NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 22nd (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (23-15) at Golden State Warriors (12-28), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will close out their season-long, six-game road trip tonight, when they take on the Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland.
Cleveland has lost three of its first five on its current road swing, including a disappointing 123-96 defeat to the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena on Thursday night. James, who recorded his first-career triple-double on Wednesday night, led Cleveland with 18 points.
James, in his 117th game, became the second quickest player in NBA history to record 2,500 points, 700 rebounds and 700 assists. Oscar Robertson did it in 84 games.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 and pulled down 11 boards for the Cavaliers, while Drew Gooden chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds. Cleveland only had three players in double figures.
The Cavs hit 41 percent from the field, including just 1-of-6 (.167) from three-point range. Cleveland hit 19-of-25 (.760) from the free throw line, while committing 12 turnovers and being outrebounded 48-47.
Cleveland lost its eighth straight contest to the Kings since Nov. 1, 2000, while dropping its sixth consecutive game in Sacramento.
Cleveland, which is finishing up its road swing tonight, has tallied a 9-12 mark in foreign buildings this year.
Golden State is reeling with losses in 10 of its last 11 games and 14 of its past 19 overall. The Warriors suffered yet another loss on Friday night, as they dropped 105-101 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
Jason Richardson had 26 points to lead the Warriors, while Derek Fisher added 23 points and seven assists against his former team, as Golden State has lost seven straight on the road.
Troy Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds, as Golden State hung with the Lakers until late in the third quarter. Golden State fell to 0-9 in Friday games this season.
The Warriors, who are beginning a three-game homestand tonight, are 9-11 at The Arena this season. Golden State has won four of seven and seven of its last 12 home games.
The Cavaliers snapped a two-game series losing streak with a 99-88 win at Gund Arena on Nov. 15. Cleveland has won five of the last nine meetings overall, but has lost four of five and five of its last seven in Oakland.
01/22 10:13:06 ET