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Cavs Roll to 6th Straight Win

Associated Press
Sunday, November 21, 2004; Page E04

LeBron James scored 25 points, Jeff McInnis added a season-high 24 and the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 100-84, over the Charlotte Bobcats last night in Cleveland.

McInnis scored seven straight points during an 11-0 run late in the third quarter when the Cavaliers built an 18-point lead. McInnis had 12 points in the period.

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"He's in a nice flow right now," Cleveland Coach Paul Silas said. "When he's going like this, we're a pretty good club."

Bobcats Coach Bernie Bickerstaff was upset with defensive breakdowns that allowed McInnis to score easily.

"I would never leave him because he makes big shots," Bickerstaff said. "Always has."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 12 points -- 10 in the second half -- and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which beat the expansion Bobcats for the second time in three days. The Cavaliers defeated Charlotte by 17 on Thursday.

This one wasn't nearly as easy as the Cavaliers led just 69-62 with 2 minutes 54 seconds remaining in the third.

James, whose scoring average is more than seven points higher than during his rookie of the year season, then muscled inside for a tip-in before McInnis went on a one-man scoring mission. He hit a six-foot floater in the lane, dropped two free throws and drilled a three-pointer to make it 78-62.

JAZZ 92, HAWKS 79: Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Utah pulled away to victory.

Utah made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 4:18 to fend off a comeback attempt by Atlanta, which twice pulled within five in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer.

The Jazz made 17 of 21 free throws, but the Hawks struggled from the line and only converted 10 of 22 attempts.

Mehmet Okur scored 18 points and Andrei Kirilenko blocked seven shots and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jazz, which held a 46-37 advantage on the boards.

Atlanta's Antoine Walker called Kirilenko, a third-year player from Russia, "tough, one of the best in the league."

ROCKETS 91, CLIPPERS 86: Tracy McGrady scored five of his 32 points in overtime, helping Houston to the road victory.


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