NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 22nd (All times eastern)
New Orleans Hornets (7-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-17), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will resume a team-record nine-game homestand tonight versus the New Orleans Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland is 4-3 on the residency and is coming off last night's 101-100 win over the Central Division-rival Detroit Pistons. Antawn Jamison scored a game- high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while rookie Kyrie Irving added 25 points and a career-high eight assists for the Cavaliers, who are 8-8 as the host this season and got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Alonzo Gee.
"Kyrie said he was gonna turn it up, and he did," Gee told the Cavs' website. "He turned it up. He picked it up for us, and were gonna follow him."
The Cavs shot 43.6 percent for the game and will close out the homestand versus Boston next Tuesday. Cavs center Semih Erden needed stitches above his right eyebrow after taking a shot from teammate Jamison going for a rebound. He was able to return to action and posted five points.
Cleveland is aiming for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Meanwhile, the Hornets have dropped two in a row after a season-high three- game winning streak and will resume a six-game road trip tonight.
In Tuesday's 117-108 loss in overtime at Indiana, Trevor Ariza scored 21 points and Jarrett Jack finished with 19 points and 10 assists. Chris Kaman and Marco Belinelli netted 17and 15 points, respectively, for New Orleans, which made 53.2 percent of its shots and was outscored by a 17-8 margin in the extra session.
"They were in our paint all night," Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "They hit timely shots and our guys fought all night and had a few timely shots as well."
The Hornets are 2-2 on the road swing and will also visit Chicago. They own a 4-11 record away from the Big Easy this season.
New Orleans and Cleveland are meeting for the first time since the Hornets swept a home-and-home set a season ago. The Hornets, however, have lost eight of the last 10 contests as the visitor in this series.
02/22 10:57:18 ET