OAKLAND, Calif. – LeBron James had 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, and Damon Jones` 3-pointer with 2:30 to play put the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead to stay in a 108-104 victory over Golden State on Tuesday night.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who kept the Warriors winless with a calm finish on their third victory in their last four trips to Golden State.
Cleveland went up 103-98 with 1:03 left after Jones` 3-pointer and Ilgauskas` free throws, but Golden State trimmed the lead to one point on Baron Davis` free throws and Andris Biedrins` hook shot.
James, who fell just short of his 11th career triple-double, drew triple coverage on the Cavs` next possession. They rotated the ball to Daniel Gibson, whose 3-pointer with 19 seconds left sealed Cleveland`s second win of the season. Gibson finished with 22 points.
Davis, who sat out both of the Cavaliers` last two visits to Oakland because of suspensions, had 29 points and 10 assists. Monta Ellis scored 22 points and Al Harrington added 19 for the Warriors, who fell to 0-4 in their tough early season schedule without suspended swingman Stephen Jackson.
The Cavaliers played without guard Larry Hughes, who bruised his left knee in a collision with Phoenix`s Leandro Barbosa on Sunday in the opening game of their six-stop road trip. Sasha Pavlovic scored just six points on 2-of-11 shooting in Hughes` starting spot, and only seven players scored for the Cavs.
James left the court for about 90 seconds of game time in the first quarter after Biedrins accidentally hit him in the face while reaching for a rebound. James walked gingerly to the locker room with a towel over his left eye, but returned moments later.
This wasn`t James` first big night in Oakland. He got the second triple-double of his career against the Warriors nearly three years ago – a feat that occurred just three nights after he became the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double.
Davis and James dueled down the stretch this time, with James sometimes guarding the Warriors` smaller star when Golden State had the ball.
Ellis scored 14 points in the second quarter as the Warriors erased Cleveland`s 10-point lead. Golden State closed the third quarter on a 13-2 run, taking the lead entering the fourth on Ellis` buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Warriors forward Brandan Wright, the eighth overall pick from North Carolina, made his NBA debut with 4 minutes of action in the third quarter, grabbing a rebound on his first time up the court, but missing his only shot. Nelson has discouraged any hope of getting help from the raw rookie this season.
Cleveland also played without F Donyell Marshall (sprained right wrist) and G Eric Snow (sprained left knee).
* Harrington dunked on James in the third quarter, earning a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd.
* Ellis, who made just 27 percent of his 3-point attempts last season, was 3-for-4 after missing every 3-pointer he shot in the Warriors` first three games.
* The Cavaliers said James had an “upper left eyelid abrasion.”