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Cleveland at Philadelphia

Cavaliers cruise past 76ers, improve to 19-3; Ilgauskas sprains ankle

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- LeBron James had to sweat out the fourth quarter for once.

The result was still the same: another Cleveland victory.

James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added a season-high 27 and the Cavaliers cruised to their 10th consecutive victory, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 101-93 on Wednesday night.

"This one, you had to earn," James said.

James hadn't had to sweat late too much over the past nine games, as the Cavaliers have won by a whopping average of 21.6 points.

James -- who didn't play in the fourth quarter in six of the previous seven games -- was needed in the final quarter this time.

Anderson Varejao added 15 points, and Ben Wallace had 10 rebounds for the Central Division-leading Cavaliers, 18-1 in their past 19 games, 19-3 overall and 7-3 on the road. They are one victory shy of tying the franchise record of 11 straight set during the 1988-89 season.

James said he hadn't paid too much attention to the streak.

"I had to ask somebody a couple of games ago how long (the streak) was," he said.

The Cavaliers played without guard Daniel Gibson, who will miss at least two weeks because of a toe injury, the team's first significant setback of the season.

The second might have come against the 76ers. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas limped to the locker room with 9:39 left in the fourth with a sprained left ankle. He did not return.

X-rays were negative.

"(A) foot came down on me," Ilgauskas said. "We think its a sprain. I'll see the doctor (Thursday).

Gibson sprained his left big toe in the second quarter Tuesday night against Toronto. He didn't travel to Cleveland's game in Philadelphia, staying back Wednesday to be examined by Dr. Jim Sferra at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and to undergo an MRI and X-rays. The team said he didn't provide results of those tests.

Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 27 points for the 76ers.

Andre Miller added 22, and Lou Williams had 13 of his season-high 22 in the fourth for Philadelphia. The 76ers (9-13) have dropped two straight and seven of nine.

Elton Brand returned from a two-game absence with a strained right hamstring and had 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which also has lost five consecutive home games.

"I'm not at 100 percent, but you do what you can to help the team win," said Brand, who had six points on 3-for-11 shooting.

A larger-than-usual crowd of 15,550, many of whom wore Cavaliers attire with James' No. 23, watched Cleveland build a 21-point advantage at 84-63 on a layup by Delonte West with four seconds left in the third quarter.

Cleveland began the third with an 18-3 run to take a 66-49 lead. During the spurt, the Sixers missed 12 of their 14 field goals.

"It wasn't the offense," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "It was our defense."

The Cavaliers built an 84-65 lead after the third quarter. When the buzzer sounded, a large number of fans booed the Sixers as they headed back to their bench.

The boos continued throughout the fourth as the Cavaliers steadily maintained a comfortable lead.

Philadelphia did stage a late rally to get within 95-89 on two free throws by Miller with two minutes remaining.

"It wasn't quite enough," Iguodala said. "The third quarter killed us."

Williams responded with a baseline jumper and Wallace slammed home a James miss for a commanding 99-89 lead.

The Cavaliers trailed by as many as six points early but rallied for a 48-46 lead at halftime. James and Williams shot a combined 13-for-17 in the first half.

Notes

  • Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was courtside along with Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, Flyers center Mike Richards and boxer Bernard Hopkins.
  • The Sixers missed 10 consecutive field goals at one stretch in the first half.
  • Cleveland, which is 12-0 at home, will play host to the Sixers on Friday night.
  • G Willie Green started in place of F Thaddeus Young for the Sixers.
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Mo Williams, driving here on Lou Williams, gives Cleveland a big lift with 27 points.  (Getty Images)
Mo Williams, driving here on Lou Williams, gives Cleveland a big lift with 27 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Cleveland (19-3) 25233617101
Philadelphia (9-13) 2818192893
CLE:L. James 29 Pts
CLE:B. Wallace 10 Reb
CLE:L. James 5 Ast
PHI:A. Iguodala 27 Pts
PHI:E. Brand 10 Reb
PHI:A. Miller 8 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaCleveland

A. Iguodala

L. James
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
27952945
Cleveland
L. James, SF3910-227-845429
D. West, SG374-90-02309
M. Williams, PG3711-163-364527
B. Wallace, C263-60-010036
Z. Ilgauskas, C234-121-16329
A. Varejao, C346-123-483415
W. Szczerbiak, SF240-32-27012
S. Pavlovic, SG202-70-03234
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
L. Wright, CDid Not Play
J. Williams, FDid Not Play
D. Gibson, PGDid Not Play
T. Kinsey, SFDid Not Play
J. Hickson, PFDid Not Play
D. Jackson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8716-18462022101
 46.0%88.9% 
Philadelphia
A. Miller, PG407-118-1058422
A. Iguodala, SF4011-164-495127
E. Brand, PF353-110-010126
W. Green, SG201-60-00012
S. Dalembert, C170-12-22012
L. Williams, SG287-158-1111222
T. Young, SF272-92-35026
R. Ivey, PG80-10-00020
M. Speights, PF72-42-24036
D. Marshall, PF60-30-00000
T. Ratliff, C60-10-02010
R. Evans, PF50-00-03010
K. Rush, SGDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
Totals 33-7826-3241152093
 42.3%81.2% 
Other Games
Ind 88 Final
Tor 101
NY 121 Final
NJ 109
Char 89 Final
NO 105
Mem 108 Final
OKC 102
Atl 89 Final
SA 95
Min 105 Final
Den 116
Mil 96 Final
GS 119
Pho 110 Final
LAL 115