CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- LeBron James is expected to wow crowds,
James stunned the Bobcats with three explosive dunks, including
a windmill that broke the game open late in the second quarter to
lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-89 victory Thursday night
"What this game reminded me of was when Dr. J (Julius Erving)
came into the league. He'd make a couple of plays and everyone
would stand around and watch," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "It seemed to me everybody came to watch LeBron, and that
was inclusive of us."
James had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds while helping
Cleveland win its fifth consecutive game to move two games over
.500 for the first time since 1999 -- James' freshman year in high
"That's great for us, we're in a great position," James said.
"We lost three straight and look at our record now, 5-3. It's
better than 0-9 and it means we're doing something right."
The talk of the night was James' windmill dunk. He took a pass
from Gooden on the baseline, drove toward the basket and went
airborne over all his defenders.
"I told you I can fly," he said. "I can fly for about 1.6
seconds and then it's time to come back down."
The Bobcats lost their fifth straight, as well as their
Gerald Wallace, who committed a flagrant foul against James at
the start of the third quarter, was called for a second flagrant as
he attempted to block Drew Gooden's shot with 8:35 to play in the
Bickerstaff, who has complained about the lack of respect the
Bobcats receive from officials, stormed onto the court in protest.
He was immediately hit with a technical foul, and when Wallace
lost his cool and the assistant coaches had to focus on him,
Bickerstaff got loose under the basket to continue his rant. He,
too, was ejected.
"The first one, I was defending the drive and he ran into me,"
Wallace said. "I don't know what the second one was for. I thought
I was getting the block."
Bickerstaff said he believed the NBA would not suspend Wallace
after reviewing the tape.
"That's what the guy does, he contests shots and he went clean
for it," Bickerstaff said. "My disappointment is that people go
in and throw it down and we're embarrassed on throw downs and
dunks, so he contested it."
The Cavaliers led 64-51 before the ejections, and pounced on
Charlotte after it.
The Bobcats came back from an early 14-point deficit and trailed
by one with 1:49 to go before halftime. Then James, who has helped
Cleveland rebound from an 0-3 start by averaging an NBA-best 28.6
points, took over.
He hit a 3-pointer, then after a steal by Gooden, converted his
windmill dunk on a fast break. Slightly stunned, the Bobcats turned
the ball over again and Newble scored on a fast-break layup for
seven points in 33 seconds that put Cleveland up 57-49 at
The Bobcats got a fan to eat live worms for $250 during a
timeout in a cheap imitation of the TV show "Fear Factor." ....
The crowd was 14,706, and James brought out a celebrity audience --
David Thompson and Panthers players Julius Peppers and Brentson
Buckner all sat courtside, and a few other NFL players were
sprinkled through the stands. ... Cleveland's Dajaun Wagner was
activated Wednesday, but didn't play until late in the fourth
quarter. He scored seven straight points on 3-for-4 shooting. ....
Charlotte guard Jason Hart missed his third game with a sprained
ankle and isn't expected back for at least another week.