CLEVELAND (AP) -- Donyell Marshall made the biggest play when it
mattered, then made two more when it meant the most.
Marshall converted a key three-point play in regulation, then
hit consecutive 3-pointers in overtime to help the Cleveland
Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-105 Wednesday night.
"I still didn't shoot well, but made them when it counted,"
said Marshall, who shot 1-for-7 before scoring nine points in a
2:16 span over the end of regulation and overtime.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 29 points before fouling out in the extra
period and LeBron James added 28 for Cleveland, which broke a
two-game losing streak. Cleveland, 7-1 at home, went 10-4 in
November to tie a team record for wins in the month, previously set
in 1976-77 and matched in 1977-78.
Elton Brand scored 33 points, Sam Cassell had 26 and Corey
Maggette scored 14 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to lead Los
Howver, the Clippers missed 10 of 14 shots over the final 7:42.
"They have some talented scorers, but our guys dug down
defensively," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "That's exciting
Marshall tipped a missed 3-pointer by Larry Hughes with 47
seconds left in the fourth quarter, and tacked on a free throw to
tie it at 95.
"I'm so frustrated with myself," said Cassell, who let
Marshall run uncontested to the hoop. "That was my assignment. I
didn't get there in time."
Brand had a chance to win the game in regulation, as his driving
jumper in the lane misfired and James grabbed the rebound as time
"I could have had us out of here," Brand said. "It was the
play we wanted. It felt good, but I missed it."
Marshall hit a 24-footer 50 seconds into overtime and connected
again from beyond the arc 39 seconds later for a 103-99 lead.
"Obviously, the putback sent the game to overtime," Marshall
said. "The way I've been shooting lately, the 3s probably helped,
but I think the putback was bigger."
James, coming off a season-high 38 points Saturday against
Minnesota, shot only 7-for-20, hitting the side of the backboard
with one baseline shot and uncharacteristically failing to finish a
couple drives to the basket.
James found other ways to dominate. Playing nearly 50 minutes,
he hit 14 free throws and added nine assists and seven rebounds.
"This was a real big win," said James. "The Clippers are up
and coming on the west coast and we are up and coming on the east
coast. We're very similar, but we got some defensive stops in
overtime and that was it. Brand didn't score in overtime. That was
Brand, who finished with 13 rebounds, scored 12 points in the
third quarter to help the Clippers open a 74-71 lead.
He had 17 points in the first half to keep the Clippers close.
His 10-footer 5 seconds before halftime got Los Angeles within
52-47 at the break.
Ilgauskas hit his first four shots in the opening quarter and
shot 9-for-14 overall.
"Z's an all-star," said James. "He does a great job of
exploiting a lot of matchups. He got some easy buckets and it
helped a lot."
Cavaliers F Drew Gooden had his streak of five consecutive
double-doubles snapped. He had six points and eight rebounds in
only 17 minutes, sitting most of the second half with a sore left
ankle. "I'm not going to miss a game," said Gooden. ... World B.
Free, credited with saving the Cavaliers' franchise in the mid-80s,
was honored by the team at halftime. "My biggest championship was
taking a team from the cellar and taking it to the promised land
(the playoffs) like we did," said Free, who helped Cleveland go
from a 2-19 start in 1984-85 to the postseason. ... Both teams
continued to hit free throws. Cleveland came in leading the NBA at
81 percent and made 40 of 47. The Clippers added to their
80-percent mark by converting 25 of 28. ... The Clippers are just
15-37 all-time in Cleveland.