Cavaliers declaw Bobcats 122-95

Cavaliers declaw Bobcats 122-95
February 6, 2013, 9:17 pm
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters, rookie Dion Waiters added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't overlook a team with a worse record than their own, rolling to a 122-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Cavs were coming off a stunning upset of Oklahoma City, one of the league's best teams. It would have been easy to take the lowly Bobcats (11-37) for granted, but Cleveland came out energized from the start, built a 33-point lead after three quarters and sent Charlotte to its 11th loss in 13 games.

Tristan Thompson scored 17 for the young-and-improving Cavs, who are 8-9 since Jan. 1.

Byron Mullens scored 15 to pace Charlotte. Bobcats leading scorer Kemba Walker, averaging 17.8 points per game, had just five on 2-of-11 shooting.