What an interesting game. The Cavaliers started this game off with an unbelievable 1-for-50000000 shooting night. Well, ok, it was really like 1-12, but still, it was awful. The Cavaliers were in danger of being down 20 points in the 1st quarter. But they rallied back to end the quarter with a run to close within 5. Thanks to a 37-23 edge in the 2nd quarter, the Cavaliers went into halftime with a lead and just hung on from there.
This was a tough, gritty performance from the young, improving Cavaliers. Winning a home game against a team fighting for the 8th seed in the East won’t impress many people, but reading between the lines, there’s a lot to like about this win. Falling behind in the 1st quarter in their 4th game in 5 days, it would have been easy to give up. But to their credit, the Cavaliers fought back and played some really nice team basketball to earn this win.
Dion Waiters was pretty impressive again, as the young rookie just continues to get better and better. As a Cavs fan, you have to love his scorer’s mentality and his willingness to take the pressure of leading the team in Kyrie’s absence squarely on his own shoulders. Dion finished this one with a team high 23 points on 7-16 shooting from the field with 6 assists. Tristan Thompson chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston had a nice, solid 15 point and 6 assist night starting in place of the injured Irving.
DeMar DeRozan paced all scorers with 34 points and Rudy Gay put in 24 points of his own. Jonas Valanciunas, the player who so many have heavily criticized the Cavaliers for going with Tristan Thompson over, finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds.