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3.14.2007

James returned to lead new Cavs victory

Cleveland King was back on the court to score 29 points, and lead seven Cavaliers in double figures to help his team win its seventh straight on Wednesday night. The victim: the Memphis Grizzlies.

Indeed, Cavs defeated Grizzlies 119-96, and we must remember that James was out of Cleveland's 124-100 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night with back spasms. Now, he connected on 11 of 17 shots from the field. In the third quarter, LeBron James hit his first five shots helping Cleveland build the lead to 33.

As we said, this victory extended the Cavaliers' season-high winning streak. Meanwhile, Memphis, with the league's worst record, lost its second straight and eighth in the past nine.

Furthermore, Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 points for Cleveland, while Larry Hughes had 13. Donyell Marshall had 12, Sasha Pavlovic scored 11, and Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao netted 10 each.

It's also important to notice that Rudy Gay led Memphis with 24 points, while Pau Gasol finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. And Stromile Swift cooperated with 11 points.

Memphis team were flat from the start, and that was before James went on his shooting run in the third. For the quarter, James, whose status was a game-time decision because of the back, was 6-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 outside the arc. In fact, LeBron James outscored the Grizzlies 15-12 in the period.

Cleveland led 62-51 at the half with 14 points from his most important star. By then four Cavaliers already were in double figures.

We must say that Memphis shot 49 percent from the field in the first half, but that wasn't enough to overcome its nine turnovers that led to 12 Cleveland points, and Cleveland shooting 58 percent.

Memphis' interior defense wasn't the problem in the third, it was trying to stop James. Starting with an 18-foot jumper with 5:31 left, LeBron added scored 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Cavaliers a 95-62 lead.

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