• My Scores
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • NCAA BB
  • NBA
  • NHL

Charlotte at Cleveland

Cavaliers 104, Bobcats 101

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
  •  

CLEVELAND -- Anderson Varejao was all over the floor -- and all over the arena.

Cleveland's frizzy-haired and frantic forward, who causes chaos over 94 feet, scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds and LeBron James scored 22, leading the Cavaliers to a 104-101 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Cavaliers celebrated Varejao's crazy, highlighted hairdo by handing out free wigs to their fans, many of whom wore their bushy giveaways during the game to honor Cleveland's "Wild Thing."

"It's kind of scary, 18,000 Andys," James said. "I don't think I could come to the arena if we had wig night all the time."

Larry Hughes had 16 points and made a key steal and two free throws in the final minute, and Drew Gooden added 16 points as the Cavaliers improved to 10-2 at home and had their starting lineup back on the floor for the first time in 13 games.

Cleveland, which has had a problem of playing up or down to the level of its competition all season, let a 10-point lead slip to two in the fourth quarter before finally putting the game away in the final minute.

"We're a much better team than our record shows," Hughes said. "We've just got to prove it. We should have about four more wins. We know where we want to go, we've just got to figure out how to get there."

Rookie Adam Morrison led Charlotte with 16, Emeka Okafor had 14 and 11 rebounds and Brevin Knight added 14 assists for the Bobcats, who closed within 98-96 on Knight's jumper with 1:12 remaining.

But after Varejao missed from the outside, Hughes, in his third game back since missing 10 with a sprained ankle, stepped in front of a pass by Sean May and was fouled.

Hughes dropped both free throws to make it 100-96, and after Matt Carroll scored for Charlotte, James saved a wild pass by Hughes and fed Varejao underneath for a dunk to give the Cavs a 102-98 lead.

James, who added eight rebounds and seven assists, made two more free throws and Carroll closed the scoring by dropping a 3-pointer at the horn.

Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff felt one of his players had fouled Hughes before he could pass the ball to James.

"I don't know what the deal was," Bickerstaff said. "We tried to foul. We had him (Hughes) locked up over in the corner. There were three guys, two slapping at him. But I guess we didn't hit them hard enough."

With the season now more than one quarter of the way over, the Cavaliers are still searching for consistency. Before Wednesday, they hadn't had both Gooden and Hughes healthy since Nov. 15. And they need an attitude other than a complacent one.

Their up-and-down play has been a troubling trend that has led to some losses to lesser-talented teams, including a 92-88 setback to the Bobcats (5-16) on Nov. 4.

Leading by 13 at half, the Cavs allowed the Bobcats easy baskets in a 15-5 run. Gerald Wallace's bucket brought Charlotte within 70-69 before Cleveland closed the period with a 10-4 spurt to go up 80-73.

Varejao, who was active inside all night, then made two free throws and Jones knocked down a 3-pointer in the first minute of the fourth, giving Cleveland a 12-point lead.

But the Bobcats weren't done, and they reeled off eight consecutive points to make it 88-86 with 6:58 remaining.

"That's our identity. We don't quit," said forward May, who finished with 13 rebounds. "We put on a good showing, but man, we'd like to have that one."

James didn't get his first field goal of the second half until there was 2:11 left, giving Cleveland a 98-91 lead.

Morrison, who came in shooting just 3-of-34 in his last four games, scored 11 points in the second quarter. His jumper brought Charlotte within 55-48, but the Cavaliers closed the half with a 6-0 spurt to lead 61-48 at the break.

Notes

The Cavs are 7-0 when they score at least 100 points. ... Gooden missed two games after injuring his groin while trying to outdunk James in warmups. Cavs coach Mike Brown doesn't plan to place any pregame restrictions on his players. "I don't know who's putting on a show and who's not," he said. "As long as they're ready when the buzzer sounds, I don't care what they do." ... The Bobcats turned over the WNBA's Charlotte Sting to the WNBA on Wednesday, saying they could no longer operate one of the league's original franchises. ... The Bobcats have lost four in a row and six of seven. ... Cleveland has won eight of nine all-time vs. Charlotte.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Charlotte (5-16) 29192528101
Cleveland (13-8) «29321924104
CHA:A. Morrison 16 Pts
CHA:S. May 13 Reb
CHA:B. Knight 14 Ast
CLE:L. James 22 Pts
CLE:A. Varejao 10 Reb
CLE:E. Snow 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ClevelandCharlotte

L. James

S. May
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
228715136

Related Video

November 20, 2014
Jim Rome: Jeff Taylor suspended (1:32)
November 6, 2014
Jim Rome: Cavs' woes continue
(2:35)
October 31, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Knicks spoil Cavs home opener
(5:36)
October 29, 2014
Jim Rome: Cavs expectations
(1:32)
Charlotte
E. Okafor, C404-96-8112314
R. Felton, PG395-120-047312
G. Wallace, SF386-80-200214
B. Knight, PG315-121-3314311
P. Brezec, C154-80-01138
S. May, F275-135-5136515
A. Morrison, SG237-171-241116
M. Carroll, SG144-60-02039
J. Voskuhl, C121-30-01112
M. Ely, PF10-00-00000
D. Anderson, SGDid Not Play
O. Harrington, PFDid Not Play
B. Robinson, SGDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
W. Herrmann, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8813-20393224101
 46.6%65.0% 
Cleveland
L. James, SF426-1710-1187122
L. Hughes, SG385-125-833116
E. Snow, PG332-31-24725
Z. Ilgauskas, C224-81-15339
D. Wesley, SGDid Not Play
A. Varejao, PF354-108-11100316
D. Gooden, PF257-122-271416
D. Jones, PG214-70-001211
D. Marshall, PF133-50-04117
D. Gibson, PG111-10-00002
S. Pollard, CDid Not Play
I. Newble, SFDid Not Play
S. Pavlovic, SFDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
S. Brown, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-7527-35412317104
 48.0%77.1% 
Other Games
Pho 99 Final
Mia 89
Det 90 Final
Ind 101
Bos 101 Final
Phi 81
Den 91 Final
Wash 120
Tor 91 Final
Orl 84
Mil 95 Final
NJ 108
Atl 82 Final
NY 94
Port 85 Final
Mem 79
Min 82 Final
SA 95
Sea 84 Final
Chi 99
LAL 101 Final
Dal 110
Utah 105 Final
LAC 86