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News » Cavaliers storm past Thunder James plays only

Cavaliers storm past Thunder James plays only

Cavaliers storm past Thunder James plays only
LeBron James played just 17 minutes, tying his career low, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 117-82 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

James scored 14 points. The Cavaliers superstar also played 17 minutes Dec. 29, 2004, a game he left because of an injury.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas led Cleveland with 17 points. All 12 players on the roster scored.

The Cavaliers are 12-3 for the first time in franchise history and remained undefeated at home in eight games.

"Right now, we're playing the best Basketball we've played in a long time," James said.

Oklahoma City (1-15) has the worst record in the NBA and lost its 13th consecutive game. The Thunder are 0-3 under interim coach Scott Brooks, who took over when P.J. Carlesimo was fired Saturday.

Chris Wilcox led Oklahoma City with 14 points.

Cleveland raced to a 13-0 lead during which Brooks called a 20-second timeout and a full timeout. The Thunder finally scored on a jumper by Joe Smith, who played with the Cavaliers last season, with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter.

James also played 17 minutes against Houston in his second season in the league, a game in which he sustained a bone bruise near his left eye after being elbowed by Dikembe Mutombo.

"It's always good to get rest," James said. "You know how long the season is. It's always a positive."

One night after dealing with numerous questions about his plans for free agency in 2010 when the Cavaliers played in New York, James found the surroundings much less chaotic last night. He scored 10 points in nine first-quarter minutes and sat out the rest of the half. Cleveland led, 27-8, when James left the game.

James wasted little time bringing the fans to their feet when he caught a lob pass from Delonte West with one hand and dunked on the Cavaliers' first possession of the second half. He left the game for good with the Cavaliers leading, 84-43, with 41/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

James played 30 minutes in Cleveland's 119-101 win against the Knicks, a game which the Cavaliers led handily most of the way.

Daniel Gibson scored 15 points for Cleveland. Rookie forward J.J. Hickson, the Cavaliers' No. 1 draft pick, scored a career-high 14.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 13 points apiece for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder are in the midst of their longest losing streak since Seattle dropped a franchise-worst 14 consecutive games last season from Dec. 31-Jan. 27.

Other games

* Celtics 119, Warriors 111: Ray Allen scored 25 points, Rajon Rondo had a season-high 22 and host Boston overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit for a victory against Golden State.

* Hawks 102, Bucks 96: Al Horford scored 21 points and converted a key three-point play to protect a late lead, leading host Atlanta to a victory against Milwaukee.

* Raptors 93, Bobcats 86: Chris Bosh had 39 points and 11 rebounds, Joey Graham added a season-high 17 points and host Toronto beat Charlotte. Andrea Bargnani had 11 points, while Jose Calderon had 10 points and nine assists as Toronto won for the first time in three games.

* Magic 96, 76ers 94: Rashard Lewis scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left to lead visiting Orlando to a victory against Philadelphia. It was the seventh win in eight games for the Magic.

* Pistons 110, Knicks 96: Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 17 points as host Detroit beat New York.

* Suns 110, Timberwolves 102: Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks to help balanced Phoenix to a victory against Minnesota, snapping a three-game losing streak in Minneapolis.

* Jazz 117, Grizzlies 100: Deron Williams had 11 points and 15 assists in his return to the lineup, leading host Utah past Memphis.

* Pacers 91, Rockets 90: Danny Granger tipped in his own miss with 13 seconds left and visiting Indiana rallied from 10 points down in the fourth to beat Houston.

* Spurs 98, Bulls 88: Tim Duncan scored 21 points, rookie George Hill added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and host San Antonio beat Chicago.

* Trail Blazers 106, Heat 68: Reserve Channing Frye scored 17 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 16, and Portland built a big first-quarter lead and routed visiting Miami.

* Nets 116, Kings 114: Vince Carter had 24 points as visiting New Jersey outlasted Sacramento in overtime.

* Nuggets 106, Clippers 105: Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 11 rebounds in host Denver's victory

* NBA standings, Page C-12

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