Cavaliers, Pacers clash at Quicken Loans Arena
(Sports Network) – The streaking Cleveland Cavaliers open a brief two-game
homestand, as they welcome Central Division-rival Indiana tonight to Quicken
This is the third of four meetings between the clubs this season. The teams
split the first two contests, as both squads picked up a victory at home.
Indiana has lost four straight and five of its last six at Cleveland. The
Cavaliers have won four of the last five contests in the series.
The Pacers are scheduled to host the Cavaliers on March 27th at Conseco
Cleveland is in second place in the Central, two games behind the division-
leading Detroit Pistons.
The Cavaliers enter tonight’s contest on a four-game winning streak. Superstar
LeBron James finished with 32 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, the
last one to Anderson Varejao for the game-winning layup with 11 seconds left,
as Cleveland defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 94-92, at the Bradley Center.
Donyell Marshall added 19 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who have won
seven of their last 10 games overall. Drew Gooden ended with 13 points for
Cleveland, which has won six straight against Milwaukee.
The Cavaliers, who have won three in a row at Quicken Loans Arena, are 23-8 at
home this season. They will host Mike Bibby and the Sacramento Kings on
The Pacers are the seventh seed in the East and own a slim one-game lead over
The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.
Indiana has lost a season-worst eight in a row, and plays the first of a two-
game road trip this evening. On Saturday, Andre Iguodala poured in 25 points
as the streaking Philadelphia 76ers held off the slumping Pacers, 100-96, at
Troy Murphy and Danny Granger both scored 18 points in the loss to the Sixers
for Indiana, while Mike Dunleavy and Ike Diogu finished with 17 points apiece
Indiana was without the services of All-star Forward Jermaine O’ Neal, who is
out for at least a week with a sore left knee. O’Neal leads the Pacers in
scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg) in 54 games this season.
The Pacers are just 11-19 on the road this season. They will visit Kevin
Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at the Target Center.