Z goes out, but Cavs rout

The Cavaliers laid an old fashioned whipping to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night, demolishing them 124-91 at the Q and winning their ninth straight. LeBron scored 37 before he and the rest of the starters were taken out of the game early in the fourth quarter. The Cavs scored 69 points in the first half and never looked back. They were on fire from three-point range, finishing 11 of 22 from beyond the arc. LeBron, as always, treated the home crowd to quite a show, including an absolutely ridiculous alley-oop dunk from Flip Murray in the second quarter. Almost everyone had a hand in the action. Varejao finished with a double-double, Drew Gooden added 23 points, and Larry Hughes had 10 in his first game back. There was some bad news in that Zydrunas Ilgauskas left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle sprain, but X-rays were negative.

This would be a killer if Z is out for a long period of time. He was able to walk off the court under his own power so letís hope he was held out for the rest of the game strictly as a precautionary measure. As could be expected, Hughes started slow but got more comfortable as the game progressed. Itís going to take him some time to work his way back into the starting lineup bit itís great to finally have him back.

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