NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 8th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30) at New Jersey Nets (46-28), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets go for a franchise-record 15 straight wins this afternoon when they closeout a four-game homestand versus the Cleveland Cavaliers at Continental Airlines Arena.
The Nets matched the team record of 14 consecutive wins with Thursday night's 113-102 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Jersey, which has won nine in a row at home and improved to 28-9 at Continental Airlines Arena this season.
Vince Carter had 20 points, six boards and six assists, while Jason Kidd posted his 74th career triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the triumph.
The Nets, who have the longest winning streak in the NBA this season, also won 14 in a row from January 25 - February 24, 2004.
Kidd is now four triple-doubles behind Wilt Chamberlain for third place all- time. He also moved into seventh place, past Keith Van Horn, on the all-time Nets scoring list.
New Jersey is 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. After hosting the Cavs, New Jersey will open a two- game road trip in Milwaukee on Sunday. The Nets will visit Chicago on Tuesday at the United Center.
Cleveland, meanwhile, saw its nine-game winning streak go down in flames to the Knicks by a 96-94 score at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
LeBron James scored 21 of his 36 points in the deciding fourth quarter when Cleveland rallied from a 19-point deficit only to lose by two.
James has scored 35 points or more in eight straight games and is averaging 40.2 over his last five contests for Cleveland, which is fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Cleveland is 0-1 so far on its four-game road trip and will visit the Hornets and Pistons after Saturday's game in East Rutherford, NJ.
The Nets lead the season series with Cleveland by a 2-1 count. The home team in this series has won 12 of the last 15 meetings. New Jersey has won five of the last six meetings and seven of 10 against the Cavs.
Cleveland has lost eight straight after winning its last three at New Jersey.
04/08 10:40:44 ET