The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to win their 8th straight game.  This match would come against the New Jersey Nets, with Nets partial owner, rapper Jay-Z, on hand.  Jay-Z has become good friends with LeBron James, hoping to land him as a free agent when the Nets move to Brooklyn in 2010.  But… first things first, as the Cavs looked to extend that win streak.

That’s exactly what LeBron and his team did — especially in the 2nd half, as the Cavs opened the 3rd quarter on a 12-0 run.  King James had 31 points on the evening, and also became the youngest player to reach 11,000 points, as his Cavs cruised to eight straight wins.  However, on the other end, Nets point-guard Devin Harris had a solid game as well, putting up 23 points.  New Jersey obtained Harris in exchange for hall-of-famer Jason Kidd, and it looks like they got the better end of the bargain.  Kidd’s best days are way behind him, and he hasn’t done much to help the Dallas Mavericks improve.  Devin Harris meanwhile is playing superbly for the Nets, and could seriously become an all-star point guard for the franchise.  Cleveland 106, New Jersey 82.


The team to beat is easily North Carolina.  Many of last year’s core team is still around (i.e. Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson), and after last year’s surprising loss to Kansas in the Final Four, UNC is looking to win-it-all this year before their star nucleus departs for the NBA.  They put their skills on display last night against another distinguished program — Kentucky.  But even without their star center Tyler Hansbrough on the floor, the Kentucky Wildcats were no match for the Tar Heels.  Forward Deon Thompson led the way for UNC with 20 points, and All-American point-guard Ty Lawson had 9 assists.  Keep a close eye on this entertaining Tar Heel team this season.  They will be VERY tough to beat.  North Carolina 77, Kentucky 58.

Elsewhere in college basketball, Davidson’s Stephen Curry had another big game.  As mentioned yesterday, he is the king of all the Cinderella/underdog stories, leading his team to the Elite Eight last year, and falling just one basket shy of a Final Four appearance.  Well, last night he put up 44 POINTS, but his team fell to the #12 Oklahoma Sooners.  This is just a bump in the road for Davidson, as their team is expected to make a HUGE splash in March.  Oklahoma 82, Davidson 78.

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