NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 9th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (8-11) at Cleveland Cavaliers (17-3), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to stay unbeaten at home tonight when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers are off to a franchise-best 11-0 start as the host this season and have won eight in a row overall, including Saturday's 94-74 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Superstar LeBron James ended with 25 points, four assists and two steals for Cleveland, which has won by 12 or more points in each of its wins during the streak to tie an NBA record shared by four teams. The 2007-08 Houston Rockets were the most recent.
Daniel Gibson tallied 22 points and five assists in a winning effort.
Meanwhile, Toronto has dropped four in a row overall and will try to put the brakes on a three-game slide on the road Tuesday.
The Raptors are coming off a tough 98-97 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at Air Canada Centre, as Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in defeat.
Chris Bosh had 19 points and Jose Calderon chipped in 15 and 13 assists for the Raptors, who have dropped two in a row under interim head coach Jay Triano. Triano took over for the fired Sam Mitchell last week.
Toronto is 4-6 away from home this season. Raptors forward Kris Humphries is questionable for Tuesday's game with right knee tendinitis.
Cleveland went 3-1 against Toronto last season and has won six of seven, 10 of 12 and 12 of the past 15 meetings. The Raptors have lost seven in a row as the guest in this series.
12/09 10:31:17 ET