King James drops 35 as Cavs win eight straight
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed 12
rebounds and dished out eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the
Charlotte Bobcats, 101-97.
Ronald Murray and Drew Gooden each chipped in 16 points, while Donyell
Marshall scored 13 points and snatched nine boards for the Cavaliers, who hold
a 6 1/2 game cushion over Washington for the fourth spot in the Eastern
Conference. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points and nine rebounds for
Cleveland, who tied a season-high with its eighth straight win.
Raymond Felton scored a team-high 20 points while Jumaine Jones totaled 18
points and eight rebounds and Gerald Wallace added 17 points and nine boards
for the Bobcats, who have now lost five of their last six games.
The Cavs took a six-point lead into the final 12 minutes, and enlarged it to
10, 94-84, with 3:54 to play as Ilgauskas tipped home a Gooden miss.
However, the Bobcats did not go away as they embarked on an 8-0 run to cut the
lead to two with 1:52 left. Wallace capped the surge as he took a lob pass
from Felton and laid it in on the run, drawing a foul in the process and
converting the free-throw to make the score 94-92.
With 33.2 seconds to play, James was sent to the foul line and hit 1-of-2 to
give Cleveland a 97-94 lead. On the ensuing possession, Wallace drove the lane
and missed a tough runner over Anderson Varejao. James corralled the rebound
and was sent to the line, where he hit both freebies to ice the game.
Cleveland held a five-point edge, 28-23, after one frame as James scored 15
points in the quarter, including the final 12 for the Cavaliers over a five
The lead extended to 11, the largest of the first half, on a Varejao layup
with 8:24 to play in the second quarter. However, Charlotte responded by
scoring the next seven points as Wallace started the run with a layup and then
a dunk. The Cavaliers took a 53-49 lead into the locker room.
The Cavaliers held the lead throughout the entire third quarter, extending to
as many as nine. However, an 8-0 run pulled the Bobcats to within one, 69-68,
as Bernard Robinson sank two free-throws to cap the run.
Cleveland is now 7-0 all time against Charlotte…The Cavaliers hit 48.1
percent of their shots, while the Bobcats connected on 40 percent from the
floor…Cleveland won despite turning the ball over 20 times, compared to 12
for Charlotte…The Cavaliers owned the boards as they outrebounded the