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Monday, January 11, 2010

Cavs vs. Golden State, Game 40

CAVS (30-10) 117, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (11-25) 114
at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs used a near triple-double by forward LeBron James to nip pesky Golden State on Monday.

The Cavs are the first NBA team to reach 30 victories this season. They are also 2-1 on their five-game West Coast trip that resumes in Utah on Thursday.

James fired in a game-high 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He also blocked four shots.

The Cavs (30-10) rejected 10 shots in the game.

Their bench play was phenomenal and combined for a season-high 52 points and 23 rebounds. Anderson Varejao had 15 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal for the Cavs.

Rapidly emerging forward Jawad Williams had a career-high 11 points.

NOTES: The Cavs’ 30 wins are the most in the NBA, and the team’s +6.8 point differential is the third largest margin in the NBA (Boston, L.A. Lakers).

-- After nipping Golden State on Monday, the Cavs have the third best mark in franchise history after 40 games. The best two records in team history are 32-8 (.800) last season and 31-9 (.775) 20 years earlier in 1988-89.

-- The Cavs have won their last four games against the Warriors and at Oracle Arena.

-- Swingman Corey Maggette had a team-high 32 points for the Warriors (11-25). He was 17 of 18 from the foul line.

-- The Cavs beat the Warriors at The Q on Nov. 17, 114-108.

-- James recorded a season-high 45 minutes against Portland on Sunday. He played 42 on Monday (87 in the back-to-back games).

-- Guard Monta Ellis has scored at least 30 points in nine of the Warriors' last 12 games. He's sixth in the NBA in scoring at 26.1 points per game.

SF LeBron James vs. Corey Maggette
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Vladimir Radmanovic
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. Rony Turiaf
SG Anthony Parker vs. Stephen Curry
PG Mo Williams vs. Monta Ellis
Cavs - F Leon Powe (left knee surgery) and F Jamario Moon (abdominal strain) are out.
Warriors - F/C Anthony Randolph (left ankle sprain) is doubtful; G Kelenna Azubuike
(left patellar tendon injury), G Raja Bell (left wrist surgery) and F Brandan Wright (shoulder surgery) are out.
Eddie F. Rush, Pat Fraher, Kevin Cutler


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