Cavs target fourth straight win against Orlando
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers target their fourth consecutive win
this evening when they visit the Orlando Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
The Cavs’ latest win came on Friday, as LeBron James had 16 points and six
rebounds to lead Cleveland to an 89-70 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at
Quicken Loans Arena.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 4-2
on the season.
Drew Gooden tallied 12 points and nine boards and Donyell Marshall had 12
points for Cleveland, which held Memphis to under 20 points in each of the
first three quarters and out rebounded the Grizz 49-29. During the course of
the winning streak, Cleveland has outboarded its opponents 152-80.
James could reach a milestone tonight, as he needs 10 points to become the
youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 points. James, who turns 21 on
December 30, would break the mark set by Kobe Bryant, who was 21 years, 216
days old when he hit 4,000.
The Cavaliers, who will host Washington on Tuesday, are 1-2 away from home
Orlando, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s tilt on a winning note as well after
Steve Francis had 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace the Magic
past the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 88-83, on Wednesday at the Ford
Dwight Howard netted 16 points and 13 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson added 13
points for the Magic, who have won two in a row since dropping their first
three games of the season.
The Magic could get an added boost tonight, as guard Keyon Dooling is expected
to make his season debut. Dooling, an offseason free agent acquisition, had
been sidelined since mid-October with a bruised right heel.
Orlando, which will conclude a brief two-game homestand on Tuesday against
Charlotte, is winless in its two games at home this season.
Cleveland won three of its four meetings with the Magic last season and has
won three straight and five of the last six matchups. The Cavs, though, have
dropped eight of their last 10 in Orlando.