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Wednesday, March 12th (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (24-40) at Phoenix Suns (36-27), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will try not to lose any more ground in their quest for a postseason spot and are set to host the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at US Airways Center.

The Suns have lost two straight, three of four and six of their last nine contests, and are one game off a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Phoenix has allowed 100 or more points in each of the last nine games, including Monday's 112-105 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns used a 19-4 run to pull within four points of the Clippers, who shot 55.1 percent for the game and were led by Blake Griffin's 37 points. L.A. led by as many as 25.

"You are not going to come back from 25 points and beat these guys (Clippers)," said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. "We came out soft. We need to play the way we played in the third and fourth quarters all game. We hung in there. The guys battled. We just can't get in that hole."

Griffin and Suns forward P.J. Tucker got into a scuffle in the fourth quarter before both teams intervened. Tucker appeared to swing at Griffin while the two were tangled on the floor. He was suspended one game without pay for the incident and will not play Wednesday.

Tucker was one of seven players to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Goran Dragic led the way with 23 points and both Gerald Green and Markieff Morris added 16. Miles Plumlee (12), Marcus Morris (11) and Channing Frye (10) rounded out the double-digit performers.

Hornacek was still proud of the effort by his team.

"Our guys never quit. That's a great thing. But to get down by that many points, a comeback just isn't always going to happen. We played a little soft in the opening quarter. Our backs are to the wall now. We have to play tougher."

Dragic, meanwhile, has scored 20 or more points in his last three games and is averaging 24.1 ppg in his previous eight. Green has totaled 41 points in his last two games after pouring in 41 on March 6 against Oklahoma City.

Phoenix is 22-12 at home and has to improve on defense. It is allowing 103.0 ppg and averaging 105.5 points on offense. After hosting the Cavaliers, the Suns will visit Boston, Toronto and Brooklyn.

Cleveland is also in the hunt to make the postseason and sits four games behind in the less-than-stellar Eastern Conference. It will start a three-game road trip Wednesday against Phoenix, Golden State and the Clippers, and has a less than desirable 9-23 record on the road.

The Cavs are 4-2 in their last six games against Western teams.

The Cavaliers have lost four in a row and seven of the last nine games, including Saturday's 107-97 setback to the New York Knicks. All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 30 points on 11-of-25 shooting to go with eight assists and eight rebounds, and Spencer Hawes chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Cleveland had an 80-77 lead at one point before the Knicks went on a 14-1 run to take control of the game and stay in the win column. The Cavs made 41.4 percent for the game and only 9-of-23 3-pointers.

"We're fighting for our lives," Cavs head coach Mike Brown said. "This team (New York) was a game behind us and I just feel like we didn't come out with the right mindset to compete with this team for the eighth spot."

Brown's Cavs lost, 99-90, to Phoenix at home on Jan. 26, as Markieff Morris had 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead the victors. Irving ended with 24 points and nine assists in that one for the Cavaliers, who have lost four straight and six of the past seven meetings in the series.

Cleveland has lost 11 of its last 14 trips to the desert.

03/12 10:22:59 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
Final
ATL 3
LOS 2
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR