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Game #21 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies Game Night Open Thread

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
8-12 15-5
December 8, 2009
8:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD
Probable starters:
Mike Conley PG Mo Williams
O.J. Mayo SG Anthony Parker
Rudy Gay SF LeBron James
Zach Randolph PF J.J. Hickson
Marc Gasol C Shaquille O'Neal

Keep on keepin' on. That's the name of the game for the Cavaliers as they head to Memphis for the middle game of this 3-game road trip. After dispatching of Milwaukee on Sunday, the Cavaliers sit 10-games over .500 for the first time all season.

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Some more Game Notes after the Jump -- >

  • With the 101-86 win over Milwaukee, Cleveland has won 12 of their last 14 games, including four straight. In each of those four games, the team has scored at least 101 points and held their opponents to 90 or fewer points in the last three games. The Cavshave now defeated the Bucks five consecutive times, including three straight in Milwaukee, and in 13 of the last 16 meetings. With eight of the next 11 games on the road, Cleveland is now 7-3 (.700) away from The Q, which is third best in the NBA. This marks the second straight season the team has won seven of their first 10 games on the road.
  • As the team takes on Memphis tonight, the Cavaliers have won seven straight against the Grizzlies including three straight at FedExForum. In those three games, Cleveland has outscored Memphis 117.3-102.3 and outrebounded them 43.7-36.8.
  • Over the next four games, which are all against Western teams, the Cavaliers will try to building on their 5-0 record against opponents from the Western Conference. The team is the only Eastern Conference to not have a loss against a Western team.Dating back to last season, the Cavaliers have a 13-game winning streak against the Western Conference, the longest active streak against the opposing conference in the NBA. (STATS, Inc.)
  • After holding the Bucks to 86 points on a Cavs season-low .376 shooting and .200 shooting from behind the arc, the Cavaliers defensive triangle combines to be one of the best in the league. The team ranks 4th in defensive points allowed at 93.6 ppg, ranks 3rdin overall defensive field goal percentage at .436 while ranking 5th in defensive three-point field goal percentage at .324.
  • Cleveland is allowing only 33.5 points in the paint on the season, which is the NBA's lowest. The team also ranks 2nd in opponent offensive rebounds at only 9.6 per game and is tied for 7th in total opponent rebounds per game at 39.6.
  • In Sunday's game the Cavaliers reserves scored 45 points, which is the second-highest total this season. It was the team's fourthconsecutive game that the bench has scored at least 40 points (43.5 avg.). They also added 27 rebounds and had eight assists. The last time the Cavs bench scored 40+ points in four consecutive games was in December 1992 (four in a row from Dec. 15-19).
  • LeBron James continues to make marks against Milwaukee. After scoring a season-high 55 points last year, including a career-high eight three-pointers made last season, James scored 14 points while distributing 10 assists on Sunday. It was the first time in his career that he's strung together four consecutive contests with at least 10 helpers. It was also his fourth straight points-assists double-double and sixth double-double overall this season, which is tied for second most in his career (Feb. 19 - 24, 2008) behindonly a streak of five last season from Mar. 22 - 31. (Elias)
  • Against Milwaukee, Delonte West scored a team-high 21 points on 6-9 (.667) shooting, including 9-9 from the charity stripe. West tallied 14 of those points in the second quarter during a 29-0 run that lasted more than 11 minutes and registered as the largest streak one team has held another scoreless in the NBA this season. (STATS, Inc.)
  • Against his former team, Mo Williams added 13 points while connecting on 3-4 (.750) shooting from behind the arc. On the season,Williams is averaging 17.1 points on .452 shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He ranks 6th in the NBA in three-point shooting at .476 and 5th in free throw shooting at 47-52 (.904).
  • The Cavaliers have won six consecutive games at The Q, improving their record to 8-2, .800, which is tied for 4th best. In those sixgames, the team has averaged 106.2 ppg on .524 shooting while opponents have only scored 95.7 ppg on .450 shooting.