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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cavs vs. Mavericks, Game 28

DALLAS MAVERICKS (20-8) 102, CAVS (20-8) 95
at American Airlines Center
TV: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA TV

LBJ'S MILESTONE: Against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, LeBron James appeared in his 500th career game.

In 499 career games, James has tallied 13,795 points, 3,498 rebounds and 3,380 assists.

He fell two rebounds shy of becoming only the second player in NBA history, joining Oscar Robertson, to have 13,750 points, 3,500 rebounds and 3,250 assists through their first 500 games.

Michael Jordan had the highest scoring average in his first 500 games at 32.6 points. Robertson was second at 30.4

James has averaged 27.6.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Mavericks never trailed in the second half, despite not having All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki. He had a laceration to his elbow after the gruesome collision with Houston's Carl Landry.

Tim Thomas stepped in for Nowitzki and scored 22 points and had seven rebounds.

The Mavs received 45 points off the bench. Guard Jason Terry had 19 points, followed by Josh Howard with 14 and Drew Gooden with 12.

Guard Delonte West had 18 points for the Cavs off the bench. He might have been their best player on Sunday.

Forward LeBron James had 25 points, but he was quite passive in the second half. When a few calls went against him on drives to the basket, he quit attacking, which is not like him.

Center Shaquille O'Neal was no factor whatsoever. He finished with five points and missed his first six field goal attempts.

The Cavs had a five-game winning streak stopped. They had won four in a row against Dallas, including two in a row at the American Airlines Center.

NOTES: At home, James averages 25.4 points per game (7th best), but on the road he averages a league-best 31.9 ppg. The +6.5 differential is also a league-best in the NBA.

-- Once again, Cavs forward J.J. Hickson did nothing. He had four points and one rebound.

-- The Cavs defeated the Mavs, 111-95, on Nov. 28 at The Q.

-- Forward Jamario Moon was inactive with an abdominal strain.

SF LeBron James vs. Shawn Marion
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Tim Thomas
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. Erick Dampier
SG Anthony Parker vs. Jose Juan Barea
PG Mo Williams vs. Jason Kidd

Eddie F. Rush, Pat Fraher, Haywoode Workman


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