Cavs shut down Bryant down the stretch...Wade shines, Arenas doesn't

Sunday, February 11th 2007, 7:33 pm
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) Sasha Pavlovic scored 13 of his 21 points in the 4th-quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers shut down Kobe Bryant in the final minutes for a 99-90 win over the LA Lakers.

LeBron James had 18 points, 8-rebounds and 5-assists, but he deferred to Pavlovic and others down the stretch. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 17 and Anderson Varejao 12 as the Cavaliers improved to 20-7 at home.

Kobe Bryant scored 36 points to lead the Lakers, who went 3-5 on an eight-game swing through the bitterly cold East. Bryant scored Los Angeles' first 14 points in the final period. But with Larry Hughes guarding him, he didn't score again in the final 3:39.

In the rest of the N-B-A:

-- Dwyane Wade scored 18 of his 26 points in the 4th-quarter to help Miami take down the San Antonio Spurs 100-85. Wade dished out 7-assists and also blocked a pair of Tony Parker's shots. Miami held the Spurs without a field goal for over 7-minutes down the stretch.

-- Washington's Gilbert Arenas vowed to throw down 50 on Portland for what he perceived was Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan's role in keeping him off the U.S. national team last year. Not even close. The Wizards leading scorer shot a dismal 3-15, clunked all 8-of his 3-point attempts and was limited to 9-points in Portland's 94-73 win. Jarrett Jack and DeMarcus Aldridge each doubled Arenas' point total to pace the Trail Blazers.

-- Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points and set a franchise record for career blocked shots to lead Indiana to a 94-80 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. O'Neal had 4-blocked shots during the game giving him 1,113 for his career. That's two more than Rik Smits' old mark.