Cleveland’s record mainly unnoticed
(Sports Network) – After an undefeated week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have
extended their winning streak to six games and have the third-best record in
the Eastern Conference. Still, all anyone hears about in the east is Detroit
(an amazing 37-5) and Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat (28-18).
In its most recent victory, LeBron James scored 30 points to lead Cleveland to
a 103-91 win over the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 points and Donyell Marshall scored 14 for the
Cavaliers, who led by 17 points at halftime and by as many as 26. James, who
made 11-of-19 shots and added six rebounds and six assists, didn’t play in the
fourth quarter after the Cavs held a commanding 83-57 lead through three
The Cavaliers will play two of their next three games at the Quicken Loans
Arena where the team plays at a .761 clip (16-5). Cleveland will host New
Jersey (22-20) on Wednesday a team it is 0-2 against this season. The
Cavaliers finish the week with games against Miami and Philadelphia (23-21).
Cleveland averages 45.0 rpg and 100.7 ppg at home versus just 40.1 rpg and
98.1 ppg on the road.
For the fifth time in his career, James was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference
Player of the Week.
In his last four games, James led the Cavs to four wins by averaging 33.8
points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.3 steals. James finished the week
against Phoenix on Sunday by posting 44 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Guards Damon Jones (thigh) and Ira Newble (headaches) are questionable for