Cavs open homestand against Rockets
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers try for their third straight win
this evening when they open a three-game homestand against the Houston Rockets
at Quicken Loans Arena.
On Wednesday, LeBron James recorded his sixth-career triple-double to lead
Cleveland to a 91-84 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. James
scored 32 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Cavs, who won for the
eighth time in their last nine games.
Drew Gooden added 18 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland while Donyell
Marshall had 17 off the bench.
However, all the news was not good for the Cavs on Wednesday, as it was
learned that the team’s second-leading scorer, the versatile Larry Hughes, has
been diagnosed with a broken right middle finger and is expected to miss the
next six to eight weeks.
Cleveland, which will also host Milwaukee and New York on this stand, has won
six in a row at home and is 13-3 in its arena this season.
Houston, meanwhile, comes in on the heels of its biggest offensive output of
the season. On Tuesday, Tracy McGrady tied a season-high with 38 points to
pace the Rockets to a 123-111 victory over the Washington Wizards at the MCI
Juwan Howard added 24 points and seven rebounds, while Rafer Alston
contributed 17 points and 10 assists before fouling out for the Rockets, who
snapped a five-game losing streak.
Howard, whose playing time has increased with the toe injury to Yao Ming,
connected on 10-of-14 shots and Alston went 7-of-11 from the field, as Houston
hit 55.1 percent of its attempts.
The Rockets, who will close a three-game road trip in Toronto on Friday, are
8-9 away from home this season.
Houston took both meetings from the Cavs last season and has won four straight
and five of the last six matchups. The Rockets have also won two straight and
seven of their last 11 in Cleveland.