Thursday , Feb , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Red-hot Cavs go for eighth straight win at Miami

=== Red-hot Cavs go for eighth straight win at Miami ===

(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers target their eighth consecutive
victory this evening when they visit Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat at
AmericanAirlines Arena.

On Wednesday, LeBron James posted his third triple-double of the season with
26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Cavaliers defeated the New
Jersey Nets, 91-85, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Drew Gooden added 18 points and six rebounds while Aleksandar Pavlovic
contributed 14 points, including seven in the final three minutes, for
Cleveland, which also won eight in a row earlier in the season from November

Prior to their winning streak the Cavs had dropped six in a row.

James has been the catalyst during his team’s recent run. Since matching a
season-low with 14 points against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland’s
last loss back on January 20, James is averaging 34.4 points with 8.0 rebounds
and 7.7 assists

Cleveland, which will start a two-game homestand after tonight’s tilt, is
10-12 away from home this season.

Miami, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note as well after Dwyane Wade had 28
points, 11 assists and four blocks to lead the Heat over the Los Angeles
Clippers, 118-114, at home on Monday. O’Neal added 25 points, eight boards and
three blocks for Miami, which has won three in a row.

Gary Payton recorded 19 points, seven assists and six boards for the Heat, who
had six players score in double figures on their way to their fifth win in six

Miami was again without starting point guard Jason Williams, who missed his
fourth straight game after receiving stitches on his ring finger following a
weight lifting accident. He is questionable for tonight’s affair.

Wade, on the other hand, has showed no ill effects from a ankle sprain that
caused him to miss Friday’s win over Charlotte. In the two-games since, the
third-year pro has averaged 30 points and 10 assists.

The Heat, who will visit Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, are
15-6 in their arena this season.

Miami lost to the Cavs earlier in the season, but could have an advantage
tonight, as the home team in this series has won seven of the last eight
meetings. Cleveland has also dropped five straight and 10 of its last 13 in
South Beach.