The Cavaliers took on the Bobcats for the second time this week, this time in South Carolina. Both Delonte West and Jamario Moon were missing from the game. Delonte missed several practices and remained in Cleveland. Jamario Moon also stayed home as he had two wisdom teeth removed Friday. It appears Jamario will rejoin the team for their next preseason game against the Washington Wizards. This did not hold the Cavs back though as they went on to win 102-96. Lebron James played one half and scored 11 points on 3-7 shooting. JJ Hickson was the high man with 15 points and seven rebounds. Another impressive performance off the bench was Boobie Gibson who added 14 points for the Cavaliers.
For the Bobcats it was Gerald Wallace leading the way with 18 points and five rebounds. The lone surprise for the Bobcats was Alexis Ajinca who scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards. The Bobcats now drop to 1-2 this preseason while the Cavaliers improve to 2-0.
The Outdoor Exhibition
For the second year in a row the NBA's annual outdoor exhibition was held Saturday night at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The two teams featured were the Phoenix Suns, who appeared last year, and the Golden State Warriors. Missing for the Warriors was Stephen Jackson.
The team suspended the troubled guard for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. In their last preseason game against the Lakers, Jackson picked up five quick fouls followed by a technical foul and was then placed on the bench by coach Don Nelson. Jackson then started arguing with his coach and was sent to the locker room for the remainder of the game. Jackson is expected to lose $150,000 in salary for the two games he will miss.
The game itself was actually fairly entertaining. Last year's game was hindered by cold temperatures and high winds, but Saturday night was just about as good as it could get for outdoor basketball. Early in the game former Trailblazer Channing Frye lit it up from downtown to put the Suns up early. For the Warriors it was Anthony Morrow and Stephen Curry leading the way. Morrow, who came off the bench, led all scorers with 30 points. Channing Frye was the high man for Phoenix with 19 points and eight rebounds. Phoenix ended up dropping this one late in the fourth quarter because of some clutch free-throws made by Stephen Curry, and the Warriors took it 104-101.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Denver Nuggets in the final preseason game in China Saturday. What a show Carmelo Anthony put on for the fans. Melo dropped 45 points on the Pacers, shooting 14-19 from the field and 16-17 from the line, as the Nuggets cruised by the Pacers 128-112. One of the more disappointing stat lines I read was Chauncey Billups who scored only six points. He shot 2-8 from the field and and a poor 1-5 from the line. I'm not worried however, it's only a preseason game. One of the more impressive stat lines was from Roy Hibbert who scored 21 points and blocked four shots.