Cavaliers go for third win in a row vs. Hornets
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to win their third
straight game when they visit the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets tonight at
the Ford Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. the Cavaliers
are scheduled to host the Hornets on February 27, 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland has won three straight after losing its last 10 at the Hornets. The
Cavaliers have won seven in a row in this series.
Superstar LeBron James poured in a game-high 27 points, pulled down seven
rebounds and dished out six assists as Cleveland crushed the Indiana Pacers,
107-75, on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
James finished a sizzling 11-of-16 from the floor, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas
and Damon Jones both scored 15 points for the Cavaliers, who have won two
straight and three of their last four games overall. Anderson Varejao netted
13 and Donyell Marshall scored 11 and pulled down 17 boards in the victory.
The Cavaliers are just 3-5 on the road this season. They return home to host
the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday.
The banged-up Hornets try to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. On
Saturday, Warriors coach Don Nelson was finally able to celebrate win number
1,200 as the Golden State Warriors breezed by New Orleans/Oklahoma City,
101-80, at ORACLE Arena.
Desmond Mason led the Hornets with 24 points in the loss to Golden State.
Jannero Pargo scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Rasual Butler
netted 13 and reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul added 11 points for the
Hornets, who have lost seven of their last eight games overall.
On the injury front for the Hornets, Peja Stojakovic (strained lower back),
David West (strained right forearm) and guard Bobby Jackson (cracked left rib)
are all hurt for the Hornets. West has not played since November 12th and is
averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, while Stojakovic, who joined the club
through a sign-and- trade with Indiana during the offseason, last played on
November 24th. Jackson has missed four straight games and is expected to miss
at least two weeks with his injury.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which plays the first of a three-game homestand, is
4-3 as the host this season. They will play the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday
and the Dallas Mavericks on December 16th. The games against the Spurs and
Mavericks are scheduled to be played at New Orleans Arena,