CLEVELAND – Donyell Marshall made a key three-point play in regulation, then hit consecutive 3-pointers in overtime to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-105 Wednesday night.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 29 points before fouling out in overtime and LeBron James added 28 for Cleveland, which broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 7-1 at home.

Elton Brand scored 33 points, Sam Cassell had 26 and Larry Hughes 23 to lead Los Angeles.

Marshall was 1-for-7 before running down the baseline to put back a missed 3-pointer by Larry Hughes with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He tacked on a free throw to tie it at 95.

Brand had a chance to win the game in regulation, as his driving jumper in the lane misfired and James grabbed the rebound as time ran out.

Marshall hit a 24-footer 50 seconds into overtime and connected again from beyond the arc 39 seconds later for a 103-99 lead.

James, coming off a season-high 38 points Saturday against Minnesota, shot only 7-for-20, hitting the side of the backboard with one baseline shot and uncharacteristically failing to finish a couple drives to the basket.

James hit 14 of 17 free throws and his left-handed layup with 4:56 left put Cleveland ahead 86-83.

Then Corey Maggette took over, scoring seven points in the final 3:35 of regulation for the Clippers. He finished with 25 before also fouling out in overtime.

Brand scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Clippers open a 74-71 lead.

He had 17 points in the first half to keep the Clippers close. His 10-footer 5 seconds before halftime got Los Angeles within 52-47 at the break.

Notes: Cavaliers F Drew Gooden had his streak of five consecutive double-doubles snapped. He had six points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes, sitting most of the second half with his left foot wrapped. Team officials said it was coach Mike Brown’s decision not to play Gooden down the stretch. … World B. Free, credited with saving the Cavaliers’ franchise in the mid-80s, was honored by the team at halftime. “My biggest championship was taking a team from the cellar and taking it to the promised land (the playoffs) like we did,” said Free, who helped Cleveland go from a 2-19 start in 1984-85 to the postseason. … Both teams continued to hit free throws. Cleveland came in leading the NBA at 81 percent and made 40 of 47. The Clippers added to their 80-percent mark by converting 25 of 28. … The Clippers are just 15-37 all-time in Cleveland. … The Cavaliers’ 10th win in November tied a team mark set in 1976-77 and equaled in 1977-78.

AP-ES-11-30-05 2220EST


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