The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five games in a row after their dominate 114-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Cavaliers have won this many games consecutively.
When all is said and done this year, this streak may not matter in terms of Cleveland's playoffs chances. It may actually hurt their chance at a high draft pick, but for some reason it seems like there has been a bit of change for the Cavs.
All of these wins have come since GM Chris Grant was fired. Grant was responsible for assembling this team and it appears that his firing has lit a fire under the players he brought to Cleveland.
This was easily one of the best performances of the season for the Cavaliers, certainly from a pure team perspective. No one player dominated the game, but quite a few players contributed.
After his All-Star MVP weekend, Kyrie Irving's return to his team came with little fanfare. The point guard finished the game with 14 points and three assists, but was asked to play just under 24 minutes.
Dion Waiters and Luol Deng each scored 13 points for Cleveland. All of Waiters points came in the first half, as he suffered a hyperextended left knee on a dunk towards the end of the second quarter. Waiters was examined after the game and let fans know on Twitter that he was okay.
Thanks for the prayers & concerns nothing is torn thank the man above for that. Just sore as hell but I'll be fine. #Beliveland
— Dion Waiters (@dionwaiters3) February 19, 2014
The 76ers were never able to get going in this game. The Cavs held the Sixers to 35.6% shooting from the field and 22.7% from three point range. Some of the credit for this should go to the Cavaliers' defense, but it has to be mentioned that Philadelphia has struggled offensively as of late.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 15 points to lead the 76ers. Tony Wroten came off the bench for 12 points and Evan Turner, who struggled early, finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
The Cavs welcome the Orlando Magic to Cleveland for the second of a back-to-back Wednesday night. The Magic are also playing their second game in as many days, as they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
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