Cavaliers finally win an exhibition game

Boozer comes off the bench to score four points, grab three rebounds as Cavs top Jazz, 95-91

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

CLEVELAND - Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 30 points - 20 after halftime - and Darius Miles had 15 points in his home debut for Cleveland, leading the Cavaliers to a 95-91 win Friday night over the Utah Jazz.

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Karl Malone, who hinted earlier this week that his 18th season with the Jazz could be his last, scored seven before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer Jr., a rookie power forward with the Cavaliers, scored four points on 2-for-4 shooting, with three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench.

Ilgauskas scored eight straight points in a 1:33 stretch of the fourth quarter when the Cavs went on a 14-1 run to open a 91-82 lead with 2:20 left.

The Jazz (2-3) pulled within 93-89 on three free throws by Scott Padgett with 38 seconds left, but Smush Parker made two free throws to help put it away as the Cavs (1-3) got their first win of the exhibition season.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 21 points and John Stockton 14 to lead Utah.

The Cavs led 79-78 when the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas hit the first of two straight turnaround jumpers over John Amaechi. Ilgauskas then made four free throws in a row to put Cleveland ahead 87-79 with 2:44 remaining.

Earlier this week, Ilgauskas was suspended by the NBA for one game after being arrested last month for drunken driving. He will be suspended without pay and will miss the regular-season opener on Oct. 29 in Sacramento.

Miles, who came to the Cavs in the July trade than sent Andre Miller to the Los Angeles Clippers, electrified the Gund Arena crowd with several dunks.

But he missed one in the final two minutes, clanging it off the back of the rim and allowing the Jazz to creep closer.

Cleveland played without rookie guard DeJuan Wagner, who remained hospitalized with a bladder infection. Wagner is scheduled to be released from the Cleveland Clinic on Monday.



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