn't work out. ... Tonight I came out aggressive and kept us in the game and we were able to pull it out in the second half." "LeBron was terrific in the first half," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "We had a hard time containing him, and as a result it caused some chaos and turnovers for us." After Lorenzen Wright's follow shot gave Memphis an 81-79 edge with 6:03 to go, the Cavaliers answered with an 11-2 run. Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit a basket to tie the game with 3:31 remaining and McInnis added a jumper just under one minute later to put Cleveland ahead for good, 83-81. "I've got confidence to shoot it," said McInnis, who'd gone 3-of-10 from the field over the first three quarters. "I was in LeBron's ear the whole time, saying, 'Earl Watson is leaving me, doubling on you.' I know I was missing before, but I promised him I'd hit one." Wright hit another jumper with 99 seconds left to reduce the Cavaliers' lead to 85-83, but McInnis responded with his third 3-pointer of the game with 1:01 remaining. "It's been smooth sailing ever since McInnis got here (from Portland last season)," James said. "It hurt our playoff chances when he got hurt last year. Who knows if we could've made the playoffs last year if he didn't get injured. ... So I love him being around." Sixteen seconds later, James picked off Wright's pass and raced to other end of the floor, putting an exclamation point on the win with a two-handed jam. James' thunderous dunk put him over the 30-point threshold for the fifth time this season and the first time in December. Drew Gooden, who played for Memphis during his rookie campaign two seasons ago, collected 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists for the Cavaliers. Ilgauskas added 11 points and nine rebounds for Cleveland, which held a 40-31 advantage on the glass. Pau Gasol scored 19 points for the Grizzlies but managed just one point in the fourth quarter and was an uncharacteristic 3-of-9 from the line. Wright, who had 10 rebounds, and Mike Miller each scored 16 points for Memphis, which had just three baskets in the final seven minutes and managed just 13 points in the fourth quarter.


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