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Game #12 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
6-1 5-3
November 18, 2009
Verizon Center
7:00 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD / ESPN
Probable starters:
Gilbert Arenas PG Mo Williams
Mike Miller SG Anthony Parker
Caron Butler SF LeBron James
Antawn Jamison PF J.J. Hickson
Brendan Haywood C Shaquille O'Neal

The Cavaliers, minus two very important parts of their front-court, head to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards, a matchup that is always fun to watch. These two teams just don;t like each other very much, and after the Cavaliers erased a 17-point deficit earlier this season at The Q, you can bet the Wizards will be looking, once again, for revenge.

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Some more Game Notes after the Jump -- >

  • The Cavaliers have begun a stretch of playing four games in five nights for the second time this season. After ranking 1st in winningthe second game of back-to-backs at 16-3 (.842) last season, Cleveland is now 3-1 (.750) on the season. Cleveland heads to thenation's capital winners of five straight and eight of their last nine games. The Cavaliers are now 4-1 (.800) on the road thisseason, which is tied for third best in the NBA. A win tonight, would mark the first time the team has been 5-1 (.800) on theroad to begin the season since the 1977-78 season. At 8-3 (.727), there have only been two seasons the Cavaliers have faredbetter in their first 11 games. The 1976-77 and 2008-09 Cavaliers began 9-2 (.818) while six other teams (1977-78, 1988-89,1996-97, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2006-07) started off 8-3.
  • The Cavaliers defeated the Wizards 102-90 on November 3rd in Cleveland. LeBron James finished with a game-high 27 points, eightrebounds, six assists and three steals while Mo Williams tallied 15 points, six assists and four rebounds.
  • The Cavs have scored at least 100 points in each game during the five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 106.8-99.8and are now 7-0 when they score at least 100 points.
  • Against the Warriors, LeBron James notched his second double-double of the season with 31 points on 11-19 (.579) shooting anda season-high tying 12 assists in 39 minutes. It was the 29th time James has notched at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game,and the Cavs are 22-7 (.759) in those games. James also tallied five rebounds, two blocks and one steal while shooting 8-10 (.800)from the free throw line and is now shooting .767 from the free-throw line on the season. Over his last five games, he is averaging31.0 points on 50-94 (.538) shooting and 48-58 (.828) from the stripe, 6.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.8 steals. On the season,LeBron James is averaging 27.8 points (5th best), 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists (tied for 6th best) in 38.1 minutes.
  • Against the Warriors and for the third game in a row, J.J. Hickson set a new career high in scoring with 21 points while shootinga career-high 9-9 from the field to go along with a career-high tying nine rebounds in 34 minutes. In the last three games,Hickson is averaging 19.7 points on 23-31 shooting (.742) and 5.7 rebounds in 34.3 minutes per game.
  • Mo Williams had a season-high eight rebounds to go along with 16 points on 7-14 (.500) shooting, six assists and two steals in35 minutes Over the last four games, Williams is averaging 22.5 points on 38-67 (.567) shooting, including 12-21 (.571) frombeyond the arc, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
  • On Tuesday, the Cavs were 9-20 (.450) on three-pointers and have connected on 44-92 (.478) from beyond the arc during their five-game winning streak. Cleveland leads the league in three-point percentage at .459 and is the most improved team inshooting three-pointers from last season (.393 to .459, +.066). Meanwhile, their opponents have only connected on 61-190(.321) of their three-point attempts for the season and just 31-104 (.298) in their last five games.
  • On the year, the Cavaliers have three players in the Top 15 in marksmanship from behind the arc: Anthony Parker is shooting ateam-leading 24-42 (.571) on three-point attempts, which is 3nd in the NBA (C. Paul, M. Miller) while Mo Williams at 26-51(.510) ranks 8th and Daniel Gibson at 23-47 (.479) is 11th. Gibson's 23 three-point field goals is the most off the bench thisseason in the NBA. (STATS, Inc.)