Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs, Pacers clash at Quicken Loans Arena

(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers conclude a two-game homestand
when they welcome Central Division-rival Indiana tonight to Quicken Loans
Arena.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 24th,
Jermaine O’Neal scored a team-high 29 points and the Pacers used a second-half
rally to beat Cleveland, 97-87, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Indiana has lost three straight and four of its last five at Cleveland. These
teams have split the last six contests in this series.

The Cavaliers won the first game on the stand. On Wednesday, LeBron James had
26 points, five rebounds and 10 assists to lead Cleveland to a come-from-
behind 95-91 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

Veteran Donyell Marshall ended with 19 points and six boards in the win over
Toronto for the Cavaliers, while rookie Daniel Gibson set career-highs with 18
points and five rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, which has won two
of its last three games overall.

Cleveland is 8-2 at home this season. The Cavaliers will visit Chris Paul and
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Monday at the Ford Center.

Indiana tries to win three in a row for the first time this season, as it
opens a two-game road trip this evening. On Friday, Stephen Jackson scored 25
points and dished out five assists as the Pacers defeated the Portland Trail
Blazers, 108-95, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Pacers won despite missing All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal, who missed
the game because of a sore left hamstring. O’Neal leads the Pacers with 17.8
points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season.

Jamaal Tinsley added 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals
in the win over Portland for the Pacers, who won their second straight contest
and beat Portland for the seventh consecutive time. Al Harrington chipped in
16 points, while Danny Granger netted 14 off the bench.

O’Neal is questionable for tonight’s contest. He has missed two games this
season.

The Pacers, who are scheduled to visit Ben Gordon and the Chicago Bulls on
Monday at the United Center, are just 5-8 on the road this season.

CLE IND