Cleveland 112, L.A. Clippers 105 (OT)
CLEVELAND, Nov. 30 (Ticker) --
Someone other than LeBron James
the Cleveland Cavaliers in crunch time.
drained back-to-back 3-pointers early in
overtime to lift the Cavaliers to a 112-105 victory over the
weary Los Angeles Clippers.
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Signed in the offseason to add depth off the bench, Marshall
also helped the Cavaliers reach overtime when he converted a
three-point play with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the
game at 95-95.
Marshall was fouled on his pivotal rebound and follow of Larry Hughes
' 3-point miss, which came with the Clippers playing a
zone defense. His ensuing free throw tied the game. Los
Angeles 7-footer Chris Kaman
had fouled out with 1:51 left in
"We were in a zone and we missed a box-out coming from the
corner," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.
"I don't think I backed down from any shots," said Marshall, who
came into the contest shooting 8-for-35 from the floor over his
last five games. "I still took the shot. That is what I am
going to do. That is the only way I am going to get out of this
His 3-pointer 51 seconds into overtime gave the Cavaliers the
lead for good and he buried another shot from the arc with 3:31
remaining for a 103-99 advantage.
"In my mind, if (Zydrunas Ilgauskas
) kicks it out, I'm going to
nail it," Marshall said of his first 3-pointer. "That (second)
one, I got excited over."
After Sam Cassell
made two free throws with 1:46 left to pull
the Clippers within 106-103, Hughes - another offseason signing
- flew through the lane for a dunk nine seconds later, providing
a five-point cushion.
A month shy of his 21st birthday, James also did his part to
help the Cavs avoid a season-high third straight loss. The
superstar collected 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists
in 50 minutes.
"(The Clippers) are just like us," James said. "They are up and
coming on the West Coast and we are up and coming on the East
Coast. We are very similar."
Ilgauskas scored 10 of his season-high 29 points in the
fourth quarter for the Cavaliers, who rallied from a 74-71
deficit after three quarters.
Cleveland went 10-4 in November to tie a team record for wins in
the month, previously set in 1976-77 and matched in 1977-78.
"To get 10 wins in any month is fantastic," Cleveland coach Mike Brown
said. "I will live with that."
James, Ilgauskas and Hughes combined to make 37-of-42 free
throws for Cleveland, which went 40-of-47 at the line overall.
Los Angeles made 25-of-28 free throws.
Playing the second of a back-to-back after winning in Minnesota
on Tuesday, Los Angeles had a chance for the win at the end of
regulation. But Elton Brand
, who scored a season-high 33 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds, missed a running hook as time expired.
"We had a shot to win it and I could have had us out of here,"
said Brand, who made 14-of-25 shots. "It felt good, but I
missed it. I definitely got the look and the play we wanted."
"Elton was having a great game and we put the ball in his hands
and told him to either create a shot for somebody or get one for
himself," Dunleavy said. "He had a good chance at it, a shot
he can make, and it just didn't go in for us."
Cassell scored 26 points and Corey Maggette
had 14 of his 25 in
the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which has lost three of its
last four games after a 9-2 start.