Monday, March 16, 2009


On his way off the floor, LeBron James stopped to admire the brand new banner hanging from the rafters high above Quicken Loans Arena.

It said: Central Division Champions 2008-09.

Nice addition.Not enough."We've got bigger goals," James said.Mo Williams scored 23 points, making all five of his 3-pointers, and James added 19pts, 8rebs, 10asts as the Cavaliers opened a crucial stretch of home games by beating the New York Knicks 98-93 on Sunday night.

The Cavaliers didn't put the Knicks away until the final minutes and improved the NBA's best home record to 29-1. Cleveland, battling Boston for the best mark in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the postseason, will play seven of its next eight games at Quicken Loans Arena.

With Boston's loss to Milwaukee, the Cavs have opened a 3 1/2-game lead on the defending champions. Cleveland has a chance to widen the gap in the weeks ahead.

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