Still searching for their first road victory of the season, James and the Cavaliers visit Philips Arena to take on the Atlanta Hawks.
Cleveland dropped a 97-83 home decision to Minnesota on Friday night. James had 19 points and nine rebounds, but shot 8-of-19 from the field and played just four minutes of the third quarter because of foul trouble.
“That was tough,” James said. “I can’t help my team sitting on the bench.”
The Cavs have lost 28 straight road games dating to last season, and could threaten the NBA record of 43 set by the Sacramento Kings from 1990-92.
“That ain’t going to happen. If it does, there will be some dead Cavaliers around here,” joked Cleveland coach Paul Silas.
The Cavs will be playing their third game without leading rebounder Carlos Boozer, who has a sprained right ankle and isn’t expected back until next week.
Atlanta is coming off a 114-75 loss at San Antonio on Friday as former Spur Stephen Jackson did not play well against his former team.
Jackson, San Antonio’s starting shooting guard during its run to the NBA title last season, finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting.
“I’m sure everyone is disappointed. We just didn’t play very well as a group,” said Hawks coach Terry Stotts.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 20): Cavaliers - 6th place (tied), 6 1/2 GB, Central Division. Hawks - 6th place (tied), 6 1/2 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Cavaliers - James, 17.5 ppg and 6.7 apg; Boozer, 10.5 rpg. Hawks - Terry, 19.5 ppg and 5 apg; Abdur-Rahim, 9.3 rpg.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Hawks, 4-0.
LAST MEETING: April 11; Hawks, 109-89. Atlanta used 26-0 first-quarter run to pull away for good, completing the series sweep.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cavaliers - 0-7 on the road; Hawks - 1-3 at home.