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Game #12 - Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs Game Night Open Thread

2010/2011 NBA Regular Season
10-1(5-1 Home) 5-6(3-2 Away)
November 20th, 2010
AT&T Center
8:30 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD
Probable starters:
Chris Paul PG Mo Williams
Marco Belinelli SG Anthony Parker
Trevor Ariza SF Jamario Moon
David West PF J.J. Hickson
Emeka Okafor C Anderson Varejao

The road doesn't get any easier for the Cavaliers tonight as they follow up their game against the New Orleans Hornets last night with the only team that might be hotter in the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have won 9-straight games and have been dominant since losing on opening night. Their win last night gave San Antonio their best start ever at 10-1.

A matchup with a Cleveland team that's dropped three of four could help the Spurs extend their run, but they might not want to take the Cavaliers too lightly.

Cleveland fell 108-101 in New Orleans on Friday night but rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to get within three with 21 seconds left. A turnover and a pair of missed shots kept the Cavaliers (5-6) from extending their road win streak to four.

With its late run, Cleveland became the first team to score at least 100 points on the Hornets, who had previously allowed an average of 91.3.

3-in the Key

1. Cleveland will face San Antonio on Saturday night. The Cavs have won three of their last four games against the Spurs and are outscoring San Antonio 98.0-91.0 over that span.

2. The Cavs bench scored 65 points against New Orleans, the most points scored by a bench in the NBA this season. The Cavs currently rank 1st in the NBA in bench scoring averaging 46.0 ppg, 3.9 ppg higher than 2nd (Philadelphia - 42.1 ppg). The Cavs' bench outscored the Hornets' reserves 65-26 on Friday and have outscored all 11 of their opponents this season 506 (46.0 ppg) to 297 (27.0 ppg). Cleveland's bench has the longest active streak of outscoring opponents at 15 games, dating back to last season. (STATS, Inc.)

3. Over their last six games, the Cavs have limited their turnovers, averaging only 11.2 turnovers per game over that span. Their 11.2 turnovers per game is the lowest average in the league during that time period. On the season, the team ranks 4th in turnovers per game at 13.2.