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Cleveland Cavaliers Return from Layoff with 114-85 Win Over the Philadelphia 76ers

February 19th, 2014 at 12:11 PM
By Pat Murphy

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.

'Tyler Zeller Free Throw' photo (c) 2012, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Zeller, who started in place of the injured Anderson Varejao, scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. He was one of seven Cavs players that scored in double figures.

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.

 

Tags: Anderson Varejao, Anthony Bennett, Basketball, C.J. Miles, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Evan Turner, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, Michael Carter-Williams, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Thaddeus Young, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller

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