(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will continue their longest road
trip of the season Friday, as they visit the Phoenix Suns for a battle at US
After splitting their first two contests of the season at home, the Cavs have
posted a 1-2 record over the first three tilts of a six-game road trip.
Cleveland is coming off Wednesday's 106-96 loss at Golden State. David Lee
filled the box score with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals
for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry added 21 points in the win.
The Cavaliers, who were trying to build off a big road win against the Los
Angeles Clippers on Monday, allowed Golden State to shoot 54 percent from the
floor. Kyrie Irving had four of the Cavs' 11 makes from behind the arc and
finished with 28 points, seven assists and six boards in the loss.
"We started out the first quarter really bad and we were just going uphill the
whole entire game," Irving admitted.
Cleveland trailed 37-21 after the first quarter but the Cavs managed to take
the lead briefly in the third quarter before falling short in the fourth
The Cavs, who were 10-23 on the road last season, will finish this swing with
stops in Oklahoma City and Brooklyn.
Like Cleveland, the Suns are 2-3 on the young campaign, but Phoenix is aiming
to take consecutive games for the first time after beating Charlotte on the
road. Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished the
game with 24 points to lead the Suns to a 117-110 win over the Bobcats on
"I just didn't want to break the rhythm by taking terrible shots," said Brown.
"Once I knew I was hot I wanted to take a shot that I knew could go in."
Michael Beasley and Marcin Gortat each posted double-doubles with 21 points
and 15 rebounds and 23 points and 10 rebounds, respectively, for the Suns, who
had dropped their previous two games.
The Suns are 1-1 at home this season after going 19-14 in the desert during
the 2011-12 campaign.
Phoenix center Jermaine O'Neal missed the last two games due to personal
reasons, but he is expected to be available for Friday's game.
For Cleveland, guard Dion Waiters (thigh) and center Anderson Varejao (knee)
The Suns have won three of their last four meetings with Cleveland, but the
Cavs have been victorious in three of their previous four trips to Phoenix.
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