Thursday , Feb , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – February 19

=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – February 19 ===

(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers got their post-All-Star slate
off on the wrong foot Wednesday, as they found themselves on the wrong end
of a 114-98 decision against the Dallas Mavericks at Gund Arena.

Carlos Boozer paced Cleveland with a game-high 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Rookie phenom LeBron James contributed 16 points, nine assists and four boards
for the Cavs, who have lost two straight and five of their last six.

The loss dropped Cleveland to a miserable 1-16 on the year when it allows at
least 100 points.

Josh Howard’s three-pointer at the 9:09 mark of the fourth quarter staked
Dallas to a 21-point lead at 104-83. Cleveland never regrouped and fell to
1-16 this season when allowing at least 100 points.

Prior to the game the Cavs activated center Tony Battie from the injured list
and placed guard J.R. Bremer on the list with patella tendinitis. Battie, who
had been hampered with a bruised left knee, had not played since February 1
and finished with eight points in 19 minutes.

Elsewhere on the injury front center DeSagana Diop missed the game with an
ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Cleveland returns to the court on Friday against San Antonio. It has earned
just one win in 10 games played on Friday this season.

The Cavs lost twice last season to the Spurs and have dropped six of seven and
16 of the last 19 meetings. Cleveland has also been a generous host, losing in
seven of its last 10 at home to San Antonio.