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Cavaliers rout Bobcats

Associated Press / December 7, 2008
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LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Bobcats, 94-74, last night in Charlotte, N.C., for their eighth straight victory.

The Cavaliers were never threatened and their relentless defense led to yet another rout in their franchise-best 17-3 start.

A night after holding Indiana's Danny Granger to 4 points, James helped limit Charlotte's second-leading scorer, Gerald Wallace, to 1 point on 0-of-6 shooting.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the force inside, grabbing 11 rebounds and finishing with five of Cleveland's 10 blocks. The Bobcats shot 36 percent and didn't hit 50 points until early in the fourth quarter.

"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."

Nets 95, 76ers 84 - Devin Harris scored 27 points and New Jersey took advantage of host Philadelphia's late shooting woes.

Vince Carter added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists, and the Nets hit nine 3-pointers in the second half and shot 42.3 percent (11 for 26) beyond the arc.

Heat 105, Thunder 99 - NBA scoring leader Dwyane Wade scored 25 of his 38 points in the first half and host Miami beat reeling Oklahoma City.

Udonis Haslem finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which wasted a 15-point lead in the first six minutes of the final quarter. Shawn Marion added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat (11-9).

Clippers 107, Timberwolves 84 - Baron Davis had 27 points and nine assists, and Zach Randolph scored 21 to help lowly Los Angeles cruise past hapless Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Marcus Camby added 12 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocks for the Clippers.

Nuggets 118, Kings 85 - Chauncey Billups scored 24 points to help visiting Denver beat Sacramento.

Suns 106, Jazz 104 - Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 20 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points, and host Phoenix ended a four-game losing streak.

Hornets 106, Grizzlies 87 - Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, and host New Orleans made 11 3-pointers in a victory over Memphis.

Spurs 123, Warriors 88 - Tim Duncan scored 20 points in 21 minutes and suddenly high-scoring San Antonio beat visiting Golden State.

Bulls 117, Wizards 110 - Luol Deng scored a season-high 26 points, and Ben Gordon added 21 to help host Chicago beat Washington.

Mavericks 100, Hawks 98 - Jose Barea scored 16 of his season-high 22 points in the third quarter, and Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points to lift host Dallas to its ninth win in 10 games.

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