Cavs try to halt 28-game road losing streak in Atlanta
=== Cavs try to halt 28-game road losing streak in Atlanta ===
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The youthful Cleveland Cavaliers have a great
opportunity to end a 28-game road losing streak tonight when they visit Jason
Terry and the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Philips Arena.
The Cavaliers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-83, on Friday at Gund
LeBron James netted 19 points and hauled in nine rebounds for the Cavaliers,
who had a four-game home win streak halted. Cleveland, which was only able to
force eight turnovers, played without forward Carlos Boozer, who missed his
second straight game with an ankle injury.
The Timberwolves led 26-21 after the opening quarter and they led the rest of
the way. Cleveland’s last lead was at 5-4 early on after a Darius Miles three-
pointer and a Zydrunas Ilgauskas bucket.
In a tight second quarter, Minnesota outscored Cleveland, 29-25, en route to
taking a 55-46 edge into the intermission.
With 5:26 to play in the third, Latrell Sprewell drained a three to complete
an 18-6 Minnesota run and the Timberwolves pushed their advantage to 88-71.
Boozer is questionable for tonight’s game.
The Cavs, who last won on the road on January 12, 2003 at Seattle, are 0-7
away from home this season.
Cleveland has lost five in a row and 12 of its last 13 in Atlanta.
Atlanta returns home after getting crushed by the San Antonio Spurs, 114-75,
on Friday at SBC Arena.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 points and seven rebounds and Dion Glover finished
with 14 points and five rebounds, as the Hawks lost for the third time in four
Atlanta’s Stephen Jackson, who received his 2003 NBA Championship ring he
earned with the Spurs before the game, finished just 2-of-9 from the floor on
the way to an eight-point night.
The Hawks are 1-3 at home.
In 2002-03, the Hawks swept four contests between the two clubs.
Overall, Atlanta has won five straight and nine of the last 10 meetings
between the two squads.