NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 24th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (56-15) at New Orleans Hornets (34-38), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers will hit the road for back-to-back games starting with tonight's showdown in the Big Easy against the New Orleans Hornets.
Cleveland will also visit San Antonio and owns the best road record in the NBA at 25-11. It has won 16 of the last 21 road games.
The Cavaliers are riding a seven-game winning streak and won for 13th time in 14 tries with Sunday's 104-79 pounding of the Central Division-rival Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Leon Powe poured in a season-best 16 points, while LeBron James and Delonte West both finished with 15 for Cleveland, which is 30-7 in the new year and earned its 26th consecutive victory over teams with losing records.
"One thing that I talked to the guys about is playing with a competitive edge. I felt that we had a competitive edge tonight and we have to keep building on it because that's what is going to help this team win," Cavs head coach Mike Brown said after the Cavs pulled off a sweep of Detroit for only the second time in franchise history (1979-80).
Mo Williams ended with 12 points and eight assists in the victory. He is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists in his last six games.
New Orleans will resume a five-game homestand and kicked off the residency with a 115-99 triumph versus Dallas the last time out on Monday. Chris Paul tallied all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and had three assists in his anticipated return for the Hornets, who ended a three-game slide and won for just the third time in 13 contests.
Paul, who missed 25 games after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, played nearly 21 minutes. Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 28 points, David West had 25 and a career-best 10 assists and Morris Peterson netted 20 points in the win.
"I thought this was the best ball game of the year...our stops were better, the cutting action was better and we seemed to have a better sense of purpose," said Hornets coach Jeff Bower.
The Hornets are 22-12 at home and will also play host to the Blazers, Lakers and Wizards.
Cleveland took the first meeting with New Orleans, 105-95, in February at the 'Q', and is 10-4 in the previous 14 meetings between the teams. The Cavs, however, are winless in their last three trips to the Big Easy.
03/24 10:46:51 ET