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Lucky Number Seven - Cavs Grind Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- LeBron James recovered from a back injury to score 29 points, leading seven Cavaliers in double figures to help Cleveland win its seventh straight on Wednesday night and defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 118-96.

James, who sat out Cleveland's 124-100 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night with back spasms, connected on 11 of 17 shots from the field. In the third quarter, James hit his first five shots helping Cleveland build the lead to 33.

The win extended the Cavaliers' season-high winning streak. Meanwhile, Memphis, with the league's worst record, lost its second straight and eighth in the past nine.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 points for Cleveland, while Larry Hughes had 13. Donyell Marshall had 12, Sasha Pavlovic scored 11, and Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao had 10 each.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 24 points, while Pau Gasol finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Stromile Swift added 11 points.

Mike Miller, the Grizzlies' second-leading scorer, scored only seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.

The Grizzlies were flat from the start, and that was before James went on his shooting run in the third. For the quarter, James, whose status was a game-time decision because of the back, was 6-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 outside the arc. James outscored the Grizzlies 15-12 in the period.

Cleveland led 62-51 at the half with 14 points from James. By then four Cavaliers already were in double figures.

James showed no early effects of sitting out Tuesday's game. The league's sixth-leading scorer played the entire first quarter, scoring 10 points. With support from Hughes and Marshall, the Cavaliers held an early 13-point lead.

Memphis shot 49 percent from the field in the first half, but that wasn't enough to overcome its nine turnovers that led to 12 Cleveland points, and the Cavaliers shooting 58 percent.

Memphis' interior defense wasn't the problem in the third, it was trying to stop James. Starting with an 18-foot jumper with 5:31 left, James scored 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Cavaliers a 95-62 lea

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