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Game #36 - Charlotte Bobcats at Cleveland Cavaliers

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
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13-18 27-8
January 3, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
6:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FOXSports HD
Probable starters:
Raymond Felton PG Mo Williams
Stephen Jackson SG Anthony Parker
Gerald Wallace SF LeBron James
Boris Diaw PF J.J. Hickson
Nazr Mohammad C Shaquille O'Neal

Right back to work for the Cavaliers after the win in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. Up next are the Charlotte Bobcats, one of the teams the Cavaliers have already lost to this season. The Bobcats also played on Saturday, beating the Miami Heat 107-97 for a rare road win. It won't be easy!

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  • Cleveland's 27 wins is the most in the NBA, and the team has won seven straight games, the longest current streak in the NBA.The Cavaliers point differential of +6.7 is tied for the third largest margin in the NBA. The team has won 12 of their last 13contests and in those 13 games, the team has averaged 101.8 ppg while holding opponents to 92.2 ppg (+9.6 pt. diff.), while shooting.489 from the field compared to .422 for opponents.
  • The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive games at The Q, the longest home winning streak in the NBA and are 13-2 (.867), which istied for the best home record in the NBA (Denver). In that streak, the team is averaging 103.5 points compared to 93.5 ppg foropponents (+10.0 pt. diff.) while shooting .513 from the field to their opponents .430. Since the 2005-06 season, the Cavaliers are140-39 (.782) at home and only the Dallas Mavericks at 147-33 (.817) have a better home record in that span.
  • Cleveland has never lost to Charlotte at home and won all 10 games played by an average scoring margin of 103.3-91.8 and an average field goal percentage margin of .488-.418. This streak is the team's best home record versus an Eastern Conference opponent since the 2004-05 season. (STATS, Inc.)
  • Tonight's game will feature two of the best defensive teams in points allowed. Charlotte leads the league at only 92.6 ppg while the Cavaliers rank 4th at 93.6 ppg. Cleveland leads the league in defensive field goal percentage at .430 and ranks 5th in defensivethree-point field goal percentage at .325. Cleveland is joined by the Celtics as the only teams that rank in the Top 5 in each ofthose three major defensive categories. The Cavaliers also haven't allowed an opponent to shoot at or above .500 percent fromthe field in 25 games, the NBA's longest active streak. New Jersey was the eighth team the Cavaliers have held under .400 fromthe field (8-0 in those games).
  • In the paint, the Cavaliers are allowing an NBA-low of only 34.3 points in the paint on the season. The Cavs have held theadvantage in the paint in 26 out 35 games this season and are now 24-5 (.827) when they have equal or more points in the paintthan their opponent. The team also has the longest streak in the NBA of nine games where they outrebound their opponents.
  • After holding the Nets to 86 points on Saturday, the Cavaliers haven't allowed an opponent to score + 100 points in 13 of 20 roadgames this season. New Jersey was the third consecutive road opponent (L.A. Lakers, Atlanta) to under 90 points.
  • Against the Nets, LeBron James flirted with a triple-double by scoring 28 points and adding nine rebounds and seven assists with twoblocks. Out of the five triple doubles in the NBA this season, James has two (R. Alston - 1, G. Arenas - 1, Chris Paul - 1). In the win last night, James also became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 14,000 points at 25 years and 3 days. (STATS, Inc.)
  • On Saturday, Anderson Varejao tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points on 7-13 (.561) shooting and 12 rebounds against New Jersey. As one of the NBA's best sixth men and defensive players, Varejao leads the league in +/- ratio at +312 (+8.9per game) and LeBron James is right behind him in second in +/- ratio at +277 (+7.9 per game).
  • Cleveland has now received at least 30 points from their bench in 13 of the last 19 games as the bench is averaging 28.5 ppg and16.9 rebounds this season, which is +3.4 ppg ahead of the mark of 25.1 ppg and + 3.5 rebounds above 13.4 rpg last season.
  • At New Jersey, Mo Williams added 18 points on 7-14 (.500) shooting. During the team's seven-game winning streak, Williams isaveraging 21.6 ppg on .500 shooting, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Three Cavaliers are among the Top 10 NBA marksmen from behind the arc with Williams ranking 8th in three-point accuracy at .444 and third in three-point field goals made with 80.Daniel Gibson ranks 2nd at 40-82 (.488) and Anthony Parker ranks 5th at 48-104 (.462). Since the NBA introduced the three-point arcin 1979-80, only one other team has featured three players to shoot at least .450 (1996-97 Charlotte - R. Pierce, G. Rice, T. Delk).
  • Offensively, Cleveland is the second best three-point shooting team at .413 (Phoenix - .417) and ranks sixth in the NBA in fieldgoal percentage at .480. The Cavaliers are 24-2 (.923) when they shoot at least .450 from the field, 13-0 when shooting at least.420 from the behind the arc and 20-1 (.952) when hitting the century mark and 22-2 (.917) when tied or leading at halftime.