James Scores 30 In Cavs' Historic Rout of Wiz

Cleveland takes 2-0 series lead with 116-86 demolition
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2008 10:54 PM CDT
Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, left, Antonio Daniels, center, and Antawn Jamison (4) sit on the bench late in the fourth quarter.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Maybe Gilbert Arenas was talking about some other Cavaliers. The Cleveland team he and the Washington Wizards faced Monday night doesn't look so beatable. LeBron James scored 30 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16, and the Cavaliers played their best game in months, blowing out Arenas and Co. 116-86.

Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in an opening-round playoff series oozing with bad blood; Washington's defensive scheme coming into their third series in as many years with Cleveland was to slow James by roughing him up with hard, clean fouls. It failed—the 30-point margin of victory was the largest in Cleveland's postseason history.