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Cavaliers welcome Zydrunas Ilgauskas back to Cleveland

compiled from staff and wire reports

Zydrunas Ilgauskas returns to Cavs (NBA)

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry got the call he was waiting on. It was from him former Cavaliers teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas saying that he would be signing to rejoin the team.

Says Ilgauskas, “If I would’ve left and the team won a championship without me, I don’t think I could’ve ever forgave myself.”

The 34-year-old center signed with the Cavs for the rest of the season in Cleveland and left with the team on Tuesday to play in New Orleans on Wednesday. To make room on the roster, Cleveland waived second-year forward Darnell Jackson.

It’s been a difficult season for the veteran center. He became a bench player for the first time in his career when the Cavs acquired Shaquille O’Neal last summer, then he was visibly upset the night head coach Mike Brown didn’t play him the night he was expected to break the franchise’s record for most games played.

It took Zydrunas a few days to gather his emotions after his former teammate Danny Ferry traded him to Washington in the three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland.

Washington quickly bought out his contract before he ever played a game, making him a free agent. While several teams around the league wanted his services, Ilgauskas only wanted to play in Cleveland but had to wait 30 days under NBA rules to resign. He used that time to keep in shape, work on his game and spend time with his family, which is rare during an NBA season.

The most important reason Ilgauskas is back in Cleveland is that the fans and media were so angry that they made a point to daily fill-up Danny Ferry’s e-mail and voice mail to force the team into bringing “Z” back to the Lake Erie city.

Ilgauskas was so overwhelmed and humbled that he says he’ll never forget it.

LeBron and the Cavaliers add the Central Division Title and 2 more wins this week

compiled from staff and wire reports

The NBA’s best team, Cleveland just keeps piling up the victories.

Tuesday night in Auburn Hills, Michigan, everyone expected the Cavs to just run the Detroit Pistons off the court. But it was anything but that. Every point was hard to come by as the Cavs held off the Pistons, 113-101.

The first quarter ended in a tie. Detroit led by two at the half and by one at the start of the fourth quarter.

Anderson Varejao scored 9 points and 6 rebounds against Pistons (BE)

LeBron James had a tough shooting night, missing 10 of 15 shots from the field the first 3 quarters, but heated up in the 4th making 5 of 7 shots to help the Cavs take control.

James ended up with his fourth triple-double of the season: 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

CLEVELAND  99  INDIANA 94

The Cavaliers love to see the Indiana Pacers. In the last 18 meetings between to two Central Division rivals, Cleveland has won 16.

Wednesday night in Cleveland, it was deja vu for the Cavs as LeBron James scored 32 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 9 assists as he and his teammates clinched their second straight Central Division championship and third in the teams’ history.

The Cavs, now 54-15 became the first team to clinch its division. The Pacers have now lost 13 of their last 17 and nine straight on the road.

Cleveland blew an 18-point lead where the Pacers cut the deficit to one. But LeBron took over and in a 4-minute span, he had six points, two blocked shots, two steals and an assist.

LeBron scored 32 vs. Indiana (nba)

Indiana playing without their leading scorer Danny Granger, who did not make the trip due to problems with his right cheek, which was injured in the game against Charlotte on Tuesday night, was led by Roy Hibbert with 20 points and Troy Murphy’s 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Cleveland beats aging Celtics, 104-93

Leon Powe, key reserve off Cavs bench (wfe)

LeBron James scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half and the Cavaliers wore down Boston for their second decisive victory over one of the Eastern Conference’s premier teams in the last 3 weeks. The Cavs beat the Celtics in Cleveland, 104-93 on Sunday.

Cleveland, who is almost back to full strength with the return of Antawn Jamison who scored 15 points and 12 rebounds after missing one game with a sore knee. Anderson Varejao who had 17 points, 10 rebounds and basically drove the Celtics whacky with his hustle and tireless play.

Former Celtic Leon Powe, who scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds in almost nine minutes of action for Cleveland, says his old teammates           are “slower and can’t react like they could two years ago. That’s why they get beat on the boards, outhustled for loose balls and have a leaky defense.”

Ray Allen scored 20 points while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who was in foul trouble for most of the game, had 18 apiece for Boston.

Game Notes
* The Cavaliers are 28-9 against teams with a .500 records or above.

* LeBron James is averaging 30.4 points in his career against the Celtics. The only other player with a higher average also wears #23. Michael Jordan at 30.7.

James returns to lead Cleveland past Philadelphia despite sloppy play

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mo Williams Cavaliers point guard (Yahoo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA’s best team but on Friday night, a fan not familiar with pro basketball might have thought otherwise. The Cavs played sloppy, shot only 10 of 31 from 3-point land and allowed 66 points in the paint.

But the difference in the Cavs and the 76ers is that Cleveland can win a game even if they play at 50% of their talent level. Thus the Cavaliers won 100-95.

LeBron James returned to score 23 points, grab 6 rebounds, dish out 10 assists and 3 blocks. Mo Williams had 21 points, 16 coming in the 2nd half and Delonte West with 17 points off the bench. West also came up with the game-clinching defensive play by intercepting a pass from Philadelphia rookie Jrue Holiday.

The 76ers are one of the worst jump shooting teams in the league, going 9 of 38 from the outside. But they found that going inside against Cavaliers was their best option. Cleveland playing without Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison, had problems with their interior defense. Philadelphia received 30 points from Andre Iguodala and 24 from Elton Brand and that kept them in the game.

However, down the stretch, the Cavs were able to switch Jamario Moon and LeBron James on Iguodala and Brand and they were a combined 2-10.

Cleveland clobbers “wait till next year” Knicks, 124-93

J.J. Hickson (NBA)

from staff and wire reports

The New York Knicks have been bad for so long, most people tend to forget that they were one of the top NBA teams in the late 60′s and 70′s. They were basically unstoppable with Red Holzman as head coach and such players as Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson and Bill Hosket.

Every night  the past few years, the Knicks regularly take to court an underdog and butt-whipping waiting to happen with a team full of players playing out the season on expiring contracts. The Cleveland Cavaliers administered the latest whipping, 124-93.

The Cavs go to 3-0 on the season against New York and 8 in a row dating back two years. The Cavs are 47-14 while the Knicks are 20-39.

The two teams will not meet again until next season and the Knicks feel that they can sign LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to make them a legitimate title contender. The key word is “feel” which doesn’t mean they can or will or if they can pursuade those players to suit up in New York.

In this debacle, New York trailed by as many as 49 points and the Cavs were using a stifiling defense which caused the Knicks to shoot 41 percent.

The Cavaliers shot 57 percent and racked up 31 assists. They scored 74 points in the first half, tying their season high set against New York the last time the two teams played. The Cavs also assembled their largest lead of 49 points in any game during the LeBron James era.

Cleveland showed why they’re the league’s best team. Nine players scored seven or more points in the blowout. LeBron James usually has a big night, which he did with 22 points. He was joined by Antawn Jamison (17 points, 12 rebounds),  Anderson Varejao (14 points, 10 rebounds), Delonte West (15 points) and Mo Williams with a season-high 10 assists.

J.J. Hickson, who received the start at center by head coach Mike Brown, was all over the floor and showed he can play all of the frontcourt positions. He took advantage of the smaller Knicks by using his jumping-jack 6’9 frame to score 17 points, grab 9 rebounds and block 2 shots. And he was a big reason the Cavs outrebounded New York, 60-31.

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