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12.09.2007

Cavaliers can't win without James

Sadly for Cleveland, Gerald Wallace scored 22 points and Raymond Felton went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 16 seconds for a surprising victory of Charlotte Bobcats 96-93 over the Cavaliers.

LeBron James was once again relegated to cheerleader after sitting out his fifth straight game with a sprained left index finger. The Cavs have struggled without their superstar, with Friday's loss marking the first time they've managed more than 90 points with King James out of the lineup.

It's important to say that Cleveland guard Larry Hughes, playing for the first time in a month after being sidelined with a bone bruise in his left leg, had 22 points but it wasn't enough to rescue the Cavs from their sixth consecutive defeat.

And still, Hughes stayed hopeful in spite of the reigning Eastern Conference champions' continued slump.

"We have the pieces here to turn things around," he expressed. "We're not in the basement. We feel like there's a great chance we'll be on the top of the East when it's all done."

So, even with Hughes playing well, and with Shannon Brown and Daniel Gibson each scoring 15 points, the Cavaliers couldn't overcome 27 turnovers.

"We have to clean that up and not be careless with the basketball," coach Mike Brown stated.

It's fair to say that it was the Bobcats, for a change, who made the big plays - and foul shots down the stretch. The league's second-worst free-throw shooting team went 14-for-14 in the final minute, tasting the triumph for the first time since Nov. 19.

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