Cavaliers send Lakers to record depths in blowout victory

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

CLEVELAND - Darius Miles couldn't help himself. Caught up in the euphoria of a home-opening win over the Lakers, one of the newest Cavaliers spoke his mind.

"We're going to put on a show every night," Miles told the Gund Arena crowd. "We're going to surprise the world."

Well, they've already stunned the Lakers.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points for Cleveland in an 89-70 victory over the Shaq-less Lakers, whose point total was the franchise's lowest since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.

The Lakers scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Ricky Davis added 24 points and Tyrone Hill had 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who dazzled a crowd of 19,833 - including high school phenom LeBron James - by blowing out the three-time defending NBA champions.

"I love proving people wrong," said Miles, who had 13 points in his home debut. "They say we're the 29th team in the league? Maybe we'll just go out and make the playoffs."

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With Shaquille O'Neal missing his fifth game while recovering from off-season foot surgery, the Lakers had no inside game and only Kobe Bryant as an offensive threat.

Bryant finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in 40 minutes, and just missed becoming the first player since Grant Hill in 1997 to have three straight triple-doubles.

"We didn't hit shots and fell in love with the outside shot too much and they didn't fall," Bryant said.

Previously, the fewest points the Lakers had ever scored in a game since moving from Minneapolis was 74. Los Angeles shot just 32 percent, including 4-of-20 on 3-pointers. In the fourth, the Lakers went just 5-of-22.

"We got good shots but we didn't knock them down," said Robert Horry. "Tonight, everybody shot it bad, everybody."

After Davis' reverse dunk put Cleveland up by 20 with 3:30 left, fans began chanting, "Beat, L.A." and saluted the Cavs with several standing ovations.

It was an ideal start at home for the young Cavs, who are coming off three straight 50-loss seasons and aren't expected to be much better this season.

"It was a good win," Miles said. "But they didn't have Shaq. Shaq is 30 points. Shaq is 20 rebounds. Shaq is five blocks. He'll be back when we go to Los Angeles (Jan. 10). He told me he owes me one."

The 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas, whose career has been sidetracked by foot injuries, showed why if he stays healthy he could be the Eastern Conference's top center.

Ilgauskas showed an assortment of power moves underneath and a soft touch from the outside while working against Samaki Walker and Soumaila Samake.

And as the Cavs' big man dominated, the Lakers' big man sat helplessly on the bench with his arms crossed.

Davis' three-point play and a 3-pointer by Bimbo Coles helped the Cavs open a 73-60 lead with 11:03 left, and as the Lakers misfired, Cleveland built its lead to 82-64 with 5:54 remaining on Ilgauskas' final basket.

"If Zydrunas can continue to improve, we have a chance in the Eastern Conference because of his size," Lucas said.

Miles fed Davis for a one-handed, alley-oop dunk to key a 10-2 run that built Cleveland's lead to 61-51 in the third quarter and got Cavs fans as pumped up as they've been in four years.

"We're playing the game and selling tickets," Miles said.

Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer had one assist, but missed his only shot in seven minutes of action off the Cleveland bench.

Magic 125, Kings 121

At Orlando, Tracy McGrady broke the 40-point barrier for the second straight game, scoring 41 points as the Magic held off a Sacramento rally.

McGrady, coming off a 47-point performance in a road win at Milwaukee, made 15 of 27 shots and also had eight rebounds and seven assists for the Magic, who are off to a 4-1 start for the first time since 1996-97.

Bobby Jackson scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, keying a rally from a 109-91 deficit in the last 8:25. Jackson scored seven straight for the Kings to trim Orlando's lead to 122-121 with just under a minute to go.

After Pat Garrity made one of two free throws for a two-point Magic lead, Jackson drove the lane for a tying layup that was waved off as he was called for an offensive foul for crashing into Mike Miller.

"Obviously, you don't make that call at the end of the game," Jackson said. "If I'm Tracy McGrady or Grant Hill or any marquee guy, I'm guaranteed they're not going to call a charge."

Hawks 103, Nuggets 87

At Denver, Glenn Robinson was held below 30 points for the first time this season, but Atlanta still won its third straight.

Robinson, who scored 34, 30 and 30 in Atlanta's first three games, had 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Alan Henderson scored seven of his 17 points and Dion Glover had 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter when the Hawks pulled away.

Juwan Howard led Denver with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Pacers 83, Heat 79

At Miami, Brad Miller scored 28 points and made key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute.

With the game tied at 77, Miller lobbed a perfect pass above the rim for Jermaine O'Neal, whose dunk put the Pacers ahead with 50 seconds left. Miller then blocked a shot by Eddie Jones, whose strong play helped Miami rally in the fourth.

Miller finished out the scoring for the Pacers by hitting a pair of free throws for an 81-77 lead with 22 seconds left, then adding two more for an 83-79 margin with 12.5 seconds left.

O'Neal added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Timberwolves 90, Wizards 86

At Minneapolis, Kendall Gill rallied Minnesota with nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Garnett was 5-for-5 in the final period and finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which outscored the Wizards 24-11 in the fourth.

Jerry Stackhouse had 25 points and seven assists, Tyronn Lue scored 13 points and Michael Jordan added 10 on 5-for-14 shooting.

SuperSonics 104, Rockets 97

At Houston, Gary Payton had a career-high 18 assists as Seattle almost blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead before holding off Houston to remain unbeaten.

Seattle (4-0) pulled away in the third quarter with long-range shooting, making five 3s in the quarter. The Sonics finished 11-for-18 from 3-point range, including 4-of-5 by Vladimir Radmanovic.

The Sonics had six players in double figures, led by Payton with 20 and Rashard Lewis with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Spurs 93, Warriors 73

At San Antonio, Malik Rose hit just the seventh 3-pointer of his career, a 39-footer to end a lopsided third quarter.

After trailing 45-42 at halftime, the Spurs outscored the Warriors 31-12 in the third quarter. Rose's 3-pointer beat the buzzer and gave San Antonio a 73-57 lead.

Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 21, Stephen Jackson added 13 and Rose 12. David Robinson had 13 rebounds and 10 points.

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