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Game #7 - Cleveland Cavaliers at New Jersey Nets Game Night Open Thread

2010/2011 NBA Regular Season
2-4 3-3
November 9th, 2010
Prudential Center
7:00 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 Ryan Hollins

The Cavaliers go for their 3rd straight win on the road tonight when they face the Nets in New Jersey. For the first time all year, the Cavaliers expect to be at full strength. F Antawn Jamison is expected to play after missing the last two games with a sore knee. Prior to that, it was Mo Williams that was out. Williams is back in the starting lineup and he has played well so far this season.

As for the Nets, they have lost 4 straight games after starting the season 2-0. Two of those losses have come to the Miami Heat, however, and New Jersey is much improved over last season.

3-in the Key

1. After sweeping back-to-back road games against Philadelphia (123-118) and Washington (107-102) over the weekend, Cleveland will look to win their third straight road game against an Eastern Conference opponent at New Jersey. The Cavaliers swept the season series last year, have won eight overall versus the Nets and four straight at the Prudential Center. The Cavaliers are the only team in the Central Division to have three wins and are one of only four teams in the Eastern Conference to have a winning road record (2-1) on the early season.

2. Cleveland has five players averaging double-figures on the season, led by Mo Williams at 20.7 points per game. Williams is also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 28.7 minutes. Against Washington, he scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. Williams is the first Cavalier to score 10-or-more points in the final four minutes of a win since Jan. 21, 2009 when he did it himself at Portland. His tally came on 10-19 (.526) shooting and headded four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

3. On Saturday, Daniel Gibson led the Cavaliers bench with 19 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting and 2-2 from behind the arc. His play in the fourth quarter helped the team cement the win as he nailed a three-pointer with 1:33 to give the Cavaliers a five-point advantage. This came after he led the Cavaliers rally by scoring 10 straight points during a 19-5 run and scoring 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter in the win over Philadelphia. The last Cavalier to score 17 points or better in aquarter was Antawn Jamison with 18 points last season on Mar. 26 at San Antonio. Gibson is averaging 15.3 points (3rd-team), 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28.2 minutes on the season. (Elias)