NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 20th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20-16) at Golden State Warriors (18-19), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to put the brakes on a five-game skid when they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight at The Arena in Oakland.
Cleveland plays the fifth contest of a six-game road trip. On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins each scored 17 points as the Denver Nuggets held off the Cavaliers, 90-89, at the Pepsi Center.
Superstar LeBron James netted 24 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out nine assists, but missed some key free throws down the stretch in the loss to Denver for the Cavaliers. Alan Henderson finished with a season-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, while center Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and seven boards.
On the injury front for Cleveland, forward Drew Gooden (leg) is questionable for tonight's contest. Gooden, who is averaging 11.4 points and a team-high 8.7 assists this season, has missed the last two contests for the Cavs.
The Cavaliers, who will visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday at the Delta Center in the finale of the trip, are just 6-11 on the road this season. They have dropped five in a row as the visitor.
Golden State wraps up a three-game homestand this evening. Jason Richardson had a game-high 26 points and Baron Davis finished one rebound shy of his second straight triple-double, as the Warriors stopped a five-game losing streak with a 109-93 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at The Arena.
Davis finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in the win over Seattle for the Warriors, who also received 22 points from Mike Dunleavy and 19 off the bench from Mickael Pietrus. Davis ended with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 boards Saturday during a 110-104 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Golden State will be without Davis tonight. The two-time All-Star will serve a one-game suspension for an incident with Seattle's Luke Ridnour earlier this week. Davis swung at and hit Ridnour in the chest late in the first half of Monday's 109-93 victory over the SuperSonics. Davis was whistled for a technical foul but was not ejected.
The Warriors are 10-10 as the host this season.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Golden State is scheduled to visit the Cavaliers on February 11th at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland has won two straight, while Golden State has won four of the last seven meetings in this series.
01/20 10:33:48 ET