James leads red-hot Cleveland past sinking Charlotte
=== James leads red-hot Cleveland past sinking Charlotte ===
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 30 points to lead Cleveland to its sixth straight win, 103-91 over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 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 had six rebounds and six assists, didn't play in the fourth quarter after the Cavs held a commanding 83-57 lead through 36 minutes.
Alan Anderson had 14 points off the bench to lead Charlotte, which extended its franchise-record with a 12th straight defeat. Melvin Ely and Kareem Rush each had 12 points and Jumaine Jones added 11. However, rookie Raymond Felton left the game midway through the third quarter with back spasms.
The Cavaliers opened breathing room with an 11-2 spurt in the first quarter, extending to a 20-9 lead. James banged in a three-pointer and another jumper during the run, and Cleveland led 32-20 after 12 minutes.
A Jake Voskuhl jumper brought Charlotte within 39-32, but Cleveland rattled off the next 10 points, capped by seven consecutive points from James, including a free throw with 3:18 remaining in the half.
Two James foul shots ended the second quarter with the Cavs ahead 56-39 at the break and that margin continued to blow up in the third before Cleveland cruised to a 5-0 mark all-time against the Bobcats.
Luke Jackson added 10 points, while Drew Gooden had 12 boards and Anderson Varejao tallied 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
The Bobcats expect to be without forward Emeka Okafor at least another five weeks with a sprained right ankle. The injury has already cost last year's Rookie of the Year 20 of Charlotte's last 21 games and will keep the forward out until after the All-Star break. Okafor most likely will not return to action for the Bobcats until March 6 at the earliest...Voskuhl had 12 rebounds and Brevin Knight had 14 assists for Charlotte...Rush returned after missing 13 straight games with a sprained left index finger. He had nine points...The Cavs are 8-3 on the road versus the Eastern Conference...Cleveland's Ira Newble missed the game with migraine headaches.CLE CHL