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New Orleans at Cleveland

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
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While Kyrie Irving has emerged as a legitimate star, Anthony Davis is still trying to find some consistency following an up-and-down first half.

The last two No. 1 picks meet for the first time on Wednesday night when Irving's Cleveland Cavaliers host Davis and the New Orleans Hornets.

After his worst performance of the season with six points on 2-of-15 shooting in a 96-95 loss to San Antonio last Wednesday, Irving headed into the All-Star weekend intent on leaving his mark.

He certainly did that in Houston, scoring 32 in the Rising Stars Challenge, winning the 3-point contest and finishing with 15 points in his first All-Star game.

Now the 2011-12 rookie of the year will try to carry that momentum into the second half.

"(The) weekend was just basically about earning everybody's respect, and getting a chance for people to see me that don't usually see me," Irving said.

Irving is sixth in the league in scoring at 23.5 points per game, and averaged 26.2 points while shooting 51.6 percent in his previous 10 games before his clunker against the Spurs. However, he had a similar performance with six points on 2-of-13 shooting in an 89-84 home loss to New Orleans last February.

The Hornets' 2012 first overall pick, meanwhile, looks to build off his recent success following the worst stretch of his rookie season.

After averaging 4.8 points while shooting 29.0 percent over a four-game span, Davis bounced back with 21 and 11 rebounds in a 99-63 win over Portland last Wednesday and 15 points and 10 boards in a 96-87 loss to Chicago on Tuesday.

New Orleans (19-35) has also been playing better lately, winning four of its last five and 12 of 21 before losing to the Bulls.

"That's the best thing about the NBA," point guard Greivis Vasquez said. "We have another one tomorrow, and we get to get over this."

The Hornets averaged 101.0 points while hitting 29 of 62 (46.8 percent) from 3-point range over a four-game stretch before making just 4 of 17 from long range on Tuesday.

They may be able to get back on track against the Cavaliers, who have allowed 105.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting over their last eight.

New Orleans, though, is expected to be without Eric Gordon, who has averaged 22.0 points and made 15 of 30 from beyond the arc in five career games against Cleveland. Gordon, who had a team-high 20 points Tuesday, has not played in the second end of back-to-back games since returning from a right knee injury that cost him the first 29 games.

Following its best stretch of the season with six wins in eight games, Cleveland (16-37) stumbled into the break with three consecutive home losses.

The Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson hopes to continue his strong play from the past month. The second-year forward has averaged 15.6 points on 52.9 percent shooting in his last 14 games.

Cleveland has scored 107.7 per game - 10.7 above its season average - in its last six, and will try continue that pace against a New Orleans team that has allowed an average of 81.7 points in its last three.

The Hornets have outscored the Cavaliers by an average of 13.4 points in the paint in their three straight wins in this series, the last two of which have been in Cleveland.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
New Orleans 0 Cleveland 0
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
New Orleans5th Southwest 75.58346-4Won 1
Cleveland3rd Central 57.4172.54-6Lost 4

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Injuries
New Orleans
PlayerInjury
E GordonShoulder
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
M DellavedovaKnee
 
Key Players
Anthony<br>Davis
Anthony
Davis
, PF
27.9 Min. Per Game 35.3 Kyrie<br>Irving
Kyrie
Irving
, PG
12.5 Pts. Per Game 23.5
1.0 Ast. Per Game 5.5
7.5 Reb. Per Game 3.7
51.2 Field Goal % 46.6
0.0 Three Point % 42.5
70.9 Free Throw % 84.8
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
New Orleans Hornets2174.68
Cleveland Cavaliers2074.89
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Nov 24Cleveland 
Dec 26 @ Orlando 
Mar 15 @ Orlando 
 
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Ind 125
Mem 88 Final
Tor 82
Det 105 Final
Char 99
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Hou 122
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Mil 94
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Min 94
Orl 96 Final
Dal 111
Pho 98 Final
GS 108
Bos 99 Final
LAL 113