Monday , Apr , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs, Hornets meet in Oklahoma City

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets attempt to keep their
playoff hopes alive when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Ford Center.

The Hornets trail the Kings and Lakers by three games in the Western
Conference playoff race, while the Cavaliers are No. 4 in the Eastern

New Orleans/Oklahoma City tries to get back on the winning track, as it opens
a three-game homestand this evening. On Saturday, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki ended
with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks
to a 101-77 victory over the Hornets at American Airlines Center.

Rasual Butler paced the Hornets with 14 points and seven boards in the loss to
Dallas, while P.J. Brown posted 12 points and seven rebounds for New
Orleans/Oklahoma City, which had a modest two-game winning streak halted.

The Hornets are 23-15 as the host this season. They will welcome Seattle on
Wednesday and Utah on Friday to the Ford Center.

Cleveland plays the third of a four-game road trip. LeBron James poured in 18
of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a 108-102 win
over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena.

Drew Gooden added 16 points and nine rebounds in the win over New Jersey for
the Cavaliers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games overall. Larry Hughes
and Ronald Murray both recorded 15 points, while Anderson Varejao netted 11 in
the victory.

James has scored at least 35 points in nine straight games.

The Cavaliers are just 17-20 on the road this season. They will visit the
Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On
November 2nd, James scored 31 points as the Cavaliers knocked off the Hornets,
109-87, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland has won six in a row in this series. The Cavaliers have won two
straight after losing their last 10 at the Hornets.