NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 12th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20-12) at Los Angeles Lakers (18-17), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers begin a season-long six-game road trip when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center.
Cleveland attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. On Tuesday, Jamal Crawford scored 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half, as the Knicks used a suffocating defense late in the game to rally for a 92-84 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
LeBron James continued to sizzle against the Knicks for Cleveland with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but the Cavaliers missed 13 consecutive shots late in the fourth quarter on the way to their second defeat in three games. Cleveland was held without a field goal for more than seven minutes late in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers, who will also visit Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Golden State and Utah on the current road trip, are 6-7 as the visitor this season. They have won two of their last three away from home.
Los Angeles will also attempt to get back on the winning track. On Wednesday, Juan Dixon poured in 27 points and dished out six assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 113-103 win over the Lakers at the Rose Garden.
Kobe Bryant had a game-high 41 points for the Lakers, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end. Bryant had scored 45 or more points in his previous four games, a feat that had not been accomplished since Wilt Chamberlain from November 15-22, 1964.
The Lakers, who will visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at The Arena in Oakland, are 8-8 as the host this season.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Cavaliers are scheduled to host the Lakers on March 19th at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Lakers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings in this series. Cleveland has lost six straight and eight of its last 11 at the Lakers.
01/12 10:20:56 ET