CLEVELAND, March 14 (UPI) -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas made two free throws and a key defensive play in the final minute Sunday as Cleveland posted a 107-104 win over league-leading Indiana.
Battling to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997-98, the Cavaliers hung tough all game against the Pacers, who came in with a seven-game winning streak.
Ilgauskas' free throws with 36 seconds left snapped a 104-104 tie. On Indiana's ensuing possession, the 7-3 Lithuanian took the challenge of guarding All-Star Jermaine O'Neal and knocked the ball off him out of bounds.
LeBron James scored 24 of his 26 points in the first three quarters for the Cavaliers. O'Neal had 32 points and 12 rebounds.