Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Saturday, November 25th
76ers95Final
Cavaliers108
Game 2: Wednesday, January 24th
76ers118Final
2OT
Cavaliers115
Game 3: Friday, January 26th
Cavaliers105Final
76ers97
Game 4: Tuesday, April 17th
Cavaliers98Final
76ers92

76ers 95

(5-8, 2-6 away)

Cavaliers 108

(9-5, 7-1 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:30 PM ET, November 25, 2006

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 25 13 32 2595
CLE 16 35 31 26108

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. Iguodala 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 5 Stl

Cleveland: Z. Ilgauskas 18 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Blk

Ilgauskas helps LeBron and Cavs beat Iverson, 76ers

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers finally located their missing 7-foot-3 center.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, mostly forgotten in Cleveland's offense, scored a season-high 18 points with 15 rebounds, and LeBron James had 25 points and 11 assists in a 108-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Ilgauskas came in averaging nine points per game -- six below his career average -- and the center hasn't been as involved in Cleveland's new offensive schemes as much as he or Cavs coach Mike Brown would like.

"My fault," Brown said before the game.

Ilgauskas scored just two points and took only two shots in Friday night's loss at Indiana. He and Brown met in the coach's office about 90 minutes before tipoff with the Sixers, and whatever they discussed became Cleveland's gameplan.

The Cavaliers did more to get Ilgauskas the ball in good scoring spots and he responded by scoring 12 points in the first half. He had his 18 by the end of the third quarter, when Cleveland opened an 82-70 lead.

"It got to the point where we said, 'Screw the offense," James said. "There were some (play) calls we made that had nothing to do with our offense. We've got to find a way to get 'Z' in a comfort zone."

Ilgauskas tied a team record with 12 offensive rebounds and had five blocks. Cleveland's big man also dived to the floor several times for loose balls. The Cavaliers, playing their fourth game in five nights, have won six straight at home.

"'Z' did a tremendous job," Brown said. "He got on the ground three or four times going after loose balls, that's a heck of an effort for a guy that's 7-foot-3. His points and rebounds were tremendous, but his five blocks is what I like to see."

Allen Iverson scored 31 points on just 10-of-28 shooting to lead Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala added 17 and Willie Green 13 for the Sixers, who played their fifth straight game without Chris Webber.

Coming off a 123-108 win over Chicago, the Sixers started fast and built a 13-point lead in the first quarter but couldn't sustain it.

"We gave the game away," Iverson said. "We just stopped playing. There ain't a whole bunch to say. We jumped right on them. I know games have two halves. But we had that game. No way are we supposed to give that up.

"Honestly, I feel like this is the worst loss that we've had this year. It's just a complete breakdown."

Trailing by 13 early in the fourth, Philadelphia pulled within 94-86 on two free throws by Samuel Dalembert with 5:24 left. But Ilgauskas came back in off the bench, and although he didn't score, his return sparked the Cavs.

Eric Snow hit a jump shot, Drew Gooden scored in the lane and James completed a three-point play to put the Cavaliers, wearing orange throwback uniforms from the 1980s, up 101-86 with 3:04 remaining.

With Ilgauskas leading the charge, the Cavaliers outrebounded Philadelphia 49-36.

During one sequence, Ilgauskas played a solo game of volleyball around the rim, outreaching Sixers defenders to keep the ball alive.

"I got off to a little bit of a slow start, but they kept calling plays for me," said Ilgauskas, who played a season-high 36 minutes. "It was nice to get back into the offense."

Cleveland trailed by nine points after one, and the Cavaliers began the second quarter with a lineup featuring Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao but not James. Without their superstar, the Cavs rallied and opened the period with a 13-2 run, taking their first lead on Sasha Pavlovic's three-point play.

Later, Ilgauskas scored six points and Damon Jones drained a 3-pointer during a 10-0 burst that put Cleveland up 46-36.

In the final minute of the half, James gave the sellout crowd what they came to see when he grabbed an alley-oop pass from Jones, and rising to almost eye level with the rim, rifled his dunk through.

Game notes


Archie Griffin, Ohio State's two-time Heisman Trophy winner, sat courtside and joined the crowd in spelling out 'O-H-I-O' during "Hang On Sloopy." ... Cavs G Larry Hughes missed his sixth straight game with a high ankle sprain. He's expected to be back when Cleveland hosts New York on Wednesday. ... Webber (lower back soreness) didn't make the trip. Coach Maurice Cheeks said Webber will also sit out Monday's game in Miami. ... Sixers F-C Steven Hunter didn't dress because of a sprained right knee. He may be ready for the Heat.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
CLE
Points 95 108
FGM-FGA 31-77 (.403) 43-89 (.483)
3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 8-16 (.500)
FTM-FTA 28-34 (.824) 14-22 (.636)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 19-49
Assists 10 28
Turnovers 15 20
Steals 12 8
Blocks 3 6
Fast Break Points 19 21
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 13 16

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Cleveland
Andre Iguodala Iguodala
Points: 17
Reb: 8
Ast: 3
Stl: 5
Blk: 0
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
Points: 18
Reb: 15
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 5