LeBron vs. Carmelo II
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Tonight marks the second meeting of the season
between the two most heralded rookies from the draft class of 2003, as LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Denver to meet Carmelo Anthony and
the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
In the first meeting, Denver took home a 93-89 win at Gund Arena on November
5. Anthony finished with 14 points, while James, who made his home debut,
managed to score just seven.
Cleveland comes into tonight’s contest having lost 31 straight road games,
dating back to last season. The Cavs last road win was an 87-79 victory over
the Seattle SuperSonics on January 12.
The Cavaliers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 122-115, in double overtime
Saturday in front of their home crowd.
James netted a career-high 33 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out seven
assists for the Cavaliers, who dropped their sixth contest in a row.
The Cavs are 0-10 on the road this season.
Denver (10-6) is off to its best start since 1994-95.
Voshon Lenard poured in a season-high 26 points to lead the Nuggets to a 98-86
victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday at the Staples Center.
Coming off a 22-point effort during an impressive win over Dallas on Friday,
Lenard hit 11-of-17 shots in this contest, as Denver won its third straight
and fifth in six tries.
Denver’s Andre Miller chipped in with 19 points and seven assists in the win
over the Clippers. Francisco Elson came off the bench for the Nuggets and
grabbed a career-high 11 boards, while reserves Earl Boykins and Rodney White
each had 10 points for Denver.
Rookie sensation Anthony finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes
against the Clippers.
Denver is 7-1 at home.
The Nuggets have won two straight and three of the last four over the Cavs.
Cleveland has lost three in a row at Denver.
The home team has won six of the last seven meetings.