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Game #9 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
6-1 5-3
November 12, 2009
Miami, FL
8:00 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - TNT HD
Probable starters:
Mario Chalmers PG Mo Williams
Dwyane Wade SG Anthony Parker
Quentin Richardson SF LeBron James
Michael Beasley PF J.J. Hickson
Jermaine O'Neal C Shaquille O'Neal

Hopefully the site problems that have plagued me for the last day are resolved and I can get back to basketball. The Cavaliers were impressive in their early-season test against Orlando last night, but the task might be even harder tonight when the Wine and Gold take on the Miami Heat.

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Some more Game Notes after the Jump -- >

  • Cleveland will try to leave Florida with a two-game sweep after defeating the Orlando Magic 102-93 on Wednesday. Tonight's gameagainst Miami will feature two of the NBA's top defensive teams so far this season. Miami ranks 3rd in opponent points per gameat 88.6 while Cleveland is 8th at 90.3 ppg. Miami is 2nd in defensive field goal percentage at .415 and 1st in defensive three-point fieldgoal percentage at .257 while the Cavs rank 7th at .430 and 8th at .318, respectively. Cleveland held Orlando to 4-18 (.222) shooting from behind the arc on Wednesday, while also allowing only nine assists. The Cavaliers rank 7th in the league in giving up assists toopponents at 18.0 while Miami ranks 2nd at 15.8.
  • The team has won five of their last six games and all four games (4-0) that the team has eclipsed the century mark have comeduring this streak. In Cleveland's last six games, the offensive is averaging 97.2 ppg on .477 shooting overall and .495 shooting onthree-pointers. The team's defense in this span has held opponents to just .424 shooting from the field and 87.7 points per game. TheCavaliers defense is tied for 9th in blocks (5.4) per game. The team is allowing only 30.3 points in the paint and 9.4 secondchance points per game, which are both the fewest in the NBA. After only giving up seven fast break points to the Magic, theteam ranks 5th in fewest fast break points allowed at 9.8.
  • Mo Williams combined with LeBron James for 64 points on 25-of-43 (.581) shooting against the Magic. Williams had a blistering22 points in the first half on 9-9 shooting and finished with 28 points and a team-high six assists in 42 minutes. This game was thefourth in which he has had six assists this season.
  • On Wednesday, LeBron James had game highs of 36 points on 13-23 (.565) shooting and eight rebounds along with four assists in 39minutes. James is averaging 27.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 38 minutes and ranks 6th in both points and assists.
  • In his second start of the season, J.J. Hickson added season highs of nine points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. In the two starts,Hickson is averaging 7.5 points on .500 shooting and 3.0 rebounds in 18 minutes per game.
  • The team shot a season-high 10-14 (.714) in three-pointers against Orlando. Anthony Parker continues his early season hotshooting from behind the arc. Parker went 3-3 from behind the arc against the Magic to tally nine points while adding three steals.Parker is shooting 8-9 (.889) over the last three games and an overall 17-28 (.607), which ranks 2nd in the NBA (C. Paul) inthree-point percentage. Combined with Mo Williams, who ranks 16th in three-point shooting, at 18-35 (.514) and DanielGibson, who is tied for 17th, at 18-36 (.500), the team ranks 2nd (Phoenix) in three-point percentage at .464 and is one of themost improved teams in shooting three-pointers from last season (.393) to this season (.464). Through the first eight games, theteam has made 69 three-point field goals, which is 15 more than the team's previous best mark of 54 in 2007-08. (STATS, Inc.)
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas (715 games played, 667 starts) is only five games away from tying Bingo Smith (720 games) for second all-time (Danny Ferry, 723 games) in games played in franchise history.