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Ho-Hum. Another beatdown propels Cavs into tough road stretch

Final - 2.24.2009 1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis Grizzlies
16 20 20 23 79
Cleveland Cavaliers 27 31 18 18 94

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It was over by halftime, just the way it should be.  The Memphis Grizzlies, a team with just 15 wins all season, should get beaten down by the Cavaliers, and with a tough road trip coming up there was some urgency to get it done as quickly as possible.  The Cavaliers did just that, building a 22 point lead at halftime before coasting to a 94-79 win.  It was the 5th straight win for the Cavs who have yet to lose since coming back from the All Star Break.

Even without Delonte West, who was rested as a precaution after his writst stiffened up on Monday, the Cavaliers had little trouble getting up on the Grizzlies.  Led by Daniel Gibson's 19 points, the Cavaliers used a team effort with the bench getting plenty of action.

The Cavaliers were able to rest Zydrunas Ilgauskas and BEn Wallace(19 minutes each) for a majority of the 2nd half, and LeBron James(30 minutes) enjoyed the entire 4th quarter from the bench.  Only Mo Williams(34 minutes) played over 30 minutes for the Cavaliers.

With West back on the sidelines, J.J. Hickson was back in the rotation, and against a team as small as Memphis looked like a dominant big man.  Hickson scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, playing 28 minutes.  He was active on the defensive end as well.

Overall a solid win over a bad team.  The Cavaliers have done a great job of that this season.  Now they need to go get some quality wins on the road.  All four teams have a winning record and it will be a solid test.