LeBron James is expected to wow crowds, not opponents.
James stunned the Bobcats with three explosive dunks, including a windmill that broke the game open late in the second quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-89 victory Thursday night over Charlotte.
"What this game reminded me of was when Dr. J (Julius Erving) came into the league. He'd make a couple of plays and everyone would stand around and watch," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "It seemed to me everybody came to watch LeBron, and that was inclusive of us."
James had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds while helping Cleveland win its fifth consecutive game to move two games over .500 for the first time since 1999 -- James' freshman year in high school.
"That's great for us, we're in a great position," James said. "We lost three straight and look at our record now, 5-3. It's better than 0-9 and it means we're doing something right."
The talk of the night was James' windmill dunk. He took a pass from Gooden on the baseline, drove toward the basket and went airborne over his defenders.
"I told you I can fly," he said. "I can fly for about 1.6 seconds and then it's time to come back down."
The Bobcats lost their fifth straight, as well as their composure.
Gerald Wallace, who committed a flagrant foul against James at the start of the third quarter, was called for a second flagrant as he attempted to block Drew Gooden's shot with 8:35 to play in the third.
Bickerstaff, who has complained about the lack of respect the Bobcats receive from officials, stormed onto the court in protest.
He was immediately hit with a technical foul, and when Wallace lost his cool and the assistant coaches had to focus on him, Bickerstaff got loose under the basket to continue his rant. He, too, was ejected.
Bank's open for Knicks
HOUSTON -- Jamal Crawford banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the New York Knicks to their first road win of the season, 93-92 over the reeling Houston Rockets.
Crawford finished with 19 points, going 5 of 11 from the three-point arc, and Kurt Thomas added 23 points and 14 rebounds to hand the Rockets their fourth loss in five games.
New York came back from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, getting plenty of clutch baskets from Crawford and Thomas down the stretch.
Duncan scores 34
PHILADELPHIA -- With the game on the line, the San Antonio Spurs turned to -- who else? -- Tim Duncan.
Duncan scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 88-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
"It's almost like you take it for granted like David (Robinson's) games used to be," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.