NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 21st (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (22-4) at Oklahoma City Thunder (3-24), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder have a tough task if they hope to build on their first win in three weeks. The Thunder will welcome the 22-4 Central Division-leading Cleveland Cavaliers to the Ford Center on Sunday.
The Thunder won for the first time since November 29 on Friday when Kevin Durant scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Oklahoma City won for just the third time this year with a 91-83 triumph over the reeling Toronto Raptors at the Ford Center.
Rookie Russell Westbrook notched 19 points and eight assists while Desmond Mason had a season-high 10 rebounds with seven points and four assists -- bringing the Ford Center to life with a win for the first time since November 2.
The Thunder had lost eight consecutive games since their second win of the season over Memphis on November 29, and are still a dismal 2-12 at home with an NBA-worst 3-24 overall mark.
Jeff Green chipped in 13 points and Nick Collison had 10 with nine boards in the win.
The Cavs, meanwhile, improved to 2-1 on a four-game road trip Friday when LeBron James missed a triple-double by two assists -- with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight helpers -- to lead Cleveland to a 105-88 triumph over the Denver Nuggets.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas tied a season-high with 23 points for the Cavs, who have won 21 of their last 23 games. Delonte West had 22 points in the win as the Cavs improved to 22-4 on the season.
The Cavs, who are 9-4 as the visitor this season, trounced Oklahoma City, 117-82, on November 26 in Cleveland. Home cooking has meant a lot in this series recently. The host has won seven straight and nine of the past 10 meetings between the two clubs.
12/21 10:31:46 ET