Thursday , Apr , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron, Cavs welcome Nets to town

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets are clinging to the seventh spot in the
Eastern Conference playoff race and will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers this
evening at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Nets have won two straight and will close out a two-game road trip. In
Tuesday’s 96-92 win over Washington at the Verizon Center, Richard Jefferson
scored a season-high 35 points and Vince Carter posted 31 points for the Nets,
who won for the fourth time in five contests and are 1 1/2 games behind
Washington for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey is on the verge of capturing a playoff berth and owns a 15-23
record away from the Meadowlands this season.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have alternated losses and wins over their last 11
games and suffered an 87-82 setback to the Central Division-rival Detroit
Pistons on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

LeBron James finished with 20 points after going scoreless in the first
quarter for the Cavaliers, who are five games behind Detroit in both the
Central and Eastern Conference standings. Chicago is 4 1/2 games off the mark
in both categories and owns the tiebreaker over the Cavs.

Cleveland, which is fifth overall in the East, will open a two-game homestand
tonight versus New Jersey and Atlanta. It is 27-11 at Quicken Loans Arena this

Thursday’s game between New Jersey and Cleveland is the third and final
meeting of the regular season. The series is split so far, but New Jersey has
won six of nine and eight of the last 13 meetings.

New Jersey has lost two straight, four of six and seven of its last 10 at