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Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Tuesday, January 13th
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Grizzlies87
Game 2: Tuesday, February 24th
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Cavaliers94

Cavaliers 102

(30-6, 11-6 away)

Grizzlies 87

(11-27, 9-12 home)

    Coverage: FSOHHD

    8:00 PM ET, January 13, 2009

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 26 21 29 26102
    MEM 20 24 22 2187

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: L. James 30 Pts, 11 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: K. Lowry 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cavaliers outdo Grizzlies behind LeBron's triple-double

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- LeBron James was the only healthy frontcourt player for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    He was more than enough.

    James had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season, leading the Cavaliers to a 102-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Cavs won for the 29th time in their last 33 games, and it was their sixth straight victory against the Grizzlies.

    • LeBron James led the Cavs with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists -- his 19th career triple-double and second this season. It was his 16th 30-point game this season.

    • Cleveland was 12-for-21 from the 3-point line while Memphis was only 1-for-8.

    -- ESPN research

    With Zydrunas Ilgauskas sidelined by a fractured left ankle and Ben Wallace out with the flu, Cleveland was missing 40 percent of its starting lineup.

    James scored only nine points in the opening half, then had 17 in the third quarter and completed his triple-double -- to his surprise -- with a behind-the-back pass to J.J. Hickson for a layup in the fourth.

    "I had no idea," James said. "The first time I knew was when I got the stat sheet. I'm just out there playing. Two of our guys are out so everyone had to step up, including myself."

    Delonte West added 19 points and Mo Williams 16 for the Cavs. Anderson Varejao was held to seven points and four rebounds after averaging 16 points and eight boards the past four games in place of Ilgauskas.

    Cleveland coach Mike Brown was impressed that James didn't force anything to make up for the absent teammates.

    "It's not just about jacking up 3s and taking bad shots," Brown said. "It's about attacking the basket. LeBron has had this type of game before. He played a different way tonight by taking it upon himself to get this team scoring the right way."

    Kyle Lowry led the Grizzlies with a career-high 25 points, including 15 from the free throw line, and reserve Hakim Warrick had 16 points and seven rebounds. Rookie guard O.J. Mayo was limited to six points, a season-low.

    The Grizzlies also got 13 points in 13 minutes from Darius Miles, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday and is one game away from reaching the 10 appearances that would put the remaining $18 million of his salary back on Portland's payroll.

    Cleveland trailed for only a minute in the first half and stretched a 10-point lead at the end of the third quarter to as many as 20 points in the fourth. The Cavs shot 53 percent, including 57 percent from 3-point range, in their 30th victory of the season. The Cavaliers became the fourth team to reach 30 wins, joining Boston, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers.

    "They made their push in the third quarter and it made it difficult for us to get back in it," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "We struggled with containing LeBron James on the high pick-and-roll."

    Memphis dropped its fourth straight and lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

    "We've got to battle and find a way to win games," Lowry said. "I don't know what it is. We just seem like when we get hit, we get hit hard. We try to bounce back, but the balls keep bouncing the wrong way."

    The Grizzlies started slowly, missing their first five shots to fall behind 7-0. After having not led at any point during back-to-back losses entering the game, Memphis recovered to lead briefly, 13-12. It was20the Grizzlies' only lead.

    With James allowing his teammates to take most of the shots in the first half, the Cavaliers never built more than a nine-point lead. The Grizzlies made a run late in the second quarter as Lowry and Warrick fueled an 11-4 spurt that closed the gap to 47-44 at the half.

    "I was taking what the defense gave me in the first half," James said. "I play the game the right way. I let the game come to me. I took advantage of it in the third quarter."

    Game notes


    Grizzlies rookie forward Darrell Arthur started and played 10 minutes in the first half before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. He did not return. ... Memphis native Lorenzen Wright, who played at the University of Memphis, made his first start of the season for Cleveland. Wright, playing in his 11th game, started for Wallace. ... James received a technical foul in the first for hanging on the rim and slapping the backboard.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    MEM
    Points 102 87
    FGM-FGA 36-68 (.529) 29-69 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 12-21 (.571) 1-8 (.125)
    FTM-FTA 18-28 (.643) 28-38 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-39 8-37
    Assists 19 10
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 12 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (2/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 21 1

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    Memphis
    LeBron James James
    Points: 30
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Kyle Lowry Lowry
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0