Cleveland (11-50) at New Orleans (35-27)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Mar 7, 2003
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NEW ORLEANS (TICKER) —The New Orleans Hornets try to extend their season-high winning streak to eight games Friday when they host the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Hornets have won seven straight after losing three of four games. They have not won eight consecutive games since December 3-18, 1999.

The Hornets have won their last seven home games against the Cavaliers, who are visiting New Orleans Arena for the first time. New Orleans extended its overall winning streak over Cleveland to three games with a 97-84 victory at Gund Arena on November 23.

Cleveland has a 30-28 edge in the all-time series but is just 9-20 on the road.

New Orleans completed an unbeaten three-game road trip with a 111-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Jamal Mashburn collected 35 points and 10 assists and David Wesley scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who nearly squandered a nine-point lead in the final minute.

Mashburn is averaging 26.3 points in his last 15 games for New Orleans, which is 15-11 without point guard Baron Davis this season.

The Hornets are one-half game behind Boston for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland’s latest losing streak reached four games with a 111-105 home defeat to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 27 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Carlos Boozer added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost 50 games for the fourth straight season.

Cleveland has lost 10 consecutive road games and is 3-28 away from home for the second-worst record in the league and worst in the Eastern Conference.

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