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NBA Preview from The Sports Network

Friday, January 4th (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (7-26) at Charlotte Bobcats (8-23), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats can only hope a new year will bear better results as they entertain the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte ended 2012 on a positive note and put the brakes on a season-high 18-game losing streak with Monday's 91-81 decision against the Chicago Bulls. The Bobcats used a dominant fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulls by a 26-16 margin, and got 18 points from Kemba Walker.

The Bobcats notched their first victory since a double-overtime road verdict over Washington on Nov. 24 and surpassed last season's win total of 7-59.

"You go through an entire month of not winning and it eats at you, and especially for the young guys -- they need some confidence, and the best medicine is a win," said Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap.

Ben Gordon netted six of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bobcats, who did not have rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due to a scratched right cornea suffered during Saturday's loss to New Orleans.

Charlotte avoided becoming only the fourth team since the 1986-87 season to go winless in at least 16 games in a single month. It will try to stop a 10-game home losing streak and is just 5-12 as the host this season.

Cleveland will play seven of its next nine games away from the Forest City and enters tonight's contest riding a three-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers dropped a tough one to the Sacramento Kings, 97-94, Wednesday night as Kyrie Irving notched 22 points and dished out six assists. Rookie Dion Waiters added 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who had a 90-89 lead with 1:12 to go until the Kings scored five straight points.

"We just have to find a way to close it out, especially at home," Waiters said. "That's were it really hurts, being at home and not getting a win we knew we had. That is the toughest part."

Alonzo Gee posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a season-best 10 rebounds. He also had a career high-tying six assists and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.

Cleveland, losers in 14 of the last 17 games, will play its 12th back-to-back series of the season and is just 4-15 as the visitor.

The Cavs won all three meetings with Charlotte last season and are 20-8 in the all-time series. Irving averaged 22.5 ppg against Charlotte last season. The Bobcats have lost four straight in this series.

These two teams have split the 14 meetings at Charlotte.

01/04 10:42:18 ET

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Scores & Schedules

July 29, 2013 07:05 GMT



Sunday's Scores

N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5

Cleveland 6, Texas 0

Toronto 2, Houston 1

Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4

Boston 5, Baltimore 0

Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 2, 12 innings

Oakland 10, L.A. Angels 6

Seattle 6, Minnesota 4

Monday's Schedule

Tampa Bay (Price 5-5) at Boston (Doubront 7-4), 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 2-8) at Cleveland (McAllister 4-6), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-5) at Texas (Garza 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Toronto (Rogers 3-4) at Oakland (Griffin 9-7), 10:05 p.m.


Sunday's Scores

Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4

Miami 3, Pittsburgh 2

Washington 14, N.Y. Mets 1

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0, 11 innings

Colorado 6, Milwaukee 5

San Diego 1, Arizona 0

Atlanta 5, St. Louis 2

Monday's Schedule

St. Louis (Westbrook 7-4) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 10-4), 7:05 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 10-5) at Atlanta (Beachy 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Hefner 4-8) at Miami (Ja.Turner 3-3), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Lohse 7-7) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 6-9), 8:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Leake 10-4) at San Diego (O'Sullivan 0-2), 10:10 p.m.


Sunday's Scores

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Monday's Schedule

No games scheduled