The Charlotte Bobcats thoroughly dominated a disinterested Cleveland Cavaliers team, 110-93. After losing a heartbreaker to the Nuggets last night, the Cavs looked like they might pull away in the first quarter, but fell back in the second quarter, and completely fell apart in the second half.
LeBron James finished with "only" 22 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds. By the fourth quarter, he was openly frustrated and passing the ball away possession after possession instead of driving to the hoop -- seeing as he's the best in the world at that, maybe he should have done it more. That said, it was the second half of a back to back, and he'd been beat up all game.
Also notable for the Cavs, Antawn Jamison played possibly the worst game of his life, coming off the bench and shooting 0-12 from the field, including 0-4 from three, had three airballs, and was blocked 5 times. The only saving grace was his 7 rebounds, and I'd bet most of those were uncontested boards.
Game thread comments, highlights, and lowlights after the jump.
GAME THREAD COMMENTS
Stevarino -- I think I figured out why Tyrus is so motivated. He gets to wear a headband.
andrewlail76 -- Jax must have made love to these trades.
-- Nazr Mohammed obviously isn't back to full strength. At a certain point, they've got to just go with our defensive centers, or Boris Diaw, and shut down the other team's offense even more than they have thus far.
-- There's no way Tyrus Thomas plays this well again, is there? In 25 minutes, he scored 9 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked 6(!) shots, and took out an entire row of courtside seats diving for a ball going out of bounds.
-- Stephen Jackson scored 29 points on 17 attempts. His 3-7 from three also helped lead the Cats to 9-19 overall from beyond the arc.
-- Gerald Wallace was his usual self, scoring 17 points on 11 attempts, and pulling down 8 rebounds. With Taz-mas around now, perhaps he won't get as many rebounding opportunities.
-- Theo Ratliff is around for only one reason: defend the rim. And he certainly did that, getting 2 blocks, redirecting who knows how many more. He'll most likely be an upgrade on Diop, and could be a useful rotation guy with both Nazr and Tyson Chandler.