Cleveland (11-23) at Toronto (17-15)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Jan 7, 2004
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LeBron James has excelled at almost everything during his first 34 games as a pro. Winning on the road is one thing he and his teammates still have to work on.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to notch their third road win of the season as they visit the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

The Cavaliers, 2-15 away from Gund Arena, are one win shy of matching last season’s road win total. Cleveland was the NBA’s worst road team last season at 3-38, however one of those wins came at Toronto.

Cleveland, which has lost four of six overall, is coming off a 107-96 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday. James handed out 10 assists and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 24 points to lead the Cavs.

James had 14 points on a poor shooting night, but his assists tied a career best. The 6-foot-7 guard leads Cleveland with 19.9 points and 6.2 assists per game.

“He’s the best rookie ever,” newly acquired Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury said of James. “I can’t describe it any more than that—he’s that good.”

The Cavs will head to Toronto with a few more able bodies coming off the bench. Dajuan Wagner and DeSagana Diop both returned from knee injuries on Tuesday.

Wagner, in his season debut, had four points in eight minutes. Diop had five rebounds and a blocked shot in 14 minutes.

Toronto has won three of its last four games to improve to 9-7 since acquiring Jalen Rose and Donyell Marshall from Chicago in late November.

Vince Carter scored 23 points, Marshall had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Rose had 16 points and five assists to lead the Raptors to an 83-73 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

While James has been a standout for the Cavs, the Raptors have been impressed with rookie forward Chris Bosh. Drafted fourth overall, Bosh is averaging 10.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting. He leads all rookies with 7.2 rebounds a game.

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