James and the Cavaliers look to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season as they host the Orlando Magic at Gund Arena.
Cleveland, which hasn’t dropped three straight since opening the season 0-3, lost its second consecutive game, 100-88 at Miami on Thursday night.
James, 20, became the second-youngest player in NBA history to be named an All-Star starter earlier in the day. He finished with 31 points and 10 assists in the loss to the Heat.
The reigning Rookie of the Year is averaging 25.2 points over the last 10 games, but the Cavaliers haven’t posted back-to-back victories in their last 12 contests. James missed two of those games—Jan. 28-30—with an injured ankle.
“Right now, we’re not playing the level of basketball we want to play,” James said. “Down the stretch, we were just not making enough shots.”
Playing at Gund Arena may remedy that inconsistency as Cleveland opens a five-game homestand against the Magic, and will play just once on the road over the next three weeks. The Cavaliers boast an impressive 16-4 mark in Cleveland, and have the least home defeats in the Eastern Conference.
Orlando has lost four straight road games, and has managed just nine wins in 25 games away from home this season. Only Chicago, with seven wins, has a worse road record among teams in the East with a winning record.
The Magic squandered a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead in Friday’s 112-100 loss at Boston.
Orlando beat Cleveland 105-102 at home on Tuesday night as Francis led the way with 30 points and a season high-tying 13 assists.