For the first time since March 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won four games in a row. It was before LeBron James took his talents to South Beach that a Cleveland team could say that, but now these players can after a 93-89 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Pistons on the road.
This win also gave the Cavaliers their first two wins on a back-to-back of the season.
This game not only extended the win streak to a place no one thought possible this season, but also showed some promising signs from the Cavs.
Goods teams find ways to win, no matter the situation. In this game, the Cavaliers were down by as many as 13. They didn't lead in the game until there was just over two minutes remaining on the game clock. Yet this team figured out a way to win, which gives fans some hope heading into the all-star break.
The Cavs had played the night before at home and traveled to Detroit, yet still found the energy to battle from behind and get a much needed win.
Good teams also have several players they can rely on to get the job done. For the better part of the last three seasons, Cleveland has leaned on Kyrie Irving when they needed a win. In a win Tuesday night, the Cavaliers relied on Luol Deng and Dion Waiters. Tonight Irving was able to do his thing, not having to do as much the night before, and Tristan Thompson was the most dominate player on the court.
Despite playing against Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe – a formidable back court – Thompson finished the night with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Seven of his rebounds came in the fourth quarter and six of his total boards were on the offensive glass to help the Cavs clean up a missed shot.
Irving did not have his most efficient night, 6-16 from the floor, but finished with 23 points behind shooting 2-3 from three point range and 9-9 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
No other Cavalier scored in double figures, but it didn't matter on this night. They played good defense, holding the Pistons to under 40% shooting, and were balanced. Waiters and Jarrett Jack each scored nine points and Jack added eight assists as the distributor. Tyler Zeller scored eight points and Earl Clark and C.J. Miles each added five off the bench.
Drummond was able to record yet another double double with 16 points and 17 rebounds. He is second in the league behind Kevin Love in that department.
Josh Smith also managed a double double, finishing with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Monroe fell one board shy of being the third player on his team with a double double, scoring 16 points to go along with nine boards.
Kyle Singler had 12 points and seven rebounds and Will Bynum had 12 points and four assists off the bench for Detroit.
After Irving gave the Cavs the lead with 2:06 remaining, Cleveland scored on its next three possession, including two offensive rebounds by Thomas that resulted in dunks and a dagger three pointer from Irving to give the Cavaliers a four-point lead.
This was the eighth time this season that the Pistons have been leading or tied after three quarters and failed to win the game. In this one, Detroit was up by 10 heading into the final period and allowed Cleveland to come back.
The Cavs head into the all-star break with four straight wins. They next play Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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