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NBA   FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        24   18   21   38   8     109  
      NEW ORLEANS      28   25   25   23   7     108     FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 44, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 14, 
                      ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIC 13
                NOR - J.R. SMITH 22, BOSTJAN NACHBAR 17, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 11, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 6
                NOR - P.J. BROWN 11, JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 8, 
                      BOSTJAN NACHBAR 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - ERIC SNOW 6, JEFF MCINNIS 4, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 3
                NOR - DAN DICKAU 12, SPEEDY CLAXTON 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   16,118

Box Score

CLEVELAND (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 53 16-29 9-11 2-6 3 3 44 D Gooden 38 3-9 5-5 3-11 3 2 11 Z Ilgauskas 30 4-7 6-6 2-9 1 4 14 E Snow 30 0-4 0-0 1-3 6 3 0 I Newble 26 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 3 J McInnis 12 0-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 R Traylor 18 5-8 2-4 3-4 1 4 12 L Harris 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Varejao 20 3-4 3-5 0-3 2 4 9 D Diop 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Welsch 11 0-1 3-4 0-1 1 1 3 A Pavlovic 15 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 13 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-79 28-35 11-40 21 22 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (L James 3-10, E Snow 0-1, I Newble 1-1, J Welsch 0-1, A Pavlovic 3-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (Z Ilgauskas, A Varejao). Turnovers:14 (L James 10, E Snow, Z Ilgauskas, I Newble, D Gooden). Steals: 9 (L James 4, A Varejao 2, J McInnis, R Traylor, D Gooden). NEW ORLEANS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Nailon 31 7-11 1-2 2-3 2 1 15 P Brown 38 3-9 5-5 2-11 3 3 11 J Magloire 35 7-10 1-5 1-8 1 3 15 D Dickau 36 3-13 4-4 1-3 12 3 11 J Smith 43 8-16 2-2 3-4 3 2 22 S Claxton 17 1-3 0-0 1-1 7 1 2 C Andersen 18 4-6 3-4 0-1 2 3 11 D West 15 2-4 0-2 1-2 1 3 4 B Nachbar 22 6-9 2-2 2-5 2 5 17 C Jacobsen 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 G Lynch DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Vroman DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-83 18-26 13-38 33 24 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (D Dickau 1-3, J Smith 4-7, S Claxton 0-1, B Nachbar 3-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (J Magloire 2). Turnovers:15 (D Dickau 3, J Magloire 2, B Nachbar 2, J Smith 2, D West 2, L Nailon, C Jacobsen, S Claxton, C Andersen). Steals: 7 (J Smith 2, P Brown, J Magloire, L Nailon, S Claxton, D West). ------------------------------------------------ CLEVELAND 24 18 21 38 8 - 109 NEW ORLEANS 28 25 25 23 7 - 108 ------------------------------------------------ Technical fouls: Cleveland - 2 (D Gooden, 5:33 3rd; A Varejao, 2:15 4th). New Orleans - 2 (P Brown, 4:55 3rd; J Magloire, 2:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,118. T: 2:35. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Jason Phillips, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (109) AT NEW ORLEANS (108) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 53 16-29 9-11 2 4 6 3 3 4 10 44 D GOODEN F 38 3-9 5-5 3 8 11 3 2 1 1 11 Z ILGAUSKAS C 30 4-7 6-6 2 7 9 1 4 0 1 14 E SNOW G 30 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 0 1 0 I NEWBLE G 26 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 3 J MCINNIS 12 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 R TRAYLOR 18 5-8 2-4 3 1 4 1 4 1 0 12 L HARRIS 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A VAREJAO 20 3-4 3-5 0 3 3 2 4 2 0 9 D DIOP 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J WELSCH 11 0-1 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 A PAVLOVIC 15 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 TOTALS 265 37-79 28-35 11 29 40 21 22 9 14 109 (.468) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (11 PTS) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L NAILON F 31 7-11 1-2 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 15 P BROWN F 38 3-9 5-5 2 9 11 3 3 1 0 11 J MAGLOIRE C 35 7-10 1-5 1 7 8 1 3 1 2 15 D DICKAU G 36 3-13 4-4 1 2 3 12 3 0 3 11 J SMITH G 43 8-16 2-2 3 1 4 3 2 2 2 22 S CLAXTON 17 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 7 1 1 1 2 C ANDERSEN 18 4-6 3-4 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 11 D WEST 15 2-4 0-2 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 4 B NACHBAR 22 6-9 2-2 2 3 5 2 5 0 2 17 C JACOBSEN 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 G LYNCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION J VROMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 41-83 18-26 13 25 38 33 24 7 15 108 (.494) (.692) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) CLEVELAND 24 18 21 38 8 - 109 NEW ORLEANS 28 25 25 23 7 - 108 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS, A VAREJAO. NEW ORLEANS - J MAGLOIRE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 7-17 (.412), L JAMES 3-10, E SNOW 0-1, I NEWBLE 1-1, J WELSCH 0-1, A PAVLOVIC 3-4. NEW ORLEANS 8-15 (.533), D DICKAU 1-3, J SMITH 4-7, S CLAXTON 0-1, B NACHBAR 3-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - D GOODEN, A VAREJAO. NEW ORLEANS - P BROWN, J MAGLOIRE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, JASON PHILLIPS, KEN MAUER. A - 16,118. T - 2:35.


