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Game #11 - Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans Hornets Game Night Open Thread

2010/2011 NBA Regular Season
9-1(6-0 Home) 5-5(3-1 Away)
November 16th, 2010
New Orleans Arena
8:00 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD
Probable starters:
Chris Paul PG Ramon Sessions
Marco Belinelli SG Anthony Parker
Trevor Ariza SF Jamario Moon
David West PF J.J. Hickson
Emeka Okafor C Anderson Varejao

The Cavaliers play the first of a road back-to-back tonight with a trip to New Orleans to face the Hornets. New Orleans, led by Chris Paul, has the best record in the NBA at 9-1, was 3-6 a year ago when they decided to fire Byron Scott, who now coaches the Cavaliers.

Scott led New Orleans to the playoffs in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after missing them in his first two seasons, but a short postseason stay - which included an NBA-record 58-point loss - combined with a 3-6 start last season prompted the Hornets to replace him with then-general manager Jeff Bower.

The move didn't necessarily thrill star point guard and Scott supporter Chris Paul, who missed more than half of a 37-45 season due to injury.

But with Paul healthy and Williams - the NBA's youngest coach - leading the way, New Orleans is thriving again. The Hornets (9-1) bounced back from their first loss Monday in Dallas against the same team Wednesday, overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit to knock off the Mavericks 99-97.

3-in the Key

1. The Cavs have won three straight against the Hornets and are outscoring New Orleans 100.7-88.3 over that span.

2. The Cavs currently rank 1st in the NBA in bench scoring averaging 44.1 ppg (Philadelphia - 41.7 ppg). The Cavs' bench outscored the Sixers' reserves 54-41 on Tuesday and have outscored all 10 of their opponents this season 441 (44.1 ppg) to 271 (27.1 ppg). Cleveland's bench has the longest active streak of outscoring opponents at 14 games, dating back to last season. (STATS, Inc.)

3. Antawn Jamison currently has 6,996 rebounds and 899 three-pointers made. With four more rebounds and one more three-pointer made, he will join Scottie Pippen and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players in NBA history with at least 7,000 rebounds, 900 three-pointers made and 17,000 total points. (Jamison currently has 17,195 career points)