Bobcats try to build win streak vs. Cavs

Updated: January 4, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats can only hope a new year will bear better results as they entertain the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte ended 2012 on a positive note and put the brakes on a season-high
18-game losing streak with Monday’s 91-81 decision against the Chicago Bulls.
The Bobcats used a dominant fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulls by a 26-16
margin, and got 18 points from Kemba Walker.

The Bobcats notched their first victory since a double-overtime road verdict
over Washington on Nov. 24 and surpassed last season’s win total of 7-59.

“You go through an entire month of not winning and it eats at you, and
especially for the young guys — they need some confidence, and the best
medicine is a win,” said Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap.

Ben Gordon netted six of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bobcats,
who did not have rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due to a scratched right cornea
suffered during Saturday’s loss to New Orleans.

Charlotte avoided becoming only the fourth team since the 1986-87 season to go
winless in at least 16 games in a single month. It will try to stop a 10-game
home losing streak and is just 5-12 as the host this season.

Cleveland will play seven of its next nine games away from the Forest City and
enters tonight’s contest riding a three-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers dropped a tough one to the Sacramento Kings, 97-94, Wednesday
night as Kyrie Irving notched 22 points and dished out six assists. Rookie
Dion Waiters added 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who had a 90-89
lead with 1:12 to go until the Kings scored five straight points.

“We just have to find a way to close it out, especially at home,” Waiters
said. “That’s were it really hurts, being at home and not getting a win we
knew we had. That is the toughest part.”

Alonzo Gee posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a
season-best 10 rebounds. He also had a career high-tying six assists and has
scored in double figures in eight straight games.

Cleveland, losers in 14 of the last 17 games, will play its 12th back-to-back
series of the season and is just 4-15 as the visitor.

The Cavs won all three meetings with Charlotte last season and are 20-8 in the
all-time series. Irving averaged 22.5 ppg against Charlotte last season. The
Bobcats have lost four straight in this series.

These two teams have split the 14 meetings at Charlotte.