Cavaliers-Bobcats: Cavs Tame 'Cats, 94-74

Eric MoonContributor IDecember 7, 2008

The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-3) continue their dominance beating up on the Charlotte Bobcats (7-13) 94-74 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The blowout extended the Cavs win streak to eight for the second time in 20 games this young season.

This game was over from the tip. The Cavs started the game with a 7-0 spurt and before you knew it—Bam!! It was 30-14 by the end of the quarter.

Defense continues to be the staple of this team holding the Bobcats to 19 percent shooting in the first quarter and six of their ten blocks came in the quarter.

LeBron James' prowess on the defensive side continues to show. A night after holding Indiana's Danny Granger to four points, James helped limit Charlotte's second-leading scorer, Gerald Wallace, to one point on 0-of-6 shooting.

"I took the challenge once again, like I did last night with Danny,'' James said. "My teammates helped me out. It wasn't just me.''

Jason Richardson the Bobcats leading scorer was also held in check scoring just nine on the night.

"Every time you drive to the basket, all five guys are there,'' said Richardson. "We've got to play like that. Every time we came down the lane, there were no easy baskets. It was either a block or they put us to the line with a foul that was hard.''

Wallace, Emeka Okafor, and Sean May combined to shoot 2-for-14 in the first half as Cleveland built a 55-35 lead on James' flurry of nine points in the final 2:20.

Unlike last night James had no trouble scoring with 20 of his 25 points scored by halftime. Daniel Gibson added 22 points and five assist for Cleveland.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who had 11 rebounds and five of Cleveland's 10 blocks, sat out the final period to remain four rebounds shy of supplanting Brad Daugherty (5,227) as Cleveland's career leader.

James also sat out the final period tying Mark Price for the franchise record of 734 steals in a career.

James wanted both marks set at home Tuesday night—and another record-tying rout made it possible.

The Cavs have won eight straight games - all by at least 12 points - to tie an NBA record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"We take pride on trying to build big leads,'' James said."We're not going out there trying to blow everyone out, we're just getting big leads and keeping them."

"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.''

D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 17 points, Raymond Felton added 15.

The loss was a setback for the Bobcats, who had won four of six under coach Larry Brown before dropping a close game in Milwaukee Friday.

Next up for the Cavaliers is a home game Tuesday with Toronto. James and Ilgauskas will be closing in on records as the Raptors face the task of trying to derail the early-season juggernaut.