The Clippers outscored the Cavaliers 10-1 to finish the game.
"If I could get out there and play for them [at the end of
games], I would," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "We need guys
to concentrate more -- stop making errors down the stretch. It's
just killing us. It takes maturity to close out games."
The 18-year-old James shot 2-for-13 for four points and sat out
the final 6:46. He also had six rebounds and eight assists and
didn't attempt a free throw.
"LeBron was struggling tonight," Silas said. "(Darius) Miles
came in with energy. I just wanted to take a look at other people.
He was in the game on the bench, cheering other people on."
Silas and James conferred briefly in the dressing room after the
game, and James later said he wasn't upset about being on the bench
down the stretch.
"I was cheering my teammates on and hoping they got a victory
for me," he said. "The coach makes those decisions. We have a lot
of games to go, and most of the time I'll be in there in the
fourth, so I'm not worried about it."
Cleveland's road losing streak is the third-longest in NBA
history behind Sacramento's 43-game streak in the 1990-91 and
1991-92 seasons and New Jersey's 34-game streak in the 1989-90 and
It was the eighth consecutive loss overall for the Cavaliers
since they beat the Clippers 103-95 in Cleveland on Nov. 18.
Rookie Chris Kaman had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the
Clippers (6-8), who have won two in a row after losing six
"I'm definitely proud of him," Richardson said of Kaman. "He
gave us a big boost."
The Clippers won despite being outrebounded 55-39.
"We kept pushing, kept fighting, got some breaks here and there
and capitalized on them," Maggette said.
A basket by Miles and a free throw by Ilgauskas cut the
Clippers' lead to 80-79 with 2:05 remaining, but the Cavaliers
would score only one more point.
Predrag Drobnjak's jumper and a free throw by Maggette put the
Clippers ahead by four with 1:16 left, and Maggette's 3-pointer
with 47 seconds to play clinched the victory.
"They're a young team. We went through that when I first got
here, we couldn't finish games," Richardson said.
Davis made a 3-pointer to cap a 13-2 run to begin the third
quarter and give the Cavaliers a 61-52 lead.
The Clippers scored the next eight points to draw within one,
and the Cavaliers led 67-65 entering the final period.
A basket by Bobby Simmons with 3:48 left before halftime capped
a 17-4 run and put the Clippers on top 41-39 -- their first lead of
Richardson had nine points during the spurt and 14 in the second
period, which ended with the Clippers leading 50-48.
The Cavaliers began the game the same way they started the third
quarter, taking a 14-2 lead in the opening four minutes.
Cleveland led 31-22 entering the second quarter.
The last player to get 20 or more rebounds against the
Clippers was Antonio McDyess, who had 21 while playing for Denver
on April 12, 1997. ... The Clippers played without forward Chris
Wilcox (strained left groin) and Eddie House (sore left foot). Both
are listed as day-to-day. ... The Cavaliers were also shorthanded,
suiting up 11 players. DeSagana Diop has torn cartilage in his
right knee and might need surgery. He was injured in Saturday
night's double-overtime loss to Memphis. ... Clippers F Elton
Brand, sidelined five weeks with a broken right foot, hopes to be
playing within a week. "It feels great," Brand said. "I don't
have a target date. I'm just looking at conditioning." An X-ray
taken Tuesday showed Brand's foot was healed. He hasn't played
since getting 21 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocked shots and five
assists in a season-opening 109-100 loss to Seattle in Japan on