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Game #72 - Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans Hornets Game Night Thread

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
34-38 56-15
March 24, 2010
New Orleans Arena
8:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio
Probable starters:
Chris Paul PG Mo Williams
Morris Peterson SG Anthony Parker
Julian Wright SF LeBron James
David West PF Antawn Jamison
Emeka Okafor C J.J. Hickson

Zydrunas Ilgauskas returns to the Cavaliers and all seems right with the world. Now the real fun begins, how will the Cavs re-integrate Z into the line-up. The Cavs have played well going with a smaller, more athletic lineup and it would be a shame to lose that momentum. That said, Z will bring some much needed size back to the Cavaliers front line and allow Anderson Varejao to catch his breath a bit after going up against big for the past 3 weeks.

For the Hornets, it appears likely that a playoffs spot is out of reach. Chris Paul is expected to return, however, which makes this a tricky match-up for the Cavaliers.

3-in the Key

1. At 56-15 (.789), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record, including both the best home (31-4) and road records (25-11), and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.4. The Cavaliers have won seven straight which is the longest active winning streak in the NBA and the fourth time this year the team has had a winning streak of at least six games. The team has won 13 of their last 14
games and are 30-7 (.811) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span and remains the only one with its division won to date.

2. After going a league-best 66-16 (.805) last season, the Cavaliers could become the first team since the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 (72-10) and 1996-97 (69-13) and only the fifth team in the last 19 seasons to have sole possession of the best record in the regular season in consecutive years. The team can also potentially make more NBA history by holding the best home record in consecutive seasons, winning 65 games in consecutive seasons and holding the best home and road record in a season.

3. The 104-79 win over Detroit on Sunday earned the Cavs their 26th consecutive victory over teams with losing records and pushed their record to 31-3 (.912) versus teams who were currently under .500.