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Lebron James coming off his lowest scoring game so far this season scored 25 points and he wasn’t needed in the fourth quarter. This is the fifth time in the past two weeks where Lebron wasn’t needed in the fourth quarter.
The winning streak is now eight and in each the Cavs have won by at least 12 points, tying an NBA record for consecutive victories by a dozen points or more.The last team who did this was the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. That team went 72-10 and went on to win the NBA Championship.
Charlotte had won four of its past five home games and had the firepower to beat the Cavs. The Cavaliers had 12 points lead six minutes into the game and kept the lead.
“We’re not going out there trying to blow everyone out,” James said. “We’re just getting big leads and keeping them.”
James was the primary defender against Gerald Wallace on Saturday. Wallace came in averaging 16 points, and he managed a single point.
Ben Wallace blocked three shots and had eight rebounds in 20 minutes.
Ilgauskas blocked five shots and grabbed 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. He sat out the fourth quarter and remain four rebounds shy of supplanting Brad Daugherty (5,227) as Cleveland’s career leader.
“Teams are having a hard time scoring on us, on the road and at home,” Ilgauskas said. “Get a lot of steals, contest all the shots, limit them to one shot and off to the races. We’ve been playing good basketball.”
Daniel Gibson has had his best games of the season against the Bobcats. In their first meeting on October 30, Gibson scored 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Last night he had 22-points on a 9-13 shooting (3-4 from the three points line) in 31 minutes.
The Cavaliers, now 17-3 and off to the best start in franchise history, return to The Q for a Tuesday night matchup with the Raptors.
NBA highlights From December 6th