James was back at Sovereign Bank Arena for the first time since
scoring 50 points there in a high school game.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds,
and Damon Jones added 14 points for Cleveland (4-2). Ilgauskas took
advantage of the absence of Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert
and power forward Chris Webber, totaling 17 points and 12 rebounds
in the first half.
Cleveland started to take control midway through the third
quarter, before Iverson picked up the pace again and helped
Philadelphia quickly erase a 79-72 deficit. He scored 17 points in
the period, pulling the 76ers within 84-83 going into the fourth
Iverson then drilled a jumper with 11:45 remaining to put them
ahead again. Salmons followed with a layup 19 seconds later to push
Philadelphia's lead to 87-84.
Cleveland then took over, with reserves Obinna Ekezie and Luke
Jackson leading the way. Ekezie scored inside and made a couple
free throws, and Jackson later hit a shot clock-beating 30-footer
to give the Cavaliers the lead for good at 93-90 with 7:20 left.
The Sixers had a chance to tie in the waning moments, but
Iverson's runner kicked off the rim and James rebounded the ball
with 9.1 seconds remaining. He was immediately fouled and made two
free throws to seal the win.