For a half, the Cavaliers toyed with Houston, allowing the 'scrappy' Rockets to hang around and believe they were in the game. Then, with a 3-point lead coming out of halftime, LeBron James and Mo Williams decided enough was enough. James(13) and Williams(12) combined for 25 points as the Cavaliers outscored Houston 32-15 in the 3rd Quarter en route to a 10-83 win at The Q.
It was a game that I was highly interested in since the Cavaliers were coming off of a long, highly successful road trip, and are looking at a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday night. That is the recipe for a classic home, sandwich game letdown. Not tonight. The Cavaliers allowed the Rockets to stay close in the first half, even falling behind by 11 - 16-5 - early in the first quarter.
After that, however, the Cavaliers(24-8) went on a big 16-1 run, and Houston never seemed to be able to keep pace.
For the game, LeBron James scored 29 points in 3 quarters of action - James didn't play in the 4th quarter - while Mo Williams continued his hot shooting with 20 points(4-6 from 3).
Shaquille O'Neal continued to impress with a sweet double-double(13-11), and Zydrunas Ilgauskas chipped in 12. For the Cavaliers it was their 4th straight wins, 9 in 10.
A bit of a rest for the Cavaliers, now, before heading to Atlanta and a showdown with the Hawks.