CLEVELAND – Larry Hughes scored 25 points, LeBron James flirted with his first triple-double this season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers coasted to a 106-84 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

Hughes, making his second straight start after missing 10 games with a sprained ankle, went 11-of-16 from the floor. The Cavaliers shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half, doing whatever they wanted against the Sonics, who hardly bothered playing defense.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points and Anderson Varejao 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 11-2 at home and 22-2 in Quicken Loans Arena since March 5.

Leading by 19 at halftime, the Cavs went nearly five minutes without scoring in the third quarter before using a 12-3 spurt to push their lead to 78-56. Donyell Marshall’s 3-pointer put the Cavs ahead 85-61 entering the fourth.

By then, James, who finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, was already pulling on his warmups and spent the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter cheering for Cleveland’s reserves from the bench.

The Cavs’ backups briefly had their way with the Sonics, opening a 26-point lead before Seattle closed to 15 with 5:01 remaining. That’s when Cleveland coach Mike Brown put James and Hughes back in to close it out.

Chris Wilcox scored 20 points to lead Seattle, which dropped its third straight on a five-game road trip. Rookie Mickael Gelabale added a season-high 16 and Rashard Lewis had 10 – 12 below his average.

The Sonics were without guard Ray Allen, who missed his sixth game in a row with a bone bruise in his right foot. Allen isn’t traveling with the team but is expected to be back on the floor in a week.

AP-ES-12-15-06 2148EST


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