Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Saturday, November 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 3: Sunday, February 1st
Game 4: Saturday, February 7th

Cavaliers 104

(18-29, 5-20 away)

Wizards 100

(14-32, 10-13 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    12:00 PM ET, February 1, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 24 18 36 26104
    WSH 18 29 17 36100

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: L. James 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Washington: J. Hayes 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

    James shoots 14-for-27 from the field

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- LeBron James had his own Super Sunday.

    LeBron James
    The Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 overall draft pick did it all, good and bad. He scored a career-high 38 points and got his first NBA technical foul in Sunday's 104-100 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    "I was feeling it," he said. "My teammates kept feeding me the ball, and I was able to get the shots I wanted."

    James' line in the box score was a mouthful. He went 14-for-27 from the field, 9-for-11 from the free-throw line and had six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and six turnovers. He also committed three offensive fouls and made four three-point plays, including three during his 19-point third quarter when the Cleveland took the lead for good.

    "He carried the load," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "He is one heck of a player, and that's what this league is made of -- star players carrying their team."

    James' technical came with 3:02 to play and the Cavaliers leading comfortably. He looked unhappy when he didn't draw a foul while trying to put back an offensive rebound, then flung his headband into the crowd.

    "I didn't say nothing," James said. "I just threw my headband into the crowd, and he gave me a T."

    Carlos Boozer's game was nearly as impressive. He had 21 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Cavaliers, who improved to 5-20 on the road and have won six of eight. Cleveland got its 18th victory, surpassing its win total from last season, despite committing 24 turnovers.

    Washington's Jerry Stackhouse, activated from the injured list, scored 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting -- including a pair of air balls -- in his first game this season. Stackhouse had knee surgery Oct. 21.

    Rookie Jarvis Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Wizards, who fell to 2-3 in a seven-game homestand. Jordan responded with some of his most critical remarks of the season, saying his players didn't match Cleveland's hard work and grit.

    "We're trying to change a losing culture here, and it's not easy," Jordan said. "We're taking baby steps. We're having setbacks, and we're going to keep plugging it."

    Jordan said change is needed "everywhere" in a franchise that hasn't won a playoff game in 16 years.

    "The people have to change, or you have to change the people," Jordan said.

    The talk of both locker rooms was James, and the calls he did and didn't get. He was fortunate not to get a fourth offensive foul when he stuck his right arm in Stackhouse's chest on a drive early in the fourth quarter. Stackhouse was called for the foul, and an incensed Jordan was quickly on the court, drawing a technical.

    After that, the calls seem to go against James.

    "This is a man's league, and sometimes you ain't going to get the foul," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "I know we've got a teenager playing in it, but, hey, you see his body and you'll think he's a man."

    Added James: "We are professionals here. Hopefully I'll keep getting respect. I know my rookie year I'm going to get a little bit. But I keep gaining it, keep playing my basketball, and keep winning."

    James led the Cavaliers to a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Wizards never got closer than double digits until the game's final minute, when a stream of turnovers -- including a bad pass by James -- helped Washington finish the game with a 20-9 run.

    James made seven of 10 shots in the third quarter, giving him another chance to compare himself with Michael Jordan.

    "I wear No. 23 for a reason," James said, "so I guess that's what he felt like when he used to heat up."

    Game notes

    The Cavaliers were unable to return home after their victory because of mechanical problems with the team plane. Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper in Cleveland said the team was waiting on a replacement part to arrive in Washington. ... James' previous high had been 37 points against Boston on Dec. 13. ... The Wizards made three starting lineup changes: Stackhouse for Hayes, Brendan Haywood for Etan Thomas, and Christian Laettner for Kwame Brown. Brown broke his nose when he took an elbow from Torraye Braggs during warmups and didn't play until the second half. It was Washington's 15th different starting lineup this season. ... To make room for Stackhouse on the roster, the Wizards placed guard Mitchell Butler on the injured list with right knee tendinitis. ... The teams meet again in Cleveland on Saturday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 100
    FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 37-86 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 26-30 (.867) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-44 9-33
    Assists 23 20
    Turnovers 24 13
    Steals 6 15
    Blocks 9 4
    Fast Break Points 7 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 23 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    LeBron James James
    Points: 38
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Jarvis Hayes Hayes
    Points: 20
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0