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Last week, James predicted Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey will hang one day from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.
Perhaps alongside James' No. 23 .
By swiping a Toronto pass in the opening minute, James eclipsed Price's steals record. Price set the previous standard for steals in 582 career games for Cleveland from 1986-95. James, already the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer, has played in just 412 games since turning pro in 2003.
During a timeout, James' record was announced and Cleveland's crowd rose and gave a standing ovation for the Olympic gold medalist, who raised his arms overhead in return.
Then it was Ilgauskas' turn. On a missed 3-pointer by Jason Kapono, both Ilgauskas and James were in perfect position to grab the ball. But when James realized Ilgauskas was next to him, he pulled his hands away so the man known simply as "Z" who has gotten the majority of his boards near the rim could bend down and pick up No. 5,228 with ease.
Notes: Cavaliers G Daniel Gibson sprained his left toe in the second quarter and didn't return. ... Toronto has lost eight consecutive games in Cleveland. ... Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, recovering from season-ending surgery on his finger, attended the game. ... Raptors F Kris Humphries (right knee tendinitis) missed his third straight game.
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