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                 === Hot-shooting Cavs cruise past Bobcats ===
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 22 points as
 the  Cleveland Cavaliers rolled over the Charlotte Bobcats, 122-95, at Quicken
 Loans Arena.
 Dion  Waiters added  19 points, Wayne Ellington scored 16 and Tristan Thompson
 contributed  17  with nine  rebounds  for  the  Cavaliers,  who have  won  two
 "We're  making steps  in  the  right direction,"  said  Irving.  "We have  the
 different pieces that we've added and we're getting better every single game."
 Byron Mullens had 15 points off the bench to pace Charlotte, which has dropped
 its last five games.
 The  teams traded  baskets  over  the opening  four  minutes  of action  until
 Cleveland  reeled off  a 12-4 push to  jump ahead, 23-14, with just under four
 minutes left in the first quarter.
 Charlotte would get no closer than seven points for the remainder of the frame
 and trailed, 32-21, heading into the second quarter following Irving's driving
 layup in the closing seconds.
 After  back-to-back 3-pointers  by Jeff  Taylor and  Mullens cut  the Bobcats'
 deficit  to 36-29 early  in the second, the Cavaliers answered with a 14-0 run
 to stretch their lead up to 50-29.
 Thompson  led Cleveland  with 13 second-quarter points as the Cavaliers pushed
 their  lead  as high  as 28  points while outscoring  Charlotte, 33-20, in the
 frame en route to a 65-41 advantage at the break.
 Cleveland  then  cruised through the second  half, holding at least a 22-point
 lead throughout the remainder of the game.
 "The  physical effort  was unacceptable and we don't like that," Bobcats coach
 Mike Dunlap said. "We expected tonight to play full on and we didn't."
                                   Game Notes
 Marreese  Speights  finished with 11 points  and 10 rebounds off the bench for
 the  Cavaliers  ... Cleveland has won  the last six meetings between the teams
 ...  The Cavaliers  held a  45-37  advantage on  the glass  and outscored  the
 Bobcats in the paint, 50-30.
 02/06 23:02:26 ET

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