Cleveland continued its strong 3-point shooting, making 10 of 21 from behind the arc. The Cavaliers made 16 of 26 attempts from three-point range Sunday, falling one short of the team record in a 98-82 home win over New Jersey. Back-to-back three-pointers by Daniel Gibson gave the Cavaliers a 103-86 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Rookie Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., added 16 points for Cleveland, which moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 9, 2010, when it was 4-3. The Cavaliers finished last season with a 19-67 record.
D.J. Augustin scored a season-high 26 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four straight since opening the season with a 96-95 home win over Milwaukee on Dec. 26.
Charlotte coach Paul Silas was whistled for a technical foul for arguing with an official in the fourth quarter with the Bobcats trailing 108-91.
Irving, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, matched his season high in scoring and had six assists. He brought the crowd to its feet when he blocked Augustin's breakaway layup attempt in the third quarter.
Thompson, selected by Cleveland with the fourth pick, recorded season highs in scoring and rebounds (9). The rookie power foward also received a thunderous ovation when he blocked Byron Mullens' dunk attenpt in the fourth quarter.
Gerald Henderson had 16 points for the Bobcats after being held scoreless in the first half. Mullens, who played one season at Ohio State, scored a career-high 14 points.
Augustin, Corey Maggette and D.J. White scored all of Charlotte's 34 points in the first quarter. Augustin ended the period by stealing the ball from Ramon Sessions and scoring on a layup to give him 14 points. The Bobcats hit 12 of 19 shots in the quarter and led 34-27.
The Cavaliers finished the second quarter with an 8-2 run, sparked by two three-pointers from Anthony Parker, to lead 57-51 at halftime.
Cleveland's spurt continued early in the third period. Five points by Anderson Varejao and 3-pointers by Irving, Jamison and Omri Casspi helped the Cavaliers build an 80-65 lead.
NOTES: Bobcats C Boris Diaw was limited to four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. ... F Tyrus Thomas (sprained ankle) has yet to play this season. ... Cleveland, which opens a seven-game road trip Wednesday in Toronto, doesn't play at home again until hosting Golden State on Jan. 17. ... C Semih Erden (right thumb fracture) was inactive one day after participating in his first full practice. Coach Byron Scott said Erden will likely play sometime during the trip.Suggest a correction