LeBron, Cavs Outlast Bucks in Double OT

Cleveland star reaches scoring milestone in win over division rival
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 10:40 PM CST
Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd, center, is under pressure from Cleveland Cavaliers' Sasha Pavlovic, left, from Serbia, and Daniel Gibson in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a battle of two teams struggling to keep up in the standings, Cleveland's big man, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, outplayed his counterpart for Milwaukee and the Cavs defeated visiting Milwaukee in double-overtime. That other guy for Cleveland, LeBron James, scored 31 points while playing nearly the entire game, reports the AP. Bucks star guard Michael Redd had 22 points.

James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 9,000 points, eclipsing Kobe Bryant. Ilgauskas, who pulled down 11 boards, had six of his 24 points in the second OT along with a clutch rebound to seal the win. Despite the win, the defending conference champions have still lost eight of 10 and sit 6.5 games behind division-leading Detroit.