Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 6, 2008
The NBA Roundup …
CHARLOTTE ó LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-74 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.
The Cavaliers were never threatened and their relentless defense led to yet another rout in their franchise-best 17-3 start.
Daniel Gibson added 22 points for Cleveland, which has won 16 of 17 games after a 1-2 start, and held an opponent to 85 points or less for a fourth straight game.
D.J. Augustin scored 17 points, and Raymond Felton had 15 for the Bobcats, the NBA’s lowest-scoring team, which never stood a chance against the NBA’s second-best defense.
Charlotte fell behind 15-2 and missed 14 of its first 16 shots.
Heat 105, Thunder 99
MIAMI ó NBA scoring leader Dwyane Wade scored 25 of his 38 points in the first half to help Miami win its third straight game.
Udonis Haslem added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Miami. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points for Oklahoma City (2-19), which matched the fifth-worst 21-game start in league history.
Nets 95, 76ers 84
PHILADELPHIA ó Devin Harris scored 27 points, and Vince Carter added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for New Jersey.
The Nets have won five of six games and four straight on the road. Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 20 points, and Andre Miller had 16.