It was a game of runs that went back and forth all night. The fourth quarter provided an extremely exciting finish. Closing out games has been Cleveland's toughest task so far this year, and they have generally not been successful. It was very enjoyable for fans to see their team finally pull through. After having an intense road trip that included four games in five days, it was beneficial to the players to get some well deserved rest. Most certainly this enabled them to keep chugging along at the end of the contest instead of losing steam.
Anderson Varejao continued his all star caliber season with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Jeremy Pargo was hot with 22 points, going 9 of 13 from the field. Normally the list of players who had excellent games has been limited to two this season, but Dion and Tristan Thompson also had big nights. Waiters had 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Thompson contributed 15 rebounds.
As an offensive unit, the Cavaliers were impressive. Everyone got into the mix, instead of relying on one or two players. It was fun to watch, and provided a lot of optimism for the remainder of the season. The young team finally seems to be grasping Byron Scott's offense like never before.
The defensive side of the ball was a little troublesome. They allowed Josh Smith to put up 25 points. All five Hawks starters scored in the double digits, and Lou Williams scored 18 off the bench. If they are able to rotate better, and apply more pressure they will be a tough defense. And if their offense continues to click like it did against Atlanta, the Cavaliers can compete with anyone in the league.
Cleveland takes on Portland at the Q on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
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