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Cleveland Cavaliers Get Back on Track Behind Big Night from Kyrie Irving

December 21st, 2013 at 4:40 PM
By Pat Murphy

'Kyrie Irving Shooting' photo (c) 2012, Erik Drost - license: It took an extra five minutes of basketball, but the Cleveland Cavaliers got back on the winning track. After winning four in a row, the Cavaliers had lost their last two going into Friday's game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Behind an impressive night from Kyrie Irving, Cleveland outlasted the Bucks for a 114-111 win. Irving was sick in the days leading up to the game, but once again put on an impressive game while ailing despite vomiting in a court-side trash can during the fourth quarter.

It didn't seem to impact Irving's play late in the game. In overtime, the point guard accounted for all 18 points the Cavaliers scored in one form or another. He scored 10 points and had three assists, two of which resulted in three pointers.

Irving finished the night with 39 points, six assists, and a career-high four blocked shots.

The game was a back-and-forth affair with both team building leads. The Cavs were up double digits in the first half, but let that slip away in the second quarter, finding themselves tied at halftime. The second half was played to a stalemate which resulted in the extra period. It was then that Cleveland finally broke the deadlock.

In addition to Irving, Cleveland had four other players score in double figures. Jarrett Jack was a force off the bench with Dion Waiters missing the game due to a wrist injury. He scored 17 points and had five assists. C. J. Miles scored 15 points and was aggressive attacking the basket throughout the night. Earl Clark scored 14 points including four made three pointers.

Andrew Bynum continued his inconsistent play, following up his last productive game with a disappointing one. The Cavaliers made an effort to get Bynum the ball, but he finished 3-for-14 with just eight points and seven rebounds.

Milwaukee was led by O.J. Mayo off the bench with 20 points. He also added seven rebounds and four assists. Brandon Knight had an 8-0 run in the third quarter by himself that took the lead for the Bucks for a period. He finished the night with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists, falling just short of the triple-double.

John Henson was effective in the post. Despite not being the biggest guy in the paint, Henson was able to get to his spots, shooting 7-of-12 for 18 points and 10 rebounds. Khris Middleton also had a good night for the Bucks, scoring 14 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the game, both finishing right about 40%. The Cavaliers have had issues with turnovers. This poked its head up again, but Cleveland limited them in the second half, including just two in the third quarter.

The Cavs have yet another back-to-back weekend as they take on the Chicago Bulls Saturday night, looking to start another winning streak.

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Brandon Knight, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack, John Henson, Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, O.J. Mayo

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