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Cavs get sweep 30 years in making

CLEVELAND — J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter and the Cavaliers beat the Pistons 104-79 Sunday to give Cleveland its first season sweep of Detroit in 30 years.

The Cavs held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland's next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.

By the time Anderson Varejao scored on a behind-the-back pass from Mo Williams, Cleveland had increased its lead to 76-57.

Hickson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, Parker had 11 points and LeBron James had 15 points and seven assists while sitting out the fourth quarter.

Cleveland has won 10 straight against Detroit, including last season's first-round sweep in the playoffs. Cleveland hadn't swept Detroit during a regular season since going 6-0 against the Pistons in the 1979-80 season.

Cleveland could have center Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in time for Wednesday's game at New Orleans. Ilgauskas was dealt to Washington at the trade deadline as part of a three-team deal that brought Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland. Ilgauskas' contract was subsequently bought out, allowing him to re-sign with Cleveland as early as today.

Game highlights: Aaron Brooks scored seven straight points down the stretch and the Rockets got strong efforts from the players they got for Tracy McGrady to beat the host Knicks 116-112. Kevin Martin, acquired by the Rockets from Sacramento in the three-team deal that sent McGrady to New York, led Houston with 28 points. Rookie Jordan Hill (season-high 13 points) and Jared Jeffries, who went from the Knicks to the Rockets, played key roles. McGrady finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. … Danny Granger scored 32 as the host Pacers shot 52 percent to beat the Thunder 121-101. … Carl Landry scored 24, and Beno Udrih added 20 and a career-high 17 assists as the Kings beat the host Clippers 102-89.

Around the league: Kings guard Tyreke Evans, the rookie scoring leader this season, missed Sunday's game because of a mild concussion, a bruised jaw, cut gums and chipped teeth. He took an inadvertent elbow in the face Friday against the Bucks and will be re-evaluated today.

Cavaliers 104, Pistons 79

DETROIT (79): Prince 4-11 1-1 9, Jerebko 4-8 1-2 9, Maxiell 7-13 2-2 16, Bynum 2-5 1-2 5, Hamilton 1-8 3-4 6, Gordon 3-7 0-0 7, Stuckey 2-5 0-1 4, Villanueva 5-10 0-0 11, Summers 2-5 3-3 8, Brown 2-5 0-2 4, Daye 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 11-17 79.

CLEVELAND (104): James 5-9 3-3 15, Jamison 3-6 0-0 6, Hickson 6-10 1-2 13, M.Williams 4-8 2-2 12, Parker 4-8 1-2 11, West 4-8 6-6 15, Varejao 3-7 0-0 6, J.Williams 2-7 2-2 6, Powe 5-8 6-10 16, Gibson 0-2 0-0 0, Moon 1-2 0-0 2, Jackson 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 37-76 23-29 104.

Detroit 20 21 18 20— 79

Cleveland 28 25 28 23— 104

3-Point GoalsDet. 4-11 (Hamilton 1-1, Gordon 1-2, Summers 1-2, Villanueva 1-4, Stuckey 0-1, Prince 0-1), Cle. 7-19 (James 2-3, M.Williams 2-3, Parker 2-5, West 1-1, Jamison 0-1, Moon 0-1, Gibson 0-2, J.Williams 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDet. 44 (Maxiell 9), Cle. 53 (Varejao 9). AssistsDet. 21 (Bynum, Gordon 5), Cle. 25 (M.Williams 8). Total FoulsDet. 25, Cle. 17. Flagrant Fouls—J.Williams. A20,562.

Kings 102, Clippers 89

SACRAMENTO (102): Greene 4-7 0-0 9, Landry 11-14 2-4 24, Hawes 5-12 3-5 13, Udrih 8-17 3-4 20, Garcia 7-13 0-0 16, Casspi 0-1 0-0 0, Udoka 1-5 0-0 2, Thompson 2-7 2-4 6, Nocioni 3-6 2-2 10, May 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-84 12-19 102.

