Cleveland (4-14) at Los Angeles (5-8)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Wed Dec 3, 2003
  • TV: WUAB, FSW2
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LeBron James is glad his over-hyped showdowns with fellow rookie Carmelo Anthony are over for this season.

Now, he’d like to help the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first road game of the season as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

James had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists Tuesday, but it was not enough as Anthony scored 20 of 26 points in the second half to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 115-103 triumph over the Cavaliers at the Pepsi Center.

“We gave you all what you wanted to see for the last time we are going to play each other this year,” said James, who lost both games to Anthony and the Nuggets.

Cleveland has lost seven in a row overall and 32 straight road games—0-11 this season—to tie the third-longest streak in league history. All the losing has not diminished James’ confidence that the Cavs will eventually turn things around.

“I am always going to be a winner,” he said. “I might not get wins all the time, but I am always going to be a winner and that is not going to change. We’ll get some wins. It’s a long season.”

The Clippers ended a season-high six-game losing streak with an inspiring 91-83 win over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Corey Maggette scored 24 points as Los Angeles took full advantage of the absence of suspended Spurs forward Tim Duncan, scoring 50 points in the paint.

“They came out there and tried to beat us, but we kept our composure, played good defense and won the game,” Maggette said. “We just wanted to get this losing streak off our back, and we had to do whatever it took to win the game—diving, jumping over chairs—we just tried to do it all tonight.”

The Clippers won for the first time since concluding a season-high four-game winning streak with a 95-92 triumph over Orlando on Nov. 15.

Los Angeles forward Elton Brand has missed the last 12 games with a broken foot.

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