Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Tuesday, November 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 28th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 5th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 16th

Hawks 89

(10-41, 2-22 away)

Cavaliers 111

(30-20, 20-5 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 24 26 18 2189
    CLE 30 25 29 27111

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Childress 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cle: L. James 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Cleveland goes 4-0 in season series

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Sometimes reaching 30 isn't scary, a reason to get a tattoo or to stop counting.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the big 3-0 without any regrets.

    LeBron James scored 28 points, fellow All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 and the Cavaliers got to 30 wins before the All-Star break for just the fourth time with a 111-89 victory over the undermanned Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

    James, who finished with six assists and five rebounds in 38 minutes, was among the very few who thought it possible for the Cavaliers to win so many games so quickly.

    "My goal was 30 (by the break)," James said. "But you know me, I expect us to win every night. What did we win last year, 35? Our next goal is to make the playoffs and to get home-court advantage."

    Ilgauskas added 13 rebounds, including a club record-tying 12 on offense, as the Cavaliers completed a four-game season sweep of the Hawks (10-41), who dressed just nine players and were exhausted in the second half after playing on Tuesday.

    "That's life in the NBA," coach Mike Woodson said. "You've got to play. We did a lot of good things, then we just ran out of juice."

    The last time Cleveland had 30 wins before the All-Star break was 1992-93, when the Cavs made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Cavs reached the 30-win plateau in advance of the All-Star game in 1991-92 and 1988-89 -- also playoff seasons.

    Before this season, Cavs coach Paul Silas would have settled for 23 or 24 wins by now.

    "I felt if we could be around .500, I would be ecstatic," he said. "This team has exceeded my expectations. It's a credit to these guys, because they've listened, they've learned and now it's coming together."

    Antoine Walker had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who lost their 15th straight road game.

    Drew Gooden had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, and Ilgauskas tied Michael Cage's 1996 club mark for offensive boards by playing volleyball above and around the Hawks' basket.

    "A lot of them were my own misses," Ilgauskas said. "I missed some easy shots and got some tip-ins. We knew that we had a size advantage over them and we capitalized on that."

    The Cavaliers didn't have the Hawks under wraps until midway through the third period. Jeff McInnis hit a 3-pointer to put Cleveland ahead 66-56, triggering a 12-4 run that included a slam dunk by James, who also had one taken away.

    All alone on a breakaway, James, who has not yet publicly announced if he'll compete in Saturday's All-Star dunk contest, got carried away and ran with the ball before taking off. He wheeled around with a surprised look when referee Bernie Fryer called him for traveling.

    "They usually let that one go," James said.

    Moments later, James dunked off a feed from McInnis and Sasha Pavlovic's 3-pointer made it 71-58. The Cavaliers kept attacking and extended their lead to 18 when Pavlovic flipped the ball behind his back to a breaking Gooden, who dunked and finished off a three-point play to make it 84-66.

    James drained a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers built a 99-74 lead with 8:44 left, giving Silas a chance to rest some of his starters for Thursday night's game at Minnesota.

    Game notes

    The Cavs didn't get win No. 30 last season until March 14, when they were 30-36. They finished 35-47. ... James will appear in a new Sprite commercial debuting during Sunday's All-Star game. He has a multimillion dollar endorsement deal with the soft-drink giant. ... The Hawks have lost seven straight to Cleveland. ... Cavs reserve C DeSagana Diop finished with six points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 15 minutes. Silas said Diop is in the rotation -- for now. ... Silas won't be upset if James skips the dunk event in Denver. "He's playing in the rookie game and the All-Star game already," Silas said. "And they're going to have him doing everything. He's not going to get any rest." ... Hawks rookie Josh Smith, who was already set to play in the Rookie Challenge, was picked Wednesday to be in the dunk contest. He got in some practice with a vicious slam in the first half off a steal.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 111
    FGM-FGA 39-91 (.429) 45-94 (.479)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 10-15 (.667) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-44 22-51
    Assists 20 34
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 7 11
    Fast Break Points 10 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 13 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 3 27

    Top Performers

    Josh Childress Childress
    Points: 14
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    LeBron James James
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0