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CAVS LeBron reaches milestone



Published: Thu, January 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



He became the youngest player in league history to achieve a triple-double.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Trail Blazers 107-101 Wednesday night to send Portland to its fifth straight loss.

James is 20 years and 20 days old, younger than Lamar Odom, who was 20 years and 54 days old when he became the youngest to do it on Dec. 30, 1999 while with the Los Angeles Clippers. That was James' 15th birthday.

James' pass to Zydrunas Ilgauskas with 1:19 left gave him 10 assists and completed the triple-double. His teammates congratulated him during a timeout a short time later, and his mother cheered him from the stands.

"It feels great. But it's not about the statistics, it's the wins," said James, who also had four steals.

Ilgauskas had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cavaliers led by as many as 19 points.

Cleveland is now 2-2 in the midst of a six-game road trip, with the Sacramento Kings coming up Thursday night.

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Portland's Nick Van Exel had 28 points, while Damon Stoudamire had 27.

When the Blazers came within 95-87 late in the game, James hit a 3-pointer to slow Portland's momentum.

Portland was finally home after a grueling six-game, 10-day road trip, during which they managed just one win. But even the comforts of home couldn't boost their depleted lineup.

Forward Zach Randolph missed his fourth game with a sore right knee. Already short Darius Miles (left knee contusion) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (right elbow surgery), the Blazers started Ruben Patterson and Theo Ratliff at forward.

Ratliff, usually a center, made his first-ever start at forward Tuesday night in the Blazers' 113-107 overtime loss in Sacramento.

Although fighting a stomach virus, he started Wednesday's game but left a short time later after getting two quick fouls and did not return.

The Blazers led 32-26 midway through the first half, but the Cavaliers took off on a 23-6 run to go up 51-38 on Sasha Pavlovic's layup. Cleveland led 55-49 at the half.

There was a brief skirmish early in the second half when Cleveland's Ira Newble appeared to shove Przybilla down and the two faced off. The officials quickly stepped in, and technical fouls were called against both players.

Newble's dunk made it 76-59 and the Blazers never threatened from there.




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