L.A. CLIPPERS (89): Butler 3-10 3-4 9, Gooden 2-5 4-4 8, Kaman 4-10 4-4 12, Davis 6-11 0-2 13, Gordon 9-14 5-7 23, Jordan 4-5 0-0 8, Outlaw 2-7 2-4 6, Blake 3-5 0-0 7, Smith 1-7 1-2 3. Totals 34-74 19-27 89.

Sacramento 32 24 25 21— 102

L.A. Clippers 19 28 22 20— 89

3-Point GoalsSac. 6-16 (Nocioni 2-3, Garcia 2-6, Greene 1-1, Udrih 1-3, Hawes 0-1, Casspi 0-1, Thompson 0-1), Clippers 2-12 (Blake 1-1, Davis 1-2, Outlaw 0-1, Gordon 0-3, Butler 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSac. 49 (Hawes 10), Clippers 48 (Kaman 9). AssistsSac. 32 (Udrih 17), Clippers 17 (Blake 6). Total FoulsSac. 22, Clippers 14. TechsSac. three second, Clippers three second. A17,233.

Rockets 116, Knicks 112

HOUSTON (116): Ariza 5-9 2-2 12, Scola 2-6 0-0 4, Hayes 2-2 0-0 4, Brooks 6-13 2-2 16, Martin 9-16 8-8 28, Battier 0-1 3-6 3, Budinger 7-12 1-2 18, Lowry 6-13 5-5 18, Hill 4-8 5-5 13, Jeffries 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-81 26-30 116.

NEW YORK (112): Gallinari 8-15 7-9 26, Walker 2-8 0-0 5, Lee 10-18 7-7 27, Douglas 10-19 0-0 26, McGrady 6-11 3-4 15, Harrington 2-7 0-1 4, Giddens 3-3 1-2 7, Duhon 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-82 18-23 112.

Houston 17 45 30 24— 116

New York 32 32 30 18— 112

3-Point GoalsHou. 8-20 (Budinger 3-7, Martin 2-4, Brooks 2-4, Lowry 1-2, Battier 0-1, Ariza 0-2), N.Y. 10-29 (Douglas 6-10, Gallinari 3-5, Walker 1-7, McGrady 0-2, Lee 0-2, Harrington 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHou. 41 (Ariza 7), N.Y. 48 (Lee 20). AssistsHou. 20 (Ariza 6), N.Y. 22 (Lee 6). Total FoulsHou. 17, N.Y. 25. TechnicalsHouston three second, McGrady, N.Y. three second. A17,242.

Pacers 121, Thunder 101

OKLAHOMA CITY (101): Durant 4-16 7-7 16, Green 6-10 7-7 20, Krstic 4-7 0-0 8, Westbrook 0-4 0-0 0, Sefolosha 3-8 1-1 8, Weaver 1-6 1-2 4, Collison 3-7 1-2 7, Maynor 7-13 1-1 15, Ibaka 5-8 0-0 10, White 2-5 2-2 6, Ollie 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 38-88 21-23 101.

INDIANA (121): Granger 11-21 8-9 32, Murphy 7-11 4-5 22, Hibbert 8-13 4-5 20, Watson 3-4 3-3 11, Rush 6-10 1-1 15, D.Jones 4-8 1-2 9, S.Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Dunleavy 3-8 0-0 6, Price 1-4 0-0 2, Head 0-2 0-0 0, McRoberts 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 45-87 21-25 121.

Oklahoma City 25 23 26 27— 101

Indiana 32 27 34 28— 121

3-Point GoalsOkla. City 4-16 (Green 1-2, Sefolosha 1-3, Weaver 1-5, Durant 1-6), Ind. 10-29 (Murphy 4-7, Watson 2-3, Rush 2-4, Granger 2-8, Price 0-1, Head 0-2, Dunleavy 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOkla. City 46 (Ibaka 12), Ind. 52 (Murphy 13). AssistsOkla. City 25 (Maynor 11), Ind. 29 (Watson 8). Total FoulsOkla. City 21, Ind. 19. TechnicalsWestbrook. A14,701.

Cavs get sweep 30 years in making 03/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:07pm]
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