#CavsRockets Game Preview - February 3, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 8:30 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (30-20) eye their fourth-straight home win when they take on the Houston Rockets (37-13) on Saturday night for a primetime matchup. Tipoff from The Q is at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

Thanks to their 91-89 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday, the Wine & Gold still own the best home record in the NBA since November 7 at 17-2 (.895). The offense is putting up 113.1 points (.495 FG%), 25.7 assists and 12.0 three-pointers per contest over that 19-game home stretch.

With Wednesday's 'W,' Cleveland held the Heat to .434 (36-83) shooting from the field, including an opponent season-low tying .107 (3-28) mark from beyond the arc. The Cavs also forced Miami to commit 20 turnovers on the night, marking the third time this season they have forced that many miscues.

A big contributor to the club's most recent win was Channing Frye who stepped up in both of the Cavs past two matchups. Frye is averaging 18.0 points on .667 (12-18) shooting from the field, including .545 (6-11) from beyond the arc, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.0 minutes.

Isaiah Thomas has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games, averaging 17.0 points and 4.6 assists in 29.4 minutes since January 15. In Wednesday’s win over Miami, Thomas tallied 13 points and a team-high six assists in 30 minutes, while setting season-highs in rebounds (five) and steals (four).

Jae Crowder, who had 11 points (4-7 FG) and seven rebounds in 27 minutes on Wednesday, has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games. Since January 18 (seven games), Crowder is shooting .553 (26-47) from the field, .500 (11-22) from three-point range and .846 (11-13) from the foul line, while averaging 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 25.0 minutes.

As the Cavaliers look to keep the ball rolling at home, the Rockets enter Saturday's inter-conference battle winning 12 of their last 14 games including three straight.

At 37-13, Houston currently sits 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference standings. They also own the Southwest Division, sitting five games above the second-place San Antonio Spurs.

Their excellent position in the standings can be attributed to a number of star players, but it seems as if James Harden is a notch above the rest. "The Beard" is currently averaging 31.5 points per game, good for best in the NBA. In the Rockets' 114-107 win over the Magic on January 30, Harden tallied 60 points, which was just the 57th time in NBA history a player has reached that mark and first time a player recorded a 60-point triple-double.

Following the Rockets' victory over the Magic, Houston topped the Spurs, 102-91, on February 1 for the club's third-straight win. In the win, Harden led his club with 28 and 11 assists on 15-of-32 shooting.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - Isaiah Thomas

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#13 - James Harden

#3 - Chris Paul

#33 - Ryan Anderson

#12 - Luc Mbah a Moute

#15 - Clint Capela

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love, (Left hand fracture, Out)

Status Update: (Rockets) - Eric Gordon, (Lower back stiffness, questionable), Trevor Ariza, (Left hamstring strain, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavs and Rockets will play in their second and final contest of the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday night at The Q.

Houston came out victorious in their November 9th matchup edging the Cavaliers, 117-113, which saw LeBron James and Jeff Green tally 33 and 27 points, respectively.

The last time the Cavs and Rockets faced off at The Q, Cleveland won 128-120 on November 1, 2016. It was their first victory over the Rockets at home since March 11, 2012. In the final period, the Cavs shot 13-15 (.867) from the field, which was their highest field goal percentage in a quarter since December 15, 1999, when they went 15-17 (.882) in the fourth at New Jersey.

Overall, the Cavaliers have played exceptional against the Western Conference this season, especially at home. In fact, Cleveland is 6-2 against the Western Conference at The Q in 2017-18 and 38-8 versus the West in The Land since January 21, 2015.


Game Promotions

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On Deck

Following Saturday's primetime showdown with the Rockets, the Cavaliers will head down to the Sunshine State to close out their regular season series with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The Cavs will then return home on Wednesday to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves before taking on the Atlanta Hawks (February 9), the Boston Celtics (February 11) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (February 13) all on the road before the 2018 All-Star break.

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE

Cavs Honor B-Ball Pioneers at Halftime

The Wine & Gold honored past and present African American pioneers within the game of basketball during halftime of the Cavaliers contest with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Cavs vs. Rockets - February 3, 2018

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Cavs Honor B-Ball Pioneers at Halftime

The Wine & Gold honored past and present African American pioneers within the game of basketball during halftime of the Cavaliers contest with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Feb 4, 2018  |  07:02

Cavs React to Famous Barrier-Breaking Athletes

Cavs fans got the opportunity to see what famous athletes like Jesse Owens mean to Cavs players during Saturday's contest with the Houston Rockets
Feb 4, 2018  |  01:05

#CavsRockets Postgame: Coach Lue - February 3, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 3, 2018  |  06:43

#CavsRockets Postgame: Dwyane Wade - February 3, 2018

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 3, 2018  |  02:18

#CavsRockets Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - February 3, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 3, 2018  |  03:58

#CavsRockets Postgame: LeBron James - February 3, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 3, 2018  |  04:18

DWade Knocks Down Tough Layup

Dwyane Wade is "More Driven" after knocking down this very tough layup deep inside the paint during the fourth quarter of the Cavs' game against the Houston Rockets.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:14

Highlight in freeD: Wade Hits Stepback

Experience Dwyane Wade's slick stepback jumper with this highlight in freeD.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:14

Highlight in freeD: LBJ Buries Dunk

Experience LeBron's first half tomahawk dunk with this highlight in freeD.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:13

JR Knocks Down Contested Trey

JR Smith knocks down a contested three-pointer early in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:12

Thomas Goes Up and Under

Isaiah Thomas drives the lane against the Rockets before going up and under to earn the fancy bucket.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:10

Highlight in freeD: JR Drops One

Experience JR Smith's pretty layup from the second quarter of #CavsRockets with this freeD highlight.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:14

Highlight in freeD: I.T.'s Teardrop

Experience Isaiah Thomas' slick teardrop layup from tonight's #CavsRockets dual in freeD.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:16

Featured Highlight: LBJ Jams It

LeBron James streaks down the center lane before throwing down the hammer against the Houston Rockets.
Feb 3, 2018  |  00:08

#CavsRockets Pregame: Kevin Love Update

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media prior on Saturday to discuss his left hand injury.
Feb 3, 2018  |  06:57

#CavsRockets Shootaround: JR Smith - February 3, 2018

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the media following Saturday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 3, 2018  |  04:05

GAME RECAP: Rockets 120, Cavaliers 88

Chris Paul flirts with a triple-double (22 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists) and James Harden adds 16 points with nine assists, as the Rockets get a wire to wire victory over the Cavaliers, 120-88.
Feb 3, 2018  |  02:09

Practice: LeBron James - February 2, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 2, 2018  |  09:30

Practice: Coach Lue - February 2, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 2, 2018  |  07:05

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