Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Wednesday, November 30th
Game 2: Saturday, December 3rd

Clippers 105

(10-5, 5-4 away)

Cavaliers 112

(10-4, 7-1 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2005

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    LAC 26 21 27 23 8105
    CLE 22 30 19 26 15112

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 33 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Marshall's timely 3s enable Cavs to shake off Clips

    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 Angeles.

    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 to me."

    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 ran out.

    "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 the key."

    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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 112
    FGM-FGA 37-91 (.407) 33-81 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 6-21 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 25-28 (.893) 40-47 (.851)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-43 10-47
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 33
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 29
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3