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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fun with numbers

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

The Cavs remain the league's only unbeaten team at home at 16-0. The media seems to be hitting the home record hard, but Coach Mike Brown said he doesn't mention it to the team.

If you know Mike, he's probably telling the truth.

The last NBA team to win at least their first 16 games at home were the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic. The Bulls won their first 37 games that season, while the Magic won their first 33.

Don't expect the Cavs to reach those heights. They could have lost each of the last two if they hadn't come alive in the fourth quarters against Washington and Miami.

They've now won 6 in a row overall. During that stretch, the Cavs are shooting 47.9 percent from the field (222 of 463) and averaging 97.5 points. Their opponents have shot 43.1 percent (202 of 469) and averaged 85.7 points.

At one point in the Heat game, the Cavs were getting smashed on the boards. However, they ended up winning the battle of the boards, 46-43. Both Ben Wallace and Anderson Varejao were dominant on the boards with 14 rebounds and 10 rebounds, respectively.

The Cavs have outrebounded their opponents in 13 of 16 home games and 24 out of 30 games overall this season.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem suffered a cut above his right eye and needed 6 stitches and glue to close the wound.


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