Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Tuesday, January 13th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 20th

SuperSonics 94


Cavaliers 99

(14-27, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, January 20, 2004

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 27 25 19 2394
    CLE 26 24 21 2899

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cle: C. Boozer 32 Pts, 20 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Boozer's 32 points, 20 rebounds lead Cavs

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Carlos Boozer provided the short-handed Cavaliers points, rebounds and assists. But more importantly, Boozer gave them heart -- and a win.

    Who says LeBron James is all alone in Cleveland?

    LeBron James

    AP Photo

    The Cavs' King held court in street clothes because of an ankle injury.

    Boozer matched a career-high with 32 points and added 20 rebounds as Cleveland survived its first game without James, beating the Seattle SuperSonics 99-94 Tuesday night.

    Boozer picked up the slack for the Cavaliers, who were missing their top two scorers -- James (sprained ankle) and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (suspension) -- as they swept the season series with Seattle for the first time.

    "To win without 'Z' and LeBron gives everybody confidence," said Boozer, only the fifth Cleveland player to record at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game. "Those two are a huge part of our offense, but other guys stepped up."

    Nobody more than Boozer, who has 64 points and 38 rebounds in his past two games.

    "He was a monster in there," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "He was totally focused."

    Tony Battie added 17 points, Dajuan Wagner had 14 and Kevin Ollie hit two big free throws down the stretch for the Cavs, who went 38-of-42 from the line and beat the Sonics for the first time in nine tries at Gund Arena.

    The victory was the 300th for Silas, making him the 46th NBA coach to reach that plateau.

    "It's great to be the team that got him No. 300," Boozer said of his coach, who grabbed a TV microphone and playfully grilled the second-year forward with questions in the locker room. "Let's move on and get him 400. Well, let's look at 350 first."

    Rashard Lewis had 27 points and Ray Allen 20 for the Sonics, who pulled even at 91-91 on Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer -- his second in a row -- with 2:17 left.

    Carlos Boozer
    Darius Miles, who skipped Cleveland's practice when he overslept on Monday, soared down the baseline to dunk a miss by Battie, and after Lewis misfired on a 3, Ollie made his two free throws to put the Cavs up 95-91 with 27 seconds to play.

    Lewis converted a three-point play as the Sonics crept back within one, but Boozer, who was coming off a 32-point, 18-rebound performance in a win at Utah, made four straight foul shots in the final 21.3 seconds to ice it.

    "This was a big time win," said Boozer. "Everybody stepped up. I'm not trying to downplay what I did, but I'm not playing it up, either."

    Allen shot 9-of-25, missing badly on his final four attempts in the last 2:22.

    Seattle coach Nate McMillan was disappointed with his team's effort. The Sonics were outrebounded 55-35, and the Cavs had 24 offensive boards.

    "The Cavaliers were the aggressors," he said. "They controlled this game, and felt they could pound the boards, and they did."

    Before grabbing a seat on Cleveland's bench, James said he would take his time and not rush coming back to play until his right ankle was 100 percent.

    "It's a long season and I've got a long career," said James, who has not run on his ankle as yet and was limping as he walked back and forth to the Cavs' locker room.

    Lewis, who scored 14 points in the second quarter, hit a 3-pointer to close a 14-0 run that gave the Sonics a 43-30 lead midway through the period.

    The Cavs failed to score on nine straight possessions and appeared on the verge of getting run off the floor before responding with a 12-0 spurt to pull to 52-50 at halftime.

    Boozer tipped in a miss from near the foul line in the burst that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Kedrick Brown.

    Game notes

    Boozer is the first Cav since Shawn Kemp (1998) to have a 30-point, 20-rebound game. ... The Cavs, who won just 17 games a year ago, are 14-27 at the halfway point. They were 8-33 after 41 games last season. ... Cleveland is now 8-9 since a six-player trade with Boston. ... James said he had never missed a game because of injury. He broke his left wrist during a summer league game in Chicago before his senior year in high school. ... Seattle's halftime lead was its first in eight games since Jan. 7. ... Miles, who played 17 minutes, insisted his unexcused absence had nothing to do with a recent lack of playing time. "I never missed a practice before," said Miles, whose name continues to surface in trade rumors. "I'm happy here. I'm enjoying myself."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 99
    FGM-FGA 37-89 (.416) 29-85 (.341)
    3PM-3PA 9-26 (.346) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 38-42 (.905)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 24-55
    Assists 22 15
    Turnovers 8 11
    Steals 9 4
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 3 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 32
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1