CLEVELAND, Nov. 20 (Ticker) -- LeBron James
and Jeff McInnis
Cleveland Cavaliers rolling.
James scored 25 points and McInnis added a season-high 24 as the
Cavaliers pulled away in the second half to post 100-84 victory
over the Charlotte Bobcats.
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James and McInnis scored 27 points in the first half, but the
duo did not get much support from their teammates as the
Cavaliers clung to a 48-47 lead at the break.
Cavs forward Drew Gooden
, who recorded his fourth double-double
of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, admitted that
Cleveland took Charlotte lightly after defeating the Bobcats,
106-89, Wednesday in the opener of a home-and-away series.
"Yeah, we did," Gooden said. "But you have to give Charlotte
credit because they fought. It's hard to beat a team
back-to-back like that."
The Cavs woke up in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats,
32-15. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
combined with Gooden to score 15
points in the period as the Cavaliers opened an 80-62 advantage.
Cleveland scored the final 11 points of the period, and sealed
its sixth consecutive win by scoring the first five points in
The Cavs held the Bobcats to just 32 percent (13-of-41)
shooting in the second half and 37 percent (31-of-85) overall.
"The key was our defense," McInnis said. "That allowed us to go
out and run, and get open shots. When we're playing like that,
it makes it easier to win the game."
"Hopefully we can keep this thing rolling," Cavs coach Paul
Silas said. "When we defend well, we are doing pretty good. Our
defense is what really picks up and gives us an edge."
McInnis is averaging 18.2 points over the Cavaliers' winning
streak. Earlier in the week, McInnis was notified that he was
left off the All-Star ballot, while back-up point guard Eric Snow
"I don't think he liked that too much," James said. "So he's
taking it out on the opponents, and I'm loving it."
scored 15 points for Charlotte, which has lost
"It's all mental," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "It's
been a problem for us to execute our offense. It's just time
after time, we have mental letdowns, and I think that's one of
the things that happened tonight. We had a mental letdown,
teams make their run, then we're fighting the rest of the game
to try to get back in it."
Rookie Emeka Okafor
recorded 10 of his 13 points in the first
quarter to help the Bobcats take a 28-23 lead after 12 minutes.