Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Friday, February 10th
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

Wizards 99

(5-2, 2-1 away)

Cavaliers 114

(6-2, 4-0 home)

Coverage: FSOH

7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2005

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 22 22 26 2999
CLE 18 29 35 32114

Top Performers

WSH: A. Jamison 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Cle: L. James 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

Hughes, James key Cavs' victory over Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Every time Luke Jackson got up off the bench, LeBron James knocked down another shot.

"If LeBron is hitting 3-pointers, you've got to let him keep rolling," Jackson said. "Nobody has a problem with leaving him in when he's like that."

James scored a season-high 37 points and Larry Hughes added 22 in his first game against his former team as the Cleveland Cavaliers roughed up the Washington Wizards 114-99 on Tuesday night.

James, who helped recruit Hughes as a free agent to Cleveland during the offseason, scored just two points in the first quarter but followed with 14 in the second, 14 in the third and seven in the fourth before leaving with 2:32 left.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown tried to substitute for James "three or four times" in the first quarter, but it seemed like as soon as Jackson vacated his seat and headed for the scorer's table, James responded with big plays.

"I hit a couple 3s and a dunk and I saw the guy who was coming to get me sit back down," said James, who added 10 rebounds in 42 minutes.

Brown felt bad for Jackson and tried to make him feel better.

"I kissed him on the forehead one time," Brown said. "But that's kind of embarrassing for an NBA player."

The Cavaliers won their fifth straight, and are 4-0 at home, winning by an average of 21 points at Quicken Loans Arena.

Hughes was only 7-of-19 from the field, but he added eight assists and made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the final 5:03 to thwart a Wizards rally. Donyell Marshall added 16 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 12 for the Cavs.

Washington's Gilbert Arenas, who scored a league-high 43 on Saturday night against San Antonio, was held to 18 -- 10 below his average -- and shot just 4-of-17. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 26 points and Caron Butler had 14.

"I couldn't get to the basket," Arenas said. "Every time we made a run, LeBron answered. We just didn't have it tonight."

With James resting on the bench, the Wizards pulled to 86-77 early in the fourth on a layup by Antonio Daniels. But James came back after sitting for only 1:12 and the Cavaliers immediately went on an 8-0 run.

"I felt I needed him back on the floor," Brown said. "LeBron is absolutely amazing."

Moments later, Hughes hit a 3-pointer and Drew Gooden scored on a putback as the Cavaliers opened a 101-86 lead and coasted.

Driving to the basket at every opportunity, James went 6-for-8 from the floor and scored 14 points in the third. His 3-point play in the final second gave the Cavs an 82-70 lead entering the fourth.

Hughes left the Wizards as a free agent this summer when the club low-balled him with their first contract offer, allowing the Cavs to sign him to a five-year, $60 million deal.

Before the game, Hughes was asked how much he was looking forward to playing the Wizards.

"I definitely want to win so I talk a little smack to those guys," Hughes said. "I was one of the oldest guys on that team and they kind of looked up to me."

Arenas came in as the league's hottest player after scoring 75 points in his previous two games, but he never got into a rhythm as Hughes and the Cavaliers chased him all over the floor.

"I was calling out their plays," Hughes said. "I was with them long enough that I knew where their guys were going."

Following the game, Arenas dressed quickly and came to visit Hughes in the Cavaliers' newly remodeled locker room.

"Man," Arenas said, admiring the state-of-the-art stereo equipment and TV screens in each player's dressing stall. "Was this part of the salary cap?"

Arenas arrived so quickly after the game, Hughes asked his good friend if he had bothered showering.

"Yeah, I took one," Arenas said. "Our meeting was quick."

Game notes

Arenas has made a 3-pointer in 36 straight games, a league high. ... The Cavaliers entered as the only team in the league to have three players -- Gooden, Ilgauskas and Marshall -- among the top 30 rebounders. ... The Cavs missed their first nine shots. ... The Wizards play four of their next five on the road. ... Cleveland, the NBA's leading free-throw team, went 23-of-27 from the line. They're shooting 82.2 after finishing 20th overall with a 75.2 percentage last season.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 99 114
FGM-FGA 33-78 (.423) 42-85 (.494)
3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 7-14 (.500)
FTM-FTA 29-41 (.707) 23-27 (.852)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 12-46
Assists 19 26
Turnovers 9 13
Steals 7 5
Blocks 4 7
Fast Break Points 22 27
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 25 (1/0)
Largest Lead 9 18

Top Performers

Antawn Jamison Jamison
Points: 26
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
LeBron James James
Points: 37
Reb: 10
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 2