Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Monday, December 16th
Game 2: Sunday, January 12th

Cavaliers 87

(8-30, 3-17 away)

SuperSonics 79

(16-20, 6-10 home)

    6:00 PM ET, January 12, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 24 18 24 2187
    SEA 23 23 25 879

    Top Performers

    Cle: J. Jones 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast

    Sea: G. Payton 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Cavs hold Sonics to eight in fourth quarter

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping that their win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night is a sign that good things are coming.

    Ricky Davis led Cleveland with 22 points, helping the Cavaliers snap a 15-game losing streak against the Sonics with an 87-79 victory.

    "It's a start,'' said Davis, who made his first six shots of the game. "We've got a long ways to go, but we'll take any win at this point.''

    The Cavaliers, who have lost 10 of their last 13, trailed 71-66 to open the fourth quarter, but they played solid defense and hit their shots down the stretch.

    The Cavaliers regained the lead at 74-73 on a jumper by Jumaine Jones from the top of the key with 7:30 to play.

    Cleveland then led 81-77 with 25.6 seconds remaining in the game. The Cavaliers, who had not won in Seattle since 1991, outscored the Sonics 7-2 the rest of the way, capped by spectacular dunks by Smush Parker and Davis.

    The Sonics matched a franchise record for fewest points in a quarter, scoring only eight on 3-of-14 shooting in the fourth.

    "It was bad tonight,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "Eight points in the fourth. When you've had the game in control, it's just a matter of executing your offense, playing some defense and getting some stops. And we didn't do that again.''

    Jones came off the bench for the Cavaliers and recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his 11th double-double of the season for Cleveland with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Gary Payton had 21 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 for the Seattle, which has lost five straight for the first time since March 2000.

    "It's bad and we just have to believe that at some point the sun is going to come out and we're going to get out of the funk,'' Seattle's Brent Barry said. "There is kind of a hole theory. When you are in one, you have to stop digging. We continue to do the same things over and over, beating our heads against the wall.''

    Jerome James, making just his second start of the season after missing 27 games with an injured foot, was active in the paint for the Sonics. The 7-foot-1 center scored nine points and blocked four shots but missed all four of his shots in the final quarter.

    The Cavaliers led 24-23 at the end of the first quarter, in which they made all three of their 3-point attempts. Two from beyond the arc were by Davis, who scored 12 in the quarter on 5-of-5 shooting.

    Cleveland increased its lead to 32-26 on an 18-foot jumper with 9:44 to play in the half. Seattle tied the game at 36 on Ansu Sesay's 17-footer with 5:44 left in the half. A dunk by Lewis with 1.8 seconds left gave the Sonics a 46-42 lead.

    Game notes

    Nate McMillan failed for the fifth time to win his 100th game as head coach of the Sonics. ... F Vladimir Radmanovic suffered a sprained right ankle battling for a rebound at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter and did not return. ... G Dajuan Wagner, the league's top scoring rookie at 16.7 points per game, played only 10 minutes because of a bruised left heel. He scored four points. ... Cleveland's road record is now 3-17.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 79
    FGM-FGA 32-77 (.416) 32-80 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 1-6 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-48 7-37
    Assists 17 14
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 9 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jumaine Jones Jones
    Points: 16
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0