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Game #8 - New Jersey Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Night Open Thread

2010/2011 NBA Regular Season
2-5 4-3
November 10th, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
7:30 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD
Probable starters:
Devin Harris PG Mo Williams
Anthony Morrow SG Anthony Parker
Travis Outlaw SF Jamario Moon
Troy Murphy PF J.J. Hickson
Brook Lopez C Anderson Varejao

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to put the finishing touches on a home-and-home sweep of the New Jersey Nets when the two clubs meet at Quicken Loans Arena tonight.

The Cavs took the front end of the set in Newark on Tuesday when J.J. Hickson scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Antawn Jamison returned to the lineup to provide 15 points and eight boards off the bench to lead Cleveland to a 93-91 triumph over New Jersey.

Ramon Sessions added 15 points and Daniel Gibson supplied 14 in a spirited bench effort for the Cavaliers, who have won nine straight games over the Nets, including four straight at The Q.

3-in the Key

1. After sweeping three consecutive road games on the Atlantic Coast against Philadelphia (123-118), Washington (107-102) and New Jersey last night (93-91), Cleveland will look to win their fourth straight game against an Eastern Conference opponent and sweep a home-and-home series versus New Jersey. The Cavs have won nine overall games versus the Nets and have matched their longest active winning streak versus any opponent at nine games (Minnesota). (STATS, Inc.)

2. The Cavs, who are the only team in the Central Division with four wins, will look to reach .500 at home this season and currently only Atlanta at 4-1 (.800) has a better road record than Cleveland at 3-1 (.750) in the Eastern Conference. The team's emphasis on conditioning has paid high dividends so far, as the team is scoring 27.9 points on .470 shooting in the fourth quarter this season. They have won five of the seven fourth quarters and outscored opponents 27.9-24.4 in the closing period this season, including 105-84 in their current three-game winning streak.

3. Cleveland has five players averaging double-figures on the season, led by J.J. Hickson at 16.7 points on .518 shooting from the field and 6.1 rebounds. His scoring average up almost double from his average last season (8.5). At New Jersey, Hickson led a balanced attack with his first double-double of the season with 18 points on 8-14 (.571) and 10 rebounds.