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Weekend Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers End Five-Game Skid

December 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 PM
By Pat Murphy

'Jeff Green' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Cleveland Cavaliers were given yet another back-to-back weekend and came in with a four-game losing streak. It has been a struggle for the Cavaliers, who have lost eight of their last ten contests and had both a home and away game this weekend.

Though it didn't happen until the second game of the weekend, Cleveland did get a must-needed win against the Chicago Bulls after falling to the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

The Celtics came in with a four-game losing streak at home, but ended up handing the struggling Cavs a 103-86 loss.

To get a road win, especially with team that has found it difficult to win regardless of where they play, it helps to get off to a fast start. The Cavaliers did the exact opposite.

Cleveland missed 12 of their first 13 shots of the game and Boston held them to just 10 first quarter points. It was 18-2 quickly and the Celtics never looked back.

The Celtics benefited from a season-high 31 points from Jeff Green, the most of any Celtic player this season. Avery Bradley added 21 points, only missing two of his 11 shots on the night.

Boston had every starter score no fewer than 11 points including 12 and eight rebounds from former Ohio State Buckeye Jared Sullinger.

For the Cavs, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving continued to put up good numbers, but neither were effective. Waiters finished with 21 points and six assists and Irving had 17 points and three assists. The two combined for 14-of-34 shooting on the night.

Irving was the only Cleveland starter to score double figures with Alonzo Gee leading the way for the rest of the group with six. Andrew Bynum had his second-straight four-point game and only two rebounds in just over 15 minutes.

Anderson Varejao was the only other player to score double figures, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cavs shot 37.2% from the field on Friday. It was very different in friendly confines on Saturday night, as the Cavaliers were much more efficient.

As a team they shot over 10% better than the previous outing.

'Andrew Bynum, Marcin Gortat' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/The big story was Bynum who had easily his best game in a Cavalier uniform. The center scored 20 points, had 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots in 30 minutes, all season highs. This is a great sign against a team that likes to go to the post without point guard Derrick Rose, but Bynum will have to produce numbers like this consistently before fans can get too excited.

Waiters also scored 20 points off the bench, shooting 8-of-10 from the floor. Irving maintained his poor shooting – 7-of-21 – but did score 19 and had six assists.

Tristan Thompson had another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulls were led by a game-high 27 points from Luol Deng, who Cleveland is rumored to be interested in. Taj Gibson also had 18 points off the bench and 18 from rookie shooting guard Tony Snell.

This ends an awful road trip for Chicago, who finish 1-5. On the other side, the Cavaliers get back in the win column.

Cleveland will next welcome in the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, looking for two wins in a row for the first time all season.

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Tags: Anderson Varejao, Andrew Bynum, Avery Bradley, Basketball, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, NBA, Tristan Thompson

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