Final Score: Cleveland 122, Charlotte 95
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
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."
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 23:02:11 ET
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