Game Story

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- LeBron James would not allow the Cleveland Cavaliers' road losing streak to continue. James scored 17 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers overcame a 17-point deficit for their first road victory in over two months, a 109-108 overtime triumph over the New Orleans Hornets. "We didn't know we had a losing streak on the road until we got to about seven or eight (games)," Cleveland forward Drew Gooden said. "It was so long ago. We should build on this, our first road win with (interim coach Brendan Malone)." Entering with 11 straight losses away from home since a 105-87 win at Golden State on January 22, the Cavaliers were on their way to another road setback as the Hornets opened an 84-67 lead on a dunk by Chris Andersen with 9:41 to go. But James, who played the entire 53 minutes, took over, scoring 14 points during a 30-7 run that gave Cleveland a 97-91 advantage with 3:35 remaining. "I just wanted to get in the game and put us in a position to win," he said. "It was time for me to shoot the ball and every time I shoot the ball, I feel like it is going in. ... My ankle is hurting a lot and I knew I just couldn't sit on the bench." "You could see it in his eyes," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "The thing that disappoints me is that we just took a back seat. We didn't challenge him or their whole team." James made two 3-pointers in the burst after missing all five attempts in the first 36 minutes and Sasha Pavlovic added a pair from the arc. "We never gave up," Malone said. "Everybody can take some credit. ... The two threes each by LeBron and Sasha were enormous." However, James was unable to seal the win in the final moments of regulation. With 11 seconds to go and the Cavaliers leading, 100-99, James committed one of his 10 turnovers. Lee Nailon made an errant breakout pass, giving back possession to Cleveland. "It was a terrible pass," Scott said. "That's the bottom line. We had two guys that were ahead of the pack. I don't know what (Nailon) was thinking or what was on his mind, but he just threw it way too hard. There was no way that anybody was going to catch up to it." Rookie J.R. Smith was forced to foul James, who made just 1-of-2 free throws, and Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 17 points, hit a short jumper with two seconds left to tie it at 101-101. "I knew I had to put it up because time was running down," Nachbar said. "No one was on me, so I just put the ball up and it went in." Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed a shot at the buzzer, forcing overtime. P.J. Brown sank a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to give the Hornets a 108-106 edge. With eight seconds to go, James missed a layup before Gooden grabbed the rebound, hit a layup and converted the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Dan Dickau for a 109-108 lead. "It was crazy," Gooden said. "You know, the whole time I was thinking, 'If Illinois can do it (in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday), we can, too.' We had faith." "That was an enormous rebound and shot and free throw by Gooden," Malone said. "Then we had a great stop at the end." Dickau took a return pass after inbounding the ball and drove to the basket but missed a layup with a second to go, sealing the win for Cleveland. "I drove and LeBron did not come to me, so J.R. wasn't open," Dickau said. "So in that situation, I want to get the ball on the glass and we also have Cat (Jamaal Magloire) and P.J., our two top rebounders, coming down the lane. ... That's a shot I've made this year. It just hasn't been going down the last few games." Ilgauskas had 14 points and nine rebounds, Pavlovic scored 13 in the final 17 minutes and Gooden added 11 and 11 boards for the Cavaliers (36-32), who remained one game ahead of Indiana for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. "I am glad that I was able to help my teammates and that I was so focused and made my shots," said Pavlovic, who was 5-of-8 from the field. "We have to fight back and make the playoffs this year, and we have to play as well as we can." Smith scored 22 points, Dickau added 11 and 12 assists and Brown 11 and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost five of six. "We played great for three quarters, but we just gave the game away," Brown said. "This one really hurts. Don't really know what else to say." "We have had problems this year closing games out," Dickau added. "This one really wasn't fun at all."


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