NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 20th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (1-6) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers target their sixth consecutive win this evening when they play the back end of a home-and-home series with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Gund Arena.
In the opener of the set on Thursday, LeBron James poured in a game-high 19 points and Jeff McInnis scored 18 as the Cavaliers routed the Bobcats, 106-89, at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted 16 and Ira Newble chipped in 11 for Cleveland, which has won five straight after losing its first three games of the season. The win also put the Cavaliers two games over .500 for the first time since starting the 2000-01 campaign with four straight wins.
James, who failed to score 20 points for the first time this season, finished the game 8-of-14 shooting from the field and also dished out nine assists to go along with his six rebounds. With the game out of hand he sat out the entire fourth quarter.
After eight games, James is averaging 27.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists, while Ilgauskas has registered 19.5 points and 8.3 boards per contest.
McInnis, though, is averaging 17 points during the teams winning streak.
Jason Kapono paced the Bobcats with 16 points off the pine. Keith Bogans added 14 and Melvin Ely collected 10 off the bench for Charlotte, which has dropped five in a row and fell to 1-6 on the young campaign.
Eddie House and Brevin Knight each had eight points in a losing cause.
On the injury front for Charlotte, guard Jason Hart has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is questionable for tonight's affair.
Cleveland, which will head to New York to face the Knicks following tonight's tilt, is 3-1 at home this season.
Charlotte, which is allowing 101 points per game this season, will wrap up a brief two-game road trip in Sunday in Detroit. The Bobcats are winless in their two games away from home this season.
These two teams will meet twice more during the season. On January 5 Charlotte will host the Cavaliers, while on January 11th Cleveland will again welcome the Bobcats to Gund Arena.
11/20 10:01:26 ET