Thursday , Jan , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs start road trip against Kobe, Lakers

(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers begin a season-long six-game
road trip when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples
Center.

Cleveland attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. On Tuesday,
Jamal Crawford scored 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half, as the
Knicks used a suffocating defense late in the game to rally for a 92-84
victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James continued to sizzle against the Knicks for Cleveland with 36
points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but the Cavaliers missed 13
consecutive shots late in the fourth quarter on the way to their second defeat
in three games. Cleveland was held without a field goal for more than seven
minutes late in the fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers, who will also visit Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Golden State and
Utah on the current road trip, are 6-7 as the visitor this season. They have
won two of their last three away from home.

Los Angeles will also attempt to get back on the winning track. On Wednesday,
Juan Dixon poured in 27 points and dished out six assists to lead the Portland
Trail Blazers to a 113-103 win over the Lakers at the Rose Garden.

Kobe Bryant had a game-high 41 points for the Lakers, who saw their three-game
win streak come to an end. Bryant had scored 45 or more points in his previous
four games, a feat that had not been accomplished since Wilt Chamberlain from
November 15-22, 1964.

The Lakers, who will visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at The Arena
in Oakland, are 8-8 as the host this season.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Cavaliers
are scheduled to host the Lakers on March 19th at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Lakers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings in this series. Cleveland has
lost six straight and eight of its last 11 at the Lakers.

CLE LAL