Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron on the loose in Big Apple

(Sports Network) – The playoff-bound Cleveland Cavaliers try to win their 10th
straight game tonight, as they visit the slumping New York Knicks at Madison
Square Garden.

Cleveland, which is No. 4 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, plays the
first of a four-game road trip.

On Tuesday, LeBron James continued his sizzling play by scoring 37 points on
13-of-22 shooting from the floor as Cleveland crushed the Philadelphia 76ers,
124-91, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Drew Gooden ended with 23 points in the win over the Sixers for the Cavaliers,
while Ronald Murray netted 16 and Donyell Marshall finished with 12 points in
the victory.

Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas sprained his left ankle early in Tuesday’s game for
Cleveland. The 7-3 center, who is averaging 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, is
doubtful for tonight’s game.

Cleveland is just 16-19 on the road this season. The Cavaliers will also visit
New Jersey, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Detroit on the current swing.

New York comes into tonight’s game on a nine-game losing streak. On Tuesday,
Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison scored 18 points apiece, as the Washington
Wizards defeated the Knicks, 105-90, at the Verizon Center.

Jackie Butler scored a season-high 22 points in the loss to Washington for the
Knicks, while Steve Francis scored 15 points and Jamal Crawford netted 14
for New York, which committed a season-high 28 turnovers.

The Knicks lost 10 in a row earlier this season from January 28 – February 13.

New York, which will host the Indiana Pacers on Friday, is 13-24 at MSG this
season. It has dropped five in a row at home.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 10th,
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.

The Knicks have won three in a row in this series, while the Cavaliers have
dropped two straight at New York.

Cleveland is scheduled to host the Knicks on April 13th in the final contest
of the season between the squads.