The Cavaliers will play seven of their next 10 games at Quicken Loans Arena, starting on Thursday night with the Chicago Bulls. Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
The Cavs are riding a three-game home winning streak into tonight’s match, which includes scoring 120 points in back-to-back games. The last time Cleveland had at least 120 points in consecutive home games was Jan. 16-28, 1993 (three straight home contests). (Elias)
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Cleveland improved to 22-4 at The Q after a 120-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, February 10th. The Cavs shot 48-94 (.511) from the field, including a 13-31 (.419) clip from the three-point line, and dished out 26 assists to seven turnovers.
The Wine and Gold have now won 44 straight games when shooting .500 or better. Wednesday’s game marked the third time this season the Cavaliers committed seven turnovers or less.
The Cavaliers will hope to continue their offensive efficiency on Wednesday against a Bulls squad looking to get back on track following the All-Star break.
Chicago (27-25) has lost four straight games and enter their matchup against Cleveland fighting the injury bug.
All-Star swingman, Jimmy Butler, has been out of the lineup in four of the last five games with a left knee strain and will miss Wednesday’s contest as well. Butler, leads the Bulls in scoring at 22.4 points per game.
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Status Update: (Cavs) – None to Report
Status Update: (Bulls) – Mike Dunleavy, (Back, Probable), Joakim Noah, (Left Shoulder, Out), Jimmy Butler, (Left Knee Strain, Out), Nikola Mirotic, (Appendicitis, Out)
*Subject to change.
The two Central Division rivals will wrap up their four-game regular season series on April 9th in Chicago.
The last time the Cavs and Bulls met was on Jan. 23rd in Cleveland. In that contest, the Cavaliers committed a season-low four turnovers. It was the first time the Cavs committed four or less turnovers since committing a franchise-low two turnovers on March 29, 2009 in a win against Portland.
In that meeting on January 23rd in Cleveland, J.R. Smith recorded his first double-double of the season (15th of his career) with 18 points, a season-high 11 rebounds and one block in 39 minutes of play.
Including the 2015 NBA Playoffs, LeBron James has recorded at least a double-double in eight of his last nine meetings against Chicago (one triple-double), averaging 25.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 39.7 minutes over that stretch.
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After Thursday’s game, Cleveland hits the road for a Sunday matinee showdown against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET. VIEW FULL SCHEDULE