LeBron reaches milestone, Cavs continue to roll
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James had 26 points, seven rebounds
and seven assists and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 2,000
points, as the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers pasted the Chicago Bulls, 96-74, at
Jeff McInnis added 16 points and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who are
winners of three straight and nine of 10.
“When you pass the ball off to your teammates it makes things a lot easier,”
said McInnis. “In turn, they don’t know who to guard, LeBron, (Ira) Newble,
(Robert) Traylor, and anyone can get the ball and shoot.”
James shot 11-of-17 from the floor in just 32 minutes of action, as he sat out
the entire fourth quarter. With the 26 points, James now has 2,000 career
points, and at 19 years, 272 days, is the youngest-ever to do so. The previous
mark was set by Kobe Bryant, who turned the trick at the age of 20 years, 184
days back on February 23, 1999.
“We just worked as a team tonight,” said James. “The selflessness was great.
Coach got everyone into the game and we came out with a victory.
“We came out strong tonight, and we were able to protect our house. Playing
well at home is what will allow us to get into the playoffs.”
James had six points during an 11-0 Cavaliers run that put them ahead 19-8
with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. But Chicago ended the frame with
a 9-2 run to pull within 21-17 after 12 minutes of action.
The Cavaliers did their damage in the second and third quarters, outscoring
the Bulls by a combined 55-35 count en route to the big victory. The fourth
quarter was mainly garbage time, with Cleveland building its biggest lead at
88-58 with 6:09 left in the game on a three-pointer by Luke Jackson.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Chicago was led by Eddy Curry’s 20 points. Luol Deng was the lone other
Chicago player in double figures, with a dozen points.
Robert Traylor had season highs with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland,
which has won six straight at home.
This was the first meeting of the season between the Cavs and Bulls. The teams
split four matchups last season, but Cleveland has now won 10 of the last 17
meetings. The Cavs have also taken 12 of the last 15 encounters on their home
court, and are 14-6 all-time at Gund Arena against the Bulls…Cleveland now
has nine wins. Last season, the Cavaliers got their ninth win on December
20th…James has scored at least 20 points in 11 of the Cavaliers’ 13
games…The Cavaliers held a 49-35 rebounding edge, and a 30-17 edge in