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Saturday, February 4th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (23-23) at Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Quicken Loans Arena.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 19th, LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to pace Cleveland to a 123-120 victory over the Sixers at the Wachovia Center.

These two teams have split the eight meetings. Philadelphia has won nine of its last 11 at Cleveland.

Philadelphia has lost two straight games. On Friday, Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Sixers, 87-80, at the Wachovia Center.

Detroit took advantage of a Sixers' squad playing without leading scorer and emotional leader Allen Iverson. The All-Star guard sat out his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Philadelphia dropped is 2-2 without the Georgetown product in that span.

Chris Webber led the Sixers with 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss to Detroit, Andre Iguodala tallied 13 points and three players -- John Salmons, Samuel Dalembert and Kyle Korver -- contributed 10 points apiece in defeat. Dalembert also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Iverson is questionable for tonight's contest. The Georgetown product leads the club in scoring (33.6 ppg) and assists (7.5 apg).

The Sixers are 8-13 as the visitor this season. They have won two in a row on the road.

Cleveland opens a two-game homestand this evening. On Thursday, Dwyane Wade recorded 24 points and fellow All-Star Shaquille O'Neal netted 21 as Miami stopped Cleveland's seven-game winning streak with an impressive 101-73 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.

James registered 29 points and seven assists in the loss to Miami on Thursday for the Cavaliers. The 6-8 James was the lone Cavalier player in double figures. Cleveland shot just 33.7 percent for the game and made only 9-of-19 foul shots.

The Cavaliers, who will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, are 17-5 as the host this season. Cleveland has won three straight games in this series.

James has scored more than 20 points in eight straight games. He is averaging 33.9 points in that span.

02/04 10:18:10 ET


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