Cavs welcome Suns to Quicken Loans Arena
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers target their fifth straight win
this afternoon when they welcome the Phoenix Suns to Quicken Loans Arena.
On Friday, Zydrunas Ilgauskas calmly sank two free throws with 41.6 seconds
left to put Cleveland in front for good, as the Cavaliers defeated the short-
handed Indiana Pacers, 93-89, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Ilgauskas tallied 27 points, including a 15-of-16 effort from the charity
stripe, while LeBron James paced the Cavs with 30 points, seven rebounds and
nine assists. Ilgauskas made 12-of-12 from the foul line in the fourth stanza
and the club connected on 24-of-32 foul shots for the contest.
Eric Snow added nine points for Cleveland, which had lost six in a row prior
to its recent run.
Since matching a season-low with 14 points against the Golden State Warriors
back on January 20, James is averaging 35.5 points over his last four games.
The Cavaliers, who will visit the injury decimated Charlotte Bobcats on
Monday, are 15-5 in their arena this season.
Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note as well after Boris Diaw had
25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Suns to a 110-106 victory over his
former team, the Atlanta Hawks, on Friday at Philips Arena.
Steve Nash contributed 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and Shawn
Marion added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who have won two games
in a row.
Over his last two games Marion, who averages 19.0 points and 9.6 boards in 11
career games versus the Cavs, has scored 34 points with 20 rebounds.
The Suns, who will conclude a six-game road trip with stops in Philadelphia
and Boston, are 12-8 away from home this season.
Phoenix defeated the Cavs earlier in the season and has won two straight and
six of the last seven meetings. The Suns have also won four of their last six