CLEVELAND, Jan. 30 (Ticker) --
Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
enabled the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers to survive another
night without LeBron James.
Playing without a host of regulars, including their star
second-year forward, the Cavaliers got a career-high 33 points
from Gooden and 28 from Ilgauskas in a 104-87 win over the
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Despite the injuries, the Cavaliers were the ones with the
energy down the stretch. They held the Bucks to a season-low 10
points in the fourth quarter and saw their healthy frontcourt
tandem dominate late.
Ilgauskas, who matched a season high with 18 rebounds, put
Cleveland ahead to stay, 78-77, with a follow shot with 9:14
remaining. Less than three minutes later, Ilgauskas began a
string of seven straight points to make it 91-81.
Gooden scored just four points in the first half before breaking
out after intermission and finishing in dominant fashion. He
scored the Cavaliers' last 12 points to put away the game,
eclipsing his old personal best by one point.
Michael Redd scored 23 points for the Bucks, who shot 4-of-15 in
the final 12 minutes and were outrebounded overall, 48-31.