Saturday , Jan , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cavaliers, Nets put three-game winning streaks on the line

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers battle for
the second time this season when the teams meet tonight at Quicken Loans
Arena.

On December 20th, Vince Carter had 38 points, six rebounds and five assists as
the Nets knocked off the Cavaliers, 113-111, at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey has lost three of five and six of its last nine at Cleveland. The
Nets have won six of the last eight contests in this series.

The Nets won their third straight game on Friday. Jason Kidd hit a pair of
clutch baskets in the final minute of play, as New Jersey rallied past the
Chicago Bulls, 91-86, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Kidd ended with 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win over
Chicago for the Nets, who overcame an 18-0 deficit to start the game. Vince
Carter had a team-high 21 points, while Richard Jefferson netted 18 New
Jersey, which has won 10 in a row at home against the Bulls.

New Jersey is just 4-8 on the road this season. The Nets are scheduled to host
the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the Meadowlands.

Cleveland also enters tonight’s contest on a three-game winning streak. Drew
Gooden scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Cavaliers beat the
Milwaukee Bucks, 95-86, at the Bradley Center despite a season-low eight
points from superstar LeBron James.

Larry Hughes scored 22 points for the Cavaliers, who have won six of their
last seven games overall. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 11 points, grabbed eight
boards, and blocked five shots for Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are 14-3 at home this season. After tonight’s contest, they will
embark on a season-long seven-game road trip. Cleveland is scheduled to visit
Sacramento, Phoenix, the Clippers, Seattle, Portland, Denver and Golden State
on the upcoming swing.

CLE NJN