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James, Cavaliers take on Morrison and lowly Bobcats

Nov 4, 2006 - 3:06 PM Cleveland (2-0) at Charlotte (0-2) 7:00 pm EST

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- LeBron James made a statement against one of the best teams in the NBA. On Saturday, he will take on one of the worst.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will face the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on the second night of back-to-back games for both squads.

James scored 35 points to lead the Cavaliers to an 88-81 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, their first win there in 18 years.

James, who was just 3 years old when Cleveland last won on the Spurs' home floor on December 8, 1988, came out intent on ending the slide singlehandedly. He had 10 of his team's first 12 points and finished with 15 in the first quarter to give the Cavaliers a 23-18 lead.

Coming off a MVP-caliber season, the 21-year-old James is expected to take Cleveland to new heights this season. He will face off with one of the league's most highly-touted rookies on Saturday.

Adam Morrison, the third-overall pick in this summer's draft, scored 21 points - none in the final period - for the Bobcats, who dropped a 96-83 decision to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Charlotte was outrebounded, 48-37, by Memphis, including a 19-5 disadvantage on the offensive glass. The Grizzlies also outscored Charlotte, 19-7, in second-chance points.

With a win Saturday, the Cavaliers can capture their best start in six years. Cleveland won four straight to open the 2000-01 campaign.

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