The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for more after winning
consecutive games for the first time this season, though they’ll
first have to change their fortune on the road.
The Cavaliers seek their second win in 11 road games Friday
night when Kyle Korver attempts to set the league record for
consecutive contests with a 3-pointer for the Atlanta Hawks.
Following a season-worst five-game losing streak, Cleveland
(6-12) has turned things around at home with back-to-back victories
over Chicago and Denver. The Cavaliers are coming off perhaps their
best performance, stopping the Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak
in Wednesday’s 98-88 victory.
Despite being six games under .500, they haven’t fallen too far
from the pack in the Eastern Conference, where only Indiana and
Miami have winning records.
“That’s the good thing about being in the East right now and I’m
sure every other team feels the same, but we truly believe we
haven’t played our best basketball,” said coach Mike Brown, whose
club is an East-worst 1-9 on the road. “Contrary to what anybody
believes I do feel like we’re getting better.”
Cleveland is 2-18 away from home since the end of February, the
last month it won more than two in a row overall.
While the Cavaliers have given up 92.0 points per game over its
last five at home after holding the Nuggets to their lowest point
total in 17 games, they’ve allowed an average of 110.6 over their
last five on the road.
The Hawks (10-10) failed to score 100 in seven straight games
before doing so in their last three.
They’re looking to move back above .500 following an impressive
107-97 win over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers
on Wednesday. Paul Millsap had 25 points and Al Horford added 21
for Atlanta, which had lost two straight and five of six.
After missing the previous four games with a rib injury, Korver
tied Dana Barros’ 18-year-old record in the opening minute by
hitting a 3-pointer in his 89th straight game. He finished with a
season-high 23 points and hit 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, extending
a streak that began last season in Atlanta’s second game.
Now he has a chance to move past Barros, who set the mark during
stints with Philadelphia and Boston from Dec. 23, 1994-Jan. 10,
“It really is a team streak,” said Korver, 21 for 40 from
3-point range in his last eight games against Cleveland. “I’m not
out there creating those shots. I don’t want to make a speech, but
there are a lot of people to thank.”
Korver might not have much trouble getting the record against a
Cleveland team that ranks second-to-last in defensive 3-point
percentage (41.2) away from home.
The Hawks could have their hands full with the Cavaliers on the
boards. While Atlanta sits near the bottom of the league with a
minus-2.6 rebounding margin, Cleveland has outrebounded its last
two opponents 99-79.
Tristan Thompson has 31 points and 35 rebounds over that span
while Andrew Bynum has 34 and 17, respectively.
Kyrie Irving, who had 23 points Wednesday, has averaged 30.0 in
his last three matchups with Atlanta while hitting 12 of 19 from
The Hawks have won five of six at home against the