Cavs go for ninth straight win against Sixers
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight in a row and will
try to extend their streak tonight when they welcome Allen Iverson and the
Philadelphia 76ers to Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland, seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, matched their
longest winning streak of the season with Sunday’s 101-97 triumph at Charlotte
LeBron James had 35 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland, which
also won eight straight this season from November 7-22. Ronald Murray and Drew
Gooden each chipped in 16 points, as the Cavs pushed 6 1/2 games ahead of the
Washington Wizards in the East.
The Cavaliers have won eight in a row at home and are 28-10 as the host this
season. After Tuesday’s home game against the 76ers, Cleveland will open a
four-game road trip at New York, New Jersey, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and
Cleveland could get a big lift tonight if guard Larry Hughes returns from
a finger injury. Hughes is averaging 16.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists
in 28 games this season. He last played for the Cavaliers against the Pistons
on December 31, 2005.
Meanwhile, the Sixers swept the New York Knicks in a home-and-home series
after dropping three in a row.
On Sunday, Iverson scored 32 points in a 114-95 win at the Wachovia Center and
passed Isiah Thomas and Chet Walker into 41st place on the NBA’s all-time
Chris Webber and Andre Iguodala both totaled 20 points, as the Sixers
increased their lead in the race for the eighth and final Eastern Conference
playoff spot to 1 1/2 games over idle Chicago. Philly also is 4 1/2 games
ahead of the Boston Celtics in the playoff race.
Philadelphia is 1-4 in its last five road games and 13-22 away from the
Wachovia Center this season. The Sixers will host Chicago and Boston after
Tuesday’s road tilt in Cleveland.
The 76ers have a 2-1 lead in the season series with Cleveland and have won six
of the last seven meetings.
Philadelphia has won two straight and 10 of its last 12 trips to Cleveland.