Struggling squads meet in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Two teams that are struggling meet tonight as
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers welcome Jason Williams and the
Memphis Grizzlies to Gund Arena.
The Cavs lost to the Detroit Pistons, 92-88, on Friday at the Palace of
Ricky Davis led the Cavaliers with 25 points, but fell apart down the stretch,
and Cleveland lost its 31st straight road game, dating back to last season.
Chris Mihm and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each collected 14 points for the Cavaliers,
who lost their fifth straight game overall.
Cleveland trailed for most of the game, occasionally by double-digits, but
clawed to within two points at 71-69 to open the fourth quarter. The Cavs took
the lead three minutes in on a basket by Mihm, but Detroit ended a seven-
minute scoreless stretch with a Richard Hamilton bucket to tie things at 73
apiece with seven minutes to play.
The Cavaliers opened up a lead as large as five at 79-74 when James scored
with 5:20 to go. But Detroit dominated down the stretch, as the Cavs jacked up
bad shots and turned the ball over during a 10-0 Pistons run.
Hamilton’s pair of free throws with a minute and a half left capped the spurt
and gave Detroit an 84-79 advantage. Cleveland could get no closer than three
Cleveland power forward Carlos Boozer (ankle) has missed the last five games
with a sprained right ankle.
Boozer is questionable for tonight’s game.
The Cavs are 4-2 as the host this season.
Memphis fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-98, at The Pyramid on Friday.
Williams had 24 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies, who have dropped
three straight contests. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike
Miller also chipped in 20 in the losing effort.
Kevin Garnett’s turnaround jumper with 6:38 remaining gave Minnesota an 83-78
lead, but the Grizzlies scored five of the next seven points to climb within
Memphis would not get any closer as the Timberwolves reeled off seven
straight, capped by a pair of free throws from Garnett, and made it 92-83 with
2:31 left in the fourth.
The Grizzlies never seriously threatened the rest of the game.
Memphis Center Lorenzen Wright (ankle) missed Friday’s game and is
questionable for tonight’s contest.
The Grizzlies are 3-5 on the road.
In 2002-03, Memphis won both games between the two squads.
Overall, The Grizzlies have won two straight and three of the last four
meetings with the Cavaliers.