Cleveland (4-9) at Atlanta (4-9)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Nov 22, 2003
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It hasn’t taken long for LeBron James to prove he belongs in the NBA. Helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win a road game might take a bit longer.

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.”

Ricky Davis added 13 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a season-high 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which is 0-7 on the road this season.

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.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim paced the Hawks with 16 points as the team shot just 33.8 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers. Jason Terry, Atlanta’s leading scorer, managed just two points.

“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.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Cavaliers - F Darius Miles, F DeSagana Diop, C Ilgauskas, G Davis, G James. Hawks - F Abdur-Rahim, F Jackson, C Theo Ratliff, G Dion Glover, G Terry.

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.

INJURIES: Cavaliers - C Michael Stewart (knee); G Dajuan Wagner (knee). Hawks - G Terrell Brandon (knee); F Obinna Ekezie (knee); F Alan Henderson.